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    I bought 5 chicken wings (about 110grams reach), so ill give this to Zulu for dinner for the next 5 nights. If that goes well, i'll introduce another meat (probably beef mince) and make patties (with veg, fish oil etc) which he can have for breakfast.
    Please refer to what i said above... i am just starting off with chicken (for 5 days), then ill move onto beef (mince) for 5 days... after that ill probably move onto fish (tinned sardines). I want to give Zulu as much variety as possible, but obviously not all at once.

    Regarding the fat in chicken, i will try remove as much as of the chicken skin as possible, which is where majority of the fat is.

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    Shape of the stomach indicates a kibble diet? She should see my working dogs then. I feed them mainly on a high quality kibble and they dont have a stomach shape. They are lean, shiny, well muscled, wasp waisted and full of energy and will work all day if I let them.

    I do feed them raw bones and some meat when I put a sheep in the feezer. However it doesnt seem to make any difference compared to the times when I dont have a sheep in the freezer. They like raw carrots and apples. But really the base of their diet is good kibble. I find it is what they work best on although of course they love it when I add some fresh meat.

    The kibble I use is Earthborn holistic grain free primitive natural or ocean catch. I also use some Nutro natural choice and occassionally supercoat mixed in, but the bulk is Earthborn. I have tried other diets but nothing works as well as what I have them on now, they have never worked or looked better.
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    Feeding a young pup raw is imo dangerous unless you really research it properly. Not getting enough calcium for example can lead to serious bone structural issues later = pts. I'd stick to kibble with some raw meat occassionly. Mine gets his kibble and 250g of human grade beef mince or a lamb shank ... then some days he just gets his kibble

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    My puppy currently has 4 feeds per day, which is premium kibble. I only plan to switch one of these feeds to a raw diet, which will be his dinner.

    As per my post, over the next 5 days i will be using a chicken wing as his dinner, so he will still be getting his 3 kibbles feeds per day.

    Regarding the calcium, its naturally found in bones, so im sure the bones in the chicken wing will be providing him with calcium, along with his 3 other kibble feeds during the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbiepapenfus View Post
    My puppy currently has 4 feeds per day, which is premium kibble. I only plan to switch one of these feeds to a raw diet, which will be his dinner.

    As per my post, over the next 5 days i will be using a chicken wing as his dinner, so he will still be getting his 3 kibbles feeds per day.

    Regarding the calcium, its naturally found in bones, so im sure the bones in the chicken wing will be providing him with calcium, along with his 3 other kibble feeds during the day.
    I am not sure but I think I read on some RAW site that chicken bones have a higher phosphorus to calcium ratio than some bones so one needs to be careful as phosphorus can interfere with calcium metabolism. I think to get the P:Ca ratio right is important. However problems only apply if that was to be a staple of his diet which it obviously isnt. This is why variety is a good thing. Certainly with a growing pup you need to do your homework if you were completely switching completely to RAW which you are not, you are just supplementing a part with raw food.

    Feeding RAW is about making sure that the balances are correct particularly for a growing pup. I have never ventured down that path with a growing pup but if I were to I would approach it in a scientific fashion and get all the facts first before I messed with it.
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    Just to throw a spanner in the works ..... my old Ridgeback lived for 14 healthy years and fought of parvo as a pup. All the time been fed the cheapest nastiest dry food i could find.

    Not for lack of love ... just lack of knowledge on my behalf.

    No matter what goes in the sharp end of your dog , it's what comes out the blunt end that'll tell you if your dogs doing ok on it. 'Turd watching' is something you'll get good at LOL. Black or runny poo's are not what you want to see. I just dont have the time to do a RAW diet and my dogs do very well on their current diet of Black hawk dry food and chicken necks every night.


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    Who cares who thinks they do best with feeding their dogs.

    What it all comes down to is the best food for your dog is what they do best on. Trial and error is the only way to go. Hopefully not too much under researched error.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Variation sounds good to me... Kibble and some raw foods seems good for now.. Zulu LOVED his 110gram chicken wing!

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    Hi Robbie

    Glad you cleared up the details - for some reason I thought you were going to feed chicken wings only and nothing else. For some reason I forgot about the other three meals of regular food. Should be fine as long as he doesn't inhale the chicken wings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Just to throw a spanner in the works ..... my old Ridgeback lived for 14 healthy years and fought of parvo as a pup. All the time been fed the cheapest nastiest dry food i could find.

    Not for lack of love ... just lack of knowledge on my behalf.

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    My first dog got the same. At that time Pal meaty bites and canned Pal was the most expensive supermarket food so that is what she got along with Chum and marrow bones. I thought she was on the best diet. She lived till she was nearly 17 and cost me less in vet fees than any dog I have owned since LOL.

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