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Old 06-30-2012, 09:35 PM
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Jackson has never seemed big on Primal. We've tried a few different flavors in the past and then he just eventually... doesn't want it. And I end up wasting a bag.

I was thinking of trying Nature's Variety Duck since I have a $3 off coupon for it.

Also, was thinking about doing 2-3 days worth of the pre-made stuff in the fridge in containers or ziplock baggies maybe. I've always been sooo bad at putting it in the fridge the night before (I know, I'm so lazy) so I think this will work better for me. Anyone else who feeds pre-made, what's your routine?

Also, would probably leave his kibble out for nibbling if he needs. He usually only eats when he's truly hungry, so do you think it's a good idea to have his Acana sitting out too? I used to hear of issues with different digestion rates, but think most don't have an issue feeding kibble one meal, raw the next, etc.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:45 PM
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What about freeze dried to change things up? You wouldn't have to worry about freezing/refrigerator and I know Stella and Chewey's said it could be left out for 24 hours. I feed that to the starling but the dogs don't mind it at all.
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I fed Bravo while at Jessie's. Basically, you'd split a roll in half and place in 2 containers in the fridge, and then take out another roll from the freezer to thaw. Mind you, with 5 dogs a roll lasted like 3 meals or 1 1/2 days, so the roll was never in the fridge for more than 3 days total.

I have some raw coming for Rosey and Ella, but I'll just be thawing as needed as its only for treats (it's horse meat)
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:18 PM
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What about freeze dried to change things up? You wouldn't have to worry about freezing/refrigerator and I know Stella and Chewey's said it could be left out for 24 hours. I feed that to the starling but the dogs don't mind it at all.
Thanks for the tip - unfortunately, S&C is really high in fat and since Jackson MAY have had a pancreatitis issue (unrelated to dog food) and yorkies are kinda pre-disposed to it in general (I've also read stories of a few yorkies getting pancreatitis *from* the S&C). I wonder if any other brand has freeze-dried that's a bit lower in fat.... ? Cuz it really would be the most convenient.
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I fed Bravo while at Jessie's. Basically, you'd split a roll in half and place in 2 containers in the fridge, and then take out another roll from the freezer to thaw. Mind you, with 5 dogs a roll lasted like 3 meals or 1 1/2 days, so the roll was never in the fridge for more than 3 days total.

I have some raw coming for Rosey and Ella, but I'll just be thawing as needed as its only for treats (it's horse meat)
Thanks! So Bravo was like, in a roll? How do you know how much to feed, or is it more or less guesttimating?
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:24 PM
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Thanks! So Bravo was like, in a roll? How do you know how much to feed, or is it more or less guesttimating?
Yah, have you ever seen like, the rolls of ground beef you can buy for yourself? It's like that, just a big roll. Looks like this:


I'm not sure which she had, I'm assuming the biggest.

I'm not sure how she figured it out, but I just quickly used http://www.bravorawdiet.com/product/...g/howmuch.html with Emma's weight, and as 2% to maintain weight, and it was right with how much she feeds, so I figure she used something like that.

Basically, 3 chihuahuas got 2oz/day each, Chloe got 3oz/day, and Rory got 16oz/day, all were split into 2 meals.

ETA: No wait, she fed double what it suggested.
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My dogs weren't crazy about Primal frozen, either, and I didn't like it much myself. The texture squicked me out, sort of spongy and really watery. I've used the Nature's Variety and like it, although I don't get it that much anymore. (Not because I don't like it, but I found out a local meat packer sells raw whole or grinds (meat/bone/organ) in bulk for a really affordable price, so I've been ordering from there.)

I use the Stella and Chewy's freeze dried for training treats and trail snacks - the dogs go absolutely bonkers for it. I've tried the Primal freeze dried, but due to the shape I find it harder to break up into treats the way I like it, so I don't use it very much.
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Primal has freeze dried now, as does Nutrisca .
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My dogs like Nature's Variety raw the best! Duck is usually what I get when I get NV. If he gets picky about it, try adding warm water and mixing it up into mush, drizzling salmon oil on it, searing it for a few seconds in a pan, or mixing it with a spoonful of canned food.

I wouldn't leave kibble out for him. It REALLY can cause digestive upset. It actually does in my dogs and in every dog that I know of. It takes him longer to digest the kibble, so the raw will also be in his system for much longer, making him susceptible to bacteria. You can feed him one distinct kibble meal a day if you want to, before or after the raw is well through his system. Having kibble available to him at all times is probably what's making him picky. Freefed dogs tend to not be well suited to raw, because it shouldn't be sitting out all day.
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:14 AM
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We've tried a few different flavors in the past and then he just eventually... doesn't want it. And I end up wasting a bag.
Honestly, now he knows that he can get away with refusing his food, so you'll likely have the same problem on every food.
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