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Old 02-15-2009, 06:16 PM
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Ok, so I've decided that living so close to two places that supply good raw meats in a cost effective manner are a decent reason sign that it's time to work on switching Izzy to raw. Here's what I've got right now:

Beef Liver
Chicken Liver
Lamb Stew meat (Which is basically small RMBs)
Beef RMBs
Large Turkey Legs
Plenty of Chicken Thighs
Pork Ribs
Ground Chuck

How should I integrate these into her current diet of kibble? Should I make one meal a day raw and another kibble or should I mix the two and even it across two or three meals?
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:16 PM
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Do you want to continue feeding her kibble?

I've found transitioning to raw works better if you just switch, and use digestive enzymes/pre and pro biotics as required, no kibble at all.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:23 PM
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What kind of pro/pre biotics should I look into getting and where might I get them?
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:36 PM
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Plain yogurt is good for pre and pro biotics, for digestive enzymes you'll need a product like Prozyme.

Not all dogs even need that though, Sierra has a stomach of steel and seems to handle food changes without even blinking.
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:02 AM
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This morning she was making sounds like vomiting that woke me up soooo I think I'll be giving her some yogurt! She didn't actually bring anything up but I don't want her to feel sick at all. Also, is one meal a day ok for a puppy or is a two meal split a better idea? She's 4 months annnnd 1 day today!
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:05 AM
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I have always found that two meals are better then one, especially with puppies... it is better on their stomach and also they work up an appetite, and the hungrier they are, the more they seem to chew and get into things they shouldnt.
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:11 AM
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I'm trying to get her to chew her food! She chewed for maybe 5 seconds yesterday on a piece of lamb I gave her and swallowed to the next thing I gave her I held on to so she had to chew pieces off. I'm sort of excited Now I have to get Justin to feed her a raw meal in the morning instead of kibble! Or maybe Kibble mixed with yogurt for two days would be good before doing straight raw?
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:58 PM
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I would just switch. But thats just me.

Sounds good! I love raw with Blaze, even though I'm not able to do it for every meal.

I'm sure you know the whole 3-4% thing. I've actually not done this, since I just feed what I think is enough for Blaze, and it seems to be working fine.

Chicken backs are easy and good for them, too. Actually, I saw whole chickens at Sams the other day for 79 cents/pound. And you get lungs, kidneys, and liver But, don't feed much at all the first time of organ meat. I fed it to my dogs for the first time last week and one had such runny poo it was just dripping out. The other threw it up. And it was about a tablespoon in total of organ meat
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:01 PM
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I NEEEEED a sam's/costco card. Seriously. How do you get one?
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:18 PM
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Go in there, ask for one, pay I think like $20-$40 (depending on where you go, I think Costco is more expensive).

I dunno, never gotten one as I use my mom's
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