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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:30 am Reply with quote
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I am interested in hearing about what you feed your dogs? Here Ymer and our chinese cresteds grow up on a BARF-similar diet. Their staple food is raw chicken neck and sometimes raw turkey necks. In addition they get fruits and vegetables, rice, some bread, fish etc. I give them no supplements like vitamins and minerals.

What do you feed your dogs with?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:12 am Reply with quote
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I give her xolo chicken necks, too. Not every day. Chicken Neck - a valuable source of calcium. They are easily assimilated. I also give the meat (chicken, beef, turkey, lamb), vegetables, cereals .....
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:29 pm Reply with quote
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Hi all,

I feed my xolos using premium formula diet from Royal Canine, Proplan or others it depends on each dog taste. Using this kind of diets we been told for long time to don't mix to meat or any other kind of fresh meals because the formula would be alterated.

Ingunn,
I have heard about this raw & bones diet since long time a go, but vets over here doesn't recommend it at all.

Can you provide us more info about it?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:31 pm Reply with quote
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I forgot to said that my xolos loves corn tortillas and they eat some everyday, but it must be fresh and soft. If tortilla is hard (Tostada) they don't like it much.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:47 pm Reply with quote
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http://www.barfworld.com/html/barf_diet/barfdiet.shtml

I do not buy the BARF products, but I make it myself. Strange to hear that vets in Mexico don't recommend it, it is after all only natural food? In Norway more and more breeders (chinese crested) switch to BARF as raw food is easier to acsess in shops now than before. It is more messy to serve than dry formula, but I think - with all respect - that it is more right for the animals.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:14 pm Reply with quote
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I've heard about BARF diet a long time ago, and I tried it for a while with my xolos. They loved it, but I didn't Laughing
When I tried the BARF diet I used to gave them mainly chicken, meat, carrot (they love carrots), apple, cheese. But their feces stinked and they started farting a lot!!! Laughing

So I swiched to their old diet (Proplan) and every once in a while I give them chicken, meatballs, carrots, apples, bread, tortillas, or eggs.
Tiku likes rolling and chewing the egg untill it cracks Laughing

He gives me a lot of trouble sometimes, because he prefers playing than eating, therefore he is very thin. And during Maya's heat, he gets worse!! (You know how males turn into drama kings when females are in heat Laughing) Sometimes you can even see his rib cage and hip bones Confused Crying or Very sad
So I prepare him this dish (that looks horrible by the way) with everything he likes to eat... it mostly has meatballs, chicken fajitas, eggs and rice, sometimes ham or bread.
That's the only way I can keep him in a proper weight during Maya's heat.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:31 pm Reply with quote
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Gio wrote:

So I prepare him this dish (that looks horrible by the way) with everything he likes to eat... it mostly has meatballs, chicken fajitas, eggs and rice, sometimes ham or bread.


May I come to dinner at your house sometimes? Just feed me the same as you feed the dogs! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:32 pm Reply with quote
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Laughing Of course you can come to my house to dinner anytime you want!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:09 pm Reply with quote
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I've been wanting to try the natural food diet (whichever it is, barf or any other) for a long time, though I think it'll be easier when I have my own house.. I know many USA chinese crested breeders that highly recomend it.. but just as Mestre said, here it's not very recomended, they say it doesnt has what the dog needs... but I dont think that's true... after all.. dog food didnt always exist and they used to be wild animals. anyway... what I do think is affected by this diet is teeth, they need to be cleaned more often, but they say carrots help clean teeth

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:36 pm Reply with quote
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Carrots and apple help keep clean teeth clean, and breath fresh Very Happy
I also use this thingy that makes my dog's breath smell like vanilla Very Happy it is very good because sometimes, specially after eating they smell weird
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:44 am Reply with quote
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aingeal-cresteds wrote:
I've been wanting to try the natural food diet (whichever it is, barf or any other) for a long time, though I think it'll be easier when I have my own house.. I know many USA chinese crested breeders that highly recomend it.. but just as Mestre said, here it's not very recomended, they say it doesnt has what the dog needs... but I dont think that's true... after all.. dog food didnt always exist and they used to be wild animals. anyway... what I do think is affected by this diet is teeth, they need to be cleaned more often, but they say carrots help clean teeth


I totally agree with this. Baileys (my 2 year old crested) teeth is almost perfect and he has grown up on BARF based diet.

Giovanna - as soon as I get a plane ticket to Mexico I'll have dinner with your dogs! Laughing

What is this you give them to make them smell vanilla?? Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:02 am Reply with quote
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In Mexico, we been told for years that home made food doesn't has the necessary balance of ingredients as dry formula does. Maybe it was before Barf formula appears.

However every time that dog food brands has the chance, they add new ingredients as DHA and so on.

Ingunn, maybe you can share with the group your raw food recipe?

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Gabriel Mestre wrote:
Ingunn, maybe you can share with the group your raw food recipe?


I am interested too!!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:55 pm Reply with quote
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I think Barf diet is good, but I also think it's not for everybody...
My dogs really like it, but like I said before their feces stink, are lighter in color, and softer Confused (ewwww!!!! I hate cleaning that kind of poo Laughing ) and they also fart a lot Laughing (not nice either).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:37 pm Reply with quote
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what I've been wondering ever since considering this type of diet is.. how do I know.. acording to my dog's weight and level of activity, how much of each ingredient should I give them

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