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    Funny the things that pop into one's mind as one tries to get to sleep.... I have always soaked kibble before adding to food. My dogs get a raw mix with meat, vets all natural mix, offal, egg, fish (sometimes) and a little kibble as evening meal. Overall, maybe a total of one cup of kibble a week over 5 meals.

    What I don't know is why I soak it, other than habit, I guess.

    Anyone know? Pros and Cons?

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    I soak the kibble for our grey because he is a gulper and doesn't chew them anyway.
    I use the EP Holistic as my back up dry as I feed raw as well. It also creates a nice gravy as well.
    Do you feed your guys with their bowls raised? I do for the grey. I met a dobe breeder and he feeds his with bowls raised. He makes nice timber bowl stands.

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    Food does not expand as much in the stomach when soaked, it has already expanded and released a lot of gases so it doesn't build up.

    A lot of Great Dane owners swear by soaking kibble as a preventative for bloat.

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    What Crested said.

    Also the instructions on the dry puppy food said I should soak - so I did - even when I swapped to adult.

    It does expand massively in the gut so I always feed kibble over a long period of time (eg treats or squirrel dude) or after the casserole. Ie if she has a problem and up chucks the kibble - the casserole is long gone and stays down.

    I guess I don't bother much with the soaking any more. Don't know any reason not to do it except I think the crunchy stuff might be slightly better for her teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molly33 View Post
    I soak the kibble for our grey because he is a gulper and doesn't chew them anyway.
    I use the EP Holistic as my back up dry as I feed raw as well. It also creates a nice gravy as well.
    Do you feed your guys with their bowls raised? I do for the grey. I met a dobe breeder and he feeds his with bowls raised. He makes nice timber bowl stands.
    EP Hollistic here, too. No, I don't raise bowls. I did with my wolfhound who could not reach the ground, but am told current practice to avoid bloat is not to raise bowls. The arguments change regularly, so, really, I don't know. But my dogs eat in their crates anyway and aren't gulpers.

    Thanks guys, reading through, it all was familiar, I had just forgotten!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    EP Hollistic here, too. No, I don't raise bowls. I did with my wolfhound who could not reach the ground, but am told current practice to avoid bloat is not to raise bowls. The arguments change regularly, so, really, I don't know. But my dogs eat in their crates anyway and aren't gulpers.

    Thanks guys, reading through, it all was familiar, I had just forgotten!!!
    I agree with not raising bowls & we have found it works better for the horses too. They drain fliuds while eating better with bowls/feedbins at ground level.

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    We do not raise bowls.....same as with horses, bloat is after all colic.......Same problem different species.
    We have always been told to soak, so that the food does not expand in the gut and possibly cause blockage, which might lead to bloat.
    I am a RAW feeder, so have no real experience. Only read and been told the why
    Pets are forever

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    I don't raise the bowl for bloat reasons. He just looks more comfortable, being an awkward grey. The Dobe breeder I was talking to was telling me that most dogs eat bones etc usually lie down to eat them, so for him to raise the bowl was just his way of feeding.
    I think at some greyhound kennels their bowls are raised.
    I don't worry about bloat too much, just don't feed before or after exercise.
    Last edited by molly33; 12-29-2010 at 02:15 PM.

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    I have never soaked kibble. Mine crunch away and hated it when I soaked it once. I hope it helps their teeth being crunchy. I raise one of my dogs bowls slightly as she has really long legs and it is more comfortable eating position.

    My working boys get up to 4 cups a day and they have no problems with it, all down the hatch and out the other end with no problems. The others get 2 cups a day with no problems.

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    Only times I soaked was for dogs with poor dental, tooth/gum abscesses, a poor bite & those that were used to tinned tucker.

    With my own, it's unsoaked, mainly because they need to chew & I was told it helps with teeth & gum care.

    But I could be wrong.

    Edited to fix spelling & other mouth conditions. Note these are pound animals, a high quality dry food & water only
    Last edited by Chipps; 01-12-2011 at 02:44 PM.

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