i have turkey necks in the freezer, I need to remember to get pictures when I feed them. I also got a whole fish (tilapia maybe? something small and I don't remember lol) for Gavroche, I'm curious to see his reaction lol
Bravo for starting this thread.
Without a doubt, a species-appropriate, enzyme-rich, balanced raw meat diet is absolutely the best. Clients I refer this to get their pets off of terrible grain-ladden kibble (up to 75% carbohydrates!) notice an immediate change for the better.
But this isn't good news for most vets.
In fact, the unethical AVMA & AAHA have condemned feeding carnivores (dogs) and obligate carnivores (cats) a raw-meat diet... imagine, condemning a species-appropriate diet, one that they've been eating since the creation should be criminal... but they have to protect the veterinarian's pocketbook, not the health of your pet.
Here's my Siberian Husky's diet. He was fat, had allergies and was diabetic when I found him and now he's the healthiest and best looking dog around.
His daily diet is split into two feedings and takes just 5 minutes to make: Half pound of raw chicken or beef, half pound of raw organ meats (combination of chicken hearts, chicken liver, beef kidneys & beef liver), two raw eggs, one raw meaty beef rib for his teeth, two krill oil capsules and a multivitamin. Everything bought at the grocery store for around $2/day!
Half pound of raw chicken or beef, half pound of raw organ meats (combination of chicken hearts, chicken liver, beef kidneys & beef liver), two raw eggs, one raw meaty beef rib for his teeth, two krill oil capsules and a multivitamin. Everything bought at the grocery store for around $2/day!
That doesn't sound very balanced. That's a LOT of organ (you give 1/2 a pound every single day?!), and not much bone. Also, hearts don't count as organs, they count as regular muscle meat. I suppose if there's enough hearts in the mix compared to the other organs, it might not be such a huge amount of organs...
I'm a recent convert. I tried this years ago and quickly dispensed with it after one dog was gagging on a bone. So about mid December, I gave it another whirl, did lots of research, read what really is going on with commercial food, what's in it, how they lie in labeling, all the recalls and poisonings... and just basically got fed up. (pun intended) I got lots of help and am going full speed ahead with great success for my Chihuahua and two toy Poodles.
I did have a need to improve on my freezer situation...went from this:
I didn't include any chicken pictures but there's lots of chicken with bone. (wings, backs, necks mostly)With the bones that are scantily covered, they get some chunks of meat, either chicken or something else plus tripe. They get a large variety plus eggs, which they love a couple times a week just drizzled over their food.
I have a little story. Jose`, for ages had horrendous breath. Not your garden variety, but something more sinister, such as something in his stomach that was very wrong. Two vets couldn't come up with anything. We tried digestive enzymes from the store, we tried something for acid reflux. No change. Put these dogs on a raw diet, including (very significant, I feel) raw, green tripe. Viola`! Bad breath gone. History. They are healthier I think, teeth beautiful and loads of energy. Jose` just turned 14 on March 1st. Since starting this diet, his arthritis seems better, he has more energy and is much more playful and rarin' to go. His coat is shiny as a newly minted silver. The Poodles are the same. It's just harder to tell on their curly coats. So, I am glad I braved it once again. It is now routine, easy and not so daunting as it was in the beginning.