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Old 12-29-2013, 11:14 PM
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I try to find as much variety as possible. And yes, I'd use raw muscle meat if it's just for partial meals.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:26 PM
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I try to find as much variety as possible. And yes, I'd use raw muscle meat if it's just for partial meals.
Bone or no bone?
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:28 PM
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As far as doing partial raw, partial kibble, partial canned.. how much variety do you bring in? I don't have set foods they eat. I grab a bag of Canidae GF, Earthborne GF, Wellness Core, Acana, ect and try to mix up proteins so they aren't lacking in vits and minerals as well as mixture so they don't get bored. If I wanted to try some raw every now and then (maybe once or twice a week), would it be best to stick with boneless? Chicken and/or turkey or doesn't it matter?
Finn gets raw muscle meat added to his food on the evenings I make it for my dinner.

As far as cans, he has a wide variety of stuff. Various tripes, pumpkin blends, full diet blends, supplementing mixer blends... always a handful of cans in our cupboard and never the same thing twice!

He also gets freeze-dried raw patties crumbled into his food sometimes. He rarely has a plain kibble meal, but when he does he eats that with gusto, too. I'm lucky with him.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:47 AM
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Question I've been wondering for awhile now:

Does the amount of kcal/can with moist food translate directly to kcal/cup in dry food?

I ask, because I'm still trying to figure out exactly HOW much food Cynder needs to eat. The canned food I feed her is 460kcal/can. The dry food he used to eat was 330kcal/cup, and she'd eat 1.5 cups a day. Which is only 495kcal. However, the canned food I'm feed says a dog of her weight needs to eat 1 3/4 can a day...aka, 805kcal. WAY more than what she was eating on dry food.

What would you do? Feed her the recommended amount on the back of the can, or what she used to eat and maintained good weight on? Are kcal created equal in dry and moist food?
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:05 AM
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No bone.
That's what I figured muscle meat was, but I figured it was best to verify!

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Finn gets raw muscle meat added to his food on the evenings I make it for my dinner.

As far as cans, he has a wide variety of stuff. Various tripes, pumpkin blends, full diet blends, supplementing mixer blends... always a handful of cans in our cupboard and never the same thing twice!

He also gets freeze-dried raw patties crumbled into his food sometimes. He rarely has a plain kibble meal, but when he does he eats that with gusto, too. I'm lucky with him.
Interesting! I will have to set the dogs up next to the laundry room in the new house and put a mini fridge/freezer down there for all this good stuff!

Now, with all of this variety in foods is it still worth looking into supplements like NuPro which apparently bring that in? I've heard NuPro can help with shedding and I've been looking at putting my crew on that instead of fish oil to help with dry skin. Would it be overkill?
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:59 AM
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Question I've been wondering for awhile now:

Does the amount of kcal/can with moist food translate directly to kcal/cup in dry food?

I ask, because I'm still trying to figure out exactly HOW much food Cynder needs to eat. The canned food I feed her is 460kcal/can. The dry food he used to eat was 330kcal/cup, and she'd eat 1.5 cups a day. Which is only 495kcal. However, the canned food I'm feed says a dog of her weight needs to eat 1 3/4 can a day...aka, 805kcal. WAY more than what she was eating on dry food.

What would you do? Feed her the recommended amount on the back of the can, or what she used to eat and maintained good weight on? Are kcal created equal in dry and moist food?
I'd start feeding her the same amount of calories she was getting before, and monitor her weight/body condition. It *should* be the same calorie-wise, but sometimes dogs will digest one food better than another, so they may need more or less calories. The amount the can says to feed is no more accurate than the amount the back of the dog food bags say to feed, which is never the amount I actually end up feeding.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:23 AM
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So... definitely going to pick up a hot pink mini fridge after work for the dog room.

I thought that was relevant to this thread.
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I float every meal for my guys, and add some canned when I'm not too lazy

When I was trying to put weight on Siri she got 2 Tablespoons canned tripe for each meal. Now it's more for flavor than anything, and I just give each a spoonful and mix it around. I've started giving Frodo canned every evening or else he picks out his Gabapentin capsule
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:17 PM
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Do they sell canned tripe at the pet store? I don't think I've ever seen it...
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