|Barked: Tue Mar 9, '10 4:05pm PST |
|For months we did Bravo Raw in the AM and instinct kibble in the PM. When I ran out of bravo and was unable to go get some she got some chicken wings so she is familiar with eating bones as she has eaten other various chicken parts like legs, breasts, etc. There is actually a video of her eating wings in her video book. She's also had pork chops and beef heart. Both dogs seemed to enjoy beef heart but when I asked for it today the store was out. I was hoping they'd have some so I could hopefully entice Taffy to eat. I gave her 2 pretty large thighs and the 3rd was because Taffy turned her nose up to it. The piece that came up was a small end of the knuckle, about quarter sized diameter. I had thighs cause I asked my mom to pick up some cheap chicken at the store hoping to get the 40lbs poodle to eat and she got those when I asked for legs, quarters, or even a whole chicken if cheaper.
About 10-12 hours had passed between eating and playing ball then vomiting after resting after playing ball.
Sophie weighs about 70lbs. When eating kibble only, she gets 4 cups per day. When I was giving her bravo, she was getting 1lb bravo for one meal and 2 cups kibble at the other. She must eat 2 meals because she is on medication twice per day that requires a full meal be given with it. It is also easier to give her supplements in her kibble as I have to shove them down her throat otherwise which isn't pleasant for either of us. A small half of a pill at one meal is ok. So I tend to still stick with a grain-free kibble meal while feeding raw in another. My vet isn't too keen on the raw diet and her blood tests have shown a slightly elevated BUN, I'm not sure if it should be a concern or not but I had to keep coming back 3 months in a row until I just fed her kibble only before the appointment to get the level normal. It was only a tiny bit above normal though but I don't know if that means the raw strains the kidneys more than kibble, maybe someone with veterinary experience can explain that here. So I do take breaks from raw from time to time and just go with kibble for a while. The store recommends rotating between different protein sources and rotate between kibble and raw.
So today on the way home I stopped at the store with the really nice sale on leg quarters and picked up 2 packages of almost 6lbs of chicken leg quarters. I'm surprised by the size as there are 5 in each package and huge. I expected thigh attached to a leg but this include part of the bottom of the chicken, some with the tail on it. I'm sure she'll have to chew it and cannot just swallow whole. They were 69 cents per lb. I also picked up a natural pork blade boston butt roast whatever that is, 3.43lbs for $3.61 as it had a coupon on it for $1.50 off. I'd like to try them with beef but it seems too expensive. I pay about $1.66 per day when feeding kibble so I'd like to try to keep raw at or below the cost of feeding kibble. There are some pretty decent sales on pork chops but they are for boneless only.
Edited by author Tue Mar 9, '10 4:06pm PST
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