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Raw Food Diet > How do you work out how much to feed when feeding half and half?
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Barked: Fri Oct 10, '14 7:37am PST 
You cannot feed just chicken for 50% of a dogs diet. Chicken will not balance out, ever, even if you are feeding whole chickens you killed yourself. Carcasses specifically have way too much bone and offer almost nothing as far as nutrition.

Either refigure the raw portion of the diet so it is balanced, or feed kibble with an occasional chicken part.
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Raw Food Diet > Newbie ?..Getting him to chew vs swallowing whole..
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Barked: Fri Oct 10, '14 7:32am PST 
Dogs don't chew. They tear and shear off chunks small enough to swallow. If your dog is eating too fast or trying to swallow pieces too large, the general solutions are to feed bite-size bits from a dish or toy designed to slow them down, or to feed from items so large (typically larger than their head) that they have to gnaw at it to eat.
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Raw Food Diet > Skin problems despite clean diet

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Barked: Thu Oct 9, '14 12:34pm PST 
Due to the cyclical nature of the problem, I would look at environmental causes. If you're feeding a stable diet, a food-based issue would be ongoing, getting worse with time.

The only food issues I can think of that would cause an intermittent problem like this is if a source you feed from only occasionally has an allergin in it (farmed salmon vs wild, that sort of thing).
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Raw Food Diet > Non-raw foods compatible with raw diet

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Barked: Mon Sep 15, '14 1:11pm PST 
For a dog with no health issues, use whatever you want. All that is fine.

If you switched over allergy concerns, for instance, you want to make sure your treats followed the same rules as your diet. So if you went grain free, you need only grain free treats. If you're on a two ingredient elimination diet you need treats made from only those two ingredients. And so on.
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Siberian Husky > Husky growth

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Barked: Wed Sep 10, '14 8:19pm PST 
They stop growing upward by 2 years, although most still fill out a bit. They will reach almost full size by 8 months/1 year - most growth after that is not significant.
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Raw Food Diet > What did your dog(s) have to eat today?
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Barked: Tue Sep 2, '14 1:29pm PST 
So far just beef kidney. Haven't figured out an evening meal yet.
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Siberian Husky > Husky dog and cats?

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Barked: Fri Aug 8, '14 3:34pm PST 
It has little to do with training. Ultimately most Huskies have intense prey drive and make poor housemates for any other species (although I did ok with a hedgehog). You can hedge your bets with training and management, as in taking care with introductions and emphasizing that cats are not be chased. This is not foolproof and will not work on many, many dogs, though. Even if raised together from the time he is a puppy.

This is true of any breed or mix, but as with most traits, certain breeds are more less inclined to act certain ways. Huskies typically have very strong prey drive. 2 of my 3 are practiced cat killers, the other grew up with a 30lb Maine Coon and loved cats, but I could still see the inner battle with his prey drive with smaller cats or any cat who moved away from him.
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Raw Food Diet > Loosing weight on raw food

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Barked: Sat Jul 12, '14 3:48pm PST 
Chicken and rice is not a raw diet. Are you trying to go straight onto a raw diet, or are you working on an elimation diet first? What you need to do depends somewhat on which way you're heading. In any case the biggest factor in weight loss is that fewer calories are being consumed than are being used. So more calories! Depending on how long a dog has been eating only chicken and rice, nutritional problems could be in play as well.
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Dog Health > Please HELP We are DESPERSATE, Wound will NOT Heal on Puppy *PICTURES*

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Barked: Sat Jul 12, '14 3:41pm PST 
I have not dealt with the disease myself, but in doing some quick research it looks like there are lab tests that can give a definitive diagnosis. I would definitely pursue that.
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Raw Food Diet > Too much bone?
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Barked: Sat Jul 12, '14 12:27pm PST 
By raw definition, organs secrete something. So liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, are the ones most people can get. Heart is just muscle - it has a different nutrient profile than regular muscle, and cannot be fed in large quantities, but it isn't organ either. Same to lung, which I believe is dangerously high on certain vitamins. I found bulk raw lung for like 15 cents/lb once, but the amount I could use was so small it wasn't worth it.

A lot of dogs are not fond of organs at first. There are several strategies that have been discussed at length on Dogster (run a forum search). In summary, the best methods seem to be either pureeing them or buying puréed product and mixing with something high value like yogurt and raw eggs to make them more appealing. Or cook them, gradually reducing the amount of time you cook until the dog is used to eating them raw. Pan searing works best for this.

Most premade products are balanced as far as organs go, so premade will not cover organs in a supplemental sense. Some brands have organ-heavy products (Bravo and BRB come to mind) that you can use to balance a DIY diet.
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