|Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 7:27am PST |
|That does sound like mindless zealot talk. Variation is a way to try to insure getting a little of everything, but it's flawed as well. You can feed variation of items that are all short in zinc, and you're still not feeding a balanced diet. If you're feeding a diet have you calculated and know is balanced, you don't need to throw in variation just because.
However, if you are feeding the exact same thing every day, you need to calculate the balance keeping in mind that different nutrients affect the absorption of other nutrients. For instance, copper binds to zinc, so if you always give your zinc allotment with a lot of copper, you may come up with a zinc deficiency even though the diet looks balanced on paper. I think variety helps more in this department than insuring you're getting enough of everything.
The idea that we should not feed a balanced diet because they don't necessarily get a balanced diet in nature is so asinine I don't think it really needs to be addressed. In nature, they also risk death just getting a meal. So we should attempt to kill them before dinner? Gotta keep it authentic! Seriously. Raw is about giving what's IDEAL to the evolution of the species. Not doing things exactly as they happen in nature - which more often than not DOES lead to the death of an animal.
I am concerned about feeding naked chicken bones to a 100 lb dog, though. Even whole chicken quarters could be a choking hazard for a dog that large. The fact that the bones also have no meat whatsoever means they're unpadded as they are swallowed.
I would put serious effort into getting her to eat whole items. If she'll crunch up a whole bone, she can crunch up a whole bone with meat attached to it. At first scoring the meat so there are chunks hanging off may help.
If she really, truly will not eat whole items, either buy ground bone items (Bravo, for example, has a chicken and a turkey frame grind) or make your own grind. You won't get the teeth-cleaning benefits from it, but it's way safer than naked chicken bones.
Edited by author Thu Jan 31, '13 7:28am PST
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