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My 60lb, 9 month old, Siberian Husky (Mac), will only eat his kibble if there is either water or bone/chicken/beef broth mixed into it and slightly soaked into it. Most of the time he just laps up the liquids and then pushes on the food with his nose to squeeze more liquids out, when he can't get anymore flavorful liquids out of his bowl and/or semi soaked kibble, he starts to whine and push his bowl around looking for more.  Sometimes he eats all of his food, probably 1/3 of the time.  I've tried adding fresh chicken or beef to it with veggies all chopped up fine, and he just ends up picking those out unless I put a lot of liquids in the bowl and he will chomp down everything sometimes. I just want him to be eating enough food for his age, I rarely give him treats and only feed 2-3 times a day, lots of walks/runs. He will literally wait days until I give him food flooded with broth or water..

 

Can someone help me? This is frustrating, I know this is the only kibble he will touch because I've tried a lot of them and this one is by far the winner by a long shot. Taste of the Wild, with or without the Ancient Grains. Thanks for the advice or comments.

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I am a raw feeder  - so bear this in mind with my comments please.    Also I am a raw food nutrition specialist  (so may be slightly biased)

If Mac will only eat one type of kibble (and I commend you for giving him one of the better makes)  -  and that only if it has things like bone broth,  real chicken, beef and vegetables with it    -   i.e.  'real food' nutrition   -  it appears as if he is telling you he would rather not eat kibble.    He is clearly going for the stuff that has the least preparation, and the most nutrition.

Even my raw fed boys are addicted to bone broth  (with chorella added)  - they wont eat their dinner without it swimming in it -  and I am delighted   - although its a bit of a pain to have bone broth brewing 4 days out of 7 i.e. 2 batches a week .................... (and we are vegetarians) ................  -  this is the real nutrition bone broth adds to his diet:-

BONE BROTH

PHYTOPLANKTON

VITAMINS

VITAMINS

B6

A

B12

ALL OF THE B  COMPLEX OF VITS

C

C

D

D

K

E

THIAMIN

K

NIACIN

 

MINERALS

MINERALS

ZINC

ZINC

IRON

IRON

CALCIUM

CALCIUM

MAGNESIUM

MAGNESIUM

POTASSIUM

POTASSIUM

COPPER

RARE TRACE MINERALS

PHOSPHORUS

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

SILICON

ALA

SULPHUR

DHA

AMINO ACIDS

EPA

ARGANINE

GLA

GLUTAMINE

 

GLYCINE

PROLINE

CHLOROPHYL  -  helps detoxify heavy metals,  helps blood carry oxygen and neutralizes environmental toxins

ALSO

 

CHONDRITIN

 

GELATIN

 

GLUCOSAMINE

 

HYALAURONIC ACID

 

RIBOFLAVIN

 

TRACE MINERALS

 

 

 

 Do you know what Mac was fed when he was weaned?     Dogs usually have a preference for the same food their mother ate and what they were weaned on to  -  maybe she was not fed purely on kibble  (or maybe not kibble fed).

Have you tried him on one of the commercially prepared raw foods available for dogs  to see how he reacts to that?    The cost should be about the same as you are paying for a  premium kibble  -  and really just as convenient.        If he fares better with this  -  then  you can reduce the cost considerably by preparing some of his meals yourself.

I have already stated that the kibble you are feeding your dog is one of the better ones   -  can you do something for me please?   Look on the reverse of the pack and look at the added ingredients   i.e. the added vitamins and minerals listed.     Each and every one of these are not natural - but man made  -  the vitamins are mirror images of the natural vitamin it replaces  because this was destroyed in the manufacturing process.   Whilst it is still  (say) Vit C, because it is a mirror image, it is not as easily recognised by the body and not as easily absorbed and used.      Also, no matter what type of kibble it is, as soon as the pack is opened it will start to oxidize the fats in it and they will become rancid  - which is why they all contain Vitamin E  -  this does slow down the oxidation  - but only a bit.

I could go on and on (and sometimes do)  - however I acknowledge raw feeding is not for everyone.    There is also  freeze dried raw food   - which has all the convenience of kibble  - but a far greater proportion of real nutrition   - although here again there is a large range of quality within the freeze dried foods available so some study and careful analysis is required.

I am happy to answer any queries you may have about my post above.

 

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