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Old 07-07-2014, 03:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Dog doesn't like kibble, switch to raw?

My boy just doesn't seem to like kibble. I've tried cheap food, TOTW, diamond naturals EA, making it into a gravy, all kinds of different things. We have given him some raw food every now and then and he eats it up right away. His kibble, he'll let it sit for a long time before he even attempts to eat it.... Should I switch to raw? Anyone know of a cheap place to get raw? Or can I go to the grocery store and get good deals? I'm in 29 palms, CA area, which is just outside Palm Springs. The kibble I'm using now is just over $1 per lbs. I'd like to keep it around there if I can. I saw Turkey and what not for $0.88 per pound but Idk if that would be good for him. I just want my boy to eat healthy and be happy. Thanks everyone

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Feeding raw is a lot more complex than it sounds, you need to have the perfect balance of bone, meat and organ in order for your dog to get the required nutrients. It takes a lot of prep and freezer space. If you're willing to do the prep and research then it's a great way to go.

Otherwise, just don't let your dog be picky. A healthy dog won't starve itself. Put the food down for 10-20mins and if he doesn't eat it take it away until the next meal. He may skip one or two before he realizes that's what he's getting so he better eat it. Don't give table scraps and don't give treats unless he eats his meal. You're just allowing him to be picky.

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Like mentions above, typically dogs won't let themselves starve just leave the food down for 10 minutes and if he doesn't eat it in that allowed time he has to wait 24 hours until next feeding time.
If you do want to try raw, which I personally would recommend as its so much better for them than a lot of the kibble. BUT like already mentioned it has to be done right otherwise the dog will be malnurished. I actually have been feeding raw for almost a year now and the dogs have done great on it, but my male randomly started showing signs something wasn't quite right and it took me MONTHS to figure out that the needed more vitamin C and Probiotics....
Read the PMR website a few times....(Prey Model Raw)
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The kibble I'm using now is just over $1 per lbs. I'd like to keep it around there if I can. I saw Turkey and what not for $0.88 per pound but Idk if that would be good for him. I just want my boy to eat healthy and be happy. Thanks everyone
Try taking that turkey and mix it well into his kibble and make it wet.

I keep an eye out for sale meats (although that gets harder and harder to find) and buy them as I can and mix them in. I mix in any leftovers from the table, all in moderation, egg yolks, really, anything they'll eat (and is safe) always in moderation with the kibble being the basis of the diet.

In some communities, there are custom meat guys that take individuals' cows and pigs, etc and custom butcher them. Some of these companies are learning about the demand for raw pet food and have begun to put together the waste into a frozen "hamburger" and sell it as pet food. The one I get is a mix of lamb, pork, beef -- all kinds of parts and pieces along with the bone dust from the saws. I use this to mix in with my kibble.

My dogs also just eat dry kibble, but not every day! The kibble is always the basis of the diet -- I just always am adding stuff to it and making it a wet food.

I have fed dogs this way for 30 years -- dogs of all ages (mostly Am Stafs). The reason I most often go to the vet is to put old dogs down!
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Buy a good grain free canned food like evo,
Evo makes good canned food high in portien
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