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Those of you who add to, supplement or "top" mostly kibble diets, what do you use? Why? And how often?

I've seen on here many times about how people add things to their dogs kibble meals, like canned food or yogurt or pumkpin etc. and was just wondering what everyone's individual reasons were for adding things?
 

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I add a tablespoon of canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) twice a day to my dog's food. Pumpkin seems to help him have firmer stools.
 

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I don't add anything to my current dogs' kibble. If I give them something extra I give it separately. But my first dog was SO picky, so that's why we added stuff to her meals.
 

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Hi...I add 1 Cup of Boneless Chicken Thighs or Breasts simmered in Chicken Broth w/ 1/2 Cup of Veggies (mostly carrots, stringbeans or peas) ---- I switch off from the chicken once in awhile to 1 Cup of Beef simmered in Beef Broth & twice a week I add Sweet Potato & once in awhile I give him a little Beef Liver. I mix this with his Kibble, I feed Earthborn Kibble. :)
 

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My dog gets canned food added to his kibble because he won't eat his food dry. That is my fault for getting him used to eating other things on top of his food.
 

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Gosh! Makes me shudder reading some of the comments. Depending on your belief’s Dogs were created or evolved as a carnivorous animal just like wolves, lions, tigers e.t.c. Carnivorous means meat eating full stop! Just imagine if you worked at a zoo, would you be feeding the wolves and lions pumpkin, rice e.t.c?

Secondly: carnivorous animals have been built to eat meat raw where all the nutrients are present in the natural form with the required biochemicals that will help absorb everything that the piece of meat has to offer. You cook it and you will firstly dissolve and remove most of the good stuff, whats remaining will not have the bio-availability for the digestive system to recognise the various nutrients, proteins e.t.c.

What is shit? its digestive waste. You want to know why dogs shit huge loads, runny pools, big fat turds? Because they are fed food that cannot be recognised, has very little value and hence most of it is converted into big smelly poo! Dogs on prey model based diet have very little dry crumbly shit that does not smell. My 65kg gets fed around 2 – 3 kilos as he is still young and growing, his shit will be half my palm, get it? Food large enough as a whole chicken when eaten raw only produces little shit, as its good food. Food such as high carb diet is mostly shit and hence the big poo’s.

Do your furry family member a favour and at the least do some reading such as this:

www.rawessentials.co.nz

http://rawfed.com/myths/

So, if you are going to stick to kibbles then at least use one that has very high meat proteins in it like Origen, and supplement it with raw meat. Best to have the raw meat stored in the freezer for 24 hours.

Even I used to feed kibbles until I researched a bit and found the above. Convert for the love of you pooch.
Gosh! Makes me shudder reading some of the comments. Depending on your belief’s Dogs were created or evolved as a carnivorous animal just like wolves, lions, tigers e.t.c. Carnivorous means meat eating full stop! Just imagine if you worked at a zoo, would you be feeding the wolves and lions pumpin?

Secondly: carnivorous animals have been built to eat meat raw where all the nutrients are present in the natural form with the required biochemicals that will help absorb everything that the piece of meat has to offer. You cook it and you will firstly dissolve and remove most of the good stuff, whats remaining will not have the bio-availability for the digestive system to recognise the various nutrients, proteins e.t.c.

What is shit? its digestive waste. You want to know why dogs shit huge loads, runny pools, big fat turds? Because they are fed food that cannot be recognised, has very little value and hence most of it is converted into big smelly poo! Dogs on prey model based diet have very little dry crumbly shit that does not smell. My 65kg gets fed around 2 – 3 kilos as he is still young and growing, his shit will be half my palm, get it? Food large enough as a whole chicken when eaten raw only produces little shit, as its good food. Food such as high carb diet is mostly shit and hence the big poo’s.

Do your furry family member a favour and at the least do some reading such as this:
www.rawessentials.co.nz

http://rawfed.com/myths/

So, if you are going to stick to kibbles then at least use one that has very high meat proteins in it like Origen, and supplement it with raw meat. Best to have the raw meat stored in the freezer for 24 hours.

Even I used to feed kibbles until I researched a bit and found the above. Convert for the love of you pooch.

Forgot to mention that my dog has never been bathed other than swims, he has no doggy odour, his long coat is shiny as, he has no discharges from his eyes or ears (never had to clean his ear) he has never had to be taken to a vet with any disorder (touch wood).

Peace
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I add boiled chicken or beef liver once a week. I add fresh blanched green beans once a week for a change. I add boiled chicken breast or chicken legs a couple times a week. I add chicken gizzards once every two weeks for a change. I sometimes add tuna fish or pumpkin or yogurt or slightly boiled carrots. I also add vitamin E and fish oil.

My dogs have been eating 4Health and TOTW. They are now eating Blue Buffalo.

Eddee is really picky and must have canned food for his morning meal. I have been giving him Purina Pro Plan canned. It was rated 4 stars on the dogfoodadvisor.

Reason: My dogs are very picky and rightfully so ... I just admittedly like spoiling them ... they live such short lives I want to make it as pleasant as possible for them. :)

EDIT: To some ... it may not have much nutritional value as it has been cooked ... but my dogs eat the best food I can afford ... and I believe they are getting proper nutrition this way ... and they think the toppings are delicious! Lol! :)
 

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We had to put Skittles, our beagle, on a liver cleanse about five years ago. He and my other dog liked the diet so much we kept it with a couple of alterations to keep the cost down, and skittles seems to have gotten younger every year since! The diet was a mix of canned veggies, white rice, and cod. We substituted beef or lamb canned dog food for the cod and added a little dry kibble for his teeth. Both our dogs love this diet and are very healthy. We keep variety in the mix by changing which kind of canned veggies they get and using either beef or lamb alternatively. If we had the money we would also add some Broccoli. The oldest dog and oldest cat in the world had the same owner. He said his secret was to feed them broccoli with their food. The animals were in their thirties or forties and were both completely bald!
 

