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Raw Food Diet, help

Need opinions. Okay, yesterday I started Bocce on a raw food diet bc of continued bad itching, however he only gets 2 oz a feeding and woke up at 4 am starving. And at 6, heís so hungry? For those of u who use the raw diet, what else are you giving? Details pls! Also has anyone tried this diet and stopped it? If so what were ur reasons?
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I feed Tux Primal raw freeze dried nuggets. The Primal food calculator calls for 3 nuggets for an 8.5 lb weight. I feed him four nuggets total in five feedings. He eats 1 nugget first thing at 7 AM, one nugget each at 11, and 4:30, 1/2 nugget at 7 and 1/2 nugget right before bed at 8:30. I could make this easier on myself and reduce the number of feedings by increasing the amounts I feed per meal. Tux has learned that when he sits up he gets fed. He has a built-in feeding clock and seems to come to me on the dot. I think by feeding him later at night, he sleeps better and is not starving in the AM. I have never had a weight problem personally because I eat several smaller meals a day which keeps metabolism higher. It's more inconvenient but I think a healthier way to go. The same I think, could apply to some dogs.

This Forum has picky eaters and overeaters. The trick is to watch carefully to see how your dog does the best.
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I forgot that I also give Tux one tablespoon of raw goat milk 3x per day with his first three feedings. As he has slowed down somewhat, I may cut back on his food just a bit and watch to see how he does weight wise. He is almost a year and 9 months old.
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its best to follow a professionally designed diet specifically for your dog, unless you are talking commercial raw.

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Doing it right Jean Dodds

The biggest concern with homemade diets is that, unless properly formulated and followed, the diet may not be nutritionally balanced. For this reason, I strongly advise that you obtain your recipe from a reputable source, such as a book published by a holistic or holistically minded veterinarian, board-certified veterinary nutritionist, or canine/feline nutritionist where the recipes have been tested and verified as nutritionally balanced. If you are able, you can also consult with a reputable animal nutritionist to design the diet.

When preparing a homemade diet for your dog or cat, itís essential to stick to the ingredients listed. Substituting ingredients can result in a diet that is no longer nutritionally balanced. Also, be sure to add all vitamin/mineral and any other supplements as directed; these supplements are essential to ensuring that the diet is properly balanced


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First, many homemade and prey-model diets and a few commercially available raw food diets are unbalanced. This means pets have been brought to veterinarians, including me, with nutritional imbalances that could and should have been avoided. These animals are deficient in antioxidants, or the correct amounts of trace minerals and vitamins, or the right fatty acid balance for appropriate and balanced skeletal growth, and organ and immune health.

Usually, these well-intentioned owners donít correlate their petís medical issues with nutritional deficiencies, but their vets do. And many veterinarians develop very strong opinions against all homemade and raw diets because of these cases. There are many well-meaning people who feed unbalanced diets out of ignorance and, in some cases, stubbornness.

Iíve had several clients tell me they donít care that the analysis of their petís current diet Ė letís say, chicken wings and burgers Ė demonstrates deficiencies in certain critical nutrients. They believe that ďThis is the diet Iíve fed for X number of years and my dog is doing fine, so thereís no need to change it.Ē

Dr. Becker ..." #13 Dead last on the list and the worst thing you can feed your pet is an unbalanced, homemade diet Ė raw or cooked. I'm seeing an increasing number of misguided pet owners in my practice who think they're doing the right thing by serving their pet, say, a chicken breast and some veggies and calling it a day.

Yes, the food is homemade, but it's nutritionally unbalanced. Pets being fed this way are showing up at my clinic with endocrine abnormalities, skeletal issues and organ degeneration as a result of deficiencies in calcium, trace minerals and omega fatty acids.

Catherine Lane http://www.thepossiblecanine.com/las...t-home-feeding

http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_...lasso?id=10666 study on home prepared

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Tucker does best on raw, too. I use a commercial raw diet, usually Primal Raw, I used to use Nature's Variety, (Tucker has developed food intolerances so I have to rotate proteins and limited ingredients.) Most of the frozen raw commercial diets come in nuggets which are 1 ounce apiece. Tucker gets 4 nuggets a day, split into two meals-breakfast and supper. He does seem to get hungry on them now that he's an older boy, (10.5 years,) and I will give him cooked green beans or chunks of lettuce often.

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It isn't uncommon for dogs to feel hungry when initially starting a raw feeding, especially on a PMR diet with no fruits or vegetables. Kibble sticks around in the gut much longer than raw will and gives the dog a prolonged full feeling.
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It isn't uncommon for dogs to feel hungry when initially starting a raw feeding, especially on a PMR diet with no fruits or vegetables. Kibble sticks around in the gut much longer than raw will and gives the dog a prolonged full feeling.


Iím glad to see this reply. We just started feeding Honest Kitchen and our little guy seems hungry. We fed 1/2 cup in AM and 1/2 cup in PM and Iím wondering if I should be feeding more of the dehydrated.


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yes commercial!
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Northwest Naturals Commercial Diet!
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