A Testament to Raw Feeding

This is Malcolm at 10 months, shortly before I transitioned him to raw. He weighed about 35#. His coat was dull. He had been treated twice for Demodex, was prescribed antibiotics about every six weeks for his diarrhea, and had near-constant ear infections. He was eating premium, grain-free dog food. My vet told me he was going to die if we couldn’t put some weight on him. Prey model raw was my last-ditch effort to save him.

This is Malcolm now - he’s 3 years old, hangs out between 65 and 70#, and his health is terrific.

Lila had many of the same problems with her weight and digestion. This is her pre-raw:

And now:

I think the pictures speak for themselves. :)

Why I feed PMR
  • Variety - Your pet will be excited for each meal. Feeding raw can make it ridiculously easy to add variety to your pet’s diet. Meeko and the cats get at least 4 different types of animals Variety is key to give your pet a well rounded diet, and to avoid any intolerances/allergies from developing.
  • Clean Teeth - When fed a prey model raw diet, your pets will never need to get their teeth cleaned, nor will they ever need to have their teeth brushed. Meeko came with horrible teeth from his puppy mill situation, and within a month, they were sparkly clean - absolutely no tartar on his teeth! One of my cats suffered from gingivitis, and while he can’t eat a full prey model diet (he has a severe overbite), even his prey model raw meals once a week have helped his teeth become so much cleaner. Additionally, raw meat does not cake onto teeth the way crushed up kibble does.
  • Urinary Tract Health - Meat is 70% water. What does that mean? It means meat contains 7 times the moisture that kibble has, keeping your pet well hydrated. Furthermore, cats do not have a strong thirst drive (they’ve evolved from desert animals!), often leaving them constantly dehydrated - ever wonder why urinary crystals and kidney problems were so common in cats? Yup, you guessed it - it’s because they don’t have enough moisture in their diet!
  • You know what’s exactly in it - You don’t need to worry about recalls, and where the ingredients are from. You are giving food that is human grade, and safe for you to even eat!

I’d really like to know where this one truly originated considering how FALSE it really is. Feeding a dog raw meat does not make a dog vicious or dangerous. Many dogs are given raw meat, raw bones and/or raw organs on occasion or as a treat ( my dog included). Some even being fed it on a daily basis (Prey Model Raw Diet) with fantastic results for the dogs overall health and performance.

I have yet to be cornered and attacked by my 7 kilo ball of fluff and her 35 kilo companion because I fed them a raw meaty bone regularly throughout their lives and will continue to do so.


…or lack thereof.

So I live in the deep south. And fleas are usually AWFUL. We had a serious infestation last year and only comfortis and frequent vacumming managed to subdue it in the end. 

This year…nothing. Now, I can’t say definitively that I have raw feeding to thank for this, but I will say fleas have always been a struggle for us in the past, and now, she just doesn’t get them.

I know she’s being exposed to them, we spend a lot of time in the woods and fields and what not, but she’s never scratching, no flea dirt, no signs of fleas… 

I always check her for ticks after we go for hikes because they’re awful here too, but even when I’m brushing them off me, doesn’t pick up ANY.


Another before and after with my prince for you guys and EYYYYY look who’s got nearly perfect confo!! :D 

I wanted to do this because he’s put on weight and is finally not underweight, and he’s been running and receiving almost-daily massages (yeah I’m a sucker and can’t say no to him) so his body is looking the way it was meant to look at last. Also, it just so happened I snapped a perfect confo shot of him, how could I resist? 

It’s obvious from these pictures he not only put on a few kilos but his entire conformation shifted for the better. He has more angulation now (to be fair he was kinda stretched in the older photo but it was his normal way of standing back then), less reach in the hind legs which is actually nice and caused by his muscles being so much more dense. The bottom of the chest is now actually on the same level as the elbow, the midline is actually in the middle. The vast difference in how he stacks his hind end changed his back line too, giving it a perfect gentle slope.

What can I say, I’m in love with him aesthetically all over again :)

first photo - 2014-07-19
second photo - 2015-01-10

Raw feeding all the way!! :D I know he never would’ve been able to make such a nice recovery on commercial. When I first got him, he was way too weak to excercise so the only thing he could possibly get from pet food was fat. Raw meat gave him the boost his muscles needed to start the recovery and allow him to start excercising to finish the job. Eating bones gave him the gentle work out he could handle and made his entire body stronger (you won’t know how many parts of the canine body are engaged in eating bones until you’ve seen such a weak dog eat them!) Eating frozen meat helped him calm down and relieved the stress of having been starving for so long. 

