First, let me just say that I've already searched the boards on the topic of raw diets and have found many links that sound very useful - but unfortunately most of them are old and broken. I've been at this for hours and I'm so confused that I'm about to cry because right now I just don't even feel qualified to feed my dog. So, with that said, I'm asking for some help.
We've been battling diarrhea almost since we brought Frank home as a pup last July. Through process of elimination we determined he's allergic to chicken. Switched to non-chicken kibble (Annamaet Option) and that made things about 90% better. The cat will only eat chicken, so there have been some incidents (sometimes the stupid humans forget to close the gate to where the cat food resides), and that always results in 4-5 days of nuclear yard ruination.
However - even at 90% better - Frank is still itchy, prone to soft poos, and now he's started tearing his hair out. We're not getting much help from the vets we've seen. We recently caved and did allergy testing and found he's also allergic to turkey, corn, and peas (weren't in his food anyway); rice (major ingredient); and tomatoes (also in his food). He's allergic to quite a few other things too, but what I listed are the most common food ingredients. His new food options are all expensive grain-free foods that I don't really want to feed. I'm leery of that whole FDA thing re: grain free foods - not because they don't have grain, but because of the lentils and other stuff they put in it. I think I'm ready to try raw, but OMG there's so much confusing and conflicting info out there. I'd really just love some advice from someone who feeds raw.
I'm thinking it sounds cheapest to go with regular (non-poultry) meats, as opposed to the freeze dried or pre-packaged raw dog foods. I'm very unclear on the whole feeding him bones thing though - that sounds scary. Raw feeders what do you feed, how much, and when? Is it the same thing every day? Do you mix it up day to day? Once a day? Twice a day? Do you toss other stuff in, or just meat? What kind of non-poultry bones do you feed? Does the fish you feed include bones (that seems dangerous), or do you debone? Helllllllpppp...
Frank is 1 year, 41lb, and super duper crazy ungodly active - so, a perfectly normal border collie plus allergies.
Thank you in advance for any insight you can give!