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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-25-2017, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should I stay with raw or go back to kibble

Titan eats a raw diet using The Honest Kitchen Preference Base mix. He is doing good on it and nothing bad is happening. I was just wondering if I should continue the raw diet or go back to kibble

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-25-2017, 07:42 PM
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Kibble is cooked at high temperatures and extruded

Honest Kitchen has fresh or minimally processed veg & fruits that have been dehydrated & Raw Meat is....... raw!


If your dog is doing well, I would stick with the partial raw diet that he's on now!

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It's expensive, but it's good food. Why would you want to go back to kibble? Convenience? Price? Rotation?

If it's rotation, you can rotate base mixes (between THK's two kinds, or even other companies like Sojo's, Dr. Harvey's Veg-to-Bowl, etc.) and proteins.

If it's cost, Sojo's base-mix with grain is a lot cheaper (and comes in giant-size bags), but you will be getting a lot of grain as filler, so it's a step down in quality in my opinion. Or stay with THK and order it through onlynaturalpet.com when they have good coupon codes, and stock up. I buy about 2-3 mo. worth at a time when they send me a good code, which often gets it down to about $45/box instead of $57.

If it's convenience, you can make busy work/school mornings easier by preparing about 2-3 days worth of base mix at a time in a giant mixing bowl with a lid, and storing it in the fridge. Then you scoop it out at feeding time without having to wait for it to reconstitute. I keep a separate bowl of meat, so I can pull out my two bowls and scoop at meal time. It's much faster than adding water and waiting for it to reconstitute!
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Ok thank you all, I'm going to stay with the raw diet. Also which proteins do you guys use?

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I make my own base with vegetables that can be grown in the garden.

For protein I use grass fed: kidney, heart, and liver. I also use frozen whole sardines, chicken necks & feet, and turkey necks. I throw in yogurt and goat's mik, as well.

I give the occasional pork rib as a snack.

I don't get more adventurous than that.

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We try to rotate proteins and cuts as much as possible. Usually it's chicken, pork, beef, turkey, duck, lamb, venison, and some fish. We try to find different organ meats too but it can be difficult sometimes. Most of the time we feed liver and kidney for organs, but sometimes pancreas and pig brains when we can find it.
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I make my own base with vegetables that can be grown in the garden.

For protein I use grass fed: kidney, heart, and liver. I also use frozen whole sardines, chicken necks & feet, and turkey necks. I throw in yogurt and goat's mik, as well.

I give the occasional pork rib as a snack.

I don't get more adventurous than that.
How do you make your own base mix and how do you know he is getting all of his vitamins and minerals?

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How do you make your own base mix and how do you know he is getting all of his vitamins and minerals?
I paid someone to make a recipe for me. Sabine at Better Dog Care ? Creating Healthy Lifestyles for Canines.

She will make a recipe based on your preferences i.e. all raw, raw/home cooked, will take your budget into consideration, as well as convenience of preparation. My current dogs are on all raw with some vegetables. She made a recipe a few years ago for my Rudy, who was sick. That was cooked food and based on his illness.

She also included a list of supplements. My preference was for as few supplements as possible, I'd rather they get them through their food. So their list is pretty minimal.

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How do you make your own base mix and how do you know he is getting all of his vitamins and minerals?
There are also companies that sell the vitamin and mineral mixes alone. Balance IT and Oasis Canine.

I use Oasis Canine, Costs about a quarter a day for my male and completely balances an all meat diet (I also add supplemental fruits and veggies for fiber and antioxidants)
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