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Thread: Raw Food Diets for Dogs Discussion

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    Default Raw Food Diets for Dogs Discussion

    This thread is geared at all of those dog owners here who feed their dogs a natural raw food diet.

    This is NOT a debate between raw foods versus commercial processed foods, please.

    I am hoping to talk with members who have made it known they feed a raw diet, and mainly to discuss the differing opinions of feeding fruit and vegetables - or not.

    I know some breeders who profess to feeding a raw food diet, yet feed their dogs cereals every day.
    Now to my knowledge and belief and understanding, a dog is not designed to process cereals/grains etc, so that dumbfounds me. Yes, I'm aware in it's natural state wild dogs would eat the ENTIRE carcass of it's victim, inclusing the stomach and intestines which may still hold grains/cereals in a full or half-digested state. But it is only the tiniest of portions compared to the meat matter of the rest of the carcass.

    Who feeds vegies and fruit, and why? What benefits is your dog getting from them, to your belief? In a natural world, dogs cannot boil brocolli, or corn, or spinach or peas etc, so...why?

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    I feed raw, ground up vegies. Extra vitamins, minerals & nutrients to just raw meat. Good fibre as well. Fills their tummies.

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    Which vegetables do you grind up, GSD's?

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    Basically whatever I've got on hand.There are a few "no no's" or as my dogs' nutritionist puts it "Less easy for the carnivores to digest & are best avoided in intestinal or systemic inflammatory conditions". Potatoe, lettuce, radish, raw onion, tomatoe (but I give it), eggplant, cucumber, peppers. Other than that, into my food processor it goes.

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    Thanks for that GSD's. So, have you or your dog's nutritionist studied the benefits of vegetables given to dogs? Have you ever fed them without the veges and noticed any difference?

    Lots of questions I know...sigh.

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    I haven't, but she has. Dogs nutrition is her passion & life's work. See if you can Google a ref to a book called "Canine Nutrition Naturally". Mish has been on a natural diet for about 10 years now. She should have been dead in Oct 2008 from cancer, but the old girl is 12 now & still with me. I figure her diet mist have something to do with it.

    Yep, there's been time they've gone without their raw vegies. The next day they have less energy, they strain when having a crap & their poos are black.

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    Will check that link out. Thanks Lynnie.

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    No worries. I hope I haven't confused you. It's a book, not a link.

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    No no, I know you said it's a book, but will go in search of it to do some reading. Looks interesting. I just meant 'link' as in sending me in that direction. Lol.

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    I don't feed raw exclusively. I base their diet around a good dry food available 24/7 and feed raw one meal and anything I feel like at the other meal, could be raw, tinned, sardines in the dry, suitable table scraps. They eat the cooked veges.
    Personally, I have no need to go into diet as none have any conditions or allergies (touch wood) but I sure as hell would if they did.

    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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