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Old 06-02-2013, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, i have a 11 months old toy poodle and I wanted to give raw feeding a try after reading about its many merits on this forum. I have tried feeding her natures variety instinct raw, raw chicken wings and raw chicken necks and she loves them all. However, I dont have the time and resources to make her home cooked meals every day and ensure a balanced diet, so I would like to keep her on her kibble and just feed raw a few times a week. My problem is if i feed her raw once, she would not touch her kibble for days...until she is absolutely starving. I am actually hoping to put some weight on her as she is currently a bit on the skinny side, but im afraid that if i give in and keep feeding her raw, she would never go back to kibble.

any advice on how to feed both raw and kibble to a picky tpoodle? :(

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Don't. Raw and kibble shouldn't go together. They digest differently and can cause some digestion issues. You don't cook raw either. I started 4 weeks ago. I buy a 5lb roll of minced lamb from a butcher in the area. As well as lamb ribs and fish. Just bought a lb of beef heart and beef liver. All of this will last her about 3-4 weeks.

I portion it out to what she should get each meal then freeze it. There are a lot of raw groups on Facebook. One that I really like is Raw Fed Pets. Helpful info and they will answer any questions. Go on there and get more info.

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Personally, I don't believe in the whole "raw and kibble digest differently and can't be fed together" thing. But, if your dog is being picky, you are probably going to have to either choose all raw or all kibble. My boy did this and he is fed all raw. The others eat both raw and kibble.
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My Molly is fed both...no problem. The raw digests faster than kibble, so if you do both you feed raw in the am and kibble in the pm. I feed Molly raw chicken or Dehydrated Raw in the morning, and then put about 1/4 cup of kibble in her bowl as she is a 'grazer' Most times she never finishes that 1/4 cup of kibble anyway! She prefers her raw but if she gets hungry she WILL eat the kibble!
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My Molly is fed both...no problem. The raw digests faster than kibble, so if you do both you feed raw in the am and kibble in the pm. I feed Molly raw chicken or Dehydrated Raw in the morning, and then put about 1/4 cup of kibble in her bowl as she is a 'grazer' Most times she never finishes that 1/4 cup of kibble anyway! She prefers her raw but if she gets hungry she WILL eat the kibble!
how much raw do you feed her in the morning then?

when she doesnt finish the recommended amount of kibble, which is more and more often now, I get worried that she is not eating enough

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Personally, I don't believe in the whole "raw and kibble digest differently and can't be fed together" thing. But, if your dog is being picky, you are probably going to have to either choose all raw or all kibble. My boy did this and he is fed all raw. The others eat both raw and kibble.
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I feed both... I feed kibble in the mornings and raw at night... I mostly feed chicken - wings, legs, thighs... I don't really like the backs as they're so efficiently cleaned of meat, that it's just basically just bones... I also feed lamb sometimes, but chicken is the cheapest...

When Storm gets an 'under weight' meal, I give him some liver to go with it... to make up the weight...
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I use 'I and Love And You' (yes that's the name)or Sojo's Turkey Dehydrated raw which I mix up in batches of, 1 cup of dehydrated, mixed with a 12oz can of Variety Home Recipe.(That makes approx 2+cups of food,) which I then separate into containers, each containing 3-1/4+ cup servings. I freeze and use as needed. Each container is for three days and this amount fills approx 3 containers(9 days of food) As for the chicken, she gets either a sm.thigh or a leg or a wing 2-3 times a week instead of the dehydrated raw.
Kibble is 1/4 cup a day left in her bowl.
I don't worry about her not eating, in fact I just realized I had to stop sharing 'my' food with her as she has been gaining weight! Her treats are enough!!!LOL!
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I get a lot of my meat from My Pet Carnivore. Chicken quarters and turkey necks come from the grocery store, and when I'm lazy I feed any of the premade patties - I like Stella and Chewy's a lot.
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I feed kibble in the morning and raw in the evening. So far both my girls eat both meals with gusto. Maybe she just does not like your kibble choice. Maybe try a different food. I am feeding Wellness Core Grain Free right now and my dogs love it.
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