Feed once or twice a day?

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » May 16th, 2011, 9:25 am

I switched Inara back to raw about a week ago now and it's been fantastic - she's happy, her teeth are already vastly cleaner, and even her nailbeds are clearer (they had a brown tinge). When she was on raw before I fed her once a day, in the evening, so she could just have one big meal a day. But while she was on kibble I fed her twice a day. She's having trouble adjusting to eating only once a day. Three times now since switching she's thrown up yellow bile in the morning, which I know is a sign of hunger. But she's eating over a pound of meat in the evenings.

I hate to feed her twice a day because I prefer to feed one big hunk of meat vs. two smaller ones that she'll finish in a minute. I have a bunch of little "bricks" (1" by 3" maybe?) of Primal mix samples. I'm contemplating giving her one brick each morning in a Kong, just to put something in her tummy. But then I should technically cut back on her food in the evening, which, again, is what I'm trying to avoid.

Any ideas? I just gave her a Primal-stuffed Kong 'cause she threw up, so she's happy now. But I don't remember having this issue when she was on raw before.
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Postby TheRedQueen » May 16th, 2011, 9:46 am

I feed once a day, at night...(kibble with mix-ins)...but my guys get a lot of snacks during the day because they're with me all day. So I vote for a morning Kong or raw knuckle bone or something just to keep her belly from being completely empty. Maybe some raw chicken feet or little snacky stuff like that if you want to stay raw?
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Postby iluvk9 » May 16th, 2011, 11:01 am

I feed 3 times a day...not raw.
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Postby Pit♥bull » May 16th, 2011, 11:24 am

Try feeding canned veggies like carrots and green beans to take the hunger edge away, 'Spirit' Trouble loved it and they're not fattening.
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Postby mnp13 » May 16th, 2011, 12:20 pm

She'll adjust. But in the meantime, Bob's suggestion is a good one.
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Postby hugapitbull » May 16th, 2011, 5:39 pm

Pit♥Bull wrote:Try feeding canned veggies like carrots and green beans to take the hunger edge away, 'Spirit' Trouble loved it and they're not fattening.


You can get the "no salt added' veggies, or use frozen, they do not have the salt.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » May 16th, 2011, 7:10 pm

Thanks guys! Great suggestions. :)
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Postby SisMorphine » May 17th, 2011, 8:29 am

I feed twice a day. If I fed once a day I fear my dogs may start to eat my limbs in protest! I feed a chicken back in the AM and PM is either a raw mash (usually Bravo) or kibble. At night they only get 1/2-2/3 pound of raw or 1/2-3/4c kibble. I usually "float" the food in water so that they drink up all the water and fill themselves up that way. Works for us.
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