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Amy   Houston, TX

11/17/2009 11:37:50 AM

I absolutely believe a raw food diet is best for dogs. It is as close to their natural diet as we can get.

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Barry   Atlanta, GA

10/18/2009 10:08:02 AM

I put my dog on a raw diet about 6 years ago because of allergies she had to commercial dog food. The allergies were so bad that the vet was threatening steroids. I knew I didn't want to condemn my dog to that, so, against my vet's advice, I switched her to raw. Within the week, my dog's life-long digestive issues vanished. Within 6 months, she was a more-energetic, healthier, shinier, happier dog with NO allergy issues. As an unexpected benefit, he teeth and gums became (and remain) completely healthy.

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Stacey Cutting   Bowmanville, ON

10/18/2009 5:14:58 AM

We switched to a raw food diet to improve the health of our St. Bernard puppy. Our 2 yr. old Chihuahuas took an interest in the food. To our surprise it was the Chihuahuas who showed immediate improvement with increased energy. After three months, all of our dogs have beautiful coats, lots of energy and healthy teeth. We will never go back to kibble.

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Cathy   La Honda, CA

10/9/2009 11:16:43 AM

I have been feeding a raw diet for 8 years. My Jack Russell had a severe reaction to a DHLPP vaccination when she was 16 wks old. She developed itchy paws chewing them until bloody. With the raw diet and some chinese herbs, my JRT who is now 9 is itch free. I grind whole chickens,add in veggies and supplements, and I KNOW exactly what she and my 2 other dogs eat. No surprises, no vomiting,small firm stools,no impacted anal glands,beautiful coats,great health.

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Linda   Green Gardens, IL

9/30/2009 4:38:01 PM

I believe what is natural is best. Dog food wasn't around a 100 years ago. This all came about with industrialization and the need for greed. What did the Egyptians,Chinese, Indians, Americans do in the past. Fed them unprocessed raw or scraps of real food. There probably was no overweight dogs. Look around at all the obese animals who gobble up dry kibble in thirty seconds rather than eat the bone with the meat on it and really enjoy it. I have two porties and they both prefer raw. When I'm in a hurry, I will give them kibble, but
they
turn up their noses and come back later to eat it.

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Stan   Salem, OR

9/22/2009 11:45:56 AM

I recently visited a well known and recognized breeder's facility in California that feeds all of their dogs raw, and there was a pallet of cases of chicken parts sitting in the sun that had clearly been there for at least several hours. So, for those who worry about bacterial problems, do you really think this breeder would be willing to risk all of her animals by doing this if it were not safe?

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Linda   Pickering, ON

8/8/2009 3:34:13 PM

We feed our dogs raw, and have feed our 11 month old Cane Corso since he came to us. Our dogs are doing great and our 10 year old Rottie had blood work done and the results showed of a two year old dog. We are believer.

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Kathleen   Saskatoon, MT

8/8/2009 1:36:41 PM

This whole business about dogs eating 'past the good date food' is so bogus. Our farm dogs (1 lassie collie and 1 border collie wolf cross) would eat dead animals (roadkill) that had been dead and fermenting for days and sometimes weeks and they lived to the ripe old age of 14 and if it hadn't have been for a bad tooth we didn't catch at 14, the one would have lived for at least another year or 2. Canines have the digestive system to handle that sort of thing and some require a little fermentation for it to go down
better.
My 2 lassie (rough) collies, now 12 yrs old, have the teeth of a 1 year old and are very healthy. I switched them over to raw food a couple years ago due to food allergies (grains - wheat, corn; potatoes,...)and teeth that were so caked in disgusting tarter that it looked like they were rotting out of their heads.

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Sam   South Bend, IN

7/15/2009 6:25:55 PM

No one has mentioned the what happens if the owner does not store the raw food properly or leaves raw food in the refrigerator past it's freshness date. What will happen to a dog that consumes food that was left spoiled for a week or two in the refrigerator and then fed to the
dog/cat?

I see many people who eat meat themselves that is spoiled and wonder why they "had the flu for a day" after cooking then eating spoiled meat. Any meat shouldn't be left in the refrigerator for over four days without cooking it. What happens to meat in the raw diet for dogs/cats if it's left in the refrigerator for over a week or two and then fed to the animal. Many people do not keep track of time that close.

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Justine   Phoenix, AZ

7/7/2009 10:32:00 AM

I had a diabetic dog and that is the reason I chose raw to start with, I fed EVO dry as well since he was always hungry. EVO is a dry but only meat. Do you think that is OK? I feed it to all my other dogs as well. I feed prepackaged meat/veg blend. No fruit. I also give enzymes and vitamins as told on the product package. I want to breed my dachshund show female, do you think that just raw is ok when she is pregnant?

