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Sorry for the bad news! While that tripe isn't worth feeding for nutritional value, he DOES exercise his jaw with it atleast.

Now with that said, get over and see that farmer ASAP! You CAN feed Caribou tripe!!! Like a cow, they have four chambers/stomachs!!! You want the first three stomachs. The rumen, reticulum and omasum. You don't want the abomasum. You'll be able to clearly tell the rumen from the abomasum. The rumen is about half the unit in size. It really looks more like one stomach. If in doubt, slit open the stomachs, and you'll quickly figure out which is which. The rumen will contain what more or less looks like over cooked, chopped spinach and smells a lot like vomit. The contents of the obomasum will be dryer, brownish green, and smell very similar to poop (but not quite as offensive). You CAN feed the obomasum, but it does not contain the same nutritional values as the other three.

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armed with this new knowledge - so looking forward to applying it - not LOL
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Now Angie  we know you will do just about anything for your boy Ernie  smelling a little stinky stuff should be a piece of cake!!

Thanks Geri any information you can give us is well received


I have tried to feed tripe to Sir Thor  he prefers his coarse ground with trachea and other things  It does not smell as offensive as the canned stuff. 

I hope your weather straightens our Angie so you can get out and about



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bump for allilore.


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 After many months of research, I started feeding all raw yesterday.  My bully and mastiff girls are doing great with it.  I am feeding chicken quarters only twice a day.  I have noticed some loose stools-I have read to give some yogurt, slippery elm or pumpkin to help.  What does anyone who feeds raw only think?  Should I wait it out or try to help by giving something else?


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 If it's only been 24 hours, I'd expect a little diarrhea. I would go ahead and give canned pumpkin though- they love it.
 I can't wait to hear how your family does in a couple of weeks. The yogurt would be good too. But use the pumpkin to "solid" things up.
I don't know where you live, but in Florida it's really hot! I like to freeze yogurt in ice cube trays and give it just as a little "kiss" once in a while!
A NICE COOL TREAT!

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How can i feed raw food if my dog is allergic to red meat? How can i balence it for him?


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So, it has been a week of raw feeding.  Sooo glad I have done it-my dogs love it and seem more content.  Anyway,  I am feeding Lucy 4 pounds a day of chicken.  She is 9 months old and I am not sure how much she weighs right now.  At 7 months she was 105. She still looks thin to me in her mid section-she has always been on the lean side (not a big eater).   I know I am supposed to feed her 2-3% of her estimated adult weight, but how do I know that because mastiffs vary in weight so much. Does anyone think this is too much food, not enough, or is she just at the long and lanky stage of growth where she all legs, head and feet?


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WOW-its been a while!
I would think 4 lbs is ok but, keep monitoring her weight. I hope you have varied her diet too. Rabbit, turkey, beef, venison, fish, pork, duck and chicken.

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Thanks for answering-She is finally starting to fill out. 


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So I have finnaly read every post in the raw section but still have some questions. When beginning the switch to a raw diet do i transition using kibble, and if so for how long? What are the best base foods to use chicken or red meat? What is the perfect goal ratio for bone/meat? At what price per pound are you figuring raw is cheaper then kibble. And finally is it worth the extra work to prep the meals and such to feed a raw diet? Thnx for the help and sorry for all the questions am a nuby and dont want to risk my dogs heal do to lack of knowledge. Dan taylor


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I just fasted the dogs for 24 hours before feeding raw and cut out kibble completely.  This is a great website http://www.rawlearning.com


Also, I am paying between 50 cents and $1.49 per pound for meat.  I also don't do any prep besides bag the meat into 1 galllon zip lock bags or containers.  Its not about a daily ratio or portion, but more about how much bone, organ and meat they are getting during the week.

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Ok so I have read of people feeding raw and kibble. I don't understand how that is bad and there are arguments for both sides but i am on the fence. I am still unsure of the raw diet and how it will work out for us and would feel better if i could still keep a good kibble in there. If i was going to do this would i be better off feeding one in the morning and the other at night so as to not mix the to?


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JMO
I wouldn't mix kibble and raw because I feel it defeats the purpose.  If you are going to feed raw so that your dog and yourself can reap all of the benefits such as white clean teeth, no bad breath, less shedding, great coat, small hard stools that turn to dust in a few days, less allergies, etc then why would you mix kibble in with it? 

 Its like every time you work out you eat a big mac super sized meal afterwards.



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if feeding raw is better food then why do you feed more raw then you do kibble?


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I didn't realize that raw fed dogs ate that much more than kibble fed dogs.  But if that is the case I would say because kibble is full of filler ingredients so less of it is required.


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Woohooie! A raw topic.

I currently feed my beagle and chihuahua raw and do plan on feeding my future mastiff raw. So glad to see so many open to it. I also feed my cats raw. I tend toward Billinghurst. RMB my dogs love them. I do add the veggies and some whole grains because beagles protein values get real high otherwise. Plus he is a beagle and just loves to eat. My last dog brandy was raw fed and was 60 lbs but I switched her as an adult.

I will be following raw for large breed puppies.

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Need to know something ? I have a mastiff male 4/12 yrs old about 6months ago he started to haveing Seizures. I do have him on Meds, I need these seizures to stop!! I have learn about Barf it is a raw diet with emzyine in it.
Is there anyone out their has had a english Mastiff that has had siezure if so what have u done to get it to stop. 

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Hi Kimberly,
Sorry to hear about your pups seizures. Was a diagnoses ever discovered?
The medications only control the numbers of seizures. In my understanding it doesn't stop them.

There are things you can do to help.  Healthy diet, healthy lifstyle (ie watch chemicles int he house, yard and such) no more vaccines.

You can also look into holistic approach. Perhaps TTouch or acupuncture can help. Also melatonin a natural sleep aid in health stores is used frequently in pets with seizures.

My Marly cat had seizures. I went through all the diets including raw. Ended up Vension by natural balance worked the best. I ended up doing an MRI a tht euniveristy and it shoudl a possible tumor. I just kept him on his meds for I guess a year or so. Hope all goes ok.



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