|Barked: Sat Apr 6, '13 4:10pm PST |
|I love, love, love Chance's Beginner's Guide to Prey Model Raw. Just about everything you need to know in there, especially on how to get started.
A few quick basics are to choose one protein to start with, preferably somewhat bland and with edible bone. Most people use chicken because it's easy to get and has bone pretty much any dog can eat. You want to feed pieces large enough the dog has to chew and can't try to gulp. From there you want to watch stools. Loose stools initially is normal, but they should start looking normal within a few days. Fat, like chicken skin, tends to cause loose stools, and bone generally firms them up. So you many need to adjust what you're feeding accordingly.
Once stools are looking good on your first protein, you can start gradually introducing a new one. Organs are an important part of the diet, but they also tend to be the worst offenders for causing loose stools, so it's best to wait until your dog has adjusted to raw, and from there introduce organ meats very slowly.
I'm sure you've already read it, but basic numbers to follow are 2-3% of your dog's ideal weight or a puppy's expected adult weight per day (these are just guidelines, some dogs, like high energy working breeds, need more and some need less, like older dogs or dogs with slower metabolism). Eventually, you want to be feeding 80% meat (with as much red meat as possible), 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organ such as kidney, spleen, thymus, ect. Balance over time is the goal, you don't need to feed those proportions everyday. Most people aim for 80/10/5/5 over the course of a week or 10 days.
It's great that your vet is on-board with raw. I'd say give it a try if you think it'd help your boy. Many people who switch are so impressed with the improvements they see, including in areas they hadn't even considered, they never go back.
Edited by author Sat Apr 6, '13 4:21pm PST
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