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Old 01-24-2014, 03:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok long story short:

Here's his feeding schedule:

1. Fromm puppy gold with organic chicken broth and a nuvet vitamin

2. Same minus vitamin

3. Raw turkey/beef

This was our breeder's exact schedule for him also, he is only 10 weeks old. We are keeping it up for the time being but therapy dogs can not be on raw diets...womp womp.

[I know the rules say the raw feeding can be continued up till two weeks before a therapy visit. We are lucky enough to have the support of a local nursing home, and some other local organizations for training purposes, so raw needs to be phased out for their sake. It sucks, but rules are rules and do not want to be dishonest to the organizations helping us out.]


The problem is, Alvin picks at his Fromm and devours his raw. We cut raw down to 5oz from 8oz but he still "holds out" for that last meal of the day. Can I skip feeding for a day or two to make him hungry enough to eat the kibble?

I've also noticed that he looks like he's not at girthy as he was a week ago and he has some dandruff in his coat. He's solid black so it shows up pretty bad.

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try a different kibble.
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What about honest kitchen? Not sure where this fits in with the rules you have to follow though.
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Lol...I never had a place tell me what I could/couldn't feed my dog and we've been doing therapy for a while now...

I'm not sure you should be giving the broth...chicken broth generally has a lot of sodium, even I only use the "no salt added" type.

This is a common problem with feeding raw one meal and kibble the other. The dog realizes it and will hold out for the better stuff. Maybe try mixing the two...so half raw and half kibble at each meal.
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Lol...I never had a place tell me what I could/couldn't feed my dog and we've been doing therapy for a while now...

I'm not sure you should be giving the broth...chicken broth generally has a lot of sodium, even I only use the "no salt added" type.

This is a common problem with feeding raw one meal and kibble the other. The dog realizes it and will hold out for the better stuff. Maybe try mixing the two...so half raw and half kibble at each meal.
the broth is low sodium, forgot to mention that. Raw and kibble digest at different rates so if mixed, they can cause tummy aches and vomiting. I read through the requirements from a few different agencies and they all forbid a raw diet. I plan on going through pet partners.
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Your dog is very smart. Much more knowledgeable about what his body needs than the people who write the silly rules for the therapy program.
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Your dog is very smart. Much more knowledgeable about what his body needs than the people who write the silly rules for the therapy program.
I'm realizing this more and more everyday lol



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What about honest kitchen? Not sure where this fits in with the rules you have to follow though.
All Natural Dog Food - Dehydrated Pet Food | The Honest Kitchen
This would be a great choice! It is 100% real human grade living food (dehydrated), not processed like kibble. If your pup is holding out for the "Real Stuff".....this is your food!
The meat is actually cooked before dehydration, so it wouldn't be a problem.
Embark is All Life Stages, non grain and costs about $88..
Thrive is All Life Stages contains Quinoa and is about $68.
A 10# dehydrated box will RE-hydrate into about 35-40 pounds.
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the broth is low sodium, forgot to mention that. Raw and kibble digest at different rates so if mixed, they can cause tummy aches and vomiting. I read through the requirements from a few different agencies and they all forbid a raw diet. I plan on going through pet partners.
We talked to our vet about this myth. It's false. I was doing the same thing you are doing and for the same reason, we were told the myth. We had the same problem (not eating the kibble) so we stopped with the raw and just stuck to kibble (100% raw is very expensive). Later when we switched to a more natural/holistic vet, she told us its not true and we could easily mix the foods. Her theory is that any amount of raw is better than no amount of raw. We did this, never had any stomach issues.
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We talked to our vet about this myth. It's false. I was doing the same thing you are doing and for the same reason, we were told the myth. We had the same problem (not eating the kibble) so we stopped with the raw and just stuck to kibble (100% raw is very expensive). Later when we switched to a more natural/holistic vet, she told us its not true and we could easily mix the foods. Her theory is that any amount of raw is better than no amount of raw. We did this, never had any stomach issues.
Hmmm. I am currently digging up actual medical trials on the subject. I don't trust what I read online all that much. All of you have been so helpful! Raw is expensive and a pain! I will look into the healthy kitchen, it sounds like a win win

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