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View Poll Results: Do you wet your dry food down?
Feed dry food -- Dry 9 39.13%
Feed dry food --but wet it down first with water 14 60.87%
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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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put water on the food or not?

Ok what's the opinion here? I read so many articles about wetting the dry food down first..and now I see articles this is not a good idea.
I had been wetting Roxy's Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy food ever since we've been on it. She has NEVER been sick.
Last week we had a bout of her throwing up undigested food..and she woke me up this am in her kennel trying to throw up..I know sometime today I will be probably cleaning up more puke. She didn't get up whatever it was.
Should I try not wetting it down? I had also been using an elevated bowl and then read where you shouldn't so I took that down.
Thoughts please on both wetting food or not and elevated bowls or not.
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I wet the kibble before feeding it, I started because Delgado was always gulping his food and the water slowed him down. Now both dogs love it served that way

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my daughter brought up some article today about NOT wetting it down..it brings bacteria to the surface or something. I will have to get the link from her. Also there was another article about dry dog food having citric acid in it and wetting it down first does something.
I just don't know what to think is going on here with this throwing up all of a sudden. I've had Roxy on this same food since the second month of having her home...brought her home as soon as she was ready to leave her mom. She has NOT had any issues on this food.
Shanna...do you use elevated bowls?

the only other thing I am wondering about is I bought antlers from our local pet store...would chewing on those upset her stomach? She only chews on them at night when she comes to the couch with me to watch tv. ??
OR do dogs just sometimes get upset stomachs and need to get it out? Other than the random puking she acts fine..she plays and eats/ drinks/sleeps...stools are normal...etc
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I feed my GSD his kibble dry but I feed my Dalmatian his kibble in water

I have the bowl about 5 inches off the ground

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I don't mix with water, but. I mix canned food with it.
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I mostly use a slightly elevated bowl for feeding Delgado, it's about 8" off the ground. He prefers it elevated and he actually slows his eating that way compared to when it's on the floor and it sticks in one place, I understand there's risks but there's risks in everything so...

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Elevated bowls can lead to bloat. It's common sense that a dog can swallow faster if the food is elevated and they aren't looking down at the food.

I never understand why people who add water to kibble don't just feed canned food? It's MORE nutritious and doesn't contain preservatives and fillers. Not to mention more palatable so the dog will scarf it down. I feed raw but sometimes I give my dog a can of ziwipeak and he'll lick that bowl clean without ever coming up for air. Only downside is price
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I do both. Usually breakfast is only 1 cup dry kibble. Dinner kibble is served with added meat usually chicken with warm warm water. Miss Kiya also gets a home cooked blend of "stuff" added to her kibble .
It seems my male prefers his kibble dry so I don't add water to his.

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I gave my puppy only soft kibble, warm water, few mins, and good to go

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Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't.

Since I'm of the mindset that bloat is more genetic than anything else, raised food bowls and water have no effect.

Added to the fact I've now raised TWO mega-esophagus dogs that ARE recommended to be fed from raised feeders, and neither have bloated




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