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Old 02-23-2012, 19:13   #11
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They self-regulate, really well on raw! I was amazed. At least my cat did. And it was a lot less than any of his other foods.

Tons of info on raw-feeding if you google it.

I stopped b/c I had one cat who ran under the furniture with raw meat ... and my husband had MRSA. Otherwise it is terrific.

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They self-regulate, really well on raw! I was amazed. At least my cat did. And it was a lot less than any of his other foods.

Tons of info on raw-feeding if you google it.

I stopped b/c I had one cat who ran under the furniture with raw meat ... and my husband had MRSA. Otherwise it is terrific.
Why does Merrick make more than one line of dog food? (just curious) I've seen the raw food at our grocery store in the pet food aisle in the frozen pet food section. I need to google that subject.

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I think Wellness is canned by Merrick? Look on Itchmo! Terrific forum.

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If my dog, Lily, will eat raw food - is there a formula by which I can determine how much raw food to give her? She weighs between 5.5 lb (sorry I don't know metric) and 6.5 lbs. The vet has cautioned us on over feeding as she does have arthritis and her legs are almost pencil thin. So I don't want her to become overweight for her age. Bones are something that is very hard to find at our grocery store. Small butcher shops are almost obsolete here in the U.S.
Bones and Butchers - I don't know what they do with the bones. When I was a boy, they gave them away for dogs. But as you say, we're now at the mercy of the supermarket - that's why Alys doesn't get as many bones as she would like!

As to how much. Yep, there's a formula that Judy follows reasonably closely. She first found out about the diet concept on the internet - site is Raw Meaty Bones
We found the UK support site, United Kingdom Raw Meaty Bones Support & Action Group a bit easier going. The page you are interested in is United Kingdom Raw Meaty Bones Support & Action Group.

Quick conversion - 1 kilo is 2.2 lbs, so if you divide her weight by 2, you won't go far wrong! Basic rule is that you should feed the dog about 20% of their body weight over a week. So a little one like your pup should scoff about 1 lb over the week. Do ease her into the diet - although she should make the change fairly easily, she certainly doesn't need any more stress.

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My 2 dogs get a raw chicken wing each morning, plus a dish of dry food, I used to give them supermarket dry food which they weren't too keen on but tried a brand which my vet recommended & they love it, at night they get 250g each of raw red meat, plus a marrowbone couple of times a week, bones are fairly cheap from my butcher

Strawberry at this time of your elderly dogs life I think I would be sticking to the food she loves & you know she will eat, I had a small poodle years ago who lived till she was 20. She was blind, had to be carried outside to do her business, had no teeth so all her food had to be puréed, when we took her to our vet for various ailments. & questioned whether she should be put to sleep he always said she was just old & not in any pain or discomfort so no need, eventually she died in her sleep lying in her favorite spot in front of the fire.

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My 16 year old blue cattle dog (see my avatar) was deaf and almost blind in her last year, then developed a thyroid tumour. I discovered that she loved raw chicken wings, so that's what I fed her, getting the smaller ones when possible because the bones are softer. And cheese for her tablets, which she loved. She was still eating these happily even as the tumour grew aggressively and intruded on her oesophageal space, till one day she just looked at me from the kitchen floor when I came home, instead of getting up to greet me. I rang the vet and half an hour later she was at peace.

 
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My 16 year old blue cattle dog (see my avatar) was deaf and almost blind in her last year, then developed a thyroid tumour. I discovered that she loved raw chicken wings, so that's what I fed her, getting the smaller ones when possible because the bones are softer. And cheese for her tablets, which she loved. She was still eating these happily even as the tumour grew aggressively and intruded on her oesophageal space, till one day she just looked at me from the kitchen floor when I came home, instead of getting up to greet me. I rang the vet and half an hour later she was at peace.
16 is a great age for a cattle dog but it is never long enough

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16 is a great age for a cattle dog but it is never long enough
Too true. That boundless enthusiasm for life and eternal optimism, on top of the undying loyalty... I've had several other dogs, all of whom I loved dearly, but none that got into my heart in exactly the same way as Caddie.

 
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Just a thought....we have an older chihuahua and they are known to problems with their teeth when they are get older. They also tend to lose them easily and they crack. Mine has no problems so far but can't imagine him chewing bones and raw meat and work for his. I have a friend that does the raw thing with hers but they are young large dogs.

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My 16 year old blue cattle dog (see my avatar) was deaf and almost blind in her last year, then developed a thyroid tumour. I discovered that she loved raw chicken wings, so that's what I fed her, getting the smaller ones when possible because the bones are softer. And cheese for her tablets, which she loved. She was still eating these happily even as the tumour grew aggressively and intruded on her oesophageal space, till one day she just looked at me from the kitchen floor when I came home, instead of getting up to greet me. I rang the vet and half an hour later she was at peace.

A number of years ago I saw an ad in the newspaper for a Chihuahua, made an appt to see her and fell in love instantly. Several weeks after that I noticed she was eating like she was starving and also sleeping a lot. Took her to the vet and he said "Well, Congratulations, you're going to be Grandma".

Six weeks later my dog delivered one puppy on my husband's birthday. When he saw the puppy he said "As soon as she is weaned, you need to find her a home." Yeah.......right!!! The puppy licked his finger whilst she still did not have her eyes open. That 'puppy' lived with us until the day we had to put her down from kidney failure. The vet that put her down cried as much as I did. These furry kids have a way of making footprints on our hearts and our lives are never the same.

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