We decided to stop feeding kibble and entered the world of raw fed dogs before we knew exactly what “complete + balanced” raw-fed fully meant. Yup, newbies, we were a little confused and I was definitely not certified in pet nutrition at that time like I am now. Seven months later our male is the picture of optimal health.
A quick back story to the above is: I did have “experience” with raw-feeding dogs from a previous lifetime (think hair scrunchies & pagers era). I used to help raise American Pitbull Terriers but in those days we didn’t follow the proper meat/bone/organ/offal + plants ratio known today. Now we feed better because now we know better.
Making the decision to get off kibble and learn to feed a complete + balanced diet was a little scary. After a lot of research and conversation, I started with dehydrating our own dog treats. Next, I decided to change the vitamin & oil forms of supplements I was giving and use whole foods instead. I joined a lot of home-cooked dog food groups on Facebook and stumbled my way into the world of raw fed dogs. From there I decided to get some officially certified education but that’s another post.
*Note: We never did end up feeding home-cooked food but we do cook & bake treats. We ended up transitioning from kibble to BARF/Raw-Fed.
Raw-Feeding Facebook Groups
I found a lot of groups aren’t too tolerant of discussing kibble so I lurked for a few weeks, asking questions of mellow-souled members who I learned through my skulking were tolerant of newbie questions. I saved documents from the file sections to use as jumping points and basic templates help me make the plan to transition off kibble and to home-cooked feeding. Sometimes you get lucky and come across someone who has just passed the point in their feeding journey that you’ve just reached on your own and you can suck that person dry with questions and they will patiently and passionately share all their knowledge with you! I belong to many groups now but I have my favorite go-to groups that never let me down.
Amy’s Favorite Raw-Feeding Facebook Groups
This group is run by the lovely Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging. It’s a friendly group of people who feed different models and methods. Kimberly has Q & A threads, links to helpful blog posts, and her files section is fierce! If I have a question and a textbook isn’t handy, I can almost always go to the Kicked Out Club and get the answer in the files.
Founded in 2013 by Scott Jay Marshall II, this group is a superb and chill collection of raw feeders. Scott & his wife Arianne Admin this group nearly around-the-clock. Their group is photo-friendly for people who like to share their animal’s meals. There’s always someone who will answer your question and give you some help when you try something new. Neither of the Admins messes around when it comes to fighting or bullying so the vibe of the group stays great! Scott has live Facebook videos all the time and a couple of awesome workshops/raw-feeding courses you can buy at affordable prices.
Amy’s Go-To Mobile App for Raw Feeding Calculations
My very favorite mobile app is housed on the Apple Appstore. It’s called RawPetApp. You can download it to your iPhone and enter your dogs’ information & the feeding ratios are built based on your dog’s weight and age. The app calculates exactly what % of each class you should feed per meal. Their official website is rawpetapp.com.