Combining Homemade Food with Bought Food for Dogs

For example, most kibbles have 30-60% starch while most raw foods contain 0 to 15% carbohydrates. So dog owners are advised to separate the meals as mixing cooked meals and kibble may put sensitive dogs at risk of a stomach upset.

Is It Safe To Mix Kibble And Raw Meat?

Should you mix raw and dry dog food together?

The answer is it depends. There is nothing that indicates mixing raw and kibble will cause digestive upsets because of the two separate types of foods – those claims are myths.

However, there are still some potential dangers to raw food you will want to consider. Raw food is often not recommended by veterinarians due to the risk of pathogens on the food (there’s a reason humans cook their food before eating it) as well as the risk of an unbalanced diet.

As with cooked homemade dog food, it’s also critical to ensure that raw food is nutritionally balanced if being mixed with your dog’s diet – as any substantial part of their meal.

In the end, if you want to feed raw, you should carefully consider the risk of pathogens (both to yourself and your dog) as well as how you can keep the diet nutritionally balanced. Commercial diets are available as well, rather than creating a diet from scratch yourself, which can ensure a safer feeding practice.

Should you mix bought food with homemade food?

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, giving your dog homemade food on occasion is an excellent choice, since natural food is digested much faster than dog food. However, this is the main reason why you shouldnt mix dog food with homemade food.

If you mix homemade food together with dog food, the homemade food will be stalled by the slow digestion of balanced feed, causing improper fermentation in the stomach which will cause gases and increase the risk of suffering stomach torsion.

You should only make such a combination when the homemade food comprises only 5% of the processed food. Still, we must stress that making this mixture is not a good idea.

What can I mix with dry dog food to make them eat it?

If you’re looking for ways to encourage your dog to eat their dry dog food, there are a few things you can consider mixing into their food.

As with most things that could be health-related, it’s also recommended that you visit your dog’s veterinarian to ensure there isn’t a medical cause for their lack of appetite.

First, if you are dealing with a picky dog, you should consider the way you feed them. If your dog regularly has access to their food, they may not eat their meals as quickly because the food is always available.

Instead of bribing your dog to eat with a tasty meal topper as your first choice, start to offer your dog their food for just 5-10 minutes at a time. If they don’t eat breakfast, the food should be picked up and not offered again until the next mealtime.

Most dogs can skip a meal or two and be just fine, so this practice of offering food for a limited time period can be a great way to encourage your dog to eat.

If that doesn’t work, and you’re working with your veterinarian to rule out medical concerns, there are a few additional things you can try.

First, it’s important to note that dogs often decide which food is desirable to eat based on the smell. For the science behind this be sure to read our post: Do Dogs Like the Taste of Kibble? Dogs have fewer taste receptors than humans and also gulp – rather than chew – their food. The decision to eat has a lot to do with scent.

So, for some dogs, mixing kibble with warm water is enough to get them to want to eat their food. For information on soaking kibble, then you can read more on this subject here.

Other dogs do best when fresh dog food – such as pieces of chicken – is mixed with the kibble. Just be sure not to add too much that it will cause the food to be nutritionally balanced.

Mixing in wet dog food can also help get a dog to eat kibble, and varying the mixture rates, such as 50/50 or 70/30 can be useful.

In addition, there are food toppers available to entice picky dogs to eat, like this one here. While I don’t often use toppers to get my dogs to eat their meals, I have had good success using them mixed with kibble to create a higher-value treat, or to get a dog to eat medication with their meal.

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