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Thread: BARF Diet and How to Balance It???

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    I must admit I hadn't looked at this thread before because I'm happy to feed my dog a good commercial biscuit combined with sardines a couple of times/wk and a weekly beef bone.

    But I did just want to comment on a couple of things that I've experienced. People can take it or leave it, totally up to them. It's just things I've experienced.

    Firstly I never feed a dog pork.

    For those showing and breeding be very careful how much calcium you feed to a bitch you plan to put into pup and this applied right thru until puppies are weaned.

    When my father was breeding Kelpies we had access to free chicken necks for a while. During that period when the dogs were on regular chicken necks the bitches did not cycle regularly. He stopped feeding the chicken necks and they returned to normal. Things may have changed since then but I am still careful and only give my bitches a chicken neck or two every couple of weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    too much calcium can give deformed bones....overgrowth etc. It is quite common for Rottweilers who are given too much calcium to see the deposits on their chest bone.
    I agree. Terrible with the GSD too. Ppl tend to give them a balanced diet then add MORE calcium - "just in case." By the time they are 12 months or so they are a mess bone-wise. VERY sad to see.

    Seen one really bad case where ppl have tried blaming the breeder, who bred from stock with just brilliant hip and elbow x-ray scores. In this case, all other puppies from that litter were checked out, and they had NOT been given additional calcium. They were all perfectly healthy with great bones and joints. Just this one pup. This person finally backed off attacking the breeder then and started considering that what they had done may have been the wrong thing to do. Poor dog! Twas a mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Clea, maybe PM GSD re knives, I imagine with having to cut all the meat for her treats she will be able to recommend a brand.
    But it's me who wants a knife!

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    That's odd, isn't it MAC? I wonder why that happened though.

    Thanks for your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    I must admit I hadn't looked at this thread before because I'm happy to feed my dog a good commercial biscuit combined with sardines a couple of times/wk and a weekly beef bone.

    But I did just want to comment on a couple of things that I've experienced. People can take it or leave it, totally up to them. It's just things I've experienced.

    Firstly I never feed a dog pork.

    For those showing and breeding be very careful how much calcium you feed to a bitch you plan to put into pup and this applied right thru until puppies are weaned.

    When my father was breeding Kelpies we had access to free chicken necks for a while. During that period when the dogs were on regular chicken necks the bitches did not cycle regularly. He stopped feeding the chicken necks and they returned to normal. Things may have changed since then but I am still careful and only give my bitches a chicken neck or two every couple of weeks.

    I do this for my pups aswell, they scoff it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    But it's me who wants a knife!

    Sorry DA, put it down to age, lol.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Sorry DA, put it down to age, lol.
    Ok Di, will do.

    But...what's my excuse then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Ok Di, will do.

    But...what's my excuse then?
    Your from Tassie- that's a good excuse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Your from Tassie- that's a good excuse
    Will do me, then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    BARF is NOT porcessed...it contains:

    FRESH meat
    FRESH bones
    Vegies
    Fruit

    NO grains, wheat, rice, pasta etc are given with BARF
    Sorry Cleas! My mistake, I'm so confused!

    Ok, Meals I've worked out for Batty - this is just an idea that I have and I'm not going shopping for it till Monday lol.

    Breakfast - Chicken mince (the carcasses)
    Morning Tea - 1 chicken wing mid morning (breakfast here is 5am!
    Lunchtime - a little bit of kibble for the first few weeks to be replaced with I don't know what yet!
    Dinnertime - Beef mince, mashed/minced veggies combined together with 1 egg + microwaved shell ground up.

    Does that sound ok?

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