I started feeding my dogs a raw meat
diet in 2005. I really enjoyed the differences that I saw in my dogs within days of switching them over. I had a dog that
was skinny-gain some weight, dogs that were fat-loose the weight, and a dog that was just plain picky start eating like a
Recently there has been the "dog food scare" where they have found melamine
(a substance that they make "plastic" plates out of) in dog kibble from imported feeds. I have sat back and thanked
my lucky stars that my dogs have not been effected nor did I have to worry with the food that they were eating.
I have really enjoyed feeding my dogs a raw diet. It is easy, relatively inexpensive compared to super premium
dog foods, and the health benefits (shinier coats, clean teeth and fresh breath, less poop, less shedding, clear eyes, slower
rate of growth in young animals, easier to maintain "proper" weight just to name a few) were enough to get me to
change my dogs over from kibble diet to a raw diet.
I consider myself a "lazy"
raw feeder. I buy my food in bulk (I am currently feeding five healthy adult Chessies) and pack it in tubs that can hold 20#
of food. I have the dogs all line up in front of me and I dole out food to each one of them. Some of them get a lot and some
get a "maintenance" amount of food. Brier, my most "active" dog, going to agility classes, tracking, and
obedience gets fed three times more then nine year old Sydney who is enjoying retirement and going on long strolls in
the woods with me.
I do not weigh how much food each of them are going to eat. I "feel"
my dogs to see if they are "fat" or too "thin" and feed accordingly. There are "guides" that
suggest that you feed 1 pound of meat per 50 pounds of dog. That might work in some cases, but like in people, everyone is
different. I've got a friend that can pig out on anything she would like and is still rail thin...I, unfortunately, would
be big as a house if I were to eat like that! "Feeling" your dogs on a daily basis is the BEST way to figure out
if you are feeding too much or too little of food.
Everyone feeds their dogs differently
and like with most things, you will find people who are very passionate about how they feed their dogs. I am passionate about
feeding my dogs a raw diet and I do not go around "chastising" people for feeding kibble to their dogs, I just would
like to inform people on how "easy" and relatively "inexpensive" is it to feed a raw diet. I think a lot
of people are afraid that their dogs might choke on the raw bones, or get salmonella poisoning, or the cost of feeding a raw
Hopefully the links below will help you get started or help you decide if feeding
a raw meat diet to your dogs is something you might be interested in doing.
I am not an "expert" by any means, if you have any questions on feeding a raw meat diet to your dogs, please feel
free to drop me a line. I will be happy to talk with you and try to answer any of your concerns or questions.