I feed a variety of protein sources as part of the raw diet...chicken, turkey, lamb, beef. Raw meaty bones only makes up a portion of the diet; the rest is pulped veges, like spinach, squash, carrots, yams, beans, cabbage, etc.
I used to process and mix up my own dog food; I had a super duty meat grinder, so I could grind chicken and turkey parts and a juicer, so I could pulp my own veges. Now I buy the food pre-ground/pulped and blended from a local business.
I haven't fed the dogs a commercial diet for more than 10 years. There are a few benefits I really enjoy from the raw diet, they are (in no particular order):
1. Small, tiny, faint smelling bowel movements...considering I used to have 3 bullmastiffs, all weighing over 120 pounds, this was a HUGE PLUS.
2. No dental issues to speak of; never had to take a dog for a tooth cleaning.
3. I control what goes into the dog's food...when I've had dogs with cancer and I've wanted to reduce the glycemic index of what they were eating, I was able to select green veges only for their blend.
4. Reduced, practically non-existent "doggy odor"
"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." ~Maya Angelou
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