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Raw Food Portion Size & Water Intake
Some background first...Eli is a picky eater. I've become very frustrated by him turning his nose up at expensive kibble. I've tried mixing in wet food and also cooked chicken but eventually he becomes bored. He won't eat and while that's not a huge problem I do wind up throwing away a lot of expensive food. After doing some research I've decided the problem is that he needs variety as he's a good eater when he likes something and a very food motivated dog.
Yesterday I drove 45 min from my home to a specialty store that carries a large variety of upscale kibble, canned and raw food. I purchased Acana kibble (sibling to Orijen), Beef & Liver flavored wet food (not a complete meal but an enhancement to dry kibble), Instinct canned food, and Bravo raw food patties. You can imagine how much I spent! Acana kibble with wet food mixed was a bit of a bust. He only ate about a 1/4cup. I will try again this evening. The Bravo raw food patty went over like blockbusters this morning (I personally think it's gross but, hey, I'm not the one eating it). My concern was that the patty was 1/4 lb and the recommendation for his size (almost 10 lbs) is two patties per day. Also, the owner told me I can mix up raw in the morning or evening with a serving of kibble for the other meal (preferrably at night so his tummy stays full longer). Two questions:
Does the raw portion size sound reasonable? I don't want to overfeed but it seems so small!
Does anyone mix raw food one meal with kibble the other? How does this affect water intake? Should I just leave water out?