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  • Primal/Paleo for my dog?

    I have a 2-year-old mixed breed dog who has had horrible allergy problems since pretty much the day we adopted him at 5 months. We feed him standard cheap dry and wet dog food twice a day, and he usually doesn't even like it all that much. Lots of times he won't even eat until he's absolutely starving. He's in great shape physically, and he gets tons of exercise, but the allergies are a huge issue.

    I'm wondering if anyone in the MAD community feeds their dogs Paleo "human food" and if they've had success. Having been on a Paleo diet myself and an avid reader of this site for the past 10 or so months, I can speak to its success for people, but I have no idea how that translates to dogs. I would think a Paleo diet would make even more sense for animals than it would for humans.

  • #2
    Knowing what I know about dried foods, id never give them to my dogs.

    My dogs are on a raw diet and look/feel great, my mastiff got mistaken for a 4 year old last time at the vets (8.5 yo breed thats average life span is 8-10 years) They get mostly raw meat + fish, eggs, yogurt etc
    I also have quite a few clients (work with dogs) who have switched to a raw diet with amazing results.
    Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

    http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    • #3
      At the very least, get your dog on a limited ingredient dog food (wet and/or dry) if they have allergies. Why would you feed them something they are allergic to?

      My parents' dog had allergies that developed suddenly and I got my mom to put her on a limited ingredient kibble. The rash went away within a week after months of antibiotics & steroid creams didn't work.

      Raw diet is best however. It's a lot of work.
      Depression Lies

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      • #4
        I had great success with feeding my dog "paleo" food. I did cook him meat (beef or pork or chicken or chicken livers ) with some rice and vegetables and some olive oil. I also put some ginger on his food (seemed to help with his joint pains when he reached 17 years). This diet, that I fed him for the last almost 10 years of his life helped him get to almost 18 and a half. His vet attributed his good health to good genes and my cooking.

        Wow, I just realised that my dog was primal way before me.

        Sent from my Nexus 4

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        • #5
          Originally posted by piggy View Post

          Wow, I just realised that my dog was primal way before me.

          Sent from my Nexus 4
          Heh Heh, mine to..in fact thats what led me to primal.
          Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

          http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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          • #6
            My dogs get raw meat and they love it, which actually isn't saying much because they'll eat just about anything!
            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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            • #7
              I think all domesticated animals should be fed a primal diet! I adopted an 11yo cat several months ago, and it turns out that she has pancreatitis - experienced a big flare-up within a few weeks of coming home with me, aggravated by the food I was feeding at the time. After spending big $$$ at the vets, and being told that she'd likely need surgery in the near future, she was sent home with expensive prescription cat food that she absolutely refused to eat. After thinking about it and doing some research on the internet, I realized that the easiest, cheapest and probably most effective thing I could do would be to change her diet. Now she eats raw meat with zeal, has lost weight, gained energy and a glossy coat, and hasn't had any more issues with the pancreatitis. WIN!

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              • #8
                Check the ingredients on that dry dog food. Dollars to doughnuts, the first ingredient is "corn".

                If feeding corn to cows makes them sick and constantly in need of antibiotics, what does it do to a carnivore?

                My dog has a feeder of grain free kibble but that is mostly a backup. He eats some of whatever I am eating (kind of a good portion control reminder, I don't have to finish something when I am no longer hungry or else find a way to store a small amount). He also gets cooking scraps and bones. He goes to the kibble later if he is still hungry.

                His fur is so much shinier since we went Primal. Mine is too.

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                • #9
                  I have found that my dogs (I own a German Shepherd and two Alaskan Malamutes) do very well on a mostly fish diet. During winter they get primarily frozen fish, whole, of various kinds. Now that its warmer is my primal table scraps, eggs from my chickens, with occasional grain-free dog food that costs me a fortune....dogs weren't mean to eat grains, period.

                  As for a pure "raw diet", I have been warned by my vet that dogs are also NOT meant to eat soft food all the time. Make sure they get some bones in their food or it is frozen occasionally. I'm told their teeth can suffer otherwise?
                  "The soul that does not attempt flight; does not notice its chains."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TheyCallMeLazarus View Post
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                    As for a pure "raw diet", I have been warned by my vet that dogs are also NOT meant to eat soft food all the time. Make sure they get some bones in their food or it is frozen occasionally. I'm told their teeth can suffer otherwise?
                    A raw diet is bones, meat and offal
                    My dogs get
                    Venison(including neck and backbones)
                    Turkey( incl. necks and carcases)
                    Veal and beef (incl. marrow bones)
                    Rabbit
                    Lamb(incl. rib racks and backbones, neck bones)
                    Tripe
                    Pig feet
                    Phesant (incl. carcass)
                    Offal from all of the above.
                    Sardines and any other fish thats avalible.
                    And anything else i run across that i think sutable

                    My dogs have never had there teeth cleaned but have sparkly white teeth and no bad breath at all.
                    Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

                    http://primaldog.blogspot.co.uk/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TheyCallMeLazarus View Post
                      Make sure they get some bones in their food or it is frozen occasionally. I'm told their teeth can suffer otherwise?
                      I second that. Bones work wonders for dog's teeth .

                      Sent from my Nexus 4

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                      • #12
                        Our dog started having really bad hip issues this year, he is a 7 year old sharpei/lab mix. Hes been eating a "high quality" drid dog food his whole life but has had really bad digestion issues for years. Finally i convinced my SO to change his diet because its technically her dog. We started feeding him a 80% meat diet, lots of cooked chicken and raw beef, mostly joint cuts and liver. Also a few raw egg yolks and a quart or plain yogart a week. We also have been giving him a starch most days like cooked rice or sweet potatoes and veggies like lettuce and peas, sometimes carrots or fruit. Once in awhile hes been getting table scraps as well.

                        I thought for sure that he would have major digestive upset at first but he took to it immediately. So far not a single issue. He eats one meal a day at night and in only about two months we have seen many positives. His hip issues are fading u less hes been running hard all day, he stopped excess shedding and no more oily/flakey skin, and most of all no kore diarrhea. He also lost a bit of fat and is very very lean now, he was already pretty lean before.

                        I really wish we did this years ago, its really not the inconveniant and its not more expensive at all. All dogs should be fed this way, my next animals will be fed this way from the beginning.

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                        • #13
                          The natural foods stores carry primal-like dog food with "no grains."
                          And check the farmer's market. The meat sellers (Amish) often sell the bones and offal for pet food.
                          5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Zach View Post
                            I really wish we did this years ago, its really not the inconveniant and its not more expensive at all. All dogs should be fed this way, my next animals will be fed this way from the beginning.
                            Definitely this

                            Sent from my Nexus 4

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                            • #15
                              look for grain free kibble or canned, but still check the ingredients because some have oats, rice or barley (when my pups were pups, one of them had a rice allergy, so)

                              i did have them on taste of the wild til i saw the fat source was canola oil, so now they're on merrick, protreats raw natrurals, and raw chicken wings

                              (and avocado. butter. cheese. coconut oil. whatever they cute out of me)

                              if they get too much meat, they have digestive issues so that'll be something else you may want to look out for because gas and sticky poo isn't fun for anybody.

                              ever.

                              THE HORROR!!
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                              yeah you are

                              Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
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