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i am switching my dogs food from wellness to ziwipeak (a dehydrated raw) and needless to say, django LOVES it! he only gets a bit at a time while we transition over the next week. my question: he's never been crazy about food. he licks the one plate clean that has the few pieces of new food and then moves to his bowl with the old food. he is eating every piece of food! the problem, he wants more! i'm not sure if the new food has sparked something that's causing him to eat more. what do you do when the bowl is empty and he wants more? i know this is a silly question but i have never had to deal with this before. i don't want to overfeed him and i know once we transition completely to the new food, he can't eat more than what's allowed otherwise he will put on pounds. any tips?
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My guys always want more food. I went to the vet on Sat for their wellness tests and the vet said they could gain a pound or two each. I've upped their food to half a pound each per day and they still want more!
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You might want to try to just give the dehydrated raw without the kibble. Everything that I have read suggest that you should just start raw cold turkey with no transition from the old food type. Infact, you should not be really mixing kibble and raw together as they digest at much different rates. (You don't want the raw food caught up in his digestive tract with the kibble..raw food is fully digested in under 3 hours while the kibble is in there for who knows how long)

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My boys also picked out the Ziwi Peak when I was mixing-- the boys had very loose stools (has a lot of natural glucosomine in it)so I went back to my medallions. Django should clean his plate--he's a dog. I know when my boys are really hungry as they will look longingly up at where we keep the treats and moan (mind you they don't do this often so I know they are really hungry) A clean plate just makes me happy.




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Lola is always up for more. She empties her breakfast bowl in under 3 minutes. She would eat anything. She gets NV raw freeze dried medallions reconstituted and NV Prairie kibble. I have to feed her dinner kibble out of a ball so she will eat more slowly. Her vet suggested upping her food volume a bit more as she is pretty lean despite her appetite. I started adding more volume last week. But she still would eat more. I thought it was her...but maybe it is dependent how much they like the food as with Django.

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You might want to try to just give the dehydrated raw without the kibble. Everything that I have read suggest that you should just start raw cold turkey with no transition from the old food type. Infact, you should not be really mixing kibble and raw together as they digest at much different rates. (You don't want the raw food caught up in his digestive tract with the kibble..raw food is fully digested in under 3 hours while the kibble is in there for who knows how long)

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Ryan, how many ounces of food do you feed Beamer?
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Lola is always up for more. She empties her breakfast bowl in under 3 minutes. She would eat anything. She gets NV raw freeze dried medallions reconstituted and NV Prairie kibble. I have to feed her dinner kibble out of a ball so she will eat more slowly. Her vet suggested upping her food volume a bit more as she is pretty lean despite her appetite. I started adding more volume last week. But she still would eat more. I thought it was her...but maybe it is dependent how much they like the food as with Django.
3min? My guys litterally finish their meal in under 30 seconds for the raw meat patties I make. When I add chicken necks it might to to 2min. They only time they take a long time is when I give them beef necks for dinner. Last night they were chewing for 2hrs.
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Daniel, Beamer gets 4 ounces a day, plus all the treats and other food my guests sneak him.. lol

He gets more on days where I gave him a RMB, depending on how long I left him have it..

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Beamer eats his 2oz of raw in about 10-15 seconds flat..if that..

Beamer is not to interested in the beef necks much these days, he only goes nuts for the pork bones and will chew on those till I take it away and will whine to get it back.. lol.. But generally he's had enough after 90mins or so.. he needs a nap after all that exercise.. lol

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Have you tried turkey necks. Now those are a meal for my guys. lots of good chewing and they have quite a bit of meat.

I can't believe you only feed 2oz. That must be half his portion right? He gets 4oz a day?

I think my guys are just really active. Not only do they keep each other busy, but 20min walk in the morning, plus 1hr at the park after work, plus another 20-45 in the evening depending on the weather. They must be really burning their calories. I'd give them more carrots but their poop is already turning orange lol. Boy do they love carrots! I think they were rabbits in another life.
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