I'm curious to know how many of you that feed raw, feed organic meat? Those of you that supplement with veggies, are those organic too? I'm just trying to figure out what needs to be organic and what doesn't. Thanks.
Organic I believe, is a matter of preference. I would prefer to buy all my buddy's food organic, but sadly, that isn't quite feasible right now.
Theoretically, if you feed your dog veggies, it will be expending energy on matter that will have no positive effect for it. If anything, the digestive system will be wasting energy better used to actually retrieve nutrients from meat/bone/organ. (>insert something about doggy digestive track being much shorter than the human digestive track, there for more conducive to raw meat and much, much less conducive to veggies)
For references, explore(usually via Google ) "Barf", "Prey Model", and/or "RMB" raw food models to see if any of those fit for you. This is, if you haven't yet!
However, if you feel as though you wish to firm your dogs stool, Pumpkin/squash should do the trick. This 'trick' is also occasionally not recommended, as the pumpkin will mask your dogs stool, rendering any monitoring of the stool(maintained in order to ensure your dog is digesting properly) useless.
Another tip is to add a little plain yogurt to your puppy's meals, as a pro-biotic to aid healthy digestion if they may be having a little trouble.
Organic meat is probably more important than organic veggies, because they do a lot more to meat. However, organic meat costs about a million dollars a pound. (roughly) So I go with organic veggies and Costco hamburger. However, Merrick Turducken dog food has organic chicken as the first ingredient and priced about the same as other foods. The other meats aren't organic, but at least that's something.
I strive for all organic, but it's not always possible feeding nearly 300lbs of dog. Most fruits/veggies we buy are local/organic, and I'd say about 70% meat. That goes for both humans and dogs in this house.
We can't afford organic meat for ourselves much less the dogs. When I get a chance I like to buy rabbits off the 4H kids, they haven't been fed anything bizarre or chemicalesque, or had any hormone supplementation and they are darn good eating. The dogs get the old stewer rabbits, and they love them.
I'd like to buy organic for the dogs, but there's no way I could afford that. Zero, despite not being the biggest boy on earth, needs to eat a LOT of food to maintain his weight and that would hurt my wallet big time. I buy all the dog meat from Chinatown and have absolutely no idea what hormones or chemicals are used. They don't eat veggies, but if they did, I'd probably not buy organic for that either.
Thanks for all of the tips. I rarely eat organic meat either. Most of the research I have done, showed that many feed organic. I can't afford it at the moment so I guess I'll stick with the regular stuff. I never thought about rabbit, that's a good idea. I'm off to the store!!
I buy organic/free-range when ever I can. Stores, especially like Whole Foods, do charge a TON for organic meats... but you can find reasonable local stuff at farmer's markets, butchers, co-ops, or even directly from the farm.
About organic Veggies, I always buy those, period. As well as eggs and other dairy products.
A good middle ground is to get "natural" -- hormone, antibiotic, etc. free -- meat. What I'm really worried about is all of the crap they feed/inject into the cows. Honestly, though, when there was a really good deal on regular ground beef, and I bought a lot of it for Bailey.
Similarly, for produce, I do try to get organic for fruits and veggies that are "soft"/readily permeable by pesticides (e.g. strawberries) but don't worry as much about those like oranges or bananas, where you remove the skin anyway. Bailey's off fruits and veggies now, though, so I guess that only applies to me.
I think we all have to figure out what we're comfortable with. I personally go back and forth between I can't afford 2-3 times as much for the food and it being really important to me to eat organic. I'm a little up and down these days with the economy anyway.
Just about all the meat I buy for Auggie is clearance stuff - things that are "sell by" dated the day I buy them. I freeze everything for several days anyway, so it's no big deal, and it's SUPER cheap that way.
So... nope, no organic for us. There's a farmer's market here that will open up again when the weather gets nicer, and sometimes there is fresh meat there, so I might buy a few things from local farmers though!
I am able to feed organic free range livestock and poultry as we know people who raise their own livestock and we have a local organic butcher who is not any more expensive than grocery stores. Sometimes looking around for a private butcher is a good ideal I also have a friend who raises organic free range chickens he gives me his eggs that are a few days old as he only sells fresh organic eggs to retail outlets.
For veggies and fruit which are very important part of my dogs diet I feed organic only. They get a lot of berries and in the summer I have my own garden, apple orchird and have lots of berries growing wild on my land. It's neat as well as I notice that the local Coyotes that live in my back woods eat lots of vegetation, berries and apples etc they do not live just on what they kill. I also feed organic plain yogurt, flaxseed, grains, rice etc. I have been trying to eat and feed only organic for a few years, the prices have been coming down a lot of the years. I think if we demand our food be grown/raised naturally it will come down more.