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Singing praises of raw...

A few weeks ago, we finally began adding raw to the boys' diet. We didn't switch to THK like I had planned. Instead, we still feed Fromm, but I substitute about 1/3 of the calories with Nature's Variety freeze-dried. I've had training on most of the foods we carry, spoken with our breeder, and gotten some brief advice from a local nutritionist. We rehydrate it then mix it up with their food (otherwise they would pick the raw bits out). This way, they get the advantages of raw without it burning a hole in my pocket. Let me tell you guys, I couldn't be happier with the results.

First of all, they eat it right up immediately. Mario has been free fed his entire life, but adding Nino made it difficult to do so while monitoring how much each ate. While Nino loves the food they are getting, I have seen the biggest changes in Mario. He is like a puppy again. His eyes are brighter, he is more alert, his coat is softer, his teeth are cleaner and his breath better, and he is slimming down again. Both poop less, and they never beg for human food between meals. I had my doubts about adding raw into their diet, but I've seen drastic changes with my own eyes and will forever be a proponent of a raw or semi-raw diet. I can only imagine how significant the improvement would be if we did full raw.
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Wow that's great. How much do feed them per day? Rudy is on Fromm and I would like to add the Freeze dried to Rudy's diet. Right now he gets 1/4 cup of Fromm in the morning and 1/4 cup in the evening. I'm not sure how to adjust it.
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I use Natures Variety Limited Ingredient kibble mixed with the freeze dried raw. I add water to it and Molly loves it. She has never eaten better and all of her GI issues have resolved. She gets a daily probiotic also. For hot summer days I have been switching out the freeze dried for frozen raw bits. She has been loving that too!
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How much of each do you give and how often is she fed per day (2 meals per day?)
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Molly eats twice a day. For each meal she gets 1/4 cup of kibble and 1/8 cup of freeze dried raw. She is about 7 lbs. full grown.



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Natures Variety has a feeding guide on their website where you enter your dogs weight and what percentage you want to feed of each type of food. Then they ask whether you want to maintain weight or other questions like that. It will then give you a guide as to amounts you should be feeding.



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We have had very good luck with Nature's Variety Freeze Dried raw. We have also used the kibble with the raw boost. I was worried about him just picking the freeze-dried nuggets out, but he always ate the kibble with it.

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Wow that's great. How much do feed them per day? Rudy is on Fromm and I would like to add the Freeze dried to Rudy's diet. Right now he gets 1/4 cup of Fromm in the morning and 1/4 cup in the evening. I'm not sure how to adjust it.
I just crunched some numbers for you. The Fromm we currently have is the grain free lamb and lentil. That's 408 kcal/cup, so Rudy is getting around 200 calories a day. If you were to do 75% kibble and 25% raw, you would want 150 calories from kibble and 50 from the raw (give or take), which would be a little over 1/3 cup of kibble per day with around 30 raw bits per day (we are using Raw Boost Mixers from Nature's Variety in beef. The 6 oz bags retail for around $13 and last around 24 days on that serving, so it's a really nice way to get raw into the diet without breaking the bank.

We try to stay around 1/3 raw, so they do get a bit more than that, but not by much. I've also found that the stuff we are using hasn't spoiled plain kibble for them, so if we are pressed for time in the morning, they don't fuss if we just give them a normal serving of Fromm (though they aren't as excited about it ).
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We have had very good luck with Nature's Variety Freeze Dried raw. We have also used the kibble with the raw boost. I was worried about him just picking the freeze-dried nuggets out, but he always ate the kibble with it.
Mario is notorious for picking the yummy stuff out of his kibble, right down to his preferred formula if we are mixing two. Nino probably wouldn't discriminate, but we would never be able to pull the wool over our choosy guy's eyes heh.

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