I believe the raw diet is the healthiest option. My dog has been doing amazing on it. It is just raw meat and bones. It was cheaper than the food I used to buy. It is even cheaper if you buy when the meat is on sale. You can also find butchers in you area that might be able to give you leftover scraps and bones for free. I posted an add on Craigslist looking for raw freezer-burnt meat and got a bag of free venison.
I will give you some information to start with:
A prey model raw diet consists of 80% Raw Meat, 10% Raw Bone, 5% Raw Liver, 5% Other Organ.
You want to feed 2-3% percent of your dogs ideal body weight. My dog weighs 50 lbs, so I feed him 1 pound of food everyday, which is 2% of his body weight.
You want to start feeding only 1 meat the first week, and introduce other meats slowly. Don't start feeding your dog Liver until about the second week, and feed only small bits at first. Liver, if fed to fast or too much at one time can cause diarrhea.
If your dog gets constipated at any time, that means you are feeding too much bone, so add less bone or have a boneless meal the next day to balance it out. If your dog has diarrhea, than add more bone.
I feed once a day, I feel that they get bigger pieces, so they chew their food better. Chewing reduces the risk of choking, and bigger pieces clean your dog's teeth better.
If your dog vomits and eats some of it, it's because it just wasn't sitting right in his stomach. If he vomits and walks away from it, he might now be feeling good. So give him plenty of water and prepare a bland meal (chicken) the next day. Try not to exercise your dog right before or after he eats, this might cause him to vomit his meal back up.
Their are many changes I noticed in my dog once I switched him to Raw:
Stool doesn't have a strong odor.
They don't drink very much water because thier is a lot of moisture in the food.
No more doggy smell, or doggy breathe
Those are just a couple tips to maybe get you started. Don't be afraid to switch to Raw, it gets easier as you go along. Here is a great Forum that helped me along the way:
Good luck and have fun with your pup!
· 10 years ago