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Review puppy's current diet

Hey guy here is my little boy rhinoReview puppy's current diet-imageuploadedbypg-free1394773619.339136.jpg

He is 9 weeks old. I feed him three servings a day. Morning is kibble. Lunch is raw and dinner is premium kibble.
The breeders have been feeding him like this since 6 weeks.
The raw basically consist of a) minced beef, kidney and lamb. B) sardine, minced beef, lamb and liver. C) chicken wing, lamb, kidney.
The breeders have been using this diet on all there pups for years with good results. As you can see on his coat his color pigment is amazing.
Any opinions on current diet or what you would change?

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So you feed poor quality kibble, with raw, with premium kibble? Why not just choose one of the last two?

I don't like feeding raw with kibble because it moves through the digestive system differently, and I don't want to avoid impactions... but I know people feed the mix with no problems.

Otherwise... not horrible... just a little confusing as to why this is the way they feed? Especially if it's a low quality kibble in the morning with the premium at night...


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Sorry, it was written incorrectly by me. Same premium kibble morning and night not different. I did actually ask the breeders about different digesting times. They told me the dogs digestive system will have no problem with it just like how we eat cooked meat and salads and veggies at the same time etc.


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Ahh. I personally disagree with that, but I'm too tired right now to look up the studies on it.

Do what works for you.


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They are digested differently because the kibble lowers the pH of the stomach acid and dogs aren't very efficient at digesting carbs (which kibble is very high in) so it moves through their body more slowly.

Raw feeding raises the pH which is better for digesting bone, and moves through the system faster.

Anyway, I think feeding raw is the way to go, no need for kibble if you are balancing the raw properly.

And yes, very cute pup! Congratulations!
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Actually, it is the other way around. The lower the pH the more acidic and a dog with a raw diet has a lower pH in the stomach acid. That lower pH also kills pathogens which is why I would be hesitant about mix and match between raw and kibble but a lot of people do it.

I have also heard just the chewing and gnawing on the RMBs is what drives the acid being pumped in which is why some don't feed grinds.

But what I am saying is all "what I have heard" elsewhere other than the statement that lower the pH the more acidic. That is fact.

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I don't feed ground for two reasons:
1. I like my animals to tear it apart and get that teeth cleaning that bones and whole meat offer.
2. Ground meat grosses me out because I don't know what all is truly in it. Same goes for kibble and other highly processed foods.


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Actually, it is the other way around. The lower the pH the more acidic and a dog with a raw diet has a lower pH in the stomach acid.
Sorry, you're right about that, I'm thinking backwards. Science fail. (I think what I mean to say is kibble lowers the acidity)

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If you are feeding kibble to ensure proper nutrients in a growing puppy then spend the same amount of money on Bravo Balance or another commercial RAW diet to sub in for the "premium kibble".




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Well the truth is most kibbles are over supplemented. So feeding premium puppy kibble 2/3 and raw 1/3 sounds like it should still be ok. Especially considering I am using a few different meats and organs. Review puppy's current diet-imageuploadedbypg-free1394836728.363231.jpg

He seems to love it and his poop has been fine.


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