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Old 11-21-2013, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 80/20- Kibble/Raw food?

My 4.5 MO 45LB Show line is currently on Taste of The wild High Prairie puppy formula and he loves it. Instead of switching him to 100% raw is to mix in things like raw ground beef, raw chicken, etc into his kibble. Would he reap any of the benefits of having a 100% raw diet such as a sleeker coat, calmer mood, etc? I know he's a puppy still, just curious if mixing raw with kibble has its benefits.
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I fed raw and kibble for a few years and switched to 100% raw almost two years ago. I'm sure there was some benefit to feeding part raw. Any fresh food is better than none.

I fed them together, though many people advise to split the meals (raw in one meal, kibble in the other). I highly recommend reading Monica Segal's pamphlet for supplementing a commercial diet. I believe she says you can substitute up to 1/3 of the kibble without having to balance the raw like you would a normal raw diet.
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My 4.5 MO 45LB Show line is currently on Taste of The wild High Prairie puppy formula and he loves it. Instead of switching him to 100% raw is to mix in things like raw ground beef, raw chicken, etc into his kibble. Would he reap any of the benefits of having a 100% raw diet such as a sleeker coat, calmer mood, etc? I know he's a puppy still, just curious if mixing raw with kibble has its benefits.

just make sure you do it at separate meals. my breeder has been doing this for 30 odd years. only 60% kibble 40% raw mince beef/ chicken breast. He also feeds raw fresh fish only one day a week.

kibble are over supplemented so mixing raw meat into the diet will help get a good balance whilst maintaining a good amount of protein.
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