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Kibble to RAW? Dangers or doable for a senior ?

My golden retriever will be 11 in June. She has been fed a high quality kibble from birth. I thought I was giving her a healthy option but the more I read the more I realize that kibble is over processed. I do give my dog blueberries, apples, eggs, carrots, banana, bone broth, and other healthy veggies and fruit for snacks and sometimes added to her meal.

But over the last year she has had some health issues .....lumps on her body and in her ear ....etc. I've had some removed but not others due to their location etc.

Is a raw diet switch safe for a senior dog ? I was looking at artisan raw ....because they have a complete meal, and I would inky have to add salmon oil to her meal. When I say a complete meal I mean fruit veggies vit and minerals plus meat all in the dogs serving meal. Which is really nice. I was going to cook this meal but the store clerk told me it ruins all the vit and minerals. I am cautious about this Decision and it scares me ....I don't want to hurt her or cause my dog any harm.

Could I receive some advice, I welcome all thoughts openly please.

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I feed or actually supplement my dogs food with raw and use Nature's Variety Instinct raw. They don't use or add any vit/minerals in the food as they get everything from the food itself. So the diet you listed may very well be lacking from it's base since they have to add in the vit/mineral package. A good RAW food shouldn't need a vitamin package if it is truly complete. Also, to a good raw diet, adding vit/minerals can actually be harmful as excess vit/minerals are obviously not good.



On if it's safe to switch, You shouldn't have any issues for a senior dog. It is very difficult for dogs to get sick from salmonella as their systems usually kill it off in the gut (food is in the stomach for a dog 4-5 hours). So unless your dog had a weak or compromised immune system, it should be totally fine. In fact, raw is significantly easier to digest then an extruded kibble.

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If your dog doesn't have any health issues, it's safe to switch to raw. My dog is almost 13 and he has been on raw for 6 years now.

I am making my own home-made raw diet and I suggest you do the same. One of the reasons I switched to raw is to know what my dog is eating.
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This has been very helpful thank you so much. I have right now decided to slowly switch her to honest Kitchen chicken no grain, it is dehydrated and it considered closest to raw as one can get without actually going to raw. I have an upcoming trip that takes us 2 months away from the house and although my dog is coming with us, we have a lot of travel and I worry during this transition of travel if I can source raw or store it properly. So after a lot of research and discussing it with our local exclusive dog selling pet store they suggested this dehydrated food as the next best thing .....I hope they are correct.

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Thank you kindly for your response. I have decided to go with honest kitchen dehydrated food as the first step in transition. I have some upcoming travel that takes me and my dog on the road for 2 months ....I worry about the raw diet and how I'd make this work. So the pet store suggested the next best food was the dehydrated.

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This has been very helpful thank you so much. I have right now decided to slowly switch her to honest Kitchen chicken no grain, it is dehydrated and it considered closest to raw as one can get without actually going to raw. I have an upcoming trip that takes us 2 months away from the house and although my dog is coming with us, we have a lot of travel and I worry during this transition of travel if I can source raw or store it properly. So after a lot of research and discussing it with our local exclusive dog selling pet store they suggested this dehydrated food as the next best thing .....I hope they are correct.

Thank you again.
So, it's a grain free food? Is it safer to feed it because it's raw versus a kibble, or do you think it would still carry the risks? I know nothing about raw diets, so I'm curious.
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