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dj   phoenix, AZ

6/12/2009 4:40:29 PM

I admit I didn't read the whole article. I would like to say that I got a dog fro the the Humane Society, I don't know how she slipped through the system. She was in a retched condition. Any person in their right mind wouldn't have go her. She has hip dysplacia like you wouldn't believe, and she had cherry eye. I took her to the vet cause it was painful to watch her get up. She would even yelp sometimes I even had to build her a ramp to get on the bed. The vet wanted to do surgery and put her on meds for the rest of her life. I thought there had to be a better way so I concocted my own raw food and not two weeks later she was starting to move better. Anyways its been a year now and she can out run my other dog and jump on the bed she also gained about 5 inches and 20 pounds and is solid muscle. I SWEAR BY RAW FOOD

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Mary   Coal Valley, IL

6/11/2009 9:04:05 PM

"Raw feeding, has no advertising capabilities, because people are supporting their local butchers, ranchers, farmers, etc., and are encouraging sustainable living practices rather than paying big bucks to make people buy some commercially-produced product. Raw feeding's advertising is through word-of-mouth and through the healthy dogs and cats that are fed such a
diet".
http://www.raw-dog-food-diet. com/articles_natural_pet_food_and_more.htm

Dogs survive on kibble and THRIVE on
raw!
Three cheers for RAW.

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Ligea   Boulder, CO

5/23/2009 4:05:22 PM

When I met my husband he had an epileptic Norwegian Elkhound who later turned out to also be hypothyroid. Even though she always took medications for her epilepsy she had seizures every month. At about 9 years old she had a week of cluster seizures that would not stop with any medication and I switched her to raw food (much to the concern of my sister in law who is a vet and was worried about bacteria). The dog went 3 years completely seizure free and her vets always commented on the health of her teeth and coat. Even to the end (she died last year at 14 1/2) everyone said she still acted like a puppy. Even though the seizures returned, they were shorter and way less frequent than before the raw diet.

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Britt   Appleton, WI

4/28/2009 5:15:17 PM

My 10 month old irish setter is completing treatment for severe case of helicobacter, including surgery, antibiotics etc...switched her to raw to ease with her digestion issues. I have used the frozen pre-packaged brands, so far no problems - no more vomiting!!

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karen   new york, NY

3/2/2009 11:28:40 AM

I switched both my senior dogs to a raw diet. My labrador is nine years old and took to it immediately without any transition. This is a dog that I always said "had a VERY SENSITIVE STOMACH" I became quite frustrated with his stomach after an accidental injestion of rimadyl. And one day, I just started feeding him a raw frozen prepared diet. And much to my disbelief, his stool normalized almost immediately.


Appromately the same time, I began to transition my pekingese onto the diet. It took him much more time to tolerate it, but what it did for him was REMARKABLE. I don't ever remember him having so much energy and spunk. GO RAW!!

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Cherie   Auckland, AK

2/16/2009 3:16:30 PM

Hi I am just looking into this Raw food diet, is it ok to change a puppy from commercial to Raw?? iv given him a taste of raw meat from the pet store and he ate it, but i dont want to find out weeks down the track it was wrong to change him or even to young to change???

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Cathy   La Honda, CA

2/12/2009 2:39:32 PM

I have 3 dogs, all on a raw diet. Our female Jack Russell terrier just turned 8,a chihuahua/italian greyhound female mix 6 yrs. old , and a Katrina rescue dachshund/lab/chow mix female 4 yrs. old. I have been feeding raw for 7 years. I bought a 1 hp grinder, and grind whole chickens,and turkeys. Our JRT started the whole thing as a result of atopic dermatitis.She has been free of paw chewing since starting her on the raw diet. All 3 get the raw diet with veggies and supplements. Beautiful coats,small poops,no ear problems,no health problems. I will never feed a comercial diet again,I know EXACTLY what they are fed. It is on the down side, some work, and costs more than a commerical diet. I feel it is worth the every effort when I see how they feel and look. Blood tests from a non-holistic vet has come back great each time during check ups.

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Scarlett   San Francisco, CA

1/8/2009 11:36:17 AM

My dog is 17 lbs and once he was weaned off of Mama's food, has never had anything except the raw diet. I use a mix of commercial raw and meat and bones from our grocery store. Our vet is very supportive of this diet and says my dog is healthy and has good muscle tone. Once she had a problem with constipation but that was when I was still learning about how to feed. It is important to get the veggies, fruits, and flax seed oil.


I understand that not everyone wants to go to the expense. I just encourage dog owners to consider a healthier alternative to free feeding cheap kibble.

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Julie   Miami, FL

1/7/2009 3:33:03 PM

My little toy poodle gobbled up a commercial raw food diet. He put on some weight for the first time in years. BUT he wound up severely impacted. My guess is that the ground up bones, which would be fine in a larger dog, damaged and inflamed his colon so that the colon could not do its job of eliminating. I am now going to cook for him --- raw would be difficult in a home kitchen --- and I think this will be the solution. But be careful of raw for toy dogs under 10 lbs.

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Barbara   Yardley, PA

12/19/2008 3:46:38 PM

I have experimented with many ways to feed my dogs. I have fed raw and I have fed premium dog foods. My dogs are very picky and it has been
difficult.
We now feed Dr. Harvey's Veggies. They make 2 premixes that make the raw process easy and even my pickiest dogs love this food! I think this is the healthiest way to feed raw and make sure that they are getting all that they need. I have told many of my friends about Dr. Harvey's and they can't believe the difference it makes in their dogs. Some of my friends with big dogs use the other premix which is organic and they rave about it. I don't think any kibble can compare. I used to feed kibble in a pinch when I didn't have meat on hand. My dogs always got the runs with kibble. I ONLY feed Dr. Harvey's now. They never turn their noses up to this food. They are a small company but produce the best products. If you are trying to feed raw I think this is truly the best way to go. It is not hard to do even though you have to add meat and oil. It only takes a minute and my dogs are worth it. Really. This food has changed our lives.

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