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    I have an 11 month old Pomeranian that has become very picky towards her dry food. I have tried everything i can think of including changing the brand of the food and also giving her dry food as the only alternative. None have worked for me at all.

    I feed her wet food in the mornings and recently I started to feed her raw chicken necks (cut up in small pieces) 2-3 times a week for her dinner. Since I'm going to give up feeding her dry food for a couple of months i wanted some opinions and advice on what other raw foods I can feed her? I was thinking of minced meat?

    Other info: She is a very healthy dog, she loves her fruits and veggies, I occasionally boil her chicken and veggies, I give her veal neck about once a week etc etc etc . I just need a more convenient diet for her.

    All food ideas welcome

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    The only dogs I know that will starve to death if they don't get the right food - are sight hounds. Not pomeranians.

    So I think she might be getting too much food?

    If my dog doesn't eat all her food when I put it down for her and give her permission - I'd take her to the vet because something must be wrong.

    But otherwise - I'd be taking it up after 10 minutes - 30 minutes max and she'd get what she didn't eat as part of her next ration - ie the next ration would be reduced so the total ration with the stuff she didn't eat before made the total normal ration.

    I don't think I'd cut food up for my dog either - that only encourages her to swallow it whole - which causes problems later - but she is a lot bigger than a pom'

    Minced meat can work. You need to supplement it so the all round vitamins are covered. I make a casserole for my dog out of mince, brown rice, oats, and vegies (carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato) - in a big batch that makes about 10 serves - which I freeze until I need it. I supplement that with a small amount of dry food - so she gets some extra vitaimins and I also feed her a bit of yogurt in the morning and the occasional boiled egg or egg shell.

    Convenience is up to you. There are whole food cultures around raw. One of our local dog food shops - supplies pre packed cryovac'd plastic packs of raw meat in single serves that they custom make up based on what your dog's weight is (or what you ask for). It's tempting except for I'd rather do it myself with human grade meat - so I'm confident about the quality of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    The only dogs I know that will starve to death if they don't get the right food - are sight hounds. Not pomeranians.

    So I think she might be getting too much food?

    If my dog doesn't eat all her food when I put it down for her and give her permission - I'd take her to the vet because something must be wrong.

    But otherwise - I'd be taking it up after 10 minutes - 30 minutes max and she'd get what she didn't eat as part of her next ration - ie the next ration would be reduced so the total ration with the stuff she didn't eat before made the total normal ration.

    I don't think I'd cut food up for my dog either - that only encourages her to swallow it whole - which causes problems later - but she is a lot bigger than a pom'

    Minced meat can work. You need to supplement it so the all round vitamins are covered. I make a casserole for my dog out of mince, brown rice, oats, and vegies (carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato) - in a big batch that makes about 10 serves - which I freeze until I need it. I supplement that with a small amount of dry food - so she gets some extra vitaimins and I also feed her a bit of yogurt in the morning and the occasional boiled egg or egg shell.

    Convenience is up to you. There are whole food cultures around raw. One of our local dog food shops - supplies pre packed cryovac'd plastic packs of raw meat in single serves that they custom make up based on what your dog's weight is (or what you ask for). It's tempting except for I'd rather do it myself with human grade meat - so I'm confident about the quality of it.
    I like the sound of that diet. I'm getting a Havanese in a couple of weeks and have been doing a lot of research on what to feed him after learning about how bad commercial pet food is (something I wish I'd known when I was growing up feeding the family dog supermarket kibble).

    So far I'm planning on feeding a diet of half raw/natural, half kibble. The kibble I've decided on is Ivory Coat, a more natural, healthy alternative to supermarket kibble. I'll rotate the raw food for variety, but it will be a lot of the stuff you mentioned (raw meet, brown rice, vegetables etc). In your opinion as somebody who is experienced with raising pets, what's your opinion on that diet? Do you think it sounds good?

    Puppy Grain Free Dry Dog Food

    Also, could I please get your casserole recipe? I'd love to make something like that for my dog, seems perfect to balance something like that with the Ivory Coat kibble.

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    Hi Jaques D

    The recipe for the casserole is here.
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...tml#post162967

    Plus some feedback on whether it's a good idea or not.

    I think it might not be the right balance for a growing puppy even if you are also feeding kibble plus it may be hard to work out how much to feed to a small dog (at a guess - I'd say less than 200gm per day but I'm guessing - mine would get 450gm of that plus a bit of kibble and other stuff - like a spoonful of yogurt for breakfast)

    If you're getting a puppy from a breeder - the breeder should be able to advise what diet to start your puppy off with - ie what they've been feeding. Sudden changes from that might result in tummy upsets (and then you're on fast for a bit then boiled chicken and white rice).

    The ivory coat kibble looks ok in terms of balance. I'm not an expert in doggy diet - I mostly go by the shape of my dog (eg too fat - feed less, too skinny feed more).

    http://www.purina.co.uk/content/your...condition-tool

    (note - I avoid pu r in a brand as it's associated with nes tle s (see link bottom right corner of web page) - and I don't like their business ethics).

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    My mother has sight hounds - whippets and they are not keen on their dry food and can be very picky. So she buys the BARF raw packs that are packed in 12 single serve 250g packs, there are several different brands. They are a mix of meat, offal, vegies, ground bone, minerals and vitamins etc and come in fish, turkey, lamb, rabbit, kangaroo, chicken etc. She finds if she mixes a little of this with their dry food they eat it all. It works out a very convenient way to feed them.

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