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Yet another raw feeding question!

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Whoknowswhocares Mon 14-Oct-13 15:30:34

There seems to be a fair few at the moment but I have one too if I may?

At the moment I feed wainwrights salmon and potato to my pup, which she loves and I'm happy to continue, at least for now. As she has had a bumpy start with a sensitive stomach, I'm not looking to switch fully at least until she is fully grown.

She is keen on a good long chew and loves rawhide, but it doesn't always agree with her and I don't want to use it again. Her kong is well used but doesn't last any time at all, even when frozen.

So I'm thinking of raw just for the daily supplement of a chewy treat but I've read that you shouldn't combine dry and raw. Also unsure how a sensitive stomach might cope?

So, should I or shouldn't I?

ender Mon 14-Oct-13 15:59:13

If you want to feed raw and kibble make sure you give them separately, at least 8 hrs apart. Kibble takes longer to digest (approx 7 hrs) so if given at the same time as raw food the meat stays in the digestive system longer than it should and can cause problems.

Tillypo Mon 14-Oct-13 17:13:41

You tend to find that most dogs with sensitive stomachs can change to raw with no problems though some can't. Instead of giving hide chews why don't you try frozen chicken wings or even chicken or duck feet. When you first change to raw for about the first five days you will think it isn't agreeing with her but that is just her digestive system getting used to the change in food if you introduce it slowly over a couple of weeks however this will be less noticable give raw on day and her dried the next until she is on raw fully. Try sticking to just one protein type at first rather than mixing then if there is something that dosen't agree with her you will be able to identify it more easily. Hope this is of help.

fanoftheinvisibleman Mon 14-Oct-13 17:23:05

My pup had a dreadful tummy for the first 7 months of his life. The main reason I know raw is the right thing is the fact that he turned into a perfect poop machine from the very first day of raw grin.

We honestly had no problems unlike every other food we tried.

LadyTurmoil Thu 17-Oct-13 14:48:02

Got my first foster dog nearly two weeks ago. Fed her cooked chicken and rice for first five days but lots of loose poops, got tablets from vet, fed her JWB fish/rice, poops more solid but a lot of them.

Took the plunge to switch to raw food, two days of chicken wings (and a sardine in tomato sauce today) and she did her first solid poo, about a third of the amount that was coming out before! Going to get a bit more adventurous now and will see if I can buy some liver or heart etc to add to chicken.

What's your usual daily diet, fan for your Border? And do you still give her "normal" treats in addition to the raw food for main meals?

fanoftheinvisibleman Thu 17-Oct-13 14:56:41

Taking the last 3 days he has had:

Tues: chicken Wing for breakfast and diced beef for tea.

Weds: Tripe and Sardines for breakfast and a piece of pork spine (from.Morrisons!) for tea.

Today: Heart, liver and kidney for breakfast and mixed mince (beef, lamb and pork) for tea.

I went for boneless today as yesterdays bone was quite big. I use Natures Menu treats as they are 95% meat but he has the odd gravy bone biscuits too.

Glad to hear your foster is doing well smile

CEvert Thu 17-Oct-13 15:17:01

I do like steamed chicken feet in black bean sauce when I'm having dim sum. Lol.

willowisp Sun 20-Oct-13 18:40:34

I give my dog frozen chicken wings for breakfast (which she loves) & then she has a fish stick (fish4dogs) after school run & a slice of wainwrights food for tea. She also gets the odd egg/raw salmon.

If she had her way she'd eat the kids leftover sandswiches/pasta grin

LadyTurmoil Sun 20-Oct-13 21:38:28

So far, I've given her chicken wings, chicken carcasses, chicken drumsticks, sardines in tomato sauce, beef ribs (chopped up by the butcher) and a small piece of chicken liver, which she licked but I don't think she ate it - took it down the garden in the dark so I'm not sure!

I want to get her some tripe and lamb ribs to try this week and will try other fish after that (if I can find them cheaply). We don't have a Morrisons (who seem good for raw dog stuff) locally so I'll go and chat to the butcher and see what he can get for me.

I paid £8 for 4kg for the assorted chicken bits and beef ribs. I need about 550g (a lb is 454g) each day so roughly £1 a day

fanoftheinvisibleman Sun 20-Oct-13 21:47:12

I stick to the 80/10/10 ratios but my bt wasn't an offal fan either. Once a week I take his 10% liver and kidney and flash fry with a little heart. I figure I would rather cook it lightly than miss the important nutrients it gives.

Mine loves pork ribs too and they are easily available and reasonably priced.

Sounds like it is going well though smile

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