|Barked: Wed Jan 23, '13 8:04pm PST |
|kibble and raw meat digest at different rates and even in different parts of the body. raw meat is meant to go through the system quickly. raw meat contains a lot of water, while kibble swells inside the stomach and starches aren't digested until they reach the intestine. They are just different and so it is said not to feed them together. However many people have mixed the two with no problems and like everything else.. it's more about what your dog can handle.
but most people do switch cold turkey. it may take a couple weeks, but the digestive system will adjust from kibble to raw and you just watch the poop to make sure there's no stomach upset.
if you're ready, by all means, go ahead and have them on bone-heavy chicken without the skin, and don't worry about balancing the diet until later. Just slowly offer chicken with less and less bone until you dog is able to digest it without having runny poo. The extra bone in the beginning helps keep the poop firm during a time when they could have trouble transitioning.
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