This dog had a serious, life-threatening case of kidney stones. I was told he had to stay on a special diet of prescription kibble that would’ve cost more than all my pets’ and mine food combined. He’s been successfully eating Prey Model Raw since day one and he’s healthier than ever.

Axel wouldn’t be the dog he is today if it wasn’t for PMR. I hope his example can convince more people to go raw. I’m happy I stuck to my decision to adopt him and to feed him the diet I believed would be best. I’m incredibly proud of him for having come so far. And eternally grateful to raw-fed-pets for providing the knowledge, science, and resources I needed to make the transition and always being there to patiently answer my questions. Best tumblr ever <3 


This is $39.50 worth of raw from my local Asian grocery store. I would say there is about ~6 kg of meat/organs/bones in what I bought.

Here’s the list of things I bought on my trip:

- Duck necks

- Whole duck (including organs)

- Duck gizzards

- Lamb cubes (neck and rib areas)

- Beef stewing cubes

- Pork butt

- Beef liver

- Chicken feet

- Drumsticks (chicken)

- A whole salmon head

It made approx. 50 days’ worth of raw, all stowed away in my freezer. I didn’t bother with the whole duck for now since I already filled several baggies + my 32 tupperwares for Meeko.

I roughly followed the ratio of 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, and 10% organs (liver only this month, usually I also add kidneys or other organs to make up about 5%).

In the icecube trays you see there I have canned tripe, canned sweet potato, and some chicken heart liver (ground mix) in individual portions, so that they are ready to serve with certain meals :)

Meeko went nuts when he saw and smelled all the raw meat, so I gave him a chicken foot to keep him occupied. Cha Cha picked out a cube of beef to snack on while he watched us prepare the meals :)


Prepping the dogs’ meals for the week, with my little helper. This week they’re getting chicken, turkey, sardines, and beef. We added pork last week, and this’ll be the first time getting beef this week. They’ve definitely been thriving, and have had no issues with any new protein sources, so I’m going to try to get my hands on some beef heart this week and, assuming they handle that okay, start introing organs in the next two weeks. (Note: I pulled the meat off of that turkey drumstick, wouldn’t want to risk feeding that bone since it’s weight bearing and my dogs are small)


Prey Model Raw usually means small portions of food (for Cabal and Jude, about 2 pounds per day), but sometimes when I have a full carcass like the alpaca that was recently donated, I let Cabal gorge. He’s eaten full carcasses like this before on numerous occasions, and was raised on raw meat, so is very efficient at devouring the good stuff first and eating the rest last. 

Cabal and Jude chow down on an entire alpaca forelimb. Typically, I will portion the meat into two-pound servings, but sometimes, letting them gorge on something a bit larger is both fun and mentally stimulating for the dogbeasts. 

A few months ago, it would have been impossible to feed Jude and Cabal side-by-side like this, so I’m thrilled by far these two have come in their relationship. It’s taken a lot of work and copious amounts of my time, but in the end, it’s entirely worth it. 

Just joined the raw feeding Facebook group from hell (out of sheer curiosity) and oh my shit. If I had gone to them when I was first starting Jerse on raw I would have said “Fuck this!” and gone back to kibble.

You don’t teach newbies by saying “READ THE FILES!!~!!~~!!!” and yelling at them every time they make a newbie mistake.

I’m so happy to be a part of a wonderful, teaching/question oriented group instead. And we get to brag about our meat finds, that’s always nice :D

So I’m seriously considering switching everyone to prey model raw. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now, and the more I research, the more it just makes sense. 

So I think I’m going to try to transition the dogs over thanksgiving break, since I’ll be home for about a week, and see how they adjust. I’ve been reading a lot of websites and I’m going to start with chicken, and since they’re pretty small (20 lbs and 12 lbs) and only need 4 and 2 and a half ounces a day, it might actually work out to be cheaper/the same price as TOTW. 

My parents should have a pretty easy time of dishing out the dog’s meals if I portion/prepare/freeze everything on the weekends, and they can feed them in the backyard so there’s not as much mess…

But the cats… they already eat canned food so I’m thinking it won’t be that difficult to switch (atleast for the chowhound kitten), but I don’t think my parents could deal with feeding the cats… making sure it stays fresh since they eat slowly, and the mess… 

So I think I’ll transition the dogs first and aim to do the cats when spring semester lets out… since they’ll all be living with me in an apartment next fall and I won’t have to rely on my parents to handle it. Which I am sooo looking forward to, since I spend a fortune on their grain-free wet food.

