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Old 01-04-2013, 07:59 AM   #1 (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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Old 01-04-2013, 08:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure exactly how long you should freeze it but it has to be long enough for it to kill any parasites, etc. I think trout is supposed to be a good one as well to feed, but again, I'm not the expert on this one

Bosley loves sardines! He gets them as a treat 2-3 times a month on his kibble. I actually get the ones in the soya oil. It's the only kind he'll eat and he LOVES them!
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Jack loves his fish! I buy ground whole salmon. It's the only ground product we feed, and I buy it because it's way cheaper than any whole salmon I've found. He gets a bit of salmon added to almost every meal. I have fed meals of just salmon in the past, but I think he likes variety so now I feed a few different things at each meal. This morning he ate pork ribs, beef liver, and a few large spoonfulls of salmon, as well as coconut oil, salmon oil capsules, and vitamin E capsules. I stopped feeding the fish oil supplement when I found the raw salmon, but I noticed that when winter arrived his coat wasn't looking very shiny and he had dry skin, so I decided to feed them to him as well as the raw salmon. I'd be interested in hearing if anyone knows how much fish oil is too much. I've never fed canned tuna or salmon, it would be too expensive, but I did give him sardines from a can once and he loved those. I think I recall hearing Mackerel is a good oily fish to feed, but I've never tried it.
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I feed my girls sardines and smelts. I found them frozen for a good price and way cheaper than in a can. I think any oily kinda fish is good to feed. I would avoid canned as much as possible but if you do have to, buy the stuff in water.

I give omega 3 and vitamin e along with feeding fish about every other day.

I'm interested to know if its too much.

I have found that they are getting a bit dryer than normal on their skins because i can see a bit of dander on them. But that was a cpl weeks ago before i gave the omega 3 and vit. e. it has since improved, so it looks like enough for my girls.

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I started giving mine sardines last week. I found them canned in spring water with no salt added. They're pricier than the other brands, but I figured it would be a good way to start with fish until I can find better sources.
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I feed my girls sardines and smelts. I found them frozen for a good price and way cheaper than in a can. I think any oily kinda fish is good to feed. I would avoid canned as much as possible but if you do have to, buy the stuff in water.

I give omega 3 and vitamin e along with feeding fish about every other day.

I'm interested to know if its too much.

I have found that they are getting a bit dryer than normal on their skins because i can see a bit of dander on them. But that was a cpl weeks ago before i gave the omega 3 and vit. e. it has since improved, so it looks like enough for my girls.

Hopefully Kari (2manydogs) will see this and have an input as she's a good source of information.


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Do you feed omega 3's and vit. E everyday tho? just the fish every other day? If so how much do you give?

I have been noticing the same with both my guys.. they are getting dry. But I wasn't sure how much or how often to give them fish?
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I give the omega 3 and vit e with their first meal every day for the last couple weeks since starting. I feed fish every other day. Usually 2oz but it will be in their dinner and they still get the pills in morning. I leave the pills whole and either make a cpl meat balls or i will hide them in a chunk of meat. It seems to be helping with the dander. I've had no digestive issues at all.


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Breezy... Are you going to switch your puppy to raw?


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Breezy... Are you going to switch your puppy to raw?


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Yes... my two are already RAW fed.
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I give the omega 3 and vit e with their first meal every day for the last couple weeks since starting. I feed fish every other day. Usually 2oz but it will be in their dinner and they still get the pills in morning. I leave the pills whole and either make a cpl meat balls or i will hide them in a chunk of meat. It seems to be helping with the dander. I've had no digestive issues at all.


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Ok thanks! Although my guys have been raw fed for over a year.. I still question myself when I add or change things.
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