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    Hi all,
    Been doing my dog diet research after noticing that one of my dogs is very diet sensitive... Skin, hair, attitude/demeanour, poo change if his diet changes for even one meal...

    Got me thinking if you dont feed your dogs a natural BARF type diet, why not?
    Not for or against, just curious?


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    I don't do BARF..But I do RAW and veggies/oats/rice/legumes/fruit/eggs for my dogs. I try very hard to have as much organic stuff as possible, just like us...... I also add certain herbs and quite a lot of additives. Vit C&E, kelp, Glucosamine/chondrointon, sometimes magnesium and dolomite, nettle, mint, if tummy problems slippery elm and lots more..........NEVER anything with food colouring, preservatives and other additives ( all those numbers). It is initially quite time consuming , but now just automated and easy. I do use one dry food when we travel and that is Black-hawk..I used to use Eagle Pack before i discovered Blackhawk

    One of my dogs is extremely allergic to lots of stuff and she also cannot do wheat and chicken....So we are very careful She gets ear problems. ear problems and when her ears are painful it does affect her mood. Her ears were shocking when we first got her and she had loose stools all the time. Not now, she only has issues when she gets the accidental cookie or biscuit form someone....And she loves her food, so i have to watch her like hawk. At one of the markets she picked up a hotdog, before I saw it.it was hell, hotspots everywhere. Sausages are also a real problem at dog events and such, people always dropping or offering before i can say no.
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    I lack time to prepare it all and freezer space to store it.

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    What I'm feeding now works.

    Raw / Barf is quite fiddly and info out there is a bit contradictory and I don't like dealing with loads of raw mince - except to cook it straight away - and I suspect if I fed the evil hound whole steak or gravy beef - she'd swallow it without making any effort to chew it and we'd be in trouble.

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    I know a lot of people are against commercial dog foods, but Hills Science Diet works for Oskar. He used to get really bad rashes on his belly and under his arms and also under his hair and he would scratch until bleeding. After a few rounds of a maleseb bath and the Sensitive skin food, he has been great since. I don't knock the RAW diet or BARF diet but now that we have got him or sorted, I just don't want to muck around with his diet. He does get raw stuff occasionally and gets quite a few bones.

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    I use a brand called Leading Raw. The ingredients are friggen disgusting and I have lots and lots of issues with meat and eating it. I am basically a lazy vegan :P so even feeding her chicken sends me mad.

    But she loves it. I have been adding fish oil and some lightly steamed vege’s and some steamed rice as well to the mix.

    I feed my animals as well as my kids. Their health is important too

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    I feed raw but still getting the hang of it. Tried a cooked recipe my sister uses which she loves .. but... WINDY WINDY
    Back to raw and going to develop a relationship with a butcher this week.

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    The volumes would be unrealistic. If I had a small dog, I'd feed it fresh or barf. With two large ones I feed dry Nutro plus veggies, eggs, chicken necks, so on. Sol is on a cancer diet now, that is lots of meat plus brown rice and veggies. Basically one fridge is full of dog food. For 2 dogs I'd have to freeze lots...

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    For me... cost mostly. Having grown up with giant breeds and learning how to raise them there is also the concern for me of getting the nutrient levels correct, especially in young dogs and puppies. Get the protein and calcium levels in a Great Dane wrong as they grow and they can have problems for life.

    I feed raw meat, chicken necks etc but their main diet is processed dog food. They get about 1/3 raw 2/3 processed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetDream View Post
    The volumes would be unrealistic. If I had a small dog, I'd feed it fresh or barf. With two large ones I feed dry Nutro plus veggies, eggs, chicken necks, so on. Sol is on a cancer diet now, that is lots of meat plus brown rice and veggies. Basically one fridge is full of dog food. For 2 dogs I'd have to freeze lots...
    I have four ..3 giants, it is not so difficult at all....though we do have a dog-freezer
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