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Well the Darwin's order arrived today along with a small Midea chest deep freezer. I put 2 of the beef packs in the refrigerator in the plastic container that came with the Darwin's food order. I will start with a bit either tomorrow or the next day as soon as it defrosts. Should I feed kibble in the am and then a bit of the beef in the evening or should I just put a bit of the beef as a topper on a slightly lesser amount of kibble?
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Well the Darwin's order arrived today along with a small Midea chest deep freezer. I put 2 of the beef packs in the refrigerator in the plastic container that came with the Darwin's food order. I will start with a bit either tomorrow or the next day as soon as it defrosts. Should I feed kibble in the am and then a bit of the beef in the evening or should I just put a bit of the beef as a topper on a slightly lesser amount of kibble?
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Transitioning Your Dog to a Raw Food Diet

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So I may be jumping out of raw feeding as quickly as I jumped in! Rexy has thrown up both mornings he has had a bit of raw Darwin's added to his kibble. He eats it without a problem but it comes back up within 15 minutes. He hasn't thrown up at the evening meal. Aside from feeling bad for Rexy, cleaning up the regurgitated raw is gross! With all the animals and children I have cared for over the years, it really takes a lot to gross me out but this might do it.
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How odd!

I mean about him throwing it up, not about it being gross. I have heard though that you shouldn't mix raw with kibble because it digests at different rates, so I've never given both together. Does Darwin's suggest mixing them?

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Darwin's says to transition by adding a small amount of the new food to the current food and slowly over a few days to weeks ( depending on dog acceptance) increase new food and decrease old food. The food isn't really staying in his stomach long enough for much digestion to occur. Going back to all kibble tonight and will talk to Darwin's tomorrow if I get a chance.
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So after taking a bit of time away, I decided to try to feed Darwin's again since I have the remainder of the introductory shipment in the freezer. I chose a packet of duck and placed it in the plastic container Thursday night. It was thawed this morning (Saturday). I reduced Leo and Rexy's kibble by half and added some (less than a measured tablespoon) of raw duck. For Rex, I broke the amount up into tiny little bits spread over the reduced amount of kibble. Then I put a bit of water in the dish as I always do when I feed kibble. Rexy sniffed at the food then ate and it stayed down. Yeah!
Leo doesn't seem to have an issue with the food so far.
Maybe it was the beef that was an issue for Rex or maybe breaking up the raw into tiny bits rather than a mushed clump or reducing the amount of kibble a bit more who knows? The total amount he ate for breakfast isn't sufficient to sustain him and he has no excess weight so I will have to bump up the raw portion before too long. Anyway, we'll continue to try. I did talk to Darwin's and had them suspend the next shipment until I could decide if I was going to pursue raw feeding. We'll see how it goes.
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So this evening I decided to for go kibble entirely for Rexy and Leo. They both ate their duck meal and it stayed down. Fingers crossed that we are on our way to raw meals!
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Leo and Rexy have been on raw for a week and are doing well. They did both lose weight which they didn't need to lose so I am now trying to determine an appropriate portion for each of them. Based on percentage of weight the folks at Darwin's suggested that Leo and Rexy should have 1/4 of the half pound package twice a day. Over 5 days Leo dropped .50 lb. and Rexy dropped .80 lb. I doubled their portion so each dog has been getting a whole packet (1/2 lb.) over 2 meals per day. They are both maintaining weight on this portion size. Rexy weighs 9.2 lbs which is a little under the 9.5 lbs that I think is ideal for him. Leo is right at 11.5 lbs which is his ideal weight.
Poops on the raw are REALLY small and the pups don't go as often - 1-2 times per day rather than a more typical 3 times per day. I have added pumpkin to Leo's as he is the one that is going just once per day and I don't want him to get constipated.
Both dogs LOVE the food though neither dog has ever been picky about what they would eat. Leo hadn't had anymore tummy pain. We'll see how that goes over time.
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