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I had rescued a chaweenie about a year ago. She had terrible breath, loose stools and was lethargic. I had taken her to our vet who could not find the problem., maybe the food he said? I then took her to a homeopathic provider ,our whole family goes to her. After MANY tests it turned out the preservative in the dog food were making her sick.. since that time she is on our diet. We eat salmon ( from alaska) not the nasty farmed fish that is loaded with bacteria. She also eats dehydrated veggies that we buy at a dog food store. It's so easy put 1 scoop in a cup of hot water. You will be amazed at how much veggies there are. She also gets a few pieces of a apple. Breakfast is 2 egge white and veggies. At night she gets a home made pupachino's, none dairy. She looks amazing,no stink breath, no stomach pain, no diarrhea and no tearing from her eyes. The salmon is not ex pensive if you add up all the food you buy and dont work we use the the wild alaskin company. She is 1000x better and like a puppy again, shes 6. I would recommend it for anyfurbaby who has stomach issues.
 

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Honestly, a diet of nothing but salmon and vegetables isn't a balanced diet for a dog.
 

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While it is certainly true that no single kibble is going to work for ALL dogs, dogs have thrived for many years on commercial kibbles. It takes some trial-and-error to find the right one, but the prospect of assembling a truly complete homemade diet is probably more daunting than most realize.

With only one 27 pound dog on the house (previous dogs ranged from 60-116 pounds and we had multiples) I have recently switched from ProPlan kibble to a commercial fresh, refrigerated dog food. I did my research and found a couple that were highly recommended and let the dog decide which he preferred. This is in no way intended as an endorsement, so I won't mention the brand.
 

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I also want to emphasize - especially for anyone reading this who might be unaware - NEVER feed a dog raw salmon when it's from the Pacific Northwest! These fish can contain a parasite that may be harboring a bacterium that causes salmon poisoning in dogs. These parasites are actually more common in wild salmon (although farmed salmon is still a risk). The disease is treatable if caught early, but highly deadly if left untreated. Always cook salmon from the at-risk regions (including Alaska) thoroughly before feeding it to your dogs.

What veggie mix is it? I'm also curious if it adds extra vitamins and minerals to make sure things are balanced.
 

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Great to hear that you have found something that helped your dog! Others have made very valid points. I want to add that any time a dog is on a homemade diet it would be wise to do regular blood panels to make sure the chemistry indicates a healthy dog, and remains consistent (it is useful for any dog owner to get a baseline for their dog). With diet, there needs to be consideration for long term impact.

For example, a dog on a diet too high in fat can appear vibrant, probably very shiny coat, etc. But too much fat over time can lead to pancreatitis. A diet lacking in nutritional balance (which is the biggest concern with homemade diets) can produce excellent immediate results but lack of an essential vitamin, mineral, enzyme, etc. can cause problems.
 

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Honestly, a diet of nothing but salmon and vegetables isn't a balanced diet for a dog.
Harvey's., This is vet approved. Luna has a sensaticaty to additives and raw is dangerous today. She gets all her vitamins needed with the dehydrated veggies.she does ear organic chicken once in awhile. The skin in the salmon is LOADED with vitamins. She is in excellent health.As many vets have told me while I wanted to know why she was losing weigh and eye tearing. Dogs like people need a diet that is right for them. She gets checked every month with the homeopathic dr.she keeps us up to date on her health.she also wont have hip and bone problems. The oil in the salmon and potluck keeps them healthy.
Thank you for your comment,I am open to all opinions. 🙂
I also want to emphasize - especially for anyone reading this who might be unaware - NEVER feed a dog raw salmon when it's from the Pacific Northwest! These fish can contain a parasite that may be harboring a bacterium that causes salmon poisoning in dogs. These parasites are actually more common in wild salmon (although farmed salmon is still a risk). The disease is treatable if caught early, but highly deadly if left untreated. Always cook salmon from the at-risk regions (including Alaska) thoroughly before feeding it to your dogs.

What veggie mix is it? I'm also curious if it adds extra vitamins and minerals to make sure things are balanced.
Hi, you are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, my mistake I assumed they knew. I'm very sorry
 

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Great to hear that you have found something that helped your dog! Others have made very valid points. I want to add that any time a dog is on a homemade diet it would be wise to do regular blood panels to make sure the chemistry indicates a healthy dog, and remains consistent (it is useful for any dog owner to get a baseline for their dog). With diet, there needs to be consideration for long term impact.

