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06-24-2014 11:16 AM
blackshep kibble stays in the system longer because dogs aren't designed to eat carbs (no nutritional requirement for them), so it's harder for them to digest.

This is why it's not advised to feed kibble and raw at the same time, dogs can process raw faster, so pathogens don't sit in the gut, as JakeInJersey said.

If your dog is losing weight, just up the amount of raw you're feeding.
06-24-2014 04:55 AM
Charliehound I've been doing both for about a month to use up the kibble I bought before I decided to go raw. I do separate meals, but now the puppy doesn't eat much kibble. I noticed last week he was getting thin. So I've been mixing his raw (ground)/kibble and he will eat. No problems so far...
06-20-2014 03:50 PM
wolfie13 I'm considering feeding him raw just so he can eat. He has yet to eat his kibble today. I warmed up water and everything. He just doesn't want it and normally when I get home he eats it. Today he isn't though.
04-10-2014 11:07 AM
JakeInJersey I'm sure someone with more experience can chime in here.. but the idea is that it doesn't matter if there's bacteria in the raw if it's given alone because it digests so quickly. In other words, it's "safe" because it moves through the digestive system so fast that the bacteria doesn't have time to take hold.

Kibble is designed to stay in the digestive system longer so that more of the nutrients can be leeched out.

The problem with mixing is that you then have raw in the system as long as the kibble, which can give the bacteria enough time to take hold and cause problems.

It's probably not something you'd notice every time you feed your dog(s), so the "my dog handles it fine right now" thing isn't really relevant.. it's more of a "if there IS something wrong/funky with the raw food you're feeding, you're giving it the opportunity it needs to cause problems" situation.

Ideally, if you're going to do both, do raw at one feeding and kibble at another.
04-10-2014 10:56 AM
Eiros I've fed kibble and raw together, and did for a month or so after we started feeding it. We never had any problems, but it's easy for me to separate raw and kibble feedings so I did. He gets raw in the morning and kibble at night. He has a sensitive stomach and combining never bothers him, but I usually separate them anyways.

If you feed kibble, it's important to get a high quality one.
04-10-2014 10:36 AM
Curtis I read somewhere on this forum that it was ok to mix kibble and raw muscle meat, but not kibble and raw meaty bone. Something to do with the bone. Don't remember the thread.

I just keep kibble and raw as separate meals.

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04-10-2014 03:38 AM
Zimba Is there anyone who has given kibble with raw and had any adverse affects. I don't the real nutrient content of kibble alone . I was thinking of mixing kibble in the morning with some vegetables. I live in UK and is kibble same as mixer.
04-09-2014 07:52 PM
Originally Posted by TigervTeMar View Post
. When it's soaked for a few minutes it's softer kibble and raw so I don't think there's a difference in digestion rate, if that's a legit concern.
Digestion has nothing to do with softness, it has everything to do with ingredients. The digestive system must release all kinds of juices in order to process different foods.

Some kibble has corn, and that is harder to digest and takes longer.

Some are able to mix kibble with raw, others have dogs who can't tolerate it.
If you can go all raw, that would be the best and easiest on their tummies.
04-09-2014 07:50 PM
Apoolutz I've done it for years with no problems.
04-09-2014 06:46 PM
TigervTeMar I mix Darwin's raw with my guys kibble and he seems fine. no runny stool and he's growing quickly. has energy, shiny coat, nothing else that would lead me to think something is wrong. I DO let it soak, so it's not hard kibble and mixed in raw. When it's soaked for a few minutes it's softer kibble and raw so I don't think there's a difference in digestion rate, if that's a legit concern.
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