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Old 09-12-2012, 11:16 PM
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Or at least partially? This was inspired by the fact that My Pet Carnivore delivers near us...

What are your thoughts on feeding partial raw and partial kibble? Maybe kibble in the morning and raw at night? Also, what about ground raw--not just ground meat but everything ground together? Sally might be ok with bones but Jack is a gulper....

I suppose my thought would be to feed a high quality kibble mixed with canned in the morning, and a serving of whole ground raw at night. Would that work?
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:36 PM
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I do a partial raw for Sloan, it works great.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:44 AM
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I do partial raw for Squash. I've fed them together and separately and it doesn't seem to make a difference.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:26 AM
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It can work fine....but honestly, for a gulper, the best thing to do is give big chunks. They may hork and throw it up a couple times but it really very really causes a problem. When Marley was younger he could down a leg quarter in seconds, chomp chomp swallow.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:31 AM
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Agreed, I wouldn't bother grinding. If they try to swallow a piece they can't handle they'll hack it back up and try again. Bonnie was a gulper at first but she's more or less learned to chew now.
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A lot of people do raw and kibble, just not mixed together. As far as ground goes, I wouldn't . You miss out on the dental benefits. I personally believe in sticking with one or the other.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:57 AM
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I feed Wilson 50/50. He gets raw in the AM, kibble in the PM, does great on it!

And I might be the odd man out here, but I do cut my boneless pieces into small, bite sized chunks (and I also do feed some ground, like the tripe I get). I tried the whole "bigger is better" thing with the boneless and my idiots were trying to swallow these giant pieces and starting to freak me out with the gagging/choking. So, bite sized (I'd say 2x2") pieces and now if they try to swallow, it's not an issue. Problem solved!
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People say don't mix, but my grandpa always mixed kibble and ground raw with his greyhounds, and the only health problem they ever had was HORRIBLE teeth.
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I'm worried about both choking and bowel obstruction from eating a too large chunk of something. Jack has had bowel obstruction surgery from swallowing a pair of panties whole...

Why not feed ground?
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People say don't mix, but my grandpa always mixed kibble and ground raw with his greyhounds, and the only health problem they ever had was HORRIBLE teeth.
We have to keep kibble with Sloans raw to keep her poop solid, go figure.
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