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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-06-2015, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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confused re raw/kibble

I may just continue with what the breeder has started with then consult a vet? not sure what else to do , info on feeding is all over the map.. What did you do when got a new pet gsd?

I would guess with raw the food bowls need extra cleaning to avoid germs..
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I may just continue with what the breeder has started with then consult a vet? not sure what else to do , info on feeding is all over the map.. What did you do when got a new pet gsd?

I would guess with raw the food bowls need extra cleaning to avoid germs..
I think feed kibble....

Do more research... if you want to feed Raw or cooked fresh food...
Yes eating a fresh well balanced diet is superior.
But if you are only worried only about extra cleaning with the bowl, I dont think you are ready to go that route.

I am sure some people will be more than glad to help you here that feed Raw.
But do a bit more reading on it.

I am sure there are some older threads around with good reading material if you look around.

dogfoodadvisor.com is a good site to see ratings on dog foods.
I personally feed Orijien if that helps.
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IMHO, vet's suggest garbage type foods like Science Diet and Eukanuba.

Orijen or it's sister food Acana, or Fromm's would be a good choice for higher quality food.

If you are considering raw diet, there are some good commercially prepared, balanced foods such as Bravo or Northwest Naturals, but as Lykoz mentioned, you REALLY need to be ready and committed to it.

The other avenue that you could take, if you wanted to feed real food instead of kibble, is to try The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Foods. Embark, Love, and Thrive are "for all life stages" and suitable for puppies. It is the only pet food in the USA that the FDA will allow to use the words "Human Grade Ingredients" on their packaging and advertisements. All Natural Dog Food - Dehydrated Pet Food | The Honest Kitchen

Whatever you decide to change to, do it VERY slowly when transitioning a dog or they could 'have a blow out" if ya know what I mean! LOL
Use the food the breeder gives you and take a couple of weeks to slowly wean the pup on to the new food.

Good luck and we expect pictures of the Little Fur Baby!
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Thanks for the info, and yes will post a picture or two
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With Vida when I got her, I switched her over to raw almost immediately. For the first few meals I mixed the kibble she ate at her breeder's with goat's milk, eggs, and honey to help get her stomach settled, then slowly added in the raw chicken and transitioned out the kibble within 2 weeks.
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