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Hello :) I have benn feeding raw for 5 months now. Sometimes I buy parts and sometimes I buy WHOLE ground products. I know the opinions vary but is it so detrimental to feed only ground? At the moment it is way easier to store( I can buy more at one time if ground).
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Hello :) I have benn feeding raw for 5 months now. Sometimes I buy parts and sometimes I buy WHOLE ground products. I know the opinions vary but is it so detrimental to feed only ground? At the moment it is way easier to store( I can buy more at one time if ground).
Thanks,
Christina
Feeding only ground defeats a large portion of the benefits of feeding raw - namely the crunching action of eating bones. The bones are the reason that the teeth remain so clean, and therefore no doggy breath. Bacteria will also be present in higher amounts in ground food, simply due to an increase in surface area, and the mixture of parts that contain ample bacteria (it's why you can eat a raw steak, but should never eat ground hamburger raw).

I think there are plenty of people who feed both, but I wouldn't feed exclusively ground.
 
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I do feed a bit of ground, mostly ground whole critters or organ mixes. But only because I it's easier to find them ground. I agree with Shandula, feeding all or mostly ground defeats a big part of feeding raw. My dogs love chewing on big bones and I like watching them. With puppies it also helps with teething. The other problem with feeding ground is that you don't know the quality, you need to really trust your source.
 

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I do feed a bit of ground, mostly ground whole critters or organ mixes. But only because I it's easier to find them ground. I agree with Shandula, feeding all or mostly ground defeats a big part of feeding raw. My dogs love chewing on big bones and I like watching them. With puppies it also helps with teething. The other problem with feeding ground is that you don't know the quality, you need to really trust your source.
I totally trust them. They do still gets crunchy bone as its a course grind whole animal (turkey/chicken). I guess I just start reading stuff and start to over think it :confused:
 

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Keep in mind that there is still a higher bacteria count in ground vs whole pieces. And ground pieces of bone aren't the same as whole bones. Chewing pieces also get the gut going and aids in digestion. But it's up to you and what you feel is best. I think some ground is fine as part of the diet, but for me it's a very small part. Even my cats get chunks and seem to prefer it over ground. The dogs just inhale it.
 

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Chewing whole bones provides teeth cleaning, not to mention the mental stimulation of working to chew. That goes for both whole bones and whole cuts of meat.

The bacteria level of ground is higher as well due to the grinding process allowing air to get in. But for most normally healthy dogs, it isn't a real problem. Just know that issue is there.
 

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I also feed whole. Our girl has a tendency to eat too fast and feeding whole really helps slow her down. It also seems to tire her out more than ground. She's guaranteed to sleep for at least an hour or two after every meal.
 

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i feed prey model raw few protiens are minced but with the bone in but saying that Jessie gets bone in rabbit twice a week and she loves crunching the bone in pieces she now chooses it first over the organs! though i do know company i get from do lots raw meaty bones and carracess? (cant spell it)

Going to get lamb brisket bones this time and rabbit! hopefully brisket bones easy to put into amount needed
 

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Lamb breast bones are fairly soft but it's a fatty cut of meat. I grab them all up when I see them, my guys love it.
 

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Lamb breast bones are fairly soft but it's a fatty cut of meat. I grab them all up when I see them, my guys love it.
so brisket is lamb breast bone?
 

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From the pictures I find they look like it. Different areas may just call it different names. I've never actually heard it called brisket.
 

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Thank you anankae, I was having a hard time thinking of how to say that. I can really be slow sometime. Beef brisket is yummy, I'd been thinking of a way to cook the lamb breast, but it really does have a lot of fat. Crazy, those look like what I buy, only I get bigger pieces and cut them myself.
 

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Thank you anankae, I was having a hard time thinking of how to say that. I can really be slow sometime. Beef brisket is yummy, I'd been thinking of a way to cook the lamb breast, but it really does have a lot of fat. Crazy, those look like what I buy, only I get bigger pieces and cut them myself.
Trust me Jessie needs a fatty meat :( she down to 5.3kg and needs some weight on her she looks great but its really hot and therefore she is losing weight depsite how much i feeding her atm
 

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Trust me Jessie needs a fatty meat :( she down to 5.3kg and needs some weight on her she looks great but its really hot and therefore she is losing weight depsite how much i feeding her atm
Forgive me if you have, I haven't been following your threads that closely (smacks self). But have you tried the coconut oil? Dogs seem to love it and it's plentiful in fat calories.
 

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Forgive me if you have, I haven't been following your threads that closely (smacks self). But have you tried the coconut oil? Dogs seem to love it and it's plentiful in fat calories.
I did and her tummy was gurlging away alot and she put on too much weight at the time and it took ages to get off her. so cut down food and she lost 200gm making her 5.7kg perfect so thought fed enough and she then got to 5.4kg then 5.3kg then she gained 100gm and now lost it :/ its so hot here though.

feeding 160gm daily atm my thread for Prey model raw diet questions is called PMR questions. no worries we all busy these days. maybe i need to buy some lamb ears to help fatten her up.
 
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