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Old 05-29-2015, 03:05 PM   #21 (permalink)
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My very first introduction to raw was via Nature's Variety products about 7 years ago and this is what they have to say:

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"If I feed my pet a mixture of Instinct Raw and Instinct or Prairie Kibble during the same meal, should I be concerned about the different rate of digestion?

It’s important for pet parents to feel comfortable with their feeding process. We believe customers need not be concerned about mixing raw and kibble at the same meal. Raw is like canned food in terms of moisture content and rates of digestion; people routinely combine canned and kibble diets with no digestive upset or stomach emptying issues. There is no scientific evidence that combining kibble and raw food causes the raw foods to be digested at a slower rate."
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My very first introduction to raw was via Nature's Variety products about 7 years ago and this is what they have to say:

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"If I feed my pet a mixture of Instinct Raw and Instinct or Prairie Kibble during the same meal, should I be concerned about the different rate of digestion?

Itís important for pet parents to feel comfortable with their feeding process. We believe customers need not be concerned about mixing raw and kibble at the same meal. Raw is like canned food in terms of moisture content and rates of digestion; people routinely combine canned and kibble diets with no digestive upset or stomach emptying issues. There is no scientific evidence that combining kibble and raw food causes the raw foods to be digested at a slower rate."
After working in the pet food industry, it has been my experience that the absolute WORST place to get feeding advice and information is from pet food manufacturers.

I think I'm going to start with just doing 100% raw. My puppy is being raised on raw and I don't think I'm going to mess with it unless it gets too difficult for me. But I doubt that will happen with all the awesome advice I've gotten from this forum so far!
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Oh well, my spoo throws up the kibble part.
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After working in the pet food industry, it has been my experience that the absolute WORST place to get feeding advice and information is from pet food manufacturers.

I think I'm going to start with just doing 100% raw. My puppy is being raised on raw and I don't think I'm going to mess with it unless it gets too difficult for me. But I doubt that will happen with all the awesome advice I've gotten from this forum so far!
I fully agree with you.
And, so does my Spoo.
We're totally raw too!
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[QUOTE=kmart;1811753]After working in the pet food industry, it has been my experience that the absolute WORST place to get feeding advice and information is from pet food manufacturers.

Oh yah, I TOTALLY agree with you here!

Yes, feeding 100% raw is definitely the best way to go if you can swing it.
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After working in the pet food industry, it has been my experience that the absolute WORST place to get feeding advice and information is from pet food manufacturers.

I think I'm going to start with just doing 100% raw. My puppy is being raised on raw and I don't think I'm going to mess with it unless it gets too difficult for me. But I doubt that will happen with all the awesome advice I've gotten from this forum so far!
I don't disagree with you, however, it *is* true that there is no scientific evidence that there is anything problematic with mixing raw and kibble. Also, consider the liability position a company is putting themself in by claiming that it is OK to do.
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Even worse is that most vets get their animal nutrition training from pet food companies.

My spoo would have died if I had not finally insisted that I feed him raw in spite of what my vets said. He had lost 1/3 of his body weight, wouldn't even drink water, threw up everything, or it came out the other end as liquid, and he just laid there. Had to have iv fluids. After about $2K in tests and every food recommended by the vets I refused to listen to them anymore. Thank goodness.
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Yes Kontiki, kibble can really cause a lot of health problems.....
When my Poodle cross Jasper was a pup he had constant eye, ear and skin infections. Plus he would occasionally throw up. My vet just kept prescribing ointments, drops and antibiotics....but had no clue what was causing the infections. I decided it HAD to be his diet, and that's when I decided to start him on raw. All of his problems immediately cleared up and he's been totally healthy ever since. (He's 5 now)
And boy, do they enjoy their raw meals.....when I have run out of raw and have fed kibble my dogs just look at me like they're saying "are you kidding me?"
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I think feeding both is fine. I don't personally feed raw because of concerns I have that if you aren't extremely careful you can skimp on nutrients your dog needs with a raw only diet. Adding a kibble will ensure he/she gets all of the nutrients necessary.
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I think feeding both is fine. I don't personally feed raw because of concerns I have that if you aren't extremely careful you can skimp on nutrients your dog needs with a raw only diet. Adding a kibble will ensure he/she gets all of the nutrients necessary.
See, I'm concerned that my puppy won't get all the nutrients she needs if I feed her kibble.
The amount of faith that people put in the pet food industry is concerning to me. Dogs are carnivores that should be eating what carnivores eat. The only reason that they are fed grains/veggies/fruits/etc. is that the pet food industry needed fillers/good-sounding ingredients (hey, blueberries are healthy, right?) and convinced the world that dogs "need" them.
I mean, Dog Chow is advertised as being safe, healthy, and complete nutrition for dogs which should be a huge liability.

We also have great reasons to be skeptical of pet food producers (Blue Buffalo vs. Purina, anyone?) as well as the majority veterinarians' nutritional recommendations. Everything is so saturated in $$.
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