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Old 10-24-2007, 08:59 AM
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It was actually the pet store owner that suggested puppy food - Colt is 16 months old. She said it helps dogs gain weight sometimes. Thought I'd give it a try but it didn't help him. I'm giving the Evo a go. I am mixing it with the Merrick right now but he is picking the Evo out and eating it. I sort of think Colt gets bored with his food and would prefer variety, however, I have heard conflicting opinions on frequently switching dog foods.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:58 AM
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I have a picky girl. More I catered to it by switching food after each bag we finished, worse I made it. Least picky she's ever been has been on 5-6 months straight of Orijen. She usually eats it when I put it down.

Adding 5 pounds to a 19 pound dog is a lot of weight. I really wouldn't aim for that, you then might have a decidedly overweight dog suddenly.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:13 AM
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I switched back to raw (even though it is a bit of a pain while going to school, house work, barn stuff etc etc) Simply due to the differences in raw fed dogs. We recently got Bounce and Dash. They have been eating Orijen and canned food. (the 95***37; meat from wellness ones..wet food is LESS rich than kibble, you have to feed a lot more of it to get the same nutrients, but it is tasty) Dash and Bounce's littermate came to stay for a week. Fly is raw fed. Bounce and Dash are a bit ribby, but have great energy and shiny coats. But Fly glows, her weight is perfect, her coat gleams! They are about 2 and 1/2 months old. Part of it with the raw is, whippets are not great eaters. The raw is really yummy so they eat all their meals. This is not an issue I am familiar with, as my JRTs eat everything, some like its their first meal in days.
I just bought 108 chicken backs for $25 about 40 pounds. Chicken necks would be better as the backs will be more than Scandal or Dekka need, but can't get them locally right now. Over all it is cheaper than feeding Evo, and about the same as orijen. My dogs look at me like I am the coolest human ever when I feed raw
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:41 AM
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Good luck, keep us updated!
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:02 PM
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Hmmmm - lots to think about. Have any of you been following the thread about Brody? He has an obstruction from a Natures Variety Bone and is very sick. This concerns me. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:16 PM
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I'm not familiar with that particular bone, but I think it's an unfortunate fluke. It was a recreational bone, I believe, not dietary bone. Dietary bone is not supposed to be more than 10% of the diet, which is not very much. So, something like that would be very unlikely to happen to a raw feeder, imo.
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:16 PM
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reck bones are big. I think that is what Brody got. I don't feed them, after Dekka broke a tooth on one. But they do eat smaller bones. If you feed bones something like a chicken neck is good for a first timer, the bones are too small to cause a blockage.
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:25 PM
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Exactly, Dekka. I've heard people call them wreck bones (instead of rec bones), because that's exactly what they can do. Of course, some dogs never have a problem with them.

Chicken necks are good for smaller dogs, though they can be a choking hazard for larger dogs that can try to swallow them whole.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:22 AM
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Do you think a neck for Colt (@19-20 inches, 19 lbs)? I was planning to start with chicken leg quarters if the EVO did not work. Maybe they will be too big. I'm thinking necks might be better for his size.
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:36 PM
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You know, I am particularly squeamish about feeding necks because I have heard a few stories about dogs chocking on them on the raw feeding list I belong to. I usually don't feed anything smaller than a wing or drumstick. I like feeding big because it gives them more mental stimulation and is better for their teeth. If you are feeding a pound of food a day, you are going to need more than just necks. I suggested leg quarters to you, because in my experience they weigh about a pound. So, I mean, toss some necks in if you want but feed some larger, meatier parts too.

By the way, Colt must be even thinner than he looks. Kai is 15 inches and weighs 21 pounds, which is his ideal weight. I hope that you find a way to pack on some pounds!
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