How to Feed Fresh Food + Kibble?
As suggested by Big Country Raw:
Yes, you can feed both kibble and raw. We know that this is a controversial topic for many people, as generally speaking kibble and raw digest differently. For this reason, many people suggest avoiding feeding both at the same time, and would suggest separating the meals.
We have studied the various research and also conducted our own customer polling and trials to determine that every dog is unique and individual needs vary. What may work well for one, may not be the best choice for your dog or cat. In the end, we have decided that it would be better that dogs and cats have even some fresh raw food in their diet than none at all.
If you choose to feed both dry and raw together may we make the following suggestions:
- Choose the best high quality dry dog food you can find.
- Do a trial of feeding exclusively 100% raw food first. This will help strengthen the digestive system and make it more capable of deriving the full nutrients out of a raw food diet.
- The true benefits of feeding raw are not as noticeable when feeding raw less than 20% of the entire diet. If you want better results, such as smaller stools, less shedding, fresher breath and no odours, it may be necessary to switch to 100% raw.
- If your dog or cat starts to experience digestive upset including vomiting or diarrhea, we would suggest feeding the meals alternatively e.g. morning raw and evening dry food. You can also alternate days, 1 day dry and 1 day raw.