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  • #16
    Started feeding real food many years ago and then transitioned to mostly raw with no grains about 12 years ago. My Yorkie was having health problems at a very young age - changing her diet to real food and natural health care eliminated all of her issues - she lived to 19 (chiropractic and acupuncture did help the last 2 years of her life because of chronic injuries from my Newfie accidentally running over her when they were chasing a squirrel).

    My Newf's current diet is:
    Dinner (1 pound of meat)...
    Raw turkey ground with the bones (bravo) - 2 or 3 times a week
    Raw grass fed beef pet scraps including organs - get this from local rancher - 3 times a week
    Raw buffalo ground with the bones (primal) - once a week
    Occasionally raw lamb ground with the bones (bravo)

    Lunch ...
    Eggs (2 or 3 partially cooked with runny yolks and 1 raw) - 2 or 3 times a week
    Canned salmon (sometimes canned sardines and occasionally tuna) - 2 times a week
    Goat yogurt with green food and then a bully stick to chew - 2 times a week
    Try to do a lunch fast 1 day a week

    Also give her homemade sauerkraut and some scraps from our food.
    My crazy dog loves veggies, so those are mainly her treats (along with brazil nuts and sometimes cheese).

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    • #17
      My chi-chi, her hair fell out. Vet said allergy, to fleas. She didnt have fleas. I started giving them good table scraps, since all the crap scraps we didnt have anymore. I started giving her the whey off of my homemade yogurt. And guess what, her hair started growing back in.

      I eventually switched to grain free dog food, but they get plenty of good table scraps also. They love bone broth. They love the whey, at least the chi-chi does. The lab mix isnt too hip on it.

      She also had a cyst on her belly, had that removed about 2 months ago. Now she is running around and playing just like a pup again. And she is over 10 years old.
      65lbs gone and counting!!

      Fat 2 Fit - One Woman's Journey

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      • #18
        Be careful with a raw diet. According to a well-known vet (I forget her name lol, you can probably google her) that actually knows about dog nutrition, she said an unbalanced homemade raw diet is the worst diet you can give your dog. If you do transition to a raw diet, make sure you do sufficient research on what to feed and how much. We haven't gone raw with our two because I don't know enough about it, so I don't want to limit essential nutrients that they may otherwise be getting on their current food. Have you tried a grain-free kibble yet? One of our dogs is allergic to a lot of things, and he does great on it. We're feeding Acana now, which is from the same company that makes Orijen - probably the best dry kibble in the world.

        I'm not putting down a raw diet at all. I just want to emphasize the significance of doing your homework before you jump into it. Many people think feeding their dog raw is just giving him/her a raw meaty bone and raw chicken. There's much more to it to ensure you're providing a balanced diet.

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        • #19
          Kyle, most dog foods just throw in added vitamins and minerals, most of which are synthetic and from rock. Its way more likely your dog will develope deficiencies from eating dry dog food then from a raw meat diet.

          That said, i agree that you just cant feed them a single source of meat and call it good. Looks like everyone here doing a human food diet for their dogs are giving them top notch food and quite the variety.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Zach View Post
            Kyle, most dog foods just throw in added vitamins and minerals, most of which are synthetic and from rock. Its way more likely your dog will develope deficiencies from eating dry dog food then from a raw meat diet.

            That said, i agree that you just cant feed them a single source of meat and call it good. Looks like everyone here doing a human food diet for their dogs are giving them top notch food and quite the variety.
            Yeah, basically if you just fix an extra plate for your dog your probably in good shape (long as your eating primal that is).

            Kyle this eating thing (for a dog or human) isn't rocket science. I think that vet is overcomplicating things in much the same way our RDA's and nutritionist do so with human consumption. Just my opinion.
            Last edited by Neckhammer; 06-19-2013, 07:38 AM.

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            • #21
              Most likely she sells lots of premium dog food.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Zach View Post
                Most likely she sells lots of premium dog food.
                lol, quite possible. Or its the same logic that led to people thinking that formula would somehow be more nutritious than breast milk.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                  lol, quite possible. Or its the same logic that led to people thinking that formula would somehow be more nutritious than breast milk.
                  Haha, totally. Kind of like that guy who thought he could make a nutritinal shake replacement for food.

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