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Old 01-05-2013, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a raw feeder but due to picking up another job, I've started having to rely on others to feed my pups some days. I grabbed EVO Weight Management to try (Not that my dogs are fat, I just like it has no potatoes, only 10% carbs and higher in protein than the other formulas) and I fed them some today to see what they thought. One thing I noticed is that the kibble broke down within minutes. Literally within 5 minutes it was crumbling and soft enough to smoosh with the spoon whereas most kibbles you have to soak for 30min-1 hour to get it all the way soft. I fed the turkey and chicken formula years ago and it didn't break down this fast, at least not that I remember. Has the weight management formula always broken down this well or did they make it so ALL the formulas break down fast? (Since I'd like to rotate this and the herring and salmon formula - Dogs get enough red meat from raw lol) Not complaining, just curious. Happy if nothing else since I won't have to pre-soak any food for someone else to feed them.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i have no idea about your question lol but i'm a raw feeder and my dog has been getting bones stuck in his throat lately so i'm looking to switch back to a kibble...how are you and your dogs liking evo? i looked at their website, their ingredients seem good
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My dogs loved evo, but It was getting to expensive and I think it was to high in protein for them. They sure did love it though and its my favorite brand of food, but I switched to TOTW
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I don't feed the weight management formula-it doesn't break down quickly-
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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@Holland: Which formula do you feed?

@LissG: Have you checked into feeding ground? What kind of bones are you feeding? I've never had a problem like that! So far my dogs enjoy it when they get it. I still raw feed for the most part, I just needed something to give them when I need someone else to feed them. I feel it's a lot to ask friends and family to get hands deep in a bowl of green tripe or livers. Lol! When I fed the turkey & chicken formula years ago to my old GSD, he did fantastic on it. Best food I ever fed which is why I'm happy to go for it again. I feel EVO is the best food out there if your dog can handle it.

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Old 01-06-2013, 10:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I tried finding a good meat grinder that can handle bones but theyre REALLY expensive and I cant afford it right now. Hes been on a raw food diet for over a year but recently hes getting bones stuck and I dont want to risk it. Its the beef and pork neck bones that are giving him trouble, but he wont eat any other kind of bones. If I give him like chicken bones he will gladly go a few days without eating.
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What about using egg shells for calcium? I use it for one of my dogs most days because she's small and bones every day would take up too much of her caloric intake so I wouldn't be able to add extra muscle meats that she needs. I use it for the other dogs too when I don't feed bones for whatever reason. Works well and is pretty much free since most people just throw them away. Just a suggestion. But if you do go with kibble again, I would recommend trying EVO for sure!
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what if i gave a calcium supplement? would that take place of the bones?
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Yep! That'd be what the egg shells would do, but you can buy calcium supplements/bone meal (Which is just bone ground into a powder) for dogs at pet stores or online.
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