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Old 12-31-2013, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default When to transistion from raw to kibble only?

My wife surprised me with a GSD for my birthday, a great pup from the Czech Republic we've named Nexus.

Well Nexus was on a mostly raw diet (i'd say 80/20) when we got him mid-December, and I have been changing that ratio for the past couple weeks till last night for his 3rd meal where he went pure kibble. He immediately changed his eating habit from devouring to grazing, enough that this morning I put his bowl in his crate so he would eat all his kibble. He does eventually consume it all.

Question is if I have weened him off too quickly, or if it's a good idea to continuously add some raw in his diet for many months or more? I want to ensure he is getting a good diet.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Raw is the best diet there is IMO, just make sure you're balancing it properly.

I personally would never go back to kibble, but I've been told not to mix the two, just go cold turkey from one to the other.

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Old 12-31-2013, 09:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree, I would stick to 100% raw. Right now we are feeding 50/50 but its because we do not have the space at all to buy in bulk, once we move to our new house in a few months and get a small separate freezer no more kibble for us! If you are going to switch to kibble I would still want to give some raw, but I've also heard to feed it at separate meals.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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When should you switch from raw to kibble?
Never.
I tried switching to freeze dried, thinking my dog could not handle the raw.
Within 2 weeks, he was eating as if he were starving, was always looking for food, his hair was falling out and his coat lost its shine. In addition, his ribs started showing and he kept losing weight.
This, despite the fact that I was feeding the quantities that were supposedly equivalent to the raw.
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smart dog !
I'm on board with a good raw diet . Personal experience - dogs fed raw diet for 30 years --- many generations never seeing any kibble at all .
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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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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If you are worried about time and space, why not feed pre-prepared raw? Rafi eats Bravo and does great on it.
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That is when costs really run up. When i picked up the last batch of frozen raw that was $4/lb.
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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?
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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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.
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