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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 07:21 PM
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Canned jack mackerel, Evo canned dog food and, if it gets really bad - hunting.
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In my experimenting, Raw plus kibble does not work... Raw comes out the exhaust in dark short sausage bits but the kibble light brown in runny..

I expect that is from different digestive rates. But on a Raw Diet, what is wrong with a whole high grade kibble meal? My dogs think it is a different treat and will hog into it if given the chance.. Maybe because it is different, but my dogs had their heads buried in a bag of Nutro stored in the garage yesterday, thought it was great!

I know long term the Raw is better, but what about a high grade kibble as a back up? For that matter what about the variety of a kibble once a week?
Just asking, I know there are Raw Purists, just trying to be practical, I mean face it Raw diet is a bit of a pain.

Especially when on the road, a week of kibble? Open to your chastisement now...
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Oh yes I forgot about canned fish. I usually have a can of mackeral or sardines on hand and will use that if nothing is defrosted, along with an egg and whatever veggie we may have on hand.

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We keep grain free kibble on hand for the occasional "oh crap, forgot to thaw something" mealtimes. What brand it is varies as we tend to get different formulas/brands based on what was on sale, had a coupon for, etc... Right now there's Merrick in the bin. Previous was Fromm and I don't remember before that.


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CHRIS WILD: Thank you for that...

The best dry kibble I can find here is Nutro Puppy, All Natural Chicken and Rice. First ingredient is dried chicken meat, second is rice.. Far better looking than the Royal Canin or Science Diet...

So is there a problem with rice, like wheat and the rest of the fillers... ??

I am considering that as the backup, road trips, or "Crud forgot to defrost" syndrome...

Does that pass your muster? Kind regards, lone Ranger in Oz
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For occasional use, even once a week, I don't think it would be a problem. No more than it's a problem if I occasionally stop at McDonalds or have a candy bar. But then I'm the same way with treats. They get whatever they like, is relatively cheap, and not from China. If it's somewhat poor ingredients I don't really care because it's just treat. We spend a small fortune feeding 6 dogs a very healthy raw diet, so that occasional hot dog or Milkbone or even a whole bowl of kibble isn't a big deal.


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Many people feed raw in the morning and kibble at night - and their dogs have no problem with it.

Many people feed raw once or twice a week - and their dogs have no problems with it.

I have nothing against kibble - QUALITY kibble that is.

I just know from experience with MY dogs that ANY type of kibble is not good so I chose never to feed it.
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