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add supplements or follow a program? For a multitude of reasons I can't go totally raw but hoped I could get some benefit by adding raw foods. I haven't seen any posts that address it, but I am terrible at using this search feature.

I feed Canidea ALS and have given them chicken wings, tilapia, eggs, yogurt, pumpkin, cottage cheese, and ground turkey at various meals. The chicken wings I gave as a meal by themselves, the other stuff I just cut down on the kibble and mixed it right in. There have been no digestive issues, so far. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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It's my understanding that if the additions (in this case raw) equal more than 20ish% of the diet it should be balance as well.
 

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Is 20% enough to give them health benefits or do I need to go higher? To balance do I just follow a raw program and cut the portion down?
 

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Re: Raw & Kibble diet, do need to...

Thank you for your service in rescue!! Strana1
Sounds like the variety you feed is good~how many are you feeding? Different dogs have different issues. Maybe you could supplement raw several feedings per week, instead of mixing the kibble/raw.
I feed raw, and give them the same variety as you, in addition to turkey necks, ground beef heart/tongue grind~ask a meat processor for this~ but because my dogs don't like raw fish, I feed them taste of the wild salmon topped with jack mackarel(canned). I don't have any problem with the three dogs eating this a few times per week. I do not give raw/kibble at the same time, because when I was tranisitioning them to raw, we had ploppy poos(at the transition, I was feeding Innova Evo). I think they had problems digesting the different types at the same time. I do feed twice per day. I also supplement with vitamins/oils and chrondroitin.
 

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Their is a great booklet for $7 written by Monica Segal that addresses your very issue, http://www.monicasegal.com/catalog/product.php?cPath=25_26&products_id=88

Enhancing Commercial Diets
"You feed a commercial diet and want to supplement with fresh foods. How can you do this without unbalancing the diet? Are certain supplements helpful? Are there any that you should not be using? The answers to these, and other commonly asked questions, are right here!"

I haven't read it to give you any hints- I just knew that it was available as I have some of her other booklets I really like.
 
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