I came to a point with Hazel that I wanted to do the best I could by her, even if it meant buying meat. I have been doing ok with it and she seems to be doing well, however she still occasionally itches and something is telling me I could do even better for her.
I've read about RAW diets before and dismissed them immediately. Sure, I heard of the benefits, but if I was honest with myself, I knew I couldn't handle it.
Now, months later, I am seeing more and more dogs thrive on that diet, sooooooooo, have been researching. I have found some great groups to join and am learning everything I can before taking the plunge. There is a lot of planning involved before changing over.
I found a nice little calculator that tells me, based on her weight and activity, how much food she will need. Math is not my strong suit!
I started to get nervous again, worrying about all of the ratios and making sure there was enough variety that I chickened out.There are different types of RAW diet, the PREY and BARF. I have chosen the latter.
Hazel has always had raw meaty bones, so that part will not be a new adjustment for her. Here she is enjoying a turkey back on her "eating gross things" blanket.
I ended up finding a local source that makes the diet for me. They have the bone, organ meat, muscle meat, etc already set, so it will take the guess work out until I become more comfortable. I am reading everything I can get my hands on to educate myself before taking the plunge to doing it on my own. I am trying to find sources for organs and muscle meat that will not break the bank.
Tomorrow we receive our first delivery...wish us luck!