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    Just curious how many of you feed your dogs a species appropriate diet, Raw. My dog has been Raw Fed for over two years now and I'm very happy with his health and fitness.

  • #2

    I changed my dogs (2 labs) over to raw diet about 6 months ago. One of my labs was breaking a lot of teeth (like 6!) and the vet couldn't tell us what was wrong. They wanted us to stop playing ball with her, thinking that was doing it. She was 4 at the time, and never had problems before.

    I did some research and though maybe it was a food allergy, so I switched them to raw food. They love it, and I can't imagine going back to dry food. I feed them mostly chicken, but their favorite is pork loin ribs...its like a drool waterfall as soon as they see me take them out of the fridge!

    Shiny coat, lean build, and clean teeth, all + and no -, I recommend it to everyone I can.



    • #3

      One of my dogs has *really* bad allergies. So bad that she's on some pretty powerful medicine for it @ $70-$140 a month for the prescription. It's actually made for organ transplant patients.

      If we didn't give it to her, she'd literally scratch off the fur on her face, and bite off the fur on her legs/paws... not very much fun.

      I've lately switched her diet to no grains, no legumes, no sugar, and started pouring walnut oil over her food to increase her fat content.

      I've cut down her medication to about 1/7th of what it was before, and she's doing awesome.

      Pretty crazy, grains can be really bad.



      • #4

        Sean, congratulations on nearly curing your dog with diet! That is so awesome.

        I really want to switch my dog's diet but I need resources for exactly what she needs to eat and how much.

        Since we've been eating primally and she's been getting more meat scraps and such, she is more reluctant to eat her kibble... and I don't blame her! Any good resources/links for where to start?

        Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.


        • #5

          I feed my two huskies a mostly raw diet with lots of bones and some supplemental sardine oil. They love it. One of them has an allergy to grains - it causes facial itching. It really improved when I switched them to mostly raw. The get our meat & veggie scraps, too. No grain, though. Their coats definitely improve with added oil. If only the seasonal shedding would stop!


          • #6

            My dog has been fed meat, bones and organs only since he was a puppy. He is 19 years old now.

            There was a post about this about a month ago, some really good stuff


            • #7

              If humans often suffer from eating grains, imagine carnivores like dogs! That they can usually do OK with grain loaded dog food is amazing.

              I haven't had a dog in many years, just not my thing. But if I were to have one now, it would either be raw meat or canned 100% meat.

              Just a thought, can you dog owners find a custom slaughter/butcher operation nearby? I'm sure they would be glad to find another market for the organ meats.


              • #8

                I have two retired racing greyhounds. We started feeding them raw and they loved it, but it was time consuming and costly. We switched back to a top line dry food, Innova Evo for many years. But now, the oldest one has been going for periods without eating, so we switched back to raw and he hasn't missed a meal since. Luckily, we found some premade raw foods and all we have to do is thaw it out. They get a little bit of cod liver oil on it as well.

                Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
                Current weight: 199
                Goal: 145


                • #9

                  My dogs are on all-raw diet (frozen dinner bars + wild salmon oil). My 14-year-old is doing great--the vet had suggested she might be too old to make the change, but I eased her into it, and she's been all BARF for about six months now--I'm REALLY glad I did it.


                  • #10

                    im still feeding my pitbull half raw half cooked food. Raw meats and bones but cooked salmon and veggies... he is a little bit overweight by the doc but he eats healthy and moves a lot so i think its just his bigger than average size for the species...

                    challenge yourself
                    i blog here


                    • #11

                      BARF for Beginners - Most Frequently Asked Questions

                      Raw Feeding FAQ

                      SundaySaver: National - Weekly Sales Circulars & Sunday Newspaper Ads



                      The BARF Diet by Ian Billinghurst, DVM

                      Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative

                      by Donald R. Strombeck

                      Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by Kymythy Schultze

                      Work Wonders by Tom Lonsdale, DVM

                      The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog by Wendy Volhard

                      Switching To Raw by Susan K. Johnson

                      The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier

                      Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM and Susan Hubble Pitcarin

                      The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat by Juliette de Bairacli Levy

                      Raw Dog Food by Carina Beth McDonald


                      General Information About Raw Diets

                      Raw Learning Site

                      The Top 50 BARF FAQ for Beginners

                      WellPet's Nutrition Articles

                      Caber Feidh's Holsitic Care Articles (site owned/articles written by sfraw member, Christie Keith)


                      US Raw Meaty Bones Organization

                      Raw Connections


                      What's Best, Cooked or Raw?

                      Do Dogs and Cats Need Grains?

                      The Importance of Feeding a Natural Diet

                      Natural Diet for Dogs and Cats by Jeff Levy DVM

                      Why Raw?

