Punky wrote:I want to switch Tequila over to raw. But, there is so much information that I feel like she would be long gone by the time I understood everything from what additional supplements to give and how to balance them out to what meats to feed to give her the correct 80-10-10 (muscle meat - bone - organ) ratio. It doesn't help that I'm a vegetarian.
I figured I would start with K-9 Kraving and slowly work my way up to wole meats.
I just hope her mast cell doesn't get to the best of her by the time I know enough to start.
It is really hard figuring out what to do with all these posts on the boards. What one book recommends may not be the same another book recommends, so where do you go from there? I do agree that the sticky is hard to follow.
There are many schools of thought regarding raw feeding (and just about every other subject in the world
I have read a ton of it. I decided to go with a prey model diet, one based on nature. I don't feed vegetables (except as treats). That is where the 80-10-10 ratio comes in.
So that means 80% muscle meat (chicken, pork, beef, rabbit, duck, lamb, goat, venison, fish etc etc).
About 10% bone (I use mostly chicken pieces for their bone meals, because they're relatively soft and easy to crunch up)
And about 10% organs (kidney, liver, tripe etc). About half of that should be liver. I use both chicken and calf/beef liver.
Does that mean I precisely weigh everything and stick to that ratio to a tee? Absolutely not. I aim for that balance over time, but I don't stay up at night freaking out about it. I feed a variety of different things, watch my dogs body weight and overall condition, keep an eye on their poop (super hard poop means too much bone, a really soft poop means not enough, generally speaking), and that's about it.
Supplements are another topic. Some people, including those who feed kibble, supplement up the wazoo, others don't supplement at all. I believe a well balanced, varied diet is all my dogs need for the most part. With that said, I use a few supplements to help my dogs out with certain conditions (like a gluco/chondro/msm supplement and vit. c) and I supplement with fish oil because my girls don't eat a lot of fish. That's about it. It's really straight forward and simple.
It's essential to educate yourself, and I would recommend reading from a variety of different sources, then go with what you think will be best for your dog. There's no one size fits all, and there's no raw feeding "Bible" out there. In the beginning it can be overwhelming, and believe me, I was super paranoid
but you learn to relax and it becomes no big deal
BTW, a high protein, low carb diet is highly recommended for dogs (and people!) dealing with cancer.
Here are a few websites with some basic, easy to understand information:
Here's an explanation of the differences between a prey model diet and a "BARF" diet:
A wonderful raw feeding group on Yahoo with over 15,000 members, loaded with information and lots of experienced raw feeders:
Some cancer diet information:
Sorry for rambling LOL