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OK, I have a couple of raw feeding questions:

#1- I am having trouble getting Bella to eat organ meat. No matter how I attempt it she just turns her nose up to it. I have tried feeding it whole, cut up in small pieces, sliced, diced, and pureed. I have even tried mixing it with ground meat, nope, she won't have no part of it. I have tried chicken organs (all kinds), and beef organs (all kinds). The only way I can get her to eat it is if I cook her food and add lots of rice and veggies and even then, sometimes she won't eat it. Any recommendations???? Doesn't she have to have the organ meat to be balanced?

#2- Are chicken backs OK on a regular basis? I can get them by the case for about $0.30lb, and she loves them. I am just afraid there isn't enough meat on them. If I feed her a chicken back and a chicken thigh will that be nough meat?

Thanks in advance for the help!!!
 

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1. Some dogs take a while to acceptorgan meat. I have one that won't touch anything lamb, another that won't touch kidneys nno matter the species...they all have their likes and dislikes. You could try cutting a slot in the meat chunk and inserting a VERY SMALL piece if organ and work up to the 10%. Organs provide a lot of trace vitamins and minerals. If the dog were not to eat organs I would supplement with a good overall supplement...Missing Link (?) I think is one of them.

2. I wouldn't feed chicken back every day but they're fine in rotation. My dogs would be pooping chalk or be constipated for days on a steady diet of backs because they're so bony.
 

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Thank you Briteday, I will try inserting the organ meat. In the mean time I am going to start using a supplement (just for peace of mind).

I think I am going to use the chicken backs with ground beef. She really likes ground beef but it makes her stools loose, so the chicken back will be a good to help with that.

Again, thank you!!
 

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Mine absolutely will not eat liver unless it's frozen. Hey, it's hot where we live, and they love it so it works for us! Liversicles. :p :D

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Yes, hopefully it may work for you. I never would have thought of trying that on my own. Several other folks I know who raw feed gave me the idea. They said it's not unusual for dogs to dislike the texture of the raw liver. Some quickly sear it, some mix it with cream cheese but most all said frozen worked for them. Since it is so hot where I live I opted for that option and it worked like a charm.
BTW, I used to live in Fort Walton Beach. My husband was stationed at Hurlbert Field. I miss the beautiful sparkly white sandy beaches and emerald green waters. Sure don't miss the hurricanes and alligators though!

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BTW, I used to live in Fort Walton Beach. My husband was stationed at Hurlbert Field. I miss the beautiful sparkly white sandy beaches and emerald green waters. Sure don't miss the hurricanes and alligators though!

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It is beautiful here, but this time of the year is my least favorite. Right now the beach is crawling with out of control Spring Breakers :cool:. I am actually in Panama City and OMW have we had a spring break this year. I love the beach, however, you couldn't pay me to go there right now (hmmmmm.... do you think that means that I am getting old????).
 

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Yes, hopefully it may work for you. I never would have thought of trying that on my own. Several other folks I know who raw feed gave me the idea. They said it's not unusual for dogs to dislike the texture of the raw liver. Some quickly sear it, some mix it with cream cheese but most all said frozen worked for them. Since it is so hot where I live I opted for that option and it worked like a charm.
BTW, I used to live in Fort Walton Beach. My husband was stationed at Hurlbert Field. I miss the beautiful sparkly white sandy beaches and emerald green waters. Sure don't miss the hurricanes and alligators though!

Jihad
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Is it completley frozen like ice cubes? Or do you let it defrost partially so that its just a little crunchy?

I've been having the sam problem with liver. But recently I started blending it and mixing it in with their veggies and ground meat. That seems to work, but pureed liver is quite disgustingto me. It's the only thing about raw feeding that has gotten to my eek factor.:eek:

So I would much rather a way around that.
 

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My dogs eat it frozen too. When I first started feeding it, they sucked it right up, not frozen ... but not anymore. Now they'll only eat it either frozen or partially thawed, & I only give them a very small amt at a time, spread out thru the week. I agree, I too think it's a texture thing.
 

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Is it completley frozen like ice cubes? Or do you let it defrost partially so that its just a little crunchy?

I've been having the sam problem with liver. But recently I started blending it and mixing it in with their veggies and ground meat. That seems to work, but pureed liver is quite disgustingto me. It's the only thing about raw feeding that has gotten to my eek factor.:eek:

So I would much rather a way around that.
I give it to them completely frozen. Liver is so soft though that it never is really "crunchy" when they eat it. When I give it to them they all will start by licking it (just like a popsicle :p) but it immediately begins to soften and they have it chowed done in about 2-3 minutes.
The beef liver at the HEB here is sold in those little round containers and the largest is just over 1lb. I give each of them one whole container except Yansa, he gets two.

It is beautiful here, but this time of the year is my least favorite. Right now the beach is crawling with out of control Spring Breakers :cool:. I am actually in Panama City and OMW have we had a spring break this year. I love the beach, however, you couldn't pay me to go there right now (hmmmmm.... do you think that means that I am getting old????).
During Spring Break and when the Snow Birds would 'fly' in I stayed home except for going to work. The traffic and crowds during those times was something I could definitely do without. It is still sooooo absolutely beautiful there. As you already know. ;)
I'm ignoring your "...getting old?" question. I believe I'm older than you so all I have to say is; No Comment.

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