Does anyone mix raw with kibble? I'd like to start mixing raw burger and chicken with nikos kibble but not sure if its safe that way.I'm trying to do away with the canned food.
I am a member of several other forms as well. Yes, I've probably read the same threads as you. The hard core raw feeders usually say not to mix because you will have gastric problems (as you mentioned) but then somebody always chimes in to say they've never had a problem with their dogs. My opinion, if you're dog can tolerate it without any apparent gastric problems then you are fine. The only time I mix raw with kibble is when I use green tripe (from lamb or beef). I think green tripe is probably the greatest raw gift you can feed your dog. It seems to help with digesting kibble. I never have stool problems with my dogs, but based on "poop charts" I've seen, I'd give my dogs about a B+ or A- on plain kibble. I'd give an A+ when topping the kibble with about 1/4 lb of green tripe. And, on the weekends when I feed 100% raw which includes 30% green tripe, I'd give the poop an A++. Only because it's a smaller amount of poo.I've been feeding like that for a couple of months now. I'm on another forum that has several raw feeders, who have researched it extensively, and they say that the "different digestion rates" and "feeding raw and kibble together is bad" warnings are pure speculation.
I'm feeding an almost 13 year old Rattie, a 3 year old mutt, and a 14 month old GSD this way, and none of them have ever had an upset tummy, loose stools, or any other evidence of gastric problems.