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    I have seen somewhere where it was being said that you should not mix raw with dry biscuits. By raw, I think they were referring to stuff like chicken mince, liver, heart etc.

    The reasons were that the raw digests quicker but I could not see where or how this would be a disadvantage.

    Has anybody come across this or is it just an urban myth. If it is true then can you point me towards a scientific paper or research program that establishes the why's and wherefores.
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    complete urban myth. All foods have different digestion rates but ............ guess what ... thats what the digestion system is for ... to sort that out lol

    I think people get a little confused with digestability vs water content of food. Dry foods needs some time to be rehydrated before proper digestion occurs. Saying that it still doesnt cause problems.

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    I feed my dog the wet food - then the dry food. And the dry food - I put in to a dispenser toy so she can't "hoover it".

    I feed in that order because if she's going to up chuck it for any reason (used to be bones), at least the wet food stays down. But not if the dry food was eaten first - then it all comes back.

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    I suppose it could have something to do with hygeine - in that, if the dry food is left down after the meat is gone, the meat juices will cause bactieria to grow - but I can't imagine that would be a problem if your dog eats everything in one sitting.

    I feed dry food separately in a feeder ball because Pip needs to have something to occupy her mind, what with her being nutso and all :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post
    I suppose it could have something to do with hygeine - in that, if the dry food is left down after the meat is gone, the meat juices will cause bactieria to grow - but I can't imagine that would be a problem if your dog eats everything in one sitting.

    I feed dry food separately in a feeder ball because Pip needs to have something to occupy her mind, what with her being nutso and all :P
    Not for dogs... they will bury food and come back to it days later.

    Their stomach acid is almost at the same ph level as hydrochloric, and they have a neutral ph saliva. Dogs also can't chew, their digestive system is set up to completely break down their food... whereas human stomach acid is almost neutral by comparison, and our saliva contains enzymes to begin breaking down food as soon as we start to chew... and we also have to chew food in order to masticate it sufficently for our digestion to work correctly.

    I say mix together whatever works for your dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkest View Post

    Their stomach acid is almost at the same ph level as hydrochloric, and they have a neutral ph saliva.
    Actually, a dogs stomach acidity content should be similar to that of hydrochloric. But if you feed cooked, canned, or kibble, chances are the stomach acid is nowhere near this- meaning it can then be sensitive to bacteria.

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    human saliva only contains amylase to break down starches, whereas dogs do not have this. Both stomachs produce hydrochloric acid and the pH values should be similar, dogs a little more acidic then humans. Due to our diets too we end up too basic hence poor digestion. It's not only the pH but the enzymes present in the intestines that break down the food that differentiate digestion between the species

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    human saliva only contains amylase to break down starches, whereas dogs do not have this. Both stomachs produce hydrochloric acid and the pH values should be similar, dogs a little more acidic then humans. Due to our diets too we end up too basic hence poor digestion. It's not only the pH but the enzymes present in the intestines that break down the food that differentiate digestion between the species
    I fear not too much. You should see what mine tuck into on bush walks!
    try telling them that they need to separate dry and fresh lol

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    I feed separately, but that's really only because I offer the dry food as an optional top up and leave it out all day.

    I used to do the same with my old dog but just feed her wet food on top of the dry. Until we got maggots in the bottom of the food bowl one day. Yuk!

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