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Study: Kibble And Raw Digestion


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This is really interesting and goes against what a lot of raw feeding information says about raw digesting faster than kibble and that there is danger in mixing the two. I personally feed both raw and kibble and have for years, so I appreciated this piece and am reassured that I am not putting my pups at increased risk.

 

http://therawfeedingcommunity.com/2015/01/08/digest-this-kibble-may-actually-digest-faster-than-raw/

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Thanks for sharing this. There are quite a lot of useful tidbits in there about feeding raw. I also think it's worth noting the mention of acid to digest food in the stomach. i have never understood why people are always so quick to recommend Pepcid the minute a dog shows sign of stomach upset when acid is key to a dog's ability to digest it's food. Not saying it's never warranted, but it shouldn't be recommended so lightly imho.

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I've been feeding raw with a handful of kibble on top at breakfast and then plain kibble for dinner for 3+ years and none of my hounds have ever had any sort of digestive upsets.


The raw is a ground mix, made locally :)

- Chicken 40%

- Beef (red meat and bone) 15%

- Beef (internal organs, tripe, kidney, heart) 20%

- Fish 20%

- Cooked Eggs 5%

The Kibble is Kirkland Lamb and Rice.


Very rarely I have found they will vomit teeny bone pieces a few hours after a meal.

Nixon does get constipated if he has too much bone, which is why I started adding the kibble on top.

And they most certainly they have awesome poop!

 

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I've been feeding mine kibble for breakfast (sometimes with some organ meat) and then often a raw meal in the afternoon (meat and bone) for many years. I would see things about how they shouldn't be mixed or should be fed 12 hours apart and I would worry some about it but it just didn't make a lot of sense to me. I was really glad to see this as it confirmed my own suspicions, and I hope this can help stop the misinformation about raw vs kibble digestion that seems to be repeated a lot.

 

Glad others found it interesting/helpful!

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Guest Johberry

Thank you for posting this article! We, too, feed a kibble breakfast and a raw dinner to our hound. We've heard/read so many differing opinions on this (even advice from our pet boutique not to mix the two), and it's nice to read a little study disproving the myths. The bit on digestion rates was also interesting but makes sense. Thank you again. :)

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Thanks for the interesting link. As someone who has been raw feeding for many years, I think I have heard it all. I remember being told that feeding the two together would allow for bacteria to multiply due to kibble slowing down the raw digestion (although I never really believed it). I also have mixed a ground mix into the kibble for years, and all of my dogs do wonderful on it. Greyhounds, competitive sleddog teams and other performance dogs have eaten this for years.

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