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01-04-2014 06:47 AM
jocoyn A lot of us do not feed a raw diet and feed as good a quality kibble a we can find. I understand the issues of cost and, more importantly to me right now, freezer space and getting a good variety of sources.

A lot of people do mix but I prefer to do one OR the other. Just wanted to say you are "not alone" in your choice and if he is eating the kibble and pooping appropriate you have not gone to fast. Put the food down for 15 minutes three times a day (puppy) and he won't eat too little. If an adult, I like to feed twice a day. I do moisten my kibble; others don't
01-03-2014 11:57 PM
Jax08 why did your trainer recommend taking your dogs off raw for attention and focus?
01-03-2014 11:41 PM
JackandMattie I took my dogs off raw on my trainer's recommendation. We were working on attention and focus. It lasted about six months. Totally not my trainers fault, but we went back to raw two days ago! I can't stand the dust and shedding and basically, the filth, that follows kibble. Even a grain free kibble I made a choice, between keeping a housekeeper or my dogs' best interests. And chose raw meat!

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01-03-2014 10:55 PM
Jax08 From what I've heard, the kibble does not digest at the same rate as the raw and could cause bloating. I think that's all a theory though(the could cause bloat part)

Raw does digest quicker than kibble. Kibble has to soak up fluids and expand before it breaks down in the system. Raw, especially ground raw, does not need as much to break down and digest.

A good kibble will cost about $60-70/mth. Bravo Balance is just a little bit more. If cost is the only issue, then looks into different brands. At $4/lb, you are getting ripped off. My local butcher sells a beef blend for $0.50/lb. I have to add in the bone but that is still no comparison to the cost. Also look for raw co-ops. They might have sources for Blue Ridge. They have a puppy blend for $1.60/lb.

As far as his eating habit switched him from steak to jerky. It's just not the same.
01-03-2014 10:53 PM
arby665 I'm betting for a dog who has always been on a raw diet that kibble is just not good to them. My pups started off on raw and will not eat anything that is not in their normal menu. I had a stew party and several guests offered my pups crackers. They would not eat it. I've also noticed that any food that falls on the floor around her pretty much goes untouched (unless it's meat). Weird dogs.
01-03-2014 10:30 PM
LTParis Raw beef blend from Sirius (a local company here in NY).

Well that is what I was buying. Nexus has been on 100% Martins kibble for 5 days now. Like I said he eats about 75% of what I feed him (1 cup a day/3 times a day) but his eating habits changed quite a bit and he is spilling some of his food.

What is the reasoning behind not mixing kibble and raw? He seemed to enjoy it mixed together but what are the negatives of doing that.
01-03-2014 10:04 PM
Jax08 Bravo Balance costs me a little over $2/lb. It's about $12 for 5# of chicken. He was going thru about 10#/wk before I started incorporating home made raw. What kind of raw are you buying?
01-03-2014 09:57 PM
LTParis That is when costs really run up. When i picked up the last batch of frozen raw that was $4/lb.
01-03-2014 09:53 PM
BowWowMeow If you are worried about time and space, why not feed pre-prepared raw? Rafi eats Bravo and does great on it.
01-03-2014 09:23 PM
LTParis Frankly I am not sure I could do a pure raw diet. The amount of space I would need to store food, and the cost would be pretty high.

One thing I am concerned is that when he was on the raw mix, he would sit there and consume it with no issues. With the kibble he plays with the food, grazes more, and ends up spilling it because he is a little bit on the clumsy side right now. I am concerned if he is getting enough.
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