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Old 01-08-2013, 10:49 AM
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Okay, so Edie always was a fussy eater, but we're pretty sure now that it's because she's allergic to chicken. We'd originally thought it was grains, but an elimination diet suggests chicken.

So, we've ordered some puppy food without chicken (Burns Lamb and Rice), but in the meantime we're trying a few different home-cooking recipes to see what kinds of foods Edie likes. And, she has a really strong preference for fish, especially mackerel and prawns. In the past three days, she's put on weight, has a ton more energy and her coat is getting really shiny.

It got me wondering, are there any dangers with feeding a dog entirely or mostly on fish? Will she be missing out on any important nutrients if I feed her on fish? Should I leave it raw, or cook it? I know she shouldn't have cooked bones, but are raw fishbones dangerous?
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There is a fish based kibble, Fish4dogs, which is better quality than Burns.
I feed raw fish, which has been previously frozen, as part of a balanced raw diet. Cooking only reduces the available nutrients, so feed raw if she likes it. The bones are soft and edible.
Whole fish such as mackerel are a complete meal from a raw-feeding viewpoint, because it has the correct ratio of meat/bone organs. Plus the oils are beneficial as you are already seeing. I don't think an exclusively fish diet would be a good idea though, with raw we aim to feed as wide a variety of meats as possible. A complete diet with raw fish added would be a good compromise if you didn't want to go 100% raw.
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Edie hates the Fish4Dogs kibble, I have no idea why though! Got a sample bag of the Premium and the Superior, and she literally spat both of them out. She loves the Sea Jerky Tiddlers though! Damned fusspot
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Orijen 6 fish and Acana Pacifica are both 5 star kibbles that are fish based, both need importing from Canada though, so not cheap, but excellent products if you want to feed kibble.
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I would try going raw if Edie likes it and it suits her. It really is the best way to feed IMO, I wouldn't go back to kibble now. You might even find that she can tolerate raw chicken, a lot of dogs struggle with it cooked but are fine on raw. Lots of great advice available on here if you decide to give it a go.
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What about Ziwi Peak Venison and Fish?
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I second Ziwipeak Vension and Fish. I agree that meat sources should be rotated but if you really like him on fish you could try looking for foods that have multiple meat sources in one flavor. Acana uses fish in multiple flavors while they have Acana Pacifica that is all fish.

Also, I though raw fish was bad for dogs. I don't know a lot about raw so can someone please elaborate?
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Raw fish is perfectly safe to feed, although I do avoid salmon. I only feed fish that has been frozen for 2 weeks to eliminate any parasites.
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