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Old 01-08-2013, 05:39 PM
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I wouldn't feed a diet of only fish, though. A balanced raw diet requires multiple protein sources. If you decide to feed kibble, you could supplement with a few meals of fish without worry.


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Fish is a perfectly acceptable (great, in fact) protein to feed. Our large dogs are on Acana Pacifica, and little dogs are on ZiwiPeak Venison & Fish with excellent results all around. There is no reason you can't feed a 100% fish diet. In fact, we would all be healthier if we ate mostly fish.

I am not sure why people in general are so uncomfortable with fish as a complete protein source. This goes for people and dogs. The protein is great, the fat ratios are PERFECT (in wild caught, always avoid farmed) and it has a far better nutritional profile than the chicken that makes up most dogs (and peoples') diets.

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Back in the day, when sled dogs were fed, they were fed only fish! They thrived on it. The alaskan sledders just tossed some fish to their team, and that was that. Now when we are more 'knowledgable' about diet, we seem to debunk that theory? (of course I know that chi's are not sled dogs, but the diet seems safe)
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Back in the day, when sled dogs were fed, they were fed only fish! They thrived on it. The alaskan sledders just tossed some fish to their team, and that was that. Now when we are more 'knowledgable' about diet, we seem to debunk that theory? (of course I know that chi's are not sled dogs, but the diet seems safe)
Yay, I'd heard about that too, it's what gave me the idea in the first place! To be honest (and I know this isn't a popular theory), I think dogs are amazingly adaptable facultative (rather than obligate) carnivores, and can probably thrive on lots of different diets. After all, working dogs have been performing at peak for hundreds of years before we invented the freeze-dryer :P
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Totally agree, it was this ability to survive on a wide variety of foods that allowed wolves to become domestic dogs. Look at all the dogs eating carbohydrate based kibble today, there would have been no carbohydrate in a wild canids diet.
I still think that for optimum health though, we should feed as carnivores, the digestive system of a dog is geared to it.
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I have never fed my pups fish. I guess I never really thought about it but it does make sense that they would like it. I have only fed them lamb, beef and chicken.
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