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Old 01-18-2014, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I'm planning to switch my 13 wk old pup to RAW, and having read up on many of the threads here, feel pretty confident about how to go about things. However, I haven't found anything that relates to feeding things like the intestinal tract. I only ask because we have a large supply of quail on hand to feed our birds (my boyfriend and I are both falconers), and we usually feed the guts every now and then to our birds for a complete diet. However, we have leftovers sometimes after carving up the quail and it seems a waste to toss them. Our quail are farm raised and we generally don't have to worry about things like parasites. My question is, is it okay to give this to a puppy (ie, intestines, spleen, stomach, etc)? Or is it best to leave it out and rely on everything else to provide a balanced diet?

I know it seems like a random question, but i just have not read anything about feeding guts and I'm curious as to your guys' opinion. Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I too have introduced raw to my 2 GSDs diet although mine are older than yours. I have feed them a whole rabbit which was skinned but had all the guts inside still, they both ate it and I saw no issues afterwards. Although I did notice my female somehow removed the liver and kidney and saved that till the last?

As for a 13 week old I think you would want to introduce different meats in small amounts. Quails are very small are are generally good for cats or small breed dogs, so I think the whole Quail would be fine. Just monitor your puppy afterwards.
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That's kind of my line of thinking too, but I wanted some outside input. Thanks for the response!
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