For example, a dog on a diet too high in fat can appear vibrant, probably very shiny coat, etc. But too much fat over time can lead to pancreatitis. A diet lacking in nutritional balance (which is the biggest concern with homemade diets) can produce excellent immediate results but lack of an essential vitamin, mineral, enzyme, etc. can cause problems.
Hi, As I noted that Luna sees a homeopathic dr every 2 months to make sure EVERYTHING Is working so far. This diet was not homemade but suggested by the homeopathic dr. Its quite expensive but as I see it it is money well spent to increase her lifespan. Yes It is true that what works at this age might not work as she gets older. She also has treats that are made from sweet potato, asparagus and other veggies that I make myself. Thank you for your comment, they are always welcomed. I sometimes forget about the homemade cookies.🙂
 

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No worries! I wanted to specify because we have a lot of people who are new to dogs - and are sometimes quite young as well - coming through here looking for information, and salmon poisoning is so easy to have never heard of if you haven't ever read up on feeding dogs raw/homemade diets. Especially since it's one of those weird things that seems to only affect dogs. Sounds like you're being really thorough, and I'm glad you found something that works for your pup with such special dietary needs!
 

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I had rescued a chaweenie about a year ago. She had terrible breath, loose stools and was lethargic. I had taken her to our vet who could not find the problem., maybe the food he said? I then took her to a homeopathic provider ,our whole family goes to her. After MANY tests it turned out the preservative in the dog food were making her sick.. since that time she is on our diet. We eat salmon ( from alaska) not the nasty farmed fish that is loaded with bacteria. She also eats dehydrated veggies that we buy at a dog food store. It's so easy put 1 scoop in a cup of hot water. You will be amazed at how much veggies there are. She also gets a few pieces of a apple. Breakfast is 2 egge white and veggies. At night she gets a home made pupachino's, none dairy. She looks amazing,no stink breath, no stomach pain, no diarrhea and no tearing from her eyes. The salmon is not ex pensive if you add up all the food you buy and dont work we use the the wild alaskin company. She is 1000x better and like a puppy again, shes 6. I would recommend it for anyfurbaby who has stomach issues.
I also did not add in that every other day luna has 2 egg whites cooked with her vegetables. . I also bake her sweet potato cookies, asparagus ( Which she loves) along with other dog friendly treats. I also brush her teeth everyday. Every 6 months she gets them cleaned at the vet. A dogs teeth are just as important as anything else.
No worries! I wanted to specify because we have a lot of people who are new to dogs - and are sometimes quite young as well - coming through here looking for information, and salmon poisoning is so easy to have never heard of if you haven't ever read up on feeding dogs raw/homemade diets. Especially since it's one of those weird things that seems to only affect dogs. Sounds like you're being really thorough, and I'm glad you found something that works for your pup with such special dietary needs!
Thank you, wishing you ,your family and furbaby,heath and stay safe
 

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No worries! I wanted to specify because we have a lot of people who are new to dogs - and are sometimes quite young as well - coming through here looking for information, and salmon poisoning is so easy to have never heard of if you haven't ever read up on feeding dogs raw/homemade diets. Especially since it's one of those weird things that seems to only affect dogs. Sounds like you're being really thorough, and I'm glad you found something that works for your pup with such special dietary needs!
You are absolutely right! True I cant stress enough that the salmon and pollock be cooked thoroughly. I read about 2 dogs who had gotten salmon poisoning from running around a lake where salmon are. They were so sick they were in the hospital for a week. There are thermometer that you can check if it is cooked through. I only give luna fillets since they are thinner and cook through much easier ( also burn easier lol). We all love our family and that includes our fur babies 😊🐩🐕‍🦺🦮🐕🐈🐶🐾🐾🐾
 

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Its quite expensive but as I see it it is money well spent to increase her lifespan.
Yup. And if you think feeding a small dog raw is expensive, imagine what it takes with a large dog. I keep seeing people who claim they can feed raw cheaper than commercial diets. However, they always seem to be talking about the meat part only, which they get from some source not available to most of us. Add in the supplements necessary to balance things, and I just don't think it can be as inexpensive as even quality kibble.

