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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-12-2018, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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How about grinding and soaking kibble?

Deja needed her prescription RC kibble ground and soaked after her twisted colon surgery. I have started to think that this may be actually a better way to feed kibble in general. Seeing how much water it soaks up before it is a good consistency to feed, it seems like feeding plain dry kibble takes a lot of digestion before it is finally able to be absorbed. Wouldn't it be easier for their gut system if we fed it ground and soaked in warm water? It will also prevent dry kibble from being inhaled.
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Dogs do need water to digest kibble. A friend of mine noticed how they would go to the water bowl shortly after eating. She began soaking the kibble (and also alternating kibble with raw) and her dogs didn't visit the water bowl nearly as often.
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I have archival material - early USA Dog magazines going back to before 1920 .
The magazine is still in publicatin - .

I was able to track the very first adverts trying to manipulate consumer behaviour . If you were feeding this "new"
science based kibble you were among the smarter set - sophisticted .

Ralston Purina was right there . So was Spratts and some other hard-tack products which were all made with grain
surplus .

In the articles and adverts it was recommended that they be reconstituted with moisture - water , gravy ,
broth.

Later on came Pedigree Pal , a grain base - which recommended a tin of wet food .

The "kibble" bit was meant for long term , convenient storage.

To your dog you can add your bone broth .

Is he / she not getting any digestive enzymes??

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When I had a dog that was a picky eater, I'd save the gelatin from chicken I'd baked, and warm it in a saucepan until it melted, then pour it over the kibble. I'm sure there was lots of good stuff in it, and surprisingly little fat, especially if you use breasts or drumsticks instead of whole legs or quarters.
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Once Deja gets the green light from the vet she will get her raw in the evening and I will soak her morning kibble but not grind it, which I already do for Griff.
Deja gets probiotics with ever meal until fully healed.
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Only problem with soaked kibble is the dogs tend to also get nasty teeth. Possibly unrelated but a friend of mind said she's seen kidney issues with a fair few dogs that are just fed soaked kibble.
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Only problem with soaked kibble is the dogs tend to also get nasty teeth. Possibly unrelated but a friend of mind said she's seen kidney issues with a fair few dogs that are just fed soaked kibble.
The raw meaty bones in the evening counter this.
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I soak dry kibbles in warm water upon feeding it to my dog. But it's only because he is a very picky eater and the mushier it is, easier for him to chew. For his teeth health, I have some pretty good chew toys and rawhides, and I brush his teeth too. So no worries there. But I think for dogs who are not picky eaters and eat normally, I don't see why they should be soaked in water.
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I would be very careful with rawhide. Dogs can ingest large pieces and get obstructions. Also, depending where the rawhide comes from you have no idea what is in it. Rawhide is something that I would never give a dog.
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