I've been feeding our dogs raw for over a decade already, but have gone back to kibble, only to find that raw was better suited to a natural dog's diet. I don't regret it. I do buy a 15kg bag of Skinner's Salmon and Rice kibble to keep in the cool basement for either as treats, or for those days that I don't have enough raw foods, I just add a few kibbles as a filler. The bag will last me a good 6 months+ for 2 goldens and a sheltie.
I think that if you can get your hands on fresh venison for a fraction of what you pay for kibble, GO 4 IT!
Just like kibble have supplements, you'll still have to supplement your dog's raw diet with chopped up veggies, like carrots, celery, whatever you may have a bit of, add some greens and herbs... then you add cooked rice, or some soaked oats, the real kind, not that instant stuff. Not much, just a bit, just like a bit of the veggies.
Then you'll need to add some sort of high quality oil, like fish oil, or salmon oil, or even coconut oil. Stuff with lots of Omegas. I'll end an egg a few times a week, joghurt, or left-over whey, which will go a long way, cause if you give too much of it, they'll clean out their systems
I've also added chopped up pumpkin seeds to help clean out the worms they may have. sometimes I'll add some pumpkin seed oil. Make sure you always have carrots in their diet, cause its good for many things, as well as pigmentation
I'm pretty certain feeding a dog kibble most of its life can be harmful to its health. Its also not so good for their teeth, for a dog that is fed raw will get plenty of chances to naturally clean their teeth with raw meaty bones.
You couldn't tell that our 8yr. old Golden was 8 by looking at her teeth. They figured she was at the most 3 yrs. old I attributed that to her raw diet.
Another new revelation I've recently made was that adding colloidal silver to the dog's water will rid most teeth of tartar. I've also used the CS water for small ailments like diahrrea, cuts, mite bites. Our kitty has had it sprayed into her eyes with a mister as a precaution to any virus she could have gotten from outside, since I decided to go vaccine free. She's 6 months and as healthy and happy as can be. She also digs the raw meats and fish... oh, I forgot the fish! We feed the dog raw fish as well. Usually cleaned out fish, but with head and tail. Another thing you can give are raw chickens, either in pieces or ground up, but with bones, please. Its not as dangerous, but you still have to be careful, as some dogs will just wolf it down. If they throw it up, hope that its outside and don't be alarmed when they eat it up agian. Its perfectly normal and the dogs have no problems with it. They do it all the time when you're not around
Sorry this got so long. I'm such a huge advocate of raw feeding, and it would be nice if more people tried it out with the right advice and encouragement.
Aldona aka Aldi