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So this week I started feeding a 50/50 meal to Ze'eva and she loves it but was curious how off I was.

I started her on ground turkey and chicken livers mixed with a TOTW mix of 3 of the 4 blends.

Currently her meal is as follows:

1-1.5 cups TOTW
1/4lb Ground Turkey
2-3oz Chicken Livers
1tsp pumpkin
750mg L-Glutamine
1tsp Black Strap Molasses
3oz chopped fresh Spinach
1/2tsp fresh Garlic

Every 3-4 days I add 1 raw egg
Every 2-3 days 1tsp yogurt

I have an order in for 10lbs of turkey necks that I am picking up on Wed from the butcher and will start her on the RMB for one meal a day then as well.

She gets 3 meals a day, her mid day meal is just 1 cup TOTW with nothing added.
 

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Did you see my post a few days ago about our dogs eating better than us??
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/feeding-our-puppy/145547-my-dog-eats-better-than-me.html
I think you just proved my point LOL!!
LOL! That is so true isn't it? Well the ground turkey is actually fairly cheap at $2/lb and a thing of chicken livers is like $.60. The turkey necks are $1/lb so fairly cheap itself... It will get more expensive once I get to the point where I can introduce more to her diet.
 

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Apparently the digestion rate for raw is different than dry so it's generally recommended that you feed one meal raw, one meal dry instead of mixing them. Just something to keep in mind- but if it works for her stay with it.
 

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Apparently the digestion rate for raw is different than dry so it's generally recommended that you feed one meal raw, one meal dry instead of mixing them. Just something to keep in mind- but if it works for her stay with it.
So would you go with MM + OM for the raw meal and skip RMB since I am feeding RAW for one meal? I don't want to have calcium too high as I am feeding dry and RMB would boost the calcium intake considerably.
 

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Here's what I do, I feed pre made so the patties have meat organ bone and a bit of veggies in them.

I rotate the type of patties daily, started with chicken and turkey but now we also do beef and I have been buying her a buffalo meat meal from the grocery store about every ten days to keep the mix up. So here's what I do

AM: RAW meal
Afternoon: 1/2 cup low CA kibble mixed with 1 teaspoon yogurt and 2 pumps fish oil and I add a raw egg twice a week ( in the beginning I did 2 teaspoons pumpkin as well)
PM: RAW meal

that's what I have been advised to do as a puppy(the 3 meal part), that way the raw and kibble are not mixed but she is still getting variety and I also give her bully sticks and other chew things for jaw work.

Hope the new diet is working well for you, I can tell you I had a pup that didn't care much about food time but now that we switched she only need to see me open the garage door (I keep everything in a freezer out there) and she is doing backflips because she's so excited for her meal! Best of luck!
 

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Yeah its been almost a week now of feeding 50/50 and I thought she had high energy before and loved her meals until now.

Ze'eva seems to have twice the energy she had before from eating good premium kibble. She licks her bowl clean now instead of sometimes leaving some kibble in the bowl... Overall she just seems a lot happier!
 

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Like CaseysGSd, I used commercially produced raw meat patties- Nature's Variety makes several meat types- chicken, beef, venison. I fed both pups this raw mixed with their dry from the day I brought them home. Stosh seemed to have an intolerance to chicken and poultry in general so he refused the chicken patties when he was about 6 mos old. I'm not saying not to mix raw and dry, I'm just saying that it's generally recommended to separate the raw meal and the dry meal. But if your girl is doing well with the mix, stay with it until she lets you know otherwise
 

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I feed Raw in the morning and kibble at night. So in the morning they get 1 to 1.5lbs of raw. Some times they get something like turkey necks, or another source of RMB's other times they get venison (or another source of red meat, like beef or pork), and sometimes they get them together. Organ meat is tossed in with whatever I feed. A time or two a week they get an egg, salmon oil, and Enzymes & Probiotics. In the evening they get 2cups of TOTW High Prairie. This has worked well for me, I am able to maintain their weight, their coats are beautiful and their stools are better than ever! Kibble takes longer to digest than raw does. It is recommended not to feed raw and kibble in the same meal. Also I do not feed any veggies or grains of any kind. I have given them yogurt before and I have tried all kinds of stuff but my present feeding regimen is what has worked overall. I have been doing this for so long that I can't remember if there was a difference in their energy levels or not....LOL
 
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