The current menu is Nature's Variety Instinct, with a food supplement powder, plain yogurt in the AM, and a spoonful of Wellness canned in the PM. Yeesh! While both dogs have been doing great with this, it can be a pain in the butt, and even then Skye has days she doesn't want to eat. Skye's skin and coat have improved, but nothing fabulous, and they both gained a little weight while on it (I blame the canned).
|Let's go that way Mom.|
Then I was in a store near my house that I hadn't gone to before and they had Nature's Variety Raw patties and meaty bones in a freezer- since then I keep coming back to the appeal of a raw diet. I'm not ready to commit to it, but I've begun researching the basics. I love the idea of my dogs eating like wild animals- growing up my favorite shows were the documentaries of the lions eating the antelope and all that, so I'm not squeamish about handling raw food. But I'm not all that financially secure, and I want to find the most cost effective way to do it before jumping in.
Yesterday I went with my boss to visit her friend that owns a pet supply shop- it was awesome! All high quality foods, raw diets, and practical dog items like interactive toys, backpacks, and lots of Ruffwear. I mentioned my interest in raw feeding, and she gave me a starter kit, a roll of chubs, and two lamb bones for free! They are in my freezer, as I can't decide what to do with them just yet.
So, my raw feeding friends, I have some questions for you:
What is the best way to transition to raw? If you've read my prior posts, neither Parker nor Skye do well switching their food, and I'm worried I'll end up with two very sick pooches if I just give them a raw meal.
There are also so many choices for raw! Where I typically buy their food there is Stella and Chewies Freeze Dried, which doesn't look appetizing (but the dogs loved the free sample they tried), and Honest Kitchen. I would consider trying Honest Kitchen to see how the dogs do, but I'm definitely more drawn to the Patties or other diets that still look like meat. I know once I go down this road I'm going to be obsessed with it. What I'd love is to eventually get on a system like the one Koira and Pallo are on over at My Life with Flyball Dogs.
What do you think? Which type of Raw is easiest to transition to? I can start there and get crazier as time goes on, but I think I'm almost ready to go for it. I'm crunching numbers today to see what I'm spending now, and how that would compare with the different types of raw.
Perhaps there is a combo deal I could do. Kibble with raw one meal, just raw another. As far as actual 'get-from-the-butcher' meats, what would you say is a good one to add in first? Or at all? Can you tell I'm clueless?
Obviously I won't be switching them at random, but over the next few days I'll probably get a little research crazy until I'm more confident in my knowledge. All your help will be hugely appreciated, since I know many of you love feeding raw.
On the home front, everything is going fine... or fine for us. Skye had to go to the vet for an infection on her leg from where a dog scratched her while they were playing and a potential infection on her ear where a friend's dog bit her over a ball. So normal.
Sinatra, aka Blue, is still doing great in his new home. He loves his new mommy and is getting along with their other dog just fine. I'll be going by to visit them in the next few weeks to get my crate back and do a little training with everyone. Our house is almost too quiet without him, but when I woke up this morning to see snow on the ground I was happy he wasn't here. Parker and Skye immediately went back to bed and haven't been seen since, but Sinatra needed his morning walk like a fat kid needs candy.
I did have one really awful day at work, which I'm planning on posting about in the next few days, so I'll leave the subject alone for now. In fact, I'll stop rambling right now, because who knows how long I could go on?
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