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Old 12-23-2013, 03:22 PM
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Assuming your feeding your dog things he/she can eat, is there anything wrong with going away from commercial dog food and just feeding your dog say, cooked potatoes and carrots? I want my dog to live a long life, he's already 10 so I just want to do anything so he can live longer.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:25 PM
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People DO feed homecooked diets or more often raw, but those are based on meat...dogs are carnivores.

Are you just asking if dogs need grains? If so, NO! Every dog is different but MANY have issues with grains.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:29 PM
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Is it safe to go to the store and buy raw steak and feed it to him if he's never had that before?
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:35 PM
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Technically the short answer is yes, it is safe.

The LONG answer is there is way more to feeding a dog a homemade diet than just grabbing a steak and giving it. You need to research how to balance, what to feed, how to start, etc.

Some dogs can handle many food switched no problem, others get stomach upsets and sick from changes.

I have fed raw for geez, over 12 years now. It IS easy BUT does take research and knowledge first as it definitely can be done wrong.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:43 PM
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Thanks, may be a stupid question but does the size of the dog matter? Mine is 10 pounds.

Any suggestions on how to start?

I would be concerned with chicken bones splintering and chocking him. I read this dies not happen with raw chicken bones but just seems like it would, especially the smaer bones like wings.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:51 PM
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My suggestion would be to start researching. It depends on if you are looking to do homecooked or raw, BARF, prey model, etc.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:52 PM
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Raw chicken bones are rubbery, and break in chunks. The risk is similar to a chunk of kibble scratching he throat. When cooked, bones splinter into sharp edges, and causes issues. It should be supervised to make sure they eat it properly.

With a proper diet balance, you can feed nothing but meat, bone, and organs. Organs are an essential part of the raw diet, in smaller amounts.

In a raw diet, much is learned by watching their poop. Chalky poop means too much bone, liquid poop usually is too much organs, soft poop would be too much meat. You learn to balance the diet based on that, it is a very individual thing.
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No, you can not just feed a dog potatoes and carrots.

Dogs require a delicate balance of nutrients. Too much or too little of some nutrients can wreak havoc on their systems, especially their kidneys and liver.

Many people who homecook use a supplement called "Balance It". A recipe from a board certified nutritionist is also advised. Recipes can be obtained online.

Check out http://www.petdiets.com/
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Old 12-24-2013, 02:11 PM
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If I fed my dog raw chicken and I have a pet bird, (cocktiel) would that make him want to eat the bird?
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If I fed my dog raw chicken and I have a pet bird, (cocktiel) would that make him want to eat the bird?
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