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Old 01-22-2013, 06:53 PM
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quick background, I have 2 Chi's Titan 9 and Zoey 4. They were switched from Kibble to Crockpot cooked meals about 3 years ago, my TCVM told me the recipes could be fed raw, but I was too "wierd" about it at that time...so now here we are and so far Titan is great about eating whatever I put down (still working on not swallowing 3oz chunks whole). Zoey however will currently only eat Beef and Lamb. If I put pork, turkey or chicken down she stares at it and walks away. Sometime if I put parmesan cheese on it she'll eat it, other times she licks the cheese off then walks away leaving the meat. If I sear them she will usually eat those meats (I guess she thinks they are supposed to only be eaten cooked!). I'm not sure how well the all red meats are settling with her tummy as last night she was up several times to go out and eat grass. She usually would do this on days I used to give them soup bones that had lots of marrow & some meat on them (I know soup bones are no no now )

She also will not eat Liver or Kidney unless I make it disappear into egg and pour over beef/lamb (chop it up super small) and even then she manages to pick about 1/2 of it out).

Any thoughts or tricks from others out there? This morning I put 1oz beef & 1oz pork out (not seared), she ate the beef and walked away from the pork.

do I keep searing the other proteins so she'll eat? help
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sorry, I don't know what to tell you. I feed Fromm.
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So you are trying to transition from cooked to raw, is that right?
Some options with Zoey. Firstly, tough love. Put the food down and if she doesn't eat it take it away until the next mealtime. No alternatives, no snacks, she eats what you give her or goes without. A couple of missed meals and she should be a bit less picky! As long as she is healthy she will not starve herself.
Second option is to sear less and less until she is eventually eating it raw.
Many dogs do not like raw offal (my boy is the same) I either hide it in things like you have been doing, or serve it still frozen as tiny shavings. They don't seem to notice the flavour/texture this way.
Well done on converting to raw, cooking is a lot of extra work and removes a lot of the goodness from the meat.
Is Zoey eating any bone? 10% bone is necessary for vital minerals.
You can feed soup bones as long as they are raw. I let mine eat the meat and marrow, then remove it, large bones are too hard to be ingested and can chip/break teeth.
Beef and lamb are good choices, red meats are more suitable for dogs than white as a staple. Is the lamb very fatty? I wonder if that is why she is eating the grass.
But do persevere, as much variety as possible is the key to a balanced raw diet.
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Yes cooked to Raw
She took to beef right away no issue, just the birds she will look at and walk away! lol
yes she will do bone (if its not chicken! lol) I gave her a sparerib this past weekend and after some coaxing and cutting most of the meat off she tore into it picking off the rest of the meat and finishing it all off before I knew it. We fed the meat later. Of course now we are working thru some Diarrhea that she has developed after the liver & kidney (yes too much too soon i'm sure). gotta get her tummy settled then will try again with chicken and see how long she'll go without eating lol. tough love is always the hardest but I'm willing to give it a shot!

yes sometimes the lamb is fattier...but I haven't fed that in about a week or so...she has been digging the beef.

Yes after putting our new kittens on raw the more I looked/read the more I was looking at all the cooking & canning I had been doing. The meals had supplements etc as they were developed by my TCVM and since I was cooking she wanted to make sure they had what they needed. They've done great on cooked, the energy turn around for my 9 year old was simply amazing (he was 6ish at the time). I figured why no go the rest of the way and give them the best! Much easier I will say Thanks for the input!
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Tough love is hard, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Raw feeding is amazing, I can never get over the improvements in their health and temperaments, even in dogs that were doing ok on commercial diets.
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Pork is very fatty & greasy & will upset their stomach. Pork is the only meat I wouldn't feed raw. Something doesn't sound to be agreeing with their stomach if they're eating grass. Most dogs know what food is good for them & if given the choice, they'll pick the food that works for them. Maybe your pup doesn't want the pork or try cooking the pork. There are professional raw feeders on this forum, so maybe they'll chime in to help you soon.
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Pork is a GREAT red meat. We feed it all the time. I don't know why myths continue to surround pork, but it is great to feed and use in a rotation. Never had a problem with it and I know many many raw feeders who feel the same.
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We feed pork too, ribs are a big favourite, but we also feed tails, trotters, ears, and large meaty pork bones.
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