Nick Segrue said:
What are your experiences with it?
One of the first polls this board did was on feeding. At that time, over 60% of the members fed raw. (Of course, there are many more members now.)
I had a dog (a rescue) once with who tested positive for over 30 severe allergies. She was already deaf from repeated secondary ear infections. There was not one commercial food that didn't have at least one of her allergens. She was an itchy and infected mess of misery and ear pain.
Sink or swim! So I read everything I could find on raw.
Although many of her allergies were environmental, the raw diet changed her life.
Of course, it allowed me to remove all the food allergens.
But I believe that eating fresh food also helped her immune system to deal far better with the other allergies.
At any rate, my own experiences have been 100% positive.
There are good options these days, though, for those who want them..... there are commercial foods these days that dogs can thrive on. Mike, for example, feeds a dehydrated raw (dehydrated at low temps). It's great, because RMBs can be added to it. I too buy that food for travel and for any time I have an empty freezer or no time to thaw. The Honest Kitchen has two no-grain versions, and I keep one of those on hand all the time now; I would have no problem using it all the time with add-ins if I couldn't do raw.
I feed modified b.a.r.f. -- I don't think dogs need a lot of produce, but I belong to the school that thinks they would eat fallen ripe fruit and the contents of the prey's stomach in nature, and I would rather err on the side of abundance. We have total control; I don't want to leave out foods that they apparently did/do eat if allowed to. But there's a big spectrum between b.a.r.f. and prey model.
And again, it's not a religion........ as long as the dog is NOT getting a cheapo commercial food with a lot of grains (the biggest problem, IMO), then there are choices a-plenty.
For dogs with allergies, though -- fresh food is an enormous help (IMO).