I'm curious. I just read the DCM posts......
I shifted over to a raw diet about 2.5 years ago due to very poor quality kibble and the insane cost here in China. I won't dive into all the reasons why I have shifted. I can and will say that Shadow is a much happier and healthier MiniS.
His diet is primarily raw skinless Chicken Breast. He gets 300 grams/day split into 2 meals. His meals also contain 100 grams/day of a steamed veggie mix. This mix is a concoction of my own base on many hours of research. Generally, it contains carrot, broccoli, snow peas, green beans, cauliflower and a bit of cooked oatmeal. The oatmeal is 50 grams inside of a 800 gram mix of veggie. His treats for training or grooming are either raw chicken bits or banana, apple, blueberry, strawberry....just enough for a smell and a taste. Each week he gets a raw skinless whole chicken leg, bone included.
Occasionally, the chicken will be substitute with beef or pork. Rarely, have I been able to provide any suitable fish. Although, I could purchase fresh fish at the local grocery. A unique thing in China. The meat department has live fish tanks. All kinds of critters like turtles, shrimp, crayfish, clams and a variety of fish. You just grab the net, catch what you want, it gets weighed, killed, cleaned, bagged.
Shadow is an active MiniS. Minimum 3 walks per day ranging from 20 minutes to 2.5 hours. Weekends, it is common for us to be out for 3-4 hours at a time. Yes, I watch the temperature. This time of year is very hot with temps in the mid to upper 30s C with humidity in the 70% ranges. Heat stroke is a spectre to avoid. Also need to be aware of pavement temperature to avoid burned pads.
The Vet is pleased with Shadow's temperament, health, condition, coat, skin, eyes and his weight. He tips in at a lean, strong 13.5 lb.
I learned much doing my research on canine digestion and their ancestral diet. I also learned that commercial dog food was invented around 1900. Didn't become common until after WW1. This is when Ken-L-Ration was raising herds of horses for their canned dog food. I learned that dogs are direct descendant from wolves. Humans and dogs have been together for over 30,000 years.
So, these are just some of the things I have learned and experience with my investigation and switch to raw food for my Shadow.