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    Hey guys. I'm seriously considering making the switch from kibble to raw for Mia. She's always had wicked sensitive skin and I've tried a few different brands on her but nothing seems to really clear it up completely.

    Any advice for starting out? She's 106 lbs now and 11 months old. How much should I feed her each day and what should her daily diet consist of (example of a meal plan maybe?)

    Thank you for any and all advice!

  • #2
    I find this link to be helpful for a general how to switch, and I agree with most of the info there:

    There are also a lot of FB groups you can join. Just be careful, I've seen some good ones and some that are handing out downright scary info like its gospel. The only one I'm in anymore for dogs is called Raw Food Diet for Dogs and Cats, and I help admin (not so much lately, been super busy). But there's good info in the files and a meat resources by area document too.
    Asaah ~ xxx Asaah LaLa, CGC, registered therapy dog


    • #3
      Start out with one protein source. Most of us started with chicken. I'd try feeding 2lbs a day to start with. Increase the amount if she looks too thin. Feed only one meat source for a couple of weeks until you are sure she is digesting it properly and her stools are firm and small. After that still keep feeding chicken but add another protein source. Same thing with the new protein. Eventually you want to feed as wide of a variety of meat as you can find. You dog will love you for the change.


      • #4
        I really like this link:

        Here's a nice chart, too:

        I get shocked compliments all the time about my dogs' hair coats, and they are really amazing. Mouse is so soft and shiny, and none of the dogs smell like dogs at all. Their teeth, too, are insanely nice. Raven is my 12 year old border collie and her teeth are sparkling clean without a bit of tartar. Mouse's teeth are still spotless and sparkling white at six years old. I pay less for well-sourced raw (takes a bit of research and scrounging to get good, cheap sources) than high quality kibble, and I've never had to pay for ANY dental work for any of my dogs (or cats).
        Last edited by mnmouse; 07-08-2016, 05:48 AM.
        Mouse April 2010
        Echo -- run free, Sweetie! Jan 9, 2007 - April 24, 2014 Lost to osteosarcoma at 7 years, 3 months. RIP.