Recommend me a dry food for my raw fed lurcher please?

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user1494670108 Thu 17-Jan-19 08:56:47

We're spending a week in a camper van with our lurcher in May so I'd like to be able to feed him a dried food that week without the farts that non raw food can cause!
I'm thinking that I'll gradually introduce it a week or two before we go but don't know where to start on brands or types.

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WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 09:00:35

That's a big risk to take. Putting him on dry will cause very bad issues with stomach and poo.

Why can't you feel raw while away? I've been feeding raw for over 25 years now and have never had to stop for a trip. We used to camp at least 20 times a year for dog events.

WatcherOfTheNight Thu 17-Jan-19 09:07:29

Hi Op give Millies Wolfheart a call ,they've a nutritionist who can advise you .

3 of mine have a combination of raw & Millies Turkey & veg .
There are a lot of others who feed Millies Wolfheart that travel with their dogs who do the same .
They have a FB group that can also be very helpful for advice.

user1494670108 Thu 17-Jan-19 09:18:14

I don't want to cause problems and we travelled to Ireland last year with him but I doubt the freezer box in the van will be.m big enough for a week and also there's the issue of thawing it in a small van with 5 of us in it.
That is why I'd like to give dried if I can without causing problems - I guess trying it at home is the way to go

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WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 09:28:20

Are you not going to be near a supermarket? Does the campsite not have a shop?

Detoxpup Thu 17-Jan-19 10:27:03

It won't cause issues. A raw fed dog can tolerate reverting back to other food easier as their stomach acid and stomach balance is top notch!

Millies is good or forthglade although not dry is easy to store I would get the grain free.

WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 10:38:46

That's odd, Detox. What qualifications do you have to state that so boldly as everyone I have ever spoken to in raw feeding (and I'm part of a large community) knows that switching from raw to kibble causes stomach issues, and vice versa?


Detoxpup Thu 17-Jan-19 10:45:07


spot102 Thu 17-Jan-19 10:54:29

Depending on how your circumstanced, you could buy raw meat daily from local shop. Chicken pieces and mince are usually readily available.
Ours have usually had chicken legs supplemented with whatever else is going (assuming it's appropriate for dogs). The JRussel would happily live on chicken legs alone, but I believe that can make them constipated, so will ensure he gets some veg as well.

WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 11:04:33

Clearly, Detoxpup hmm

Chicken wings have the ideal meat:bone ratio. They can be frozen or bought fresh and they last a couple of days, especially if kept in a cool bag outside. My dogs prefer them the greener the better envy not envy!

Veg should only be fed very minimally and should be processed/blended, apart from the odd, say, carrot as a treat.

Pasithea Thu 17-Jan-19 11:07:54

Whenever we are in a situation where I can’t feed raw. Which is very rarely. I use nature diet handy pack sizes no trouble and not kibble.

Detoxpup Thu 17-Jan-19 11:21:59

WhyDontYouComeOver have you ever fed your raw fed dog a kibble meal occasionally?

WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 11:24:28

Which one? I've had 9 raw fed dogs.

WatcherOfTheNight Thu 17-Jan-19 11:28:25

As I've said ,I've 3 fed like this .
No issues whatsoever ,I wouldn't do it otherwise.

2 of my boys are 6 ,they've had combined diet for 5 years ,they are in tip top condition & super healthy .

Detoxpup Thu 17-Jan-19 11:56:22

So it can be done no issues on combined diets smile

WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 12:03:00

Detoxpup - the person above has clearly stated she's been feeding a mixed diet for 5 years. We are talking about a sudden change. The difference is enormous.

Detoxpup Thu 17-Jan-19 12:07:29

I'm thinking that I'll gradually introduce it a week or two before we go but don't know where to start on brands or types.

wanders off as really confused and bored now.......

WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 12:09:23

A week or two is a sudden change. The after-effects of introducing dry food to a dog that has always been fed raw can last for many weeks.

Not sure if you're still around, OP, but there are plenty of raw options if you're going away just for a week. The above suggestion of Naturediet is a good one. They have a high water content and aren't particularly great, but for a week they'll be fine. They are in handy travel-suitable packs too.

Kennycalmit Thu 17-Jan-19 12:19:36

Don’t do this. You’d be switching his food too much and will cause problems

It really isn’t difficult to raw feed even with travelling. Get a small freezer or cool box. Don’t switch the food you’ll regret it

Floralnomad Thu 17-Jan-19 12:47:00

Have a look at the Natures Menu range they do a venison and blueberry biscuit .

Beaverhausen Thu 17-Jan-19 12:51:40

Purizon is 70% protein. Also have a look on zooplus they have a variety of tinned meats without aĺl the added crap.

ferretface Thu 17-Jan-19 12:57:21

It isn't necessarily easy to feed raw while camping, depending on what you actually mean by camping. Backpacking, remote bothies etc - if the human food can't be kept cold and you have no means of refrigeration then neither can the dog food. We've done plenty of trips where there are no shops and all you have with you is what you carry.

We feed a mixed diet for exactly this reason, so we can switch to dry only if needed for short periods of time. I would recommend it irrespective of all the (non science based) pearl clutching in the purist raw feeding communities smile

WatcherOfTheNight Thu 17-Jan-19 13:06:00

Op ,Millies has a nutritionist who is very good ,if they think it's not suitable they will tell you,they won't just sell for the sake of it.

I'm pretty sure some of the agility people & others were in this situation ,that's how they ended up with Millies .
There are a few of them on the Fb group the last time I was on there ,I'm sure they'd be helpful.

WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 13:19:03

Millie's is very high protein, still has some really pointless ingredients and adds vitamins because their processing means that it's necessary to do so. I wouldn't touch it, but its lack of grain makes it a better option than most other kibbles.

spot102 Thu 17-Jan-19 13:45:31

Agree with ferretface, feed a varied diet regularly then no problems when travelling, always something available. But this has to be started well before the proposed trip!!

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