BARCLAY FARMS ROTTWEILERS
Rottweiler Raw Diet
sort of diet do I feed my Rottweilers?
Why do I have my rottweilers on this diet?
suppose I should answer the second Rottweiler diet question first.
I have run the
whole gamut of commercial dog foods. I have used both the most
expensive commercial kibbles and the cheapies. I have supplemented with
canned dog food, cooked meat and raw meat. All of my Rottweilers did
supplemented with meat and a variety of fresh squeezed juices, mostly
carrot or wheat grass juice.
So why bother to move towards a
grain free raw diet?
My daughter, Barb Darbey, went to a
fresh raw diet for her dogs before
I did. She did this
after the first really big case of dog food poisoning. We both lost
some wonderful dogs to aflatoxins in the dog food we were both using at
the time. As more and more
bad commercial kibbles appeared on the market and everyone was pulling
all the dog foods from the store shelves, Barb would just yawn and say,
"They can't get my Rottweilers this time!"
I, however, was worried sick all the
time. Switching from food to food
hoping this brand or that one was not amoung the ones that were
currently poisoning dogs like there was no tomorrow.
Then Magnum started licking the pads
on his front feet, nothing and I
mean nothing helped. I went
from a corn based diet to a rice based diet
for Magnum, it helped a little but not much. Then he started pooping
green! uh-oh! Trouble again! Rumors that the dog food I was giving him
was killing many dogs. What? I was paying $50 for a 30 pound bag
of food for him and it was bad?!
I can't stand the way those big
companies do business, they only want to make dog food the cheapest way
possible, lie about the
quality of the ingredients and don't give a hoot about the consequences
to the dogs or the emotional toll this takes on the families of these
After a little research I have come to the conclusion that if you only
knew how it was made you wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. Chicken
heads, feet, offal or should I say awful?, feathers, bones and skins,
along with sick and diseased chickens is called chicken meal, the first
ingredient in many commercial kibbles. According to dog food
manufactuers feathers contribute protein, HUH? Feathers are not
I can tell you about that end
deal, my stomach was in a knot everytime there was
another round of spoiled kibble being pulled from the shelves.
Then I tried a grain free commercial
Within a week Magnum no longer had
itchy pads, and hey!, the whites of his
eyes looked clearer or something. In 2 weeks time I noticed that his
coat was looking much better. Then I found that there is more sweet
potato in this kibble than meat. :(
I found out by feeding it to a
nursing female and the babies got a
really runny stool. DARN! Just when I thought I had found the perfect
solution to all my feeding problems.
Well, it might work for most of my
dogs but not at all good for nursing females. After some thought along
this line I decided that this should not be used for pregnant females
either. All the sweet potato would not be good for gestating babies.
Too much Vitamin A is not good during pregnancy and since sweet potato
is loaded with
vitamin A ................................. DARN IT! NOW WHAT?
I bought an electric grinder and
went the same road as my daughter Barb did several years before.
And this brings us
to answering the first question.
Fresh raw chicken, skin pulled off
and thrown away, bone in. Poultry skin is indigestible to dogs, it will
over work the pancreas and can lead to diabetes. Do not feed
grocery store ground chicken to dogs, it may or may not contain the
skins and they aren't going to tell you.
Just shove the raw chicken through the grinder using the smallest holed
and all, every pound add a slice of carrot and a slice of apple or
whatever other veggie is in season and compatible with a dogs
system. They only need a tablespoonful or so of veggies a day.
NO onions, no grapes or raisins, no poultry skins, no mushrooms, I also
do not use garlic. Why? If onions are toxic to dogs and garlic is also
a member of the allium family, well, I figure garlic can't be too good
I buy fresh chicken in bulk and have found that in the long run this
diet is less expensive than a medium priced commercial kibble.
What a great
bonus to feeding your Rottweiler a natural healthy diet!
I feed most of my dogs about a pound
or two of this everyday and about 2 cups of a grain free
commercial kibble. Pregnant females and nursing females get just the
chicken, no commercial kibble at all.
Why do I still include some commercial kibble in their diet even if it
is grain free?
If they go to a new home their new owner might not want to make their
own diet. This way they are already used to some commercial kibble and
won't have any digestive problems that can come with changing diets.
It is also a convenience for the very busy days when I have vet
appointments, lots of visitors or puppy pick up day. Sort of the best
of both worlds, mostly homemade but a day now and then on the grain
free commercial kibble won't hurt.
Have I seen any sort of results from
this homemade diet?
2 weeks on 1 1/2 pounds of this and
3 cups of the commercial grain free diet and Magnum, who was getting
prematurely gray around the muzzle ........................ the
gray is almost all gone. His coat re-shed and came back in out of this
world! At 6 years old
Magnum is acting like my little puppy again!
What about the others? The
ones that had to be fed 9-12 cups of commercial grain based kibble just
to keep them decently fleshed out gained weight rapidly on the ground
chicken and grain free commercial diet. The ones that were too fat?
lost the fat and built muscle. Coats are gleaming, teeth are cleaner
and whiter. My retiree's are acting like pups again and .......... no
Who would have ever thought that the grain in the
commercial kibble is the root cause of ear infections in dogs? Hot
spots are also caused by a poor kibble, I had hot spots just one time
in 14 years of Rottweilers, two of my girls got them at the same time,
this was when I
was switching around with dog foods trying to avoid poisoning
Before I went to this diet I had a
few dogs that went from a normal stool to a runny stool several times a
week, now, just unbelieveable results.
Now this might sound funny to
you but when you have a kennel one of the most important things to do
daily stool checks when cleaning the pens. I haven't seen a sloppy
bowel movement since I started with the raw ground chicken and veggies.
My oldest daughter has two rotties
and since she added raw meat to their diets, the stools are great.
I just wish I had started feeding
way much sooner.
Yes, I still wean my puppies on commercial kibble, Innova Large Breed
Food. I realize not everyone wants to or has the time to grind chicken
I also add some of the chicken and veggie mix to the puppy food so when
you pick up your Rottweiler puppy you will be able to go either with
diet for them.
I do double grind the chicken for my Rottweiler puppies to be sure the
bones are really fine..
I searched long and hard to find a good commercial puppy food.
Innova Large Breed Puppy Food is the very best I
have found for large breed puppies. Rottweiler puppies are large breed.
There may be a better commercial dog food for large breed puppies but I
can't find it if there is. Calcium level is .90% maximum, protein and
fat levels are right in the ball park. Yes, it does contain grain but I
believe this company can be trusted not to use moldy grains and
spoiled fats and proteins in the mix.
Should you decide to make your own raw diet, If you grind a lot on one
day and freeze it in small portions, it will be almost no work at all
to feed your Rottweiler a natural healthy diet.
If you do prefreeze this diet I do not recommend thawing in the
microwave, all bones even ground finely should be served to your
Raw bones do not hurt the digestive tract, I would
never recommend feeding your Rottweiler anything with cooked or heated
bone of any size.
I know some people just feed the necks and backs and don't grind them
at all but I grind them. I have heard of cases of raw poultry bones
damageing the gut, mostly long leg bones and long wing bones as from a
goose or turkey, but chicken drumstick bones could do this too.
Better safe than sorry, grind them bones!
have any questions about your rottweiler's diet you may
call me, 330-898-8387.
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