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post #1 of 22 Old 10-12-2012, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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What do you feed your dog (or cat)

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone else fed thier dog or cat raw food. My parents insist on feeding all pets the barf (bones and raw food) diet. I don't know anyone else who does and my friends thing it's really horrible because apparently dogs don't eat raw meat...
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The BARF diet is supposed to be one of the best, and more along the lines of what nature intended. Dogs and cats are carnivores, which means they eat MEAT. They don't need it cooked to eat it.

Dogs are carnivores, but are also opportunistic omnivores, which means they can and will eat grain and vegetable products along with meat. Doesn't mean they have to, just that they will.

Cats are what is known as obligate carnivores, which means they can't digest any type of plant nutrition, and have to get their nutritional needs met from meat, organ meat, and animal bones.

So your parents are right, and your friends are wrong.
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I personally dislike the BARF diet, not because of the bones/raw meat, but because so many BARFers feel the need to puree fruit & veggies and add grain and all that nonsense.

Dogs are carnivores. Dogs need meat, bones and organ. They might LIKE a bit of fruit and veggie, but that doesn't mean they NEED it.

My dogs eat a raw prey model diet. They are fed approximately 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ. They are healthy, have shiny coats, white teeth, no doggy breath, and no overwhelming doggie odor. Their poops are tiny (despite the fact that I have German Shepherds and a Rottweiler) because they use most of what I'm feeding them, so there is very little waste/leftover.

Vets like to say that raw meat is bad and will make your pets sick. Vets also only get MAYBE one or two nutrition courses during school... courses that are sponsored by companies like Hills (Science Diet) and Purina.

I could write a book about rawfeeding and have written an article for newbie rawfeeders. If anyone is interested, I'll post it.
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Oh, and as far as cats go, I had difficulty switching them over to raw so they aren't on full raw. One of my cats would only eat whole mice. The other cat wouldn't eat whole mice but would eat raw meat... but no bones. (Bones are ESSENTIAL in a raw diet). So, my cats eat canned Evo 95% turkey and chicken (NO dry food... dry food is BAD for cats) and occasionally get a raw snack (mice for Ace, raw meat for Bogey) for teeth cleaning purposes.
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Do you actually buy dead mice, Nik?

I don't feed either my dog or barn cats a raw diet (can't afford it), so I'm not sure just what kind of animals are used.

My Great Dane is a picky little Princess and won't even deign to eat a hot dog unless it's cooked!

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I don't give my dog any vegetables or grains but whenever I walk him and we meet another dog or something he's just like 'Nope, not interested' and will just start eating the grass on the side of the road
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If it was within my budget I would definitely be feeding my dogs raw or at least Blue Buffalo. But, right now they are currently on the dry dog food Natures Recipe. I used to be feeding them Purina One but due to a food allergy I made the switch. All my pups seem to be doing a lot better on this new food though. :)
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We feed our dog Taste of the Wild High Prairie canine formula (roasted venison and bison) and we feed our kitten Taste of the Wild Canyon River feline formula (trout and smoked salmon).

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My dogs are horribly abused. They eat various Kibble diets including Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Earthborn Organics. On top of that, they get Chicken and beef added to their diets along with Raw bones. If it were up to them, they would have gravy added to everything and my one dog prefers to be spoon fed. Yeah, I do on occasion give into his "needs" but usually, he is forced to eat out of a raised feeder, just like "other dogs." My one dogs is perfectly happy to be a dog but the one... he thinks he is human.
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Actually, dogs are not carnivores, contrary to what many may think. They can, and will, eat and digest fruits, veggies and grains perfectly fine. Good carbs come from the healthy grains. Wolves are carnivores, domesticated dogs are not. Their digestive tract has evolved to digest other things besides meat and bones.

A well thought out raw diet cannot be topped. A variety of meat, bone, veggies, fruits, grains and vitamins/minerals is what should be required. But the meat/bone consumption should be approximately 80% of the diet. Give or take depending on the specific canines needs. It is very easy to over/under feed certain dietary elements. A poor raw diet can do more damage then good which is why its important to do your research or consult a canine nutritionalist when deciding what to feed.

Cats are carnivores and cannot digest grains so there is no point in feeding a food that has grains because it goes in and out without giving any nutrition to the feline.
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