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I would really appreciate some advice on raw feeding please . We have two dogs, a 2 year old pug x french bulldog, and our new rescue puppy who's a 7 month boxer x border terrier.
The pug is no problem apart from all her behavioural issues, and toilets normally, but my boxer cross literally does about 8 poos a day! I'm sure this can't be normal can it? They're normal poos (eg not runny) and she doesn't seem to have a sensitive stomach (ie can eat bits of our leftovers without having an upset stomach). She appears well and healthy, but just does so many flipping poos.
Puppy is on Skinners puppy food with a bit of Chappie so she's more inclined to eat it. She has always pooed this much, even when she was on James Wellbeloved.
I'm not looking forward to the summer when the kids are running around outside - with the amount they do per day I think it's inevitable that some will get trodden in before I get to them
Would raw feeding help reduce the quantity of poos that she does? I understand the poos would be smaller and less offensive, is that right?
Does anyone have a rough idea how much it would cost per month to feed raw? The boxer cross is around the size of a lab and the pug x is just a bit bigger than a pug and doesn't each much. I have room for a chest freezer so can buy the basic raw ingredients, rather than the online expensive frozen blocks, but I just haven't a clue how much it would cost.
DH is only going to be receptive to this if it doesn't cost any more to feed them than it costs on their kibble/chappie currently.
Any other raw info much appreciated - is there an idiots guide to it anywhere as I wouldn't have a clue where to start!
Go to page 7 here in the Doghouse and you'll find a thread "Tell me about BARF" Click on that and there's loads of information from various contributors. My brother and his girlfriend have switched to raw food for their dogs and have found it very easy. They get whole chicken carcasses for free from the butcher, cheap chicken wings, lamb and have also bought the frozen packs of tripe etc. They also add some kind of fish oil (can't remember exactly) and give pilchards every now and again). I remember that the food should be about 2% of body weight of dog...sure if you google you'll come up with some guidelines...