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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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raw and kibble together as a mix??

Is mixing raw and kibble together bad.? Or is it best to give kibble one meal and raw the next as separate meals?
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I have read things about their digestive system can't handle both at once, because it digests raw faster than kibble so it may be uneasy on their stomach.. how true that is, I don't know because they sell raw to add to your kibble.

On the safe side though, I do kibble in the morning and Raw at night.

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I have had some people tell me that since the two are digested differently it could cause problems? I've been told that raw digests more quickly than kibble so mixing the two can cause the raw to linger in the digestive track with the kibble and build up bacteria. Hopefully some raw feeders will chime in soon. I used to feed them together before I was told differently. I never had any problems, but I try to split them up now just in case. My pup apparently has a lead gut, so he might not be the best example.
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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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I've done it for years with no problems.

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. 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.
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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.
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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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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.

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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.

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