I have an allergy girl, Story, and couldn't find a kibble that worked for her so was pretty much forced to raw. After a couple of years of "real raw," I started using the only base diet that didn't have anything in it she had a sensitivity to. I figured, okay, it costs more but it will be easier, and I was willing to pay through the nose for easier.

All of a sudden a couple of months ago, Story started popping hot spots again worse than ever. I know different allergies can develop over time, but I also know commercial diet manufacturers can change their formulas without notice, so I took her off the base diet and went back not-so-easy raw. Lo and behold and knock on wood, all four of the hot spots she had when I made the change are now cleared up; three are hairing over; and the cyclone of them seems to have stopped.

So my non-allergy girl is now getting to eat raw with the 12 pounds of base mix I had in the cupboard when I made the change.
 

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I feed raw to two large dogs. They eat about 3% of their body weight in a commercial raw mix which includes ground beef bone. I try to keep the price under $2 a pound. I add raw eggs (shell and all... I don't break them) and I add green tripe as well as some coked spinach (even though the raw has vegetable in it), raw carrots sometimes and whole milk plain yogurt. Break fast is a raw chicken breast or thigh, bones, skin and all (I buy whatever is on sale.. usually under $1 a pound).

Friend of mine has access to wholesale restaurant meat and owns a big grinder and makes all her food for quite a lot less than I am paying (but I do not have access to wholesale prices).

As long as I can afford to do it (the costs of this actually prevents me from becoming a "dog collector") I doubt I will feed kibble again. My dogs have much cleaner teeth and less poop on this raw diet.
 

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As long as I can afford to do it (the costs of this actually prevents me from becoming a "dog collector") I doubt I will feed kibble again. My dogs have much cleaner teeth and less poop on this raw diet.
Keeping the IMO-not-adoptable when I did rescue was one of the reasons I quit. I feared becoming like the hoarders you hear about being caught up by animal control, and I never had more than 5 of my own and a couple more waiting for homes.

When I first put Story on raw, I felt guilty because I had two others still on kibble. I lost my rescue boy at the beginning of the whole Covid thing, so now have only the two girls. Being heavy-set Rotties, they can't handle anything like 3%. The younger one gained almost as much Covid weight as I did. She's had more success losing it :), and I'm still working on finding a maintenance diet. She's going to stay on raw since I also lost my last horse about the same time I lost Victor and will be able to manage it. Story, 8-1/2 and slowing down with arthritis, gained weight when I started her on raw and always required a lot less than recommended amounts of first kibble and now raw. She's doing well with about 1.75% of her weight these days.
 

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I had rescued a chaweenie about a year ago. She had terrible breath, loose stools and was lethargic. I had taken her to our vet who could not find the problem., maybe the food he said? I then took her to a homeopathic provider ,our whole family goes to her. After MANY tests it turned out the preservative in the dog food were making her sick.. since that time she is on our diet. We eat salmon ( from alaska) not the nasty farmed fish that is loaded with bacteria. She also eats dehydrated veggies that we buy at a dog food store. It's so easy put 1 scoop in a cup of hot water. You will be amazed at how much veggies there are. She also gets a few pieces of a apple. Breakfast is 2 egge white and veggies. At night she gets a home made pupachino's, none dairy. She looks amazing,no stink breath, no stomach pain, no diarrhea and no tearing from her eyes. The salmon is not ex pensive if you add up all the food you buy and dont work we use the the wild alaskin company. She is 1000x better and like a puppy again, shes 6. I would recommend it for anyfurbaby who has stomach issues.
Thank you for sharing. I have a 7 months old pomerainian and he has constantly tears come out of his eyes and stains his under eye. What should I do?
 

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I also want to emphasize - especially for anyone reading this who might be unaware - NEVER feed a dog raw salmon when it's from the Pacific Northwest! These fish can contain a parasite
I Prey-Model-Raw feed all three of my dogs. Chicken/Beef straight away. All fish and pork should be frozen 2-3 weeks to kill any parasites.

I suggest you start your dog on very small amounts of organ (kidney/liver) and chicken necks/backs and a bit of beef heart (doesn’t count as organ) and give a raw meaty bone per day
 
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