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I think it's very interesting to hear what everyone feeds their dogs and why.

My two are definitely not picky and will scarf down anything. I feed them a rotation of kibbles, right now they are eating Nature's Variety Prairie Chicken, they definitely love having a variety. Sometimes I will add a few "extras" for them, frozen green beans, spoonful of cottage cheese, pieces of fresh veggies, just little things depending on whats available. Really don't have any reason, just for something special! These are also things that get stuffed in their kongs and frozen. I think I'm going to start buying some different types of canned foods to stuff their kongs with as well and maybe throw a spoonful on top of dinner every now and then.
 

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My pup is a very picky eater with lots of dandruff in her hair. I started adding Missing Link Skin & Coat supplement to her Orijen kibble and within two weeks the dandruff disappeared and her coat is more shiny than ever.

I just bought some platinum performance canine wellness & will begin her on that regimen tomorrow.
 

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I don't ever top the kibble but I do give raw meat of some kind for dinner a few times a week. Sometimes she'll get the raw every evening for a week and go a couple weeks without it. She usually ends up getting things I find really cheap or that we buy for ourselves and don't end up using in a timely manner. I've also been known to give canned tuna or salmon or an egg for dinner just for a change or because we need to use it up.

If I had more time and money I'd probably go raw so I feel that what I'm doing is better than nothing. Because the fresh foods only make up maybe 15-25% of her diet in a given month I don't have to worry so much about making sure it's balanced like I would have to with raw. And of course I am sure that she appreciates the variety.
 

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Balanced meal is an overrated term and hyped by the pet food companies and the vets they sponsor. Its their main marketing weapon!!!! Think about how wild dogs and wolves eat. They live in packs and when a large prey is caught they settle down around the carcass to eat. Each member gets a position based on their ranking, so one meal for a member might consist of just eating the leg meat or stomach contents, organs, ribs e.t.c. They don’t eat bits of all parts, most often pieces are torn off and taken away to be consumed. A bitch could take a leg to feed her pups and herself, that’s all they get for that meal or day/s. Next time the order changes and they get some other part of the body. Over the course of time they eventually would have consumed various parts of the entire body. This is BALANCE. There is no need to balance each meal. Best thing to do is to get a chest freezer, fill it with carcasses of whatever you can buy, offals (heart, liver, brains, kidneys e.t.c) green tripe (stomach) if you can find it, meaty bones, meat, whole animals if you can. I get whole possums, rabbits, hare, fish, essentially animals killed for fur trade where the meat is of no use or sometimes sold to pet food companies. Most of the above can be found in the cheap bins at butchers, or befriend your local butcher and have an arrangement with him. Get it pre cut if need be depending on the size of your furry member. Once you have set up a freezer with such parts, just grab whatever comes to hand for feeding. Eventually they will get all parts of the body so no need to balance each meal.
 

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Hi Kafkabeetle,

Balanced meal is an overrated term and hyped by the pet food companies and the vets they sponsor. Its their main marketing weapon!!!! Think about how wild dogs and wolves eat. They live in packs and when a large prey is caught they settle down around the carcass to eat. Each member gets a position based on their ranking, so one meal for a member might consist of just eating the leg meat or stomach contents, organs, ribs e.t.c. They don’t eat bits of all parts, most often pieces are torn off and taken away to be consumed. A bitch could take a leg to feed her pups and herself, that’s all they get for that meal or day/s. Next time the order changes and they get some other part of the body. Over the course of time they eventually would have consumed various parts of the entire body. This is BALANCE. There is no need to balance each meal. Best thing to do is to get a chest freezer, fill it with carcasses of whatever you can buy, offals (heart, liver, brains, kidneys e.t.c) green tripe (stomach) if you can find it, meaty bones, meat, whole animals if you can. I get whole possums, rabbits, hare, fish, essentially animals killed for fur trade where the meat is of no use or sometimes sold to pet food companies. Most of the above can be found in the cheap bins at butchers, or befriend your local butcher and have an arrangement with him. Get it pre cut if need be depending on the size of your furry member. Once you have set up a freezer with such parts, just grab whatever comes to hand for feeding. Eventually they will get all parts of the body so no need to balance each meal.
I never implied that I needed to balance each meal. In fact I think I made it pretty clear that I DON'T balance each meal. I don't have access to all the parts of an animal even over time so I don't feed raw. If I tried to at this point it would lead to deficiencies. I don't have a large freezer to keep the parts in either. Why is it so difficult for people to understand that not everyone is in the right life situation to feed their dogs raw? I feel like everywhere I turn someone is trying to convince people who have already stated they don't have the means or desire to do so that they can manage it this or that way. I understand how it works and have decided against it. Geez.
 

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Okey, backing off:) meant it as a general blurb to all in the post really, Take care :) Just re-read your post and you said, quoting: "I don't have to worry so much about making sure it's balanced like I would have to with raw" Thats why i just expalined that with raw you dont have to balance contrary to what you said.

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Just re-read your post and you said, quoting: "I don't have to worry so much about making sure it's balanced like I would have to with raw" Thats why i just expalined that with raw you dont have to balance contrary to what you said.
But you *do* have to balance *over time* so you don't end up with deficiencies. That's just true. If I fed exclusively the raw items I was feeding now I would have an unhealthy dog before long.
 

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Btw, I don't intend to sound overly harsh. It's just something that comes up a lot but it's not something you could have known being a new member (judging by your post count, not your join date). Anyway, welcome to the forum. :)
 

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I added Vital refrigerated food to my dog's meals because it's healthier than her main food though her main food is healthy. I do half and half just about.
 
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