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So I have decided to give Darwin's raw food a try for Leo and Rex. I had Leo on The Honest Kitchen until the end of November when he started having severe stomach pains. Vets couldn't figure out any cause other than gas in his abdomen. I switched him to Canidae Pure Sea and he has done pretty well. He has had 2 minor incidents of stomach pain since I made the switch.
Rexy was on kibble when he came and I moved him to Canidae when I switched Leo. He has had a bit of an ear issue that I haven't been able to clear up entirely. He's on a second round of Cameo Otic Ointment now.
I am hoping that a switch to a completely raw diet will help though I have to say I am kind of nervous about it.
For those of you that feed Darwin's do you have any suggestions for transitioning, feeding, storing, defrosting, or otherwise managing this diet?
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I'll have to take a picture of how I store the Darwin's in my fridge. Once a package is defrosted, I open it up, measure out what to feed Emmie on a scale, and then store the rest in a glass container with a lid. Darwin's also comes with a plastic container you can use for defrosting, so I usually have the glass container and the next package defrosting in that plastic container.

I love Darwin's; Emmie does well on it and the best part is her poos are small and non-smelly. I order bison, turkey, duck, & beef and whenever I defrost a new package, I rotate one of these proteins. Since she's so small, one package (8 oz) is around 3-4 meals for her. I don't recall the transition period but it probably wasn't very long. Because she doesn't have a sensitive stomach I doubt I went slow; however, this will vary for each dog.

I also make sure to wipe Emmie's face after each meal.

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Thanks Marinagirl. A question - I have a 2.5 year old granddaughter who sometimes gets kissed by Leo. Is washing his beard after eating enough or do I have to keep them separated entirely?
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I have fed my Maltese raw for the past 14 years, with no problems.
Little kids have been around them and kissed them with zero problems either. I wouldn't keep them apart.
I found most vets are the ones trying to scare us not to feed raw food. Considering they get very little education on feeding while in school and the parts they do get are from the dog food companies, I find us dog owners usually have more knowledge in the feeding department.
I do use a holistic vet, after years of trying to find one and he's perfectly fine with raw feeding.

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Thank you! Now just have to wait for the Darwin's introductory box to arrive!
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I don't worry about germs when I kiss Emmie after she eats. I mainly wipe her face so it's not sticky, and I've never gotten sick from her. If you have a suppressed immune system you may want to be cautious and check with your doctor, but other than that you should be fine.
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I don't worry about germs when I kiss Emmie after she eats. I mainly wipe her face so it's not sticky, and I've never gotten sick from her. If you have a suppressed immune system you may want to be cautious and check with your doctor, but other than that you should be fine.
Exactly! I should have said that in my post.
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I don't worry about germs when I kiss Emmie after she eats. I mainly wipe her face so it's not sticky, and I've never gotten sick from her. If you have a suppressed immune system you may want to be cautious and check with your doctor, but other than that you should be fine.
Yes, this is the only reason I don't feed raw.


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Here are pictures of my Darwin's setup.
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File Type: jpg Darwin's #1.jpg (60.9 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg Darwin's #2.jpg (46.6 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg Darwin's #3.jpg (40.9 KB, 5 views)
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Thank you Marinagirl. Our first order will arrive Monday or Tuesday. I will start transitioning the boys as soon as the first pack of food thaws. I hope they like it and do well on it.


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