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    Yep......waiting for experience in this one too!!

    Clea, I honestly think we are both doing the right thing here for our Staffords. How could we go wrong given we are totally in control of what goes in their mouths?

    Perhaps, instead of calicum, we should consider Aloe Vera juice. This is full of calcium and could replace the water content of the diet?

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    Cleas, if you are feeding your dogs bones on a daily basis, then they WILL be getting their quota of calcium, without a doubt!

    What happens here is ppl tend to start then feeding them extra supplements which inadvertently then causes them to have TOO MUCH calcium. That is NOT a good result to see!

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    Does anyone mind me asking a few questions? Just things I'm very confused about and it's all Barf related so I thought rather than making yet another thread it might be ok to post them here?

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    Go for it Angela!

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    I just got back from town and I am happy as I found some really nice pork in at Woolies. She'll like that. If not, I'll have it. Lol.

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    Ok, here goes:

    Which Veggies are safe?

    Which Fruits are safe?

    When you say natural yoghurt, do you mean the unflavoured ones or just the plain ones? Do I need to avoid certain brands, additives or anything like that?

    What meats are safe?

    What organs do I look for and how often should they be fed?

    I know that it's not going to be the same for every dog, but my biggest fear is either malnutrition or poisoning. I have no idea, other than the obvious chocolate, onion, grapes/sultanas etc.

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    Oh! And is there anything I should know about the organs preparation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Ok, here goes:

    Which Veggies are safe?

    Which Fruits are safe?

    When you say natural yoghurt, do you mean the unflavoured ones or just the plain ones? Do I need to avoid certain brands, additives or anything like that?

    What meats are safe?

    What organs do I look for and how often should they be fed?

    I know that it's not going to be the same for every dog, but my biggest fear is either malnutrition or poisoning. I have no idea, other than the obvious chocolate, onion, grapes/sultanas etc.
    I can't help you with the veggies and fruit, sorry Angela. I'm still researching the addition of veggies, and at this stage am not coming up with conclusive evidence of their benefits, so my jury is still out on that, and I am continuing to research. Others will be able to help you there with their opinions. I do know that green leafy vegetables, and particularly broccoli, is alleged to be the most nutritious.

    Natural yoghurt is just that, not flavoured, no additional addtives etc, very natural. Hey, GSD's makes her own if you're interested in asking her for her natural recipe?

    Chicken, pork, beef, lamb (mutton also) are all great meats. As is fish. Please DO NOT buy your pet meat from those pathetic pet meat suppliers. If you wish, I will elaborate on the quality of that, but if not, I'll leave it at that. My advice is to buy good quality meat from the supermarket or butcher, wherever you usually go. Anyway, the better the quality the less you have to feed in the long run.

    Feeding a raw diet to your dog should actually turn out to be far less expensive than commercial dry food too.

    Heart is great, as are livers and other offal, but not continuously. Offal is very rich, and should only make up a small portion of your dog's overall diet. In other words, don't feed it offal every day as a main meal, it's just too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I can't help you with the veggies and fruit, sorry Angela. I'm still researching the addition of veggies, and at this stage am not coming up with conclusive evidence of their benefits, so my jury is still out on that, and I am continuing to research. Others will be able to help you there with their opinions. I do know that green leafy vegetables, and particularly broccoli, is alleged to be the most nutritious.

    Natural yoghurt is just that, not flavoured, no additional addtives etc, very natural. Hey, GSD's makes her own if you're interested in asking her for her natural recipe?

    Chicken, pork, beef, lamb (mutton also) are all great meats. As is fish. Please DO NOT buy your pet meat from those pathetic pet meat suppliers. If you wish, I will elaborate on the quality of that, but if not, I'll leave it at that. My advice is to buy good quality meat from the supermarket or butcher, wherever you usually go. Anyway, the better the quality the less you have to feed in the long run.

    Feeding a raw diet to your dog should actually turn out to be far less expensive than commercial dry food too.

    Heart is great, as are livers and other offal, but not continuously. Offal is very rich, and should only make up a small portion of your dog's overall diet. In other words, don't feed it offal every day as a main meal, it's just too much.
    I get all of my meat from a small butcher near me who culls his own animals. I'd be getting Batty's meat from the same place. It's all organic and natural so I'm pretty happy with that.

    Is it just fish in general or are there fish to be avoided? Are tins of sardines ok - I know the flavoured ones are out, but what about the ones in oil as opposed to brine/springwater?

    I was actually hoping to be able to get away with very minimal or no offal at all?? I'm not a fan of it, but if it's better for Batty to have some every now and then I don't mind.

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