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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Bye, Bye RAW... now what?

I give up... I've tried every trick suggested on the forum about how to serve it, but Castro just does not like his NV RAW Medallions. No matter how hungry he is, Castro would walk over to the food, sniff it and just walk away. Putting supplements, treats (or both) hasn't encouraged him to eat! We throw away about 8 medallions for every 4 Castro eats, and I'm at my wits end.

I guess I'll be placing him back on Innova Puppy Kibble... How can I best transition Castro back to kibble? We had no issues transitioning to raw, but unsure on how to do it the other way.

Again, thanks for everyone's suggestions and guidance. If it weren't for this forum, I would probably have enough dog food in my house to open up my own store.

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Joann, I wouldn't worry about transitioning back to kibble. If Castro was only eating that little, then he won't have a problem.

There are other raw products on the market, though I imagine you're tired of trying. Don't blame you one bit! lol Innova Puppy is a good food.




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Joann, I wouldn't worry about transitioning back to kibble. If Castro was only eating that little, then he won't have a problem.

There are other raw products on the market, though I imagine you're tired of trying. Don't blame you one bit! lol Innova Puppy is a good food.
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What about canned? Is it ok for a daily meal? I bought Pixie some Merrick and she really likes it. She free feeds on her kibble. I'm not sure how many feed canned-it doesn't seem like many do.

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We caved and bought some canned food this weekend. Scooter was refusing kibble for days and days, then he wouldn't even drink so we gave up. We bought several cans of Evo in different flavors and we're mxing it with the kibble. He's eating now and has energy again. I didn't realize how lethargic he was becoming! We really wanted to stick with dry food for the convenience but felt too badly about the food struggle.

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Tori gets canned in the rotation diet she's on.

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Mine just get the Evo Small Bites Chicken free feed. They wouldn't eat raw and I would throw tons of it away. They do like the Evo canned but when I give it to them that's all they want and then they go on a kibble hunger strike. Consequently I just stick to the kibble. Their weight, stools and energy are perfect so I can't see a reason to mess up a good thing.
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Joann,

Castro is not the only one who doesn't like raw, Bugsy won't touch it either and I have tried everything on the market including mixing my own. He will take a few bits and pieces when we prepare raw meat or chicken and actually seems to like it, but as soon as you serve it in the meal you can forget it! Raw is not be all, end all when it comes to feeding your dog. You can give him high quality kibble and high quality canned or you can try your hand at cooking his food. I have not met a dog yet who turned down home cooked.

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I feed my dogs a mixture of a healthy kibble canned food and fresh veggies and a little cooked chicken .. I used to home cook but it was just so labor intensive even though I would make large portions and freeze it .
They seem happy and healthy on the new regime .. I would not feed them raw food as I am just not that comfortable with the food source ..
I think you have to find what works for you .. and your pets . Cosmo was such a fussy eater and then I got Ahnold and now they are both very good eaters .. Cosmo eats the best but Ahnold is no slouch ..
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Isn't it amazing how stressed we can get over feeding our dogs? ) I think most of us, especially with new puppies, have been right where you are. You're in good company.

The raw diet works really well for my boys, EXCEPT, they are picky about the meat source. Rudy does NOT like Primal beef nuggets, but scarfs up NV Lamb medallions.


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Yes new puppies can be a big challenge .. Cosmo was almost impossible as he seemed to be so sensitive to so many foods .. Fortunately he has outgrown it but it was hard in the beginning not to mention he would turn up his nose and just walk away from it .. HE was stubborn and he would just not eat it .
I never remeber any problems with my German Shorthair .. He was just so happy to get hsi dinner on time ..
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