Owned by a Havallon
Join Date: Mar 2012
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I currently feed a raw homemade diet as well as some ground whole prey items from My Pet Carnivore. I do not feed any supplements.
I switched to a raw diet from kibble because I knew a lot of people who fed raw and raved about its benefits, including my holistic vet, so I was curious. I am from Missouri (the ďShow MeĒ state) so I guess I like to see things for myself. I also wanted to try it because no matter what kibble I fed Mia she would poop 8 or 9 times a day and this was making potty training difficult. Therefore, started feeding Natures Variety raw. This made a huge difference in Miaís pooping! The dogs loved it too. A couple times I tried to feed them kibble again and they looked at me like I was crazy. I must confess I do love it when my dogs enjoy their food. So I never fed kibble again. A couple other benefits I noticed feeding raw is that my yorkie smelled better. He used to have an odor and required frequent baths. Mia never had an odor so maybe this is a yorkie thing. Also, Mia no longer had tear stains. I eventually started making my own because I wanted greater control over the quality of the ingredients and because they started using HPP for a lot of commercial raw and I did not want that. We raise some of our own beef and my husband deer hunts so I wanted to be able to include these ingredients in their diet. I have been feeding raw for over 10 years and they are now 12 years old. They are both healthy, but of course I have no way of knowing if they would be healthy eating something else!
As far as cost, I am not sure. I do not keep track but would think it is reasonable for a small dog.