|Barked: Wed Jan 9, '13 5:14am PST |
|I had posted in Homecooking Forum and Maxwell was kind enough to help me out, then my vet suggested raw being the best way to continue. She is not as educated about raw as homecooking but she is working with me to learn more.
My main question is everything I read says it is basically not worth it to feed ground raw( this is with bone, no organs) due to the fact it does nothing for the teeth. I have found a good source of meat but it is ground. Bella can not eat Chicken, beef, Lamb, or Turkey. I am hoping once I get her back on track we can try some of those in raw form. Our butcher has venison, rabbit, duck, and quail (from Blue Ridge Beef) that is all ground with bone. I can not afford venison not ground at 5/lb, I can get 30lb ground for 48 dollars. Bella would most likely be on ground always, unless she can eat raw chicken, beef, and lamb.
I have 4 dogs and 2 cats total that I would like to get on raw. I plan on getting all but Bella on a true Prey-model diet once I have the hang of it. So many sites suggest all these supplements that the dogs need ( and especially the cats) that alone will break the bank. If feeding the ground raw what supplements would they really need? The dogs currently take fish oil and Vit e, and Bella takes gluc/chron and Vit c when she has bad times.
Bella also has some gum issues that prevent her from chewing on anything. I have to keep all nylabones, raw hides( we don't use anymore), sticks, or anything else she might chew. I do give her frozen rags but not to tear up or swallow. Would this also prevent her from eating raw bones or are they soft enough?
One more thing...most raw feeding info suggests feeding as much red meat as possible but at the same time most websites say how affordable chicken is...so I know variety is key but is it really okay to feed large quantities if chicken with red meat mixed in, or could you buy mostly red meat but get bones in the diet through chicken?
Thanks in advance for any info, I have downloaded Chance's Beginners Guide to Prey Model Diet and have read it several times
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