Just after New Year’s Mr B was switched over to a raw diet. I originally starting researching raw because of his gas. It didn’t matter what food I tried or what protein source, it was always bad.
I’m trying to follow prey model raw as opposed to BARF, the main difference is that the former does not include grains, fruits, vegetables, or dairy products.
This is a very big change so I did literally hours of research, including joining some Facebook groups and email lists. Previously Mr B and the other dogs had had raw eggs, boneless chicken, and chicken livers as treats so I wasn’t concerned about him accepting the food. It was the thought of dogs actually eating bones when we’ve been told for years that’s a big no.
I started him on chicken leg quarters, which I found for .99 per pound. The first meal started with a lot of sniffing and then licking, then he tackled the meal like he’d been eating raw for years! Since then he’s had more eggs and livers as well as chicken feet.
We are currently on day 13 and the gas is gone. He’s a bit more active and there’s a noticeable improvement in his breath. Getting started is admittedly a bit of work…finding sources, comparing prices, storing food. I do weigh each of his meals which many raw feeders don’t do; maybe I’ll eventually get to the point of being comfortable just eye-balling portions.
So definitely expect to see more posts and photos about raw feeding from us, and don’t forget to stop by and ‘like’ Mr B on Facebook!
(the first two photos are from Mr B’s first raw meal, the others are from a few days later)