Hi all. I decided to place our 6 month old Labrador (Shimmer) on a RAW food diet after listening to a few people (including a relative who runs a pet food store, albeit a 150 miles away from us!!). I read the post from Pippa on this site and felt happy I'd made the correct decision. A brief history...I'm not particularly known as 'animal friendly' and resisted for years in getting a dog as I'm a bit of neat freak with a touch of OCD! I'm also highly allergic to them. However, our daughter has been suffering from pretty bad anxiety issues (she's been off school since last year - not long after the transition from primary to high school). Not quite sure how it happened, but I mentioned if I ever were to own a dog it would be a lab (as a kid, we had family friends who had a retriever and lab and I remember my fondness for them)...then I kind of woke up one morning and there was this 2 month old puppy (at least it felt that way - we did in fact go and see the a breeder etc etc). I was indeed allergic to the puppy (pretty bad actually - ended up in the docs with asthma - doctor advised to get rid of the dog, as they do). I ended up on steroid inhalers, a variety of sprays and, the best thing, an air purifier. This has all but eliminated the allergies now (I think over time, the body gets used to the dander protein...and I'm also led to believe work is being carried out on a form of anti-histamine for the cat and dog proteins eventually). Anyway - I'm good now...and have very few issues with asthma (she's showered a lot after walks which helps keep that dander at bay). And...I've really, really warmed to her - definitely a best mate Back to the RAW queries. I'd based the designated food weight at round 500g a day (Shimmer is a show lab, but both her parents weren't particularly big and tall, which surprised me knowing little about Labradors). Unfortunately over the past few weeks we've noticed (and so did the vet!) she's put a bit of weight on (she was 27 kilo last week, but I think she's taken a bit off since then). At one stage the vet suggested she needed to lose 5-6 kilo, but when I pointed out she clearly had a noticeable (slim-ish) waist she revised that to 2-3kilo. At the moment, this is what we're currently giving her (changing bits here and there Chicken carcasses Chicken wings Chicken/Duck necks Raw liver, heart and kidney Raw fish (sometimes from a tin, sometimes fresh and whole such as mackerel) Raw Eggs Natures Menu supplements (tend to give her 4 cubes per day - think I might be a bit off the allowed amount here?) Natures menu tripe (I cut into small cubes and give her one per day) Bone marrow (these keep her occupied for an hour if we need her not to be in the house) Pigs trotters Small handful of nuts Then when I prepare food for us in the evening, I often pass her a few small amounts of avocado, cheese, tomatoes (usually one small cherry tomato and small piece of avocado) and a small bit of cheese. That's pretty much it, but obviously not all that on one day which, typically, is as follows: Breakfast 1: 100g of chicken carcass Breakfast 2: 2 chicken wings or necks Lunch (we've now skipped this, but sometimes I'll give her an egg or a bit of fish) Evening 1: 2x chicken wings 4 x natures menu supplements (fish/vegetables or meat/vegetables) Evening 2: Whole fish small cube of tripe Supplemented with avocado/tomato (I tend to do this every evening). This is pretty much what we've 'landed on' these days and is pretty constant (mixed up as per above). As an 'occupying treat/diversion' we give her a marrow bone (there's not a great deal of meat on these) and also a dried pigs ear. Also...and I think this is where we 'messed up' a little, we'd give her a pigs trotter (I completely underestimated just how much fat/calories these have). If we give her them now, it would be once a week. She tends to have one bone marrow every day by the way (it's hard to calculate how much the meat weighs, but it appears that the amount of 'marrow' isn't huge here? Since dropping her lunch and those pigs trotters, she's definitely getting a better shape. We also purchased a kong a few months back and we perhaps over did that (that's stopped for the time being). BTW - 9 times out of 10 we give her all this frozen. If anyone has a spare moment to see if anything looks awry here, I'd be most grateful. We get all out meat from a local farm (they have a frozen meat section) and the woman (a Lab owner as it happens) gave us some good advice. We've also found a local speciality raw food store nearby, but haven't visited yet - apparently they're very helpful. All in all, she seems absolutely fine on it (I used to hate the way she smelled on the dried food, and not keen on her polishing off that food in seconds!) Perhaps a bit calmer too. The vet mentioned (seemed to know little about RAW diets) if she was having much in the way of carbs...and I guess only the natures menu supplements would be classed as carbs here?? Unfortunately she's had a bit of a limp for some time and since taking her to the Vets, the x rays confirmed hip dysplasia (perhaps that's for another thread). I'm mentioning it here as that's one more reason to get her weight down (and we're having to walk her less too). We're still waiting on feedback from the vets as to the next steps. She's great though and has the shear amount of new friends we've made purely from walking a dog is crazy (people right on our doorstep). Safe to say I 'get' dogs now I'll try and pop a couple of pics up. Many thanks.