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Need feedback on feeding raw

I have done some extensive research on addisonian dogs and diet and am finding a raw diet is highly recommended. Djangos breeder feeds all her dogs raw and I contacted the woman who makes all her raw food for her dogs.

I would love some feedback on feeding raw, I always shied away from it because I thought it was too high in protein but it seems to be recommended for dogs like Django. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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raw feeding IF DJANGO TOLLERATES IT . is the healthiest option followed by home cooking. At least ,talk with Sabine again. I'm sure she is aware of this factor.

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You know I am a fan. I could not do the home made raw. Great if you can but it is a science. Check out the major brands of commercial frozen raw. Bravo. Primal. And Natures Variety. We use nature's variety. But the others have simpler ingredients. Primal has a ton of variety.

Natures variety also has variety, and comes not only in 1 ounce medallions but also bites that you just scoop out, and only needs a few minutes to thaw. But the bites are not available in all proteins.

Be sure to check both protein and fat. And compare the recommended feeding amounts with the calories of what django is eating now.

We were feeding natures variety raw anyway. But because of ongoing bacterial infections with Cash, our vet suggested we try their bison variety. Well within a month his eyes cleared up. Two months his ears and feet cleared up. And... Over time he went from 25lbs at his heaviest to 18lbs. And he was not the ranenous boy anymore. Sadly, they stopped making the bison for a while so we switched him to lamb and his weight is up but his allergies and bacterial infections (likely due to allergies) are still under control. This is just Cash's story. All dogs are different. But I would live to hear how django does on raw.

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If I go the raw route, it would be pre made, no can do the home cooking either! I am going to the vet Wednesday for his precortin injection and will talk more to the vet about the diet. I have to transition him back to his old food which will take a few weeks so I have time to do my homework.
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I feed Tucker Natures Variety, alternating between chicken and lamb. Missy, what you say is interesting, about Cash losing weight on the Bison... He has been starving this last few months, (no changes in anything around here,) and slowly gaining a bit so weight. He's even chewed the ears off one of his toys and eaten them! Maybe I should try a different protein.... I'll think on that.

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I wouldn't bother talking to the vet about raw food. They don't really know a lot about nutrition. I would also suggest you call Sabine. You've been dealing with this for a long time and she knows everything about nutrition.... I think it's time to contact someone who really studies nutrition and disease. Good luck

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I feed Timmy Primal raw and both he and I love it. He doesn't have any issues with proteins so we've switched back and forth, they have a large selection. I love that they also have freeze dried which makes it easier when we travel. I have been giving him freeze dried in the morning, no water added, incase he's not hungry, I'll take it away after a while and I'll add it to his training treats later in the day. I also supplement one egg and one marrow bone per week which was recommended. I switched from canned when he was younger because of loose stools and this food has fixed him right up and he is on a very predictable schedule, I couldn't be happier despite the cost.

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I also agree that Sabine would be a good idea at this juncture with Dango. She can help make it work and be something you can stick with and alter as needed. A commercial raw consult is very reasonable and she will work with you til you find something that works. For instance, when I first started feeding raw. Cash would vomit occasionally. She suggested that's tube he couldn't handle the organ meat in raw, and that I could try using 25% less and adding 25% of plain ground meat. Amazingly this worked. It also helps on cost.

She is a good resource and may be able to be a subjective eye on all that is going on with django and offer new insight.

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