Short answer, yes! There is a lot of conflicting information out there when it comes to this question, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the most common questions I am asked.
Why would it be a potential problem to feed your dog or cat raw, fresh food with their kibble (dry food)
The main potential problem is that kibble (dry pet food) is a starch product (even grain free kibbles) and is digested that way, whereas raw meat is a protein and digested as one. What does that matter? Well, basically because they are digested differently it can create a bit of a gas problem when fed together and therefore hitting the stomach at the same time – basically they clash within the stomach and can cause burping or farting - not ideal! :-/
Although many people who discover the raw diet love the idea of a healthier alternative to feed their pets ongoing, we understand that there can be many reasons for continued ‘mix feeding’ of both options. Things like budget, convenience or even concern that their pet may be missing out on something within kibble can all play a part.
If this applies to you and you are wanting to continue feeding kibble along with a fresh food diet to your pet, we at Raw & Fresh support you! In our opinion ANY fresh food is better than NONE! Our only suggestion would be to feed the 2 food options at separate meal times, ie kibble in the morning (this gives your pet time to burn off those unwanted calories and preservatives) and then preservative free Raw & Fresh in the evenings to help them settle in for a long restful nights sleep.
Check out www.rawandfresh.com.au for more information about mixed feeding of kibble and raw diets and how we can help.
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