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Old 03-25-2009, 07:31 PM   #291
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Thanks Janie - Great to hear how well your dogs are doing on raw as well!

I honestly found(and I may have said this already) that the hardest part of raw feeding for me was the lack of support/knowledge about raw feeding in the people I talk to in person. My Mom(who knows dogs) is sold after living with Susie since the fall - she says that Susie is the nicest smelling 1 year old dog she has ever met - breath & coat - (this is even more impressive when you find out I have never bathed her - the closest thing that Susie has ever had to a bath in over a year is laying in her wading pool in the summer time). I was very impressed when Mom agreed that I was right about how I am feeding Susie.

Sorry to hear that the lady you were talking to had such a hard time given by her butcher. I think I would have recommended mine and asked her if she enjoyed being a door mat :>

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Old 03-25-2009, 08:07 PM   #292
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Cass Iv already started to notice how nice they smell all soapy lol and the beds havent needed washing so much every third day we needed to change bedding or wash the soft beds but now we didnt wash the soft beds for a good week if not over and in the beds they dont eat the bones was the same with them we change every second day

Mabel is probably the most professional at eating the bones she takes her time crunches it all up properly and shes the babe but maybe this is because shes started so young its not phaseing her, Molly wishes she could swallow the bones whole but realises she cant, Jasper has gotten so much better and is nearly as good as mabes and Ella struggles but gets there in the end and thoroughly enjoys her struggle lol lol

I would be lost without you guys Id be too worried I think to have started I know I can come on here chat to you girls and say how its going and ask any old question no matter how silly.

Yep I feel really good about how we are feeding our dogs they are teh most content Iv ever seen them and Mr Butcher we all love him all 6 of us lol Daves found sausages made by hand there too so hes a happy boy

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Old 03-26-2009, 09:08 AM   #293
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We saw a huge change in our old boy Hal. Within 3 weeks my house ceased to resemble the OK Corral at high noon, with balls of tumbleweed blowing down the hall every time a door opened or closed. My house no longer smelt of that horrible cheesy dog smell, the dog, the house, everything smelled of nothing rather than manky wet dog !

So glad you are reaping the benefits already Janie, it's great news.

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Old 03-26-2009, 05:25 PM   #294
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Bugle Hi

We definitely are seeing some really positive signs in them all would reccomend this diet to any owner who is thinking what way to feed is best

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Just think what you will be able to do with all the money you save on vet's bills !!

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Old 03-27-2009, 06:01 PM   #296
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Just think what you will be able to do with all the money you save on vet's bills !!
Loads as ours were always at the vets for something I want to save for a caravan so we can travel with the dogs

The gunk has started to come out of thier ears like you guys said it would thier bodies are really detoxing and its great It was quite satisfying clearing out the muck Ellas started first and now are so clean mabel the pup not so bad as shes not been on kibble so long

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Janie,

Once the gunk in the ears is all done coming to the surface, dilute some apple cider vinegar with a bit of warm water, wipe down the inside of the ears. What you will notice after all the gunk is gone, is that the ears will start to be a little oily. You won't see wax or gunk anymore, but the ears start to produce some oil. Not a lot you won't even notice it unless you are playing with the dogs ears. It is normal. Nothing to worry about. A vet explained to me that with the improved diet, the ears actually almost cease producing wax, and instead produce a tiny bit of oil, which with less nutritionally sound diet is actually the wax. You will find the first couple of weeks the oil may trap some dirt from playing outside. Gentle easy cleaning with the diluted vinegar, will take care of that. In a month, the oil will be so minute you won't need to clean, unless the dog is a digger of the garden. Then dirt in the ears is going to occur.

Also, you will notice the quality of the dogs toe nails...not only do they grow faster, but they are stronger. You will probably have to trim nails once a week. When I started raw feeding I went from trimming nails to using a dremel because I noticed quickly the quality of the nail changed. They were much stronger, and they sure grew quickly.
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Haus : I didn't know this about the oil in the ears ! I noticed that Tai's ears, being larger and less hairy than Hal's, are shiny with oil but thought no more about it. Now I know. I have never ever had to clean Hal or Tai's ears, so presumably this is another benefit of raw feeding !

I do know about the claws. I refuse to cut claws ever since I cut Hal's quick by mistake. Tai's are very long and very dangerous because we never walk on pavements or roads, only fields and woods, but we just live with it. When he goes to have a bit of a trim for the summer, I will get the girls to cut them. They are incredibly strong so I doubt even my special dog claw cutters would get through !

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Old 03-28-2009, 08:52 AM   #299
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Dee thanks will get some cider viniger in and have already in just 5 weeks noticed how their claws have grown quick I trim them and do have a strong pair of cutters as schnauzers do have really strong nails already so hopefully we will still be able to do them

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Old 03-28-2009, 12:26 PM   #300
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I've not noticed the nails on Susie but then we walk on pavement quite a lot and that keeps her nails nice and short - I guess that may be the only plus to living in a city

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