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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Mixing Protein Sources

Hi, all. I'm an avid raw BARF style feeder for about 7 months now. My girl is doing great on it, 9 months old, no issues. I'm just curious if anyone has heard the reason behind why some people advise not to mix protein sources in a meal. Now that I think about it I've read several articles saying basically the same thing but have never heard an explanation that made sense.

I have ALWAYS mixed protein sources since she was a baby. I don't see it as necessary so much as it's just easier to ensure balance and variety over a week for me. I've always thought the opposite, that mixing proteins in one meal actually might make the utilization more effiicient of vitamins/minerals/amino acids than giving all chicken, or pork, or whatever in one meal.

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The only argument that I have ever heard against mixing protein sources is for when you are starting raw, so that if there is a reaction of any sort you know what caused it. I mix protein sources every day!

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I mix protein sources as well.....I'll use chicken necks with beef heart...etc...no problems ...yet ????

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Oh right, the first time raw eaters. Or either they were addressing food allergies. That makes more sense now.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 07:42 PM
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Yes I think they suggest you stick to one protein at a time in the beginning to test for allergies.

Otherwise most mix proteins, I do all the time - bit of sheep liver, bit of ox heart, bit of pork, can sardines...........

if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.

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I know nothing about feeding raw but I heard that you should not feed different meats because they digest at different speeds. I don't know if there is any truth to that. Everyone here seems to be doing fine.

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