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A place for people who already feed or are interested in feeding BARF / RAW food to their pets. A place to share tips, advice, information, suppliers etc

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Fussy eaters!

Started by Becky. Last reply by Teresa Jones Mar 1, 2015. 3 Replies

Hello everyone,I just switched Dash over to raw as he's developed allergies and I'm hoping this helps him with that, and also with all the other benefits RAW food brings.Only thing is, I was cutting…Continue

Raw feeding 10 days on

Started by Angela Clarke. Last reply by Becky Feb 28, 2015. 5 Replies

Hi guy`s, it has been 10 days now since I interduced raw to Sofie. The picky one who I have to call 5-6 times to get her food, then often have to collect her and often feed her by hand. Well I am…Continue

Puppies & Raw

Started by Rita Wilson. Last reply by Ossian Oct 2, 2013. 2 Replies

Puppies should be fed up to 10 % of their body weight. Therefore, if your pup weighs 10 lbs you should feed 1 lb of food divided between 3 or 4 feedings per day. Growing puppies, especially the large…Continue

How much

Started by Angela Clarke. Last reply by Angela Clarke Apr 12, 2013. 8 Replies

Sofie who will be 6 next month loves raw, she is the fussy eater out of my three, I want to put her on raw but I have no idea how much she should have, or if I should then give her supplements as she…Continue

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Comment by Rita Wilson on January 30, 2012 at 5:38am

Welcome Angela, if you have any questions please ask. 

Comment by Andrea Maxwell on February 7, 2012 at 2:08am

I made the switch to raw last year for 3/4 of my dogs. I had wanted to make the change and did so after discovering the puppy I kept from my litter appeared to have a wheat intolerance. She's done great on raw ever since.

James put on a bit of weight and for a while i was struggling but have since discovered it's a possible thyroid problem so will be able to really assess how well he is doing on raw once this other issue is under control.

My dogs main meat source is chicken - usually getting a frame, thighs, wings or drumsticks daily, plus "scrap" veg leftover in the fridge, occasional lamb flaps, sardines or mackeral, liver, kidney and lamb heart when I can get it. I gave them some brains the other day which they seemed to enjoy!

Comment by Rita Wilson on February 7, 2012 at 5:00am

Welcome aboard Angela

Comment by Andrea Maxwell on February 7, 2012 at 7:47pm

I've tried but can't seem to source tripe in Australia... a shame as I have read how good it is for dogs.

I think that freezing stuff for 24 hours usually gets rid of any nasties.

I try not to encourage fussiness in my dogs but sometimes there is stuff they just won't touch... James doens't like liver raw but will happily eat kidney... Spartan wil not touch kangaroo even though it's one of his "safe' foods (he's allergic to a bit)... sometimes they just dont like certain foods.  I'd be encouraging and trying to source other foods besides chicken though - variety and balance is the key with raw afterall.

Comment by Rita Wilson on March 20, 2012 at 8:13am

Frozen beef or lamb is fine Tracie...we've one dog who won't eat it frozen. I'd normally give them frozen lamb necks or ribs as they last the dogs longer. A nice treat on a hot Summers day.With the raw diet you do need to feed organ meat...have you tried cows heart. Most dogs love heart as it's a muscle meat. Our dogs hate liver!!

Comment by Sue Paterson on March 20, 2012 at 12:14pm

Glad to hear Steo isn't the only one to hate liver!

I'm very new to this lark and only put my two youngest on raw for now. The puppy is fine and has tried lots of different things though mainly on Natures Instinct while I find my way, but I've read things that say they MUST have liver and was really worried as Steo definitely would starve if I put any in his food. To be honest he's not overly keen on chicken sometimes, but he can be 'off' his food every couple of days, so I don't really know if its raw food he's not keen on.

Do I persevere and how long for?

Comment by Rita Wilson on March 20, 2012 at 12:30pm

Sue have you tried the green tripe from Natures Instinct...it will make any fussy eater eat. I don't know a dog who doesn't love the smell and taste of green tripe.

 Not unlike liver, kidney supplies good quality protein, essential fatty acids and many vitamins including all the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Kidneys are a rich source of iron and all the B vitamins. They also have good levels of zinc. 

You could also try lambs hearts which you'll get alot off soon. €0.30c in my butchers and the dogs love them. 


Comment by silvia on March 20, 2012 at 12:58pm

Sue: Steo sounds like his brother.. keen on NI and raw, but only for a while, then we need to rotate with cooked meat or with naturediet.. no food lasts for > 1-2 weeks;)

and definitely no tripe nor organs  of any kind ! Would this be a family thing? ;)

Comment by silvia on March 20, 2012 at 1:02pm

btw: i think the need for tripe, organs, etc is only when we do the mixture of raw food by ourself.. Of  course it would be cheaper to go for the self-made option.. but NI is already a complete food, so we dont need to complement with tripe nor anything else if they dont like it..

We stick with chicken/turkey variety a lamb necks and spine for a treat, for now..

Comment by Jennie Benstead on March 20, 2012 at 1:15pm

My two are the same..hate liver and kidney...I puree them and mix in with their veg with a bit of garlic....they then eat it without knowing...other than that they never leave any thing....they love their food

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