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    Raw and kibble...and a question about raw

    Not at the same time.
    I'm wondering I could do raw for the first two meals, and kibble for the last?
    Also - after researching, I see lots of companies sell both just one protein (like turkey legs, wings, etc)...and then also like a "complete mash"...sold in 1lb cubes, it's a mash of protein, bone, organ meat, supplements etc. Which is better??
    We have a 9 week old female Vizsla named Ivy.
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    Re: Raw and kibble...and a question about raw

    I'm wondering I could do raw for the first two meals, and kibble for the last?
    That should work fine. I feed my dogs raw in the morning and kibble in the afternoon. I picked the afternoon for raw because it's a longer time between the afternoon meal and breakfast so there's more time to digest the kibble.

    Other people on this forum have more knowledge on food proteins, but it depends on the percentages of what's in the food. With a raw diet you do need to make sure they're getting all the nutrients they need, which may mean adding a supplement of some kind. Sometimes there are supplements added already as you mentioned. They sell individual proteins without anything added because some dogs are allergic/intolerant of certain proteins or additive, so having just a single protein allows you to customize the diet a bit more.
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    Re: Raw and kibble...and a question about raw

    Quote Originally Posted by Erin80 View Post
    Not at the same time.
    I'm wondering I could do raw for the first two meals, and kibble for the last?
    Also - after researching, I see lots of companies sell both just one protein (like turkey legs, wings, etc)...and then also like a "complete mash"...sold in 1lb cubes, it's a mash of protein, bone, organ meat, supplements etc. Which is better??
    We have a 9 week old female Vizsla named Ivy.
    Thanks!
    Most dogs do just fine with a mix of raw and kibble - even at the same time. Splitting up raw/kibble meals should be fine, just keep an eye out for signs of gastrointestinal distress, but I wouldn't worry.

    Since the majority of her diet would be raw with your feeding plan, you want to feed a "complete" pre-made raw if that is the route you're going. So unless the single-protein options are balanced with supplements, you'll want to go with the "complete mash". One of the single protein options would probably be fine for one of the meals, since she gets three and the other two will have the vitamins/minerals she requires for optimal growth.

    Another note, if she isn't used to eating raw, you may want to start off with a bony-chicken if it is available as her first few raw meals, as raw organ meat is very rich and can sometimes give some runny poops until they get used to it. If it has bone it may balance out (organs = loose poops, bone = firm poops) but that's what I would do.
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    Re: Raw and kibble...and a question about raw

    When I fed partly raw, I did kibble in the morning and raw at night simply because it was easier for me to do it that way. I'll to this day sometimes throw some raw in with their dinner kibble instead of canned food, and they are fine.

    If you want to do a commercial blend of ground raw, that's fine. If you want to try more of a prey model raw, with hunks of things including bone, that's fine as well, but keep en eye out for any choking. Whatever you feed, it needs to include some bone.
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    Turns out Ivy is a super picky puppy. She was eating raw at the breeder, but will not eat it here at all. I am preparing it the same way, and it is the same protein. She also would not eat the kibble sent home by the breeder. We have since switched the kibble, and she is eating about half as much as she should in a day. I am going to try a topper of some sort I think to make it more appealing. I am already putting some warm water in it, and she definitely prefers it once it has softened. She is 10 weeks old tomorrow. I have never had a dog that was like this, very interesting!

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