Can you mix kibble with raw food?
There are a few questions that come up a lot when you are in the raw pet food business, so it makes sense for us to cover some of these here in the blog.
One question we get asked all the time is about safe transitioning to raw food and whether it is harmful to feed both kibble or dry dog food alongside raw.
Thankfully our Vet Nurse Mel, part of our veterinary division here at Natures Menu, is now rather well versed in answering these questions, and has provided us with the following information to put the record straight!
“It’s usual advice to suggest not feeding raw and extruded biscuit (kibble) in the same meal, due to their differing digestion rates. Extