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Can I mix raw dog food with kibble?

Can I mix raw dog food with kibble?

This question gets asked a lot in relation to mixing raw food with kibble.

At Raw & Fresh we recommend that if your dog has never eaten raw food before, a slow transition is a great way to prevent diarrhoea and vomiting. These symptoms are often experienced due to the dog’s acidity level in their gut not being used to breaking down meat, as its had to adapt to only breaking down dry biscuits.

After slowly introducing the raw food little by little ideally with their regular meal, (often starting with plain protein, then after a few weeks introducing offal) the dogs gut becomes more acidic and is able to breakdown the proteins. Whilst only eating biscuits dogs guts do not produce these essentials acids.

Having an acidic gut is optimum to a healthy dog, they not only breakdown raw food, they are more efficient at killing bad bacteria due to their gut acidity. Meaning they will be less likely to experience upset stomachs in future, which is another benefit to making the change.


So why not just stick to feeding kibble?

Kibble is a highly processed food which can contain high amounts of carbohydrates, fillers, preservatives, meat by products, fat by products (check out our blog on meat by products) and can include synthetic vitamins and minerals. Need we say anymore?


Why Raw?

At Raw & Fresh we produce a raw diet containing, fresh protein, fats, offal (heart, liver, kidney, pancreas etc) and a small amount of fresh vegetables because it is the healthiest way to feed your dog.

Your dog is easily able to absorb so much more of the necessary vitamins and minerals contained in an appropriate raw food diet then any synthetic highly processed food. In layman’s terms, instead of eating processed junk food everyday, you can eat healthy fresh meat and veg!

As humans we are able to pick and choose what we like to eat. On a daily basis most of us would generally choose a healthier option, free from preservatives, fillers and other nasties. This is because we are educated in knowing that particular foods are better for us and our bodies function and feel better eating nutritious food. This is the same for our pets, however they rely on us as their owner’s/ care takers to choose wisely for them.


Should I mix kibble with raw?

If your weaning a dog onto raw food then yes, however if your dog has been on raw and mixing kibble for some time, you should ask the question, why am I feeding kibble? Do I need to feed kibble? Why don’t I just feed a healthy balanced raw diet?

For further questions or queries, please contact us at Raw & Fresh for more information.

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Raw & Fresh Team



2 thoughts on “Can I mix raw dog food with kibble?

  1. My 2 year old Border Collie is obese. She started putting on weight after she was desexed at 6 months. My vet advised her to eat Royal Canin, Obesity Management. She’s been on it for nearly a year and she’s still just as obese. She doesn’t get fed table scraps or anything she shouldn’t. I only give her the recommended amount for an obese dog but she’s still very, very hungry and will bully my little Cavoodle to steal his food if I don’t keep guard. She always seems so desperately hungry. What would you recommend for a constantly hungry Border Collie who needs to reduce her weight from 30 kilos to no more than 20 kilos? I don’t care what the Vet says, I’ve heard that, like doctors, they don’t really study nutrition while studying Veterinary Science so I’m not interested what they recommend. I’m wondering if she should be eating more protein, maybe more good fat and less carbs. Would that be your suggestion? I worry about her future health.

    1. Hi Christine

      Thanks for writing to us!

      The good thing is your not alone and we can help!

      Generally speaking, all kibble (dry biscuits) are made up mainly from carbohydrates. Our pooches however are carnivorous and therefore need meat!

      We recommend owners to look at our beef and Kangaroo products for any obese dogs. It’s lower in fat then chicken however the most important part is serving size. She needs to start eating for a 20kg size dog then a 30kg size dog. You should be looking at around 400-500grams of food a day, preferably morning and night. A good exercise regime and the weight will start slowly coming off.

      In relation to looking hungry, they generally always do! There is a bit of “tough love” involved. We as owners feel bad because they look at us with those cute eyes thinking they need more and then ultimately feed them more then we should. A great way to keep them occupied is with a raw meaty bone. This will keep them chewing and satisfy themselves.

      For any more questions please contact us at [email protected]


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