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Wednesday | The Yin and Yang of Dog Food
So, the raw food diet for dog week continues as I reach out to dog owners to ask about their experience. If you’ve done any research on dog nutrition, then you probably know that the raw food diet for dogs is all the rage. The stories about how well dogs are thriving in the diet make it very tempting. I recently read two articles about raw food: How Much Does a Raw Food Diet for Dogs Cost? and Going Raw in Baby Steps.
Mystery rashes. Allergies. Obesity. Dog Poop. Clean Teeth.
These are the common things that I hear when people are celebrating their switch to a raw food diet.
- Dogs who had rashes now have gorgeous skin and coats
- Dogs are now allergy free
- Dogs lost those extra pounds
- Dogs hardly poop and the poop isn’t very smelly
- Dogs have gorgeous, strong, clean teeth
I connected with a guy, Tom Antion, who feeds his dog, Rubix (a German Shepherd), 1 whole raw chicken daily that he gets fresh from the butcher (no skin) along with steamed vegetables daily.
Sheri Smith of Hawaii (so lucky) shared a ton of information about how she feeds her dog, Ray (a German Shepherd), because there has to be more involved in a raw food diet for dogs than tossing them a raw chicken a couple times a day, right?
- A canine is supposed to get 3% of their body weight, Sheri’s dog, Ray, is 85-88 so she feeds him anywhere from two pounds to three pounds a day, once a day.
- Ray has a specific plan that Sheri follows from Dr. Coghlan’s recommendations for his physical issues. i.e. Ray must get a decent amount of organs (heart, liver, kidney, lung, esophagus and pancreas.) He also gets ¼- ½ cup of processed frozen cooked veggies, a dollop of yogurt, and supplements (Iomega’s, glucosamine, chondroitin & MSM).
- Ray’s raw diet consists of pretty much everything, including fish (low mercury) and pig, beef, etc. And the fish is all of it (head, scales and bones). Sometimes Ray gets canned sardines (for variety).
- Cooked bones are dangerous for dogs; they can splinter and rupture a dog’s intestines. However, raw chicken bones or RMB (raw meaty bones) are excellent for dogs.
Sheri turned me on to a dog and cat nutrition book written by her veterinarian called Paleo Pets. Here are more resources she shared…