Hi there. I have an almost-8 year old male Jack Russell Terrier (Parson Russell technically) - Rocky. He's a sweet, sweet boy.
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He's been kibble fed his whole life. He's a bit chunky at the moment - 19 lbs. He should weigh about 15-16 lbs. He's getting a wee bit grey, gaining weight, licking two hot spots, and having problems with his right hip. The poop is gross beyond gross for such a small dog. I've researched a raw food diet off and on for years and got scared off by the onus of making up a mix from scratch as well as the whole bacterial contamination possibility. He's not doing well on kibble and the whole idea behind a raw diet, especially a prey model, makes perfect sense to me. It is what dogs would eat if left to their own in a wild environment.
So I get it - I buy in and want do it.
I am fasting him today. I will start the getting started model tomorrow, beginning with chicken backs. I've done the weight calculations and for him at 2% of ideal body weight he should be fed just under 5 oz. per day. I do plan on feeding once a day in the morning and that's what we've done for years.
I do have a couple of questions though.
1) Given Rocky is a small dog, what are good pieces of meat/bones for him? 5 ounces isn't much! Do I need to just cut pieces of the chicken (or whatever animal) into 5 ounce portions and let it work itself out that way? That's what obviously makes the most sense to me, but if, let's say, a chicken drumstick comes in at 8 ounces, should I trim it down or give him the whole thing and not worry too much about precision?
2) I've looked over the site and didn't see anything immediately about whole prey animals like whole quail, rabbit, mice, etc.? (Hare-Today.com source) Honestly, if Rocky will eat whole prey, once acclimated to raw food, that seems like the easiest and most interesting for him to eat. I would obviously get the right size animal for Rocky's size. Do any of you feed a whole carcass, feather, fur and all?
Thanks so much for all the great information. I really appreciate it.