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Old 01-04-2013, 03:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I feed my girls their omega 3 pills in a gel capsule. They just eat it. The benefit of having more than one dog.... They see the other has it so they are not giving it up. The first time they got it they both spat it out and watched the other then quickly ate theirs so they could check out what each other had lol. Now Nikki eats it and Hailey still isn't quite sure.. But she still eats it so Nikki doesn't get it. Lol


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Old 01-04-2013, 07:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Happy New Years everyone.

Buddha and Boss are doing amazingly with their raw diets. We have introduced lots of new stuff and have had no problems what so ever. Beef hears, pork hearts, liver, kidney, other organs, goat, beef, lamb, chicken.. they are in heaven!
I want to start introducing fish now. I know that fish has to be frozen prior to feeding but for how long? Also which are the best types to feed.. I am definitely going to get them salmon, but what else is good.
Also what about canned fish- like sardines and tuna (NOT in oil of course). Are these ok for them or not?
How many times per week should they be eating fish? (They get fed 2 meals a day).
Finally, I was about to start them on fish oil supplements, is this still necessary if they are eating raw fish? Is it possible for dogs to have too much fish oil?

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We feed Mackeral, Herring and Sardines, all whole.

Freezing meat can help kill many parasites (such as the parasite present in salmon that CAN cause a deadly disease in dogs; freezing fresh raw salmon, steelhead, trout, and other salmonids for at least 24 hours before feeding effectively disposes of the parasite. Cooked salmon does not carry the parasite.). As long as one exercises caution in obtaining their meat, parasites are a non-issue. If feeding fresh salmonids or wild game, it is recommended that the meat be deep frozen for at least 24 hours before feeding for salmonids and one month for wild game.

As for canned, I typically dont feed it. However it is the only fish I can get Raven to eat. Sardines in Soya Oil of all things. I prefer fresh or frozen whole fish. On the days that I feed fish, I skip my Salmon supplement and only give it on non fish days. You can feed fish up to 3 times a week if you want. I usually dont feed it in the winter and only offer it spring through fall.

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Dogs require both Omega 6 and Omega 3's. The Omega 6 to 3 ratio is usually anything between 10:1 and 5:1.

Omega-6 fats are primarily found in plant oils such as flaxseed, hemp, and pumpkin seeds. It can even be found in Coconut Oil. If your pet is deficient in omega-6 fats, supplementation will benefit the skin, coat and nails, and can also help alleviate skin allergies.

The omega-6 fats also play a major role in the health of your dogs skin and coat. A deficiency can result in dry, flaky skin and a dull, brittle coat which leads to hair breakage and loss. In this compromised condition, your dogs skin can become prone to bacterial infections and itchiness.

Your dog might also develop a condition known as hyperkeratosis (thickened skin).
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Thank you so much for everyones replies. We live on an island so have lots of options available- i just want to make sure I am giving them the best. We are planning a trip to the local fish market today to see what we can get our 'paws' on.

Another thought, when feeding salmon then, would anyone recommend lightly cooking it? If cooking kills the parasites, or does this defeat the purpose of feeding RAW?
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Kari... Should I also buy some flaxseed oil and offer that as well? Should it be virgin or what exactly am I looking for in that regards?

I've been researching more into coconut oil and the benefits of that. I'll be picking some up this week. If I start with the coconut oil is it necessary to also give the flaxseed oil as you said coconut oil has omega 6's?

Or, Should I buy the Omgea 3-6-9 and offer them daily with the vitamin e?

My girls are now completely transitioned and are doing well. I want to make sure I give them the proper suppliments. I know some say you don't need to if you have a well balanced diet, which I offer, but I would feel more at ease with suppliments added as well.

Basically, what would you recommend for suppliments in their diet? (Sorry to highjack your thread BuddahBoss.)
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Coconut oil has some Omega 6's in it, its approx 1.8grams of Omega 6 per 100grams fed. It has no Omega 3's.

You could add in Peanut oil as its 32grams per 100grams and contains no Omega 3's.

Personally I add in Oliver Oil a few days per week (1 tablespoon). It has 9.8 grams of Omega 6 per 100grams. I also feed quite a bit of green tripe, not only does it have a perfect calcium to phosphur ratio, it has natural probiotics, digestive enzymes and Omega3-6.

I supplement my dogs. Not a lot but a bit. They get Salmon Oil Capsules and Vitamin E 4 days a week (2000mg of salmon oil and 400UI of vitamin E) and Olive Oil the remaining 3 days per week.

**Just to add, Flaxseed has 12.7grams of Omega 6 but it is also high in Omega 3's.
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Oliver oil? I'm hoping thats a typo and you mean olive oil. Thats easy enough to add instead of the flaxseed as i always have olive oil.


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What you dont have Oliver oil??? Bahahahahh
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We just got back from the fish market and picked up frozen sardines - 1kg for $2.5 (2.2lbs for $2.50)- i thought that was incredibly cheap. We also picked up another whole fish (which I am not sure the name of in english). As well as salmon and tuna. Am I correct in thinking that these can be eaten completely whole?

As for supplements, they are already having coconut oil daily. I also have flax seed- should they be taking this as well or should I alternate the days? I am also going to pick up some vitamin E supplements- which will be given daily.

As for the salmon/fish oil (this should be given to them on the days that they are not having fish) and then olive oil on the days they are are eating fish-- is this correct?

It is amazing how much thought we put into our dogs meals! I wish I did the same for my self! ha.

As for olive oil- is extra virgin ok?

GREAT INFO!! Happy Sunday!
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I feed fresh salmon, whole mackerel, ground mackerel, frozen fresh smelts. I think fresh is better so I would opt to stay away from canned stuff personally. Fresh caught fish I would freeze for at least 30 days.
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