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Old 03-20-2014, 05:07 AM
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I have been researching information on the benefits of raw feeding and I am extremely eager to begin feeding my babies raw. I see nothing but benefits. The only thing holding me back is my schedule and having 4 dogs to feed makes it a little complicated. Right now I have an automatic feeder which always has fresh kibbles and water available for them. This method is not "ideal" but it has worked for us and it also gives me the piece of mind that there sugar wont drop while I am gone. Since they have always had kibbles they are not excited to eat it and are not food aggressive but when I feed raw they do tend to fight. I would have to separate them and feed individually which is time consuming. I am wondering if I could combine raw and the kibbles. I am thinking of feeding raw in the morning and leaving the kibbles as is the rest of the day. I currently feed Merrick which is a Holistic food and I think its really great. I know Ziwipeak is freeze dried but I am not sure if it would go bad in a automatic feeder, although I do not see why it should.
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I have never combined the two, but it is possible. The main issue is that kibble takes a lot longer to digest than raw meat, and requires a higher pH. However, I am sure that refers to 'old fashioned' grain based, high carbohydrate kibbles, i don't know how different the modern quality kibbles with a high meat content and no grain would actually be.
People get around it by feeding kibble for breakfast and raw in the evening, leaving a gap between the two types of food.
Leaving a dried product like Ziwi peak would work, as long as they didn't gorge on it, mine find it a lot more palatable than kibble.
The other solution would be to feed minces (ground meat) when you are in a rush. Because they eat it so quickly, (it is gone as soon as the bowl hits the ground) there isn't time to fight. This is what I do with mine when I don't have time to supervise them, but all mine are good eaters, it wouldn't work if someone was fussy. I just ask them to sit, and wait. It is impossible to put 5 bowls down at once so they have to wait until they are told to eat, then they hoover up the food in a nano second. When it is all gone they spend a few minutes checking out the other empty bowls, but there is no guarding or growling like there is when they have food that takes longer to eat.
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I have a crazy schedule and 4 crazy dogs. I was in a similar situation so this is what I have done.

The Chis get Primal freeze dried for breakfast and real raw at night
The hounds have a high grade kibble left out at all times and get a plate of raw in the evening.

I have always heard a little raw is better than no raw so try to add 1 meal in a day for each. I like the premade raw like Oma's Pride, Primal (they have freeze dried and raw) etc so I do not have to think meat vs bone vs organ.
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I have a crazy schedule and 4 crazy dogs. I was in a similar situation so this is what I have done.



The Chis get Primal freeze dried for breakfast and real raw at night

The hounds have a high grade kibble left out at all times and get a plate of raw in the evening.



I have always heard a little raw is better than no raw so try to add 1 meal in a day for each. I like the premade raw like Oma's Pride, Primal (they have freeze dried and raw) etc so I do not have to think meat vs bone vs organ.

How much primal do you feed? Do they get a full or half patty? Do you add water? Or feedit dry? Thanks 😊


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There is also a primal nugget caluculator on their website based on weight and activity level to help determine feeding amounts.

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On the days that Odie gets raw, we do the same as Christie. Something else in the morning and then raw at night. Feed the raw when you have time to supervise and do your kibble or whichever food you decide on for the other meals or in your feeder. Ziwipeak is an awesome food but if you're talking about those feeders that hold a lot of food, it would dry out in there. It's a fairly moist food and when it's out for a bit it dries out and gets hard.
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