Originally Posted by Katelou1980
Phil, I hear you!! I've considered it but I'm so confused by it! We measure everything Monty had and as such, he's a good weight. I'm worried about what to give him and the potential cost of it!
It's not as tricky as you might think, have a read of the posts on here and there's a facebook group 'rawfeeding rebels', between them you'll get all the info you need.
I have 2 raw fed labs, a 2 year old boy (29kg) who's been raw fed now for about 18 months, and a 4 month old girl (I'm not sure of her weight as I just go by eye), they're both getting about 800g of meat per day. Since I went up to 2 dogs I've been keeping a track of what I spend on food for them, just for my own records really, and looking back now since mid January it's been costing me £15 per week for the 2 of them, so about £60 per month.
It's recommended you feed 2-3% of body weight per day, so maybe start at 2.5% and then up or down depending on if they need to gain or lose, my 2 year old has been on 800g (just over 2.5%) now for a long time, and he's been a steady 29kg for well over 12 months now, he's on the lean side which is how I like him but just keep an eye on them and adjust accordingly.
I get everything from a butcher on my local market, I'm probably lucky in what I can get from them but there's also loads of online places that will deliver direct to your door!
They get a combination of different things depending on what the butcher has in when I go - Minced green tripe, minced beef (butchers own pet mince), minced chicken, ox heart, pig heart, lamb heart, chicken heart, ox cheek, beef rib, lamb rib, trotter, pig tail, chicken wings, chicken drumsticks, chicken carcass, ox tail, lamb shoulder, basically any cheap cuts of meat that are left over once us humans have taken away the nice fillets!
I also feed veg (which some may debate) carrots, cabbage, spinach, swede, parsnip, broccoli, what ever raw veg we have left at the end of the week gets thrown in the blender! They get about 50g of that once per day, normally with their breakfast.
Why do I feed raw? Well I see kibble as a meat (in pretty low quantities) that's been processed beyond all recognition, and then they add fillers and vitamins to it to make it complete once again! Would I feed my kids processed food everyday, no, so I don't with my dogs either. I'm not on a high horse about it, I've fed kibble and pretty rubbish stuff too in the past, but I'm now much more aware about what I eat, my kids, my dogs.
Kibble is much more convenient, just pour out of the bag twice a day. Green tripe stinks and you'll get blood all over your kitchen butchering an ox heart! Everyone can make up their own mind!