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Ok, I know this has been talked about alot, but I don't have the time to look through them all, so very sorry if I am asking questions that have already been discussed a bunch. I was wondering what kind (like brand) of meat, or where you buy your meat from. Because all the diseases/parasites in meat and antibiotic and stuff. Also how much would I feed my dog? She is a bichon poodle and weighs about 11 pounds. And last question, how would I start her on a raw diet? I am feeding her a half homemade and half eagle pack (holistic select lamb and rice) diet right now.
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I buy meat from the grocery store, good enough for me, good enough for my dogs. Some buy organic or grass fed meats. Some people just throw out the kibble and give the dog a piece of chicken to start out. 2% body weight to start, more or less as you go on depending on how the dog looks. 2% of 11 pounds is 3.5 ounces. With small dogs the percentage can be higher.
 

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If you're not willing to do the work to read the posted information, you don't have the time or willingness to feed raw. Find a good kibble.
 

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I agree with jesirose. There's nothing wrong with what you're feeding now. Raw diets require a LOT of research and planning to get right. It's not as simple as knowing what kind of meat -- you need to know how to start, how much to feed of what, what percentage of her diet should be bone/meat/organ, when to feed, etc. If you really want to get her started on a raw diet, please go and look through the stickies. All of it is important information.
 

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I'm in for doing the research too, or find a good kibble. A bad raw diet is far worse than a good kibble.
 

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Read:
http://www.rawlearning.com/
http://www.dogaware.com/wdjhomemade5.html
http://www.kaossiberians.com/rawfeeding.html
http://www.skylarzack.com/rawfeeding.htm

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If you're too busy to learn about how to feed raw, then you're too busy to feed raw. It's as simple as that. If you want to feed raw but can't afford the time to research and plan meals, there are many pre-made commercial raw options.

You need to understand that when you feed prey-model raw, you are in complete control of what goes into your dog's body. You need to know how to prevent deficiencies in Omega-3, how to maintain a good calcium:phosphorus ratio... I'm not just throwing these terms out there to make it seem complicated. They're not complicated, you just have to do the necessary reading. There are plenty of resources in the stickies (which I directed you to) where you can find out these things instead of people having to type them out all over again for you.
 
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