I’m excited :D Any tips from those who feed raw? Things you wish you knew before you started? Your experiences? 

catcaste  asked:

When I was growing up, my grandmother bred German Shepherd's , all of which were fed a raw diet because my Grandfather was a butcher. The difference between the health of her dogs and the dogs of other breeders was massive, she made a lot more for her pups just because her dogs just always looked so healthy. I'm from Ireland and dogs eating a raw diet is really rare but it's really beneficial. I personally don't believe people should have dogs if they're not fed a raw diet.

Dogs can live healthy lives if not on a raw diet, SO LONG AS THEY ARE GIVEN A HIGH-QUALITY DOG FOOD IN PLACE OF MEAT. Unfortunately, most cheap dog foods on the market today have very low-quality protein and a lot of grains; these are harder for your dog’s body to process, and sit in the intestinal tract and stomach far longer than high-quality proteins (thus, making it easier for bacterial infections to form).

Simply put, a dog’s digestive system is designed for meat, not for grains and other plant matter often used as filler in cheap dog food. If real meat is not the first ingredient in your dog’s kibble, your animal may be at unnecessary risk.  

Dogs fed raw generally have fewer health problems, which saves money in the long run because it equates to fewer vet visits. If you are able to find a source sells raw meat scraps for under $1.00 per pound, it can cost less to feed raw than to feed a high-quality grain-free kibble in the short run, too.

Here’s why: Blue Buffalo, a prime example of the “high-quality grain-free” kibble I mentioned above, costs about $30.00 for an 11-pound bag (which equates to about $2.70 per pound of food) . Given that Cabal and Jude have an ideal body weight of 70 pounds and retain an average activity level, their daily caloric intake should be around 1474 each. Blue Buffalo says that their adult formula has 505 calories per cup. It’s hard to calculate exactly how many cups are in their 11 pound bag due to variations in density and size of the kibble, but we can calculate that in order to give Cabal and Jude their required combined 2948 calories per day, we’d need to shovel out 6 cups of dog food. If we give Blue Buffalo a bit of leeway and estimate that their formula provides 4 cups per pound, we’re using more than 2 pounds of food each day and can conclude that the 11-pound bag of adult kibble will last about 5 days for my two-dog household (correct me if my calculations are wrong; I normally suck at math). 

I used to get my raw meat at $1.00 per pound, and would also feed them meat from the carcasses of animals donated to me for their hides. With that in mind, let’s say that I buy 50# of raw meat at a time (it actually varies depending on my income; sometimes I buy more, often I buy less) and have a 90# goat on hand. 

Since I have two dogs, that means that I’ve got 70# of raw meat for each pup. Feeding 2# of that per day to achieve the number of calories they need means that for $50.00, plus the labor of skinning and butchering myself a goat, I could feed them both on a raw diet for 35 days compared to shelling out $30.00 for only five days with Blue Buffalo. 

But it gets even better! As it turns out, $1.00 per pound is actually overpriced for raw butcher’s scrap. I now pay $0.25 per pound, but, admittedly, I have an in with the butcher because I tan rabbit hides for him. Plus, I’m a taxidermist, and know a lot of the folks in the local farming community, so I get free (or at least very cheap) dead things all the time. Feeding raw is, for me, MUCH cheaper than buying high-quality dog food.

For those who are not taxidermists, and who don’t live near amicable butchers, there are still other options. Often, at the end of the meat section at the local grocer’s, they will have discounted goods on sale when they are nearing their expiration dates. You can also get frozen meats in bulk for under $1.00 per pound at Costco and Grocery Outlet. Ethnic food markets sometimes carry weird organ meats and whole carcasses from prey animals that other grocery stores won’t carry for good prices, too!

You can calculate how much raw meat per day your pup would need based on his wight HERE. And you can calculate how many calories your pup needs to eat on a kibble diet HERE. Remember: You cannot just feed your dog any random meat you want and expect him to get the whole gambit of necessary nutrients. In nature, wild canines eat many parts of their prey’s carcasses in order to obtain all the vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy. You can provide this for your dog while sticking to a budget by following THIS model. 

Raw diets are not for everyone, and high-quality grain-free kibble is an acceptable alternative. You can also feed a diet that is part-kibble and part raw so long as you are feeding the meat and the kibble 12 hours apart (or more) to prevent the meat and kibble from digesting at different rates and causing bacterial build-up. This is what I did for Jude when he was transitioning away from his awful Beneful diet, with great success!