                      Is A Raw Diet Dangerous? by Dr. Wysong

                      Why Cats Shouldn't Eat Dry Food

                      Raw Diet Guru Websites

                      Richard Pitcairn

                      Ian Billinghurst

                      Wendy Volhard

                      Tom Lonsdale

                      Kymythy Schultz

                      Sue Johnson

                      Marina Zacharias - based on Juliette de Bairacli Levy's diet

                      Monica Segal

                      Feline Specific Sites

                      Pottenger Cats study

                      Cat Nutrition

                      Feline Future


                      Raw Fed Cats

                      Michelle T. bernard's diet

                      How to prepare fresh cat food by Christine M. Ruessheim

                      Canine Specific Sites

                      The BARF Pictorial

                      Raw Dog Ranch Step-by-Step Pictorial

                      Raw Fed Dogs

                      Lew Olson




                      Raw Diet Lists

                      The RawFeeding List (the biggest raw diet list - you should start here if new to raw)

                      The RawDiet List

                      The RawPaws List

                      The RawChat List

                      The BARFWorld List (hosted by veterinarian, Dr. Ian Billinghurst)

                      The advBARF List (for advanced discussions - no beginners, please)

                      The Basic Raw List (for those following more of a Lonsdale/whole carcass approach)

                      The BARFLite List (for those who feed cooked meat or kibble in addition to raw)

                      General Health Lists

                      WellPet (the original pet health list)

                      The NaturalPet List

                      The HolisticPet List

                      The Pets4Homeopathy List

                      Feline Lists

                      The Holisticat List

                      The CatBARF List

                      The CatNutrition List

                      The RawCat List

                      The FelineFutureDiet List

                      The CatWell List (general cat health, not just diet)

                      Canine Lists

                      The K9NutritionStudyGroup List

                      The RawPup List (great for learning to feed puppies raw)

                      The RawBreeder List

                      The NaturalRawDog List

                      The SeniorRawFeeding List

                      Ferret List

                      The NaturalFerret List

                      For breed specific raw groups, please go to the Yahoo! Groups site and do a search for your breed "+ BARF" or "+ raw". You will usually find a list specifically tailored to fanciers of your breed and/or breed type (sighthounds, giant breeds, toy breeds, etc.)

                      The RawVet List is a great place to send your vet so they can learn more about raw diets!

                      Dog Feeding Info

                      Re: BARF websites and books

                      Raw Feeding

                      Feeding a Raw Diet

                      Raw Diet | B-Naturals.Com Newsletter


                      Re: BARF websites and books

                      BARF Diet - Healthy & Natural Raw Food For Dogs & Cats, Pet Health Care Food & Nutrition Products Supply Online

                      BARF for Beginners - Most Frequently Asked Questions

                      Welcome to barfers Homepage: Find it all on

                      Welcome to the Raw Dog Ranch!



                      IPI ....International Purveyor Index

                      Caber Feidh Scottish Deerhounds



                      Raw Feeding

             Home Page

                      Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site

                      premade raw:

                      Oma's Pride Home


                      Nature’s Variety

                      Primal Pet Foods, Inc.

                      BARF Frozen Raw Dog and Cat Food | BARF Bones and Raw Pet Food

                      Amoré Pet Foods - Frozen Raw Natural Dog and Cat Food

                      Premium Raw Holistic Dog & Cat Food

                      Healthy Paws Raw Pet Food

                      Organic, Holistic Pet Food, Premium Pet Food – The Honest Kitchen


                      • #12
                        Thank You Luvbirds!!
                        I am bringing home a new young one next week & I KNOW I want to feed him a grain-free diet. I just started looking up some things & it looks like you found all the articles for me!

                        I will be back with progress reports & pics. Maybe a Primal Pup journal, eh?


                        • #13
                          It looks like you've got lots of info already, but I thought I'd add that Mercola has a vet he's associated with now (Dr. Becker) and she's actually got a book out for $20 online that includes recipes and measurements... I just picked it up planning to switch my dogs over. Just found the link here.


                          • #14
                            we've fed raw off and on to our greyhounds. We currently have 19 and I can't even begin to tell you how much work it is to prep...not just meals, but processing hundreds of pounds of raw chicken/meat/offal every couple weeks. So..until our pack is a more reasonable size we've compromised and gone with a grain free kibble and a hearty supplementation with raw meat/bones/offal.
                            Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!


                            • #15
                              I have my dog on grain free kibble (Blue Wilderness). She is doing very well on it, but I've been researching raw for almost a year now and am thinking about making the switch. The prey model method seems to make more sense (and be a lot less work) than BARF IMO. I haven't tried either yet (although Lucy does get the occasional chicken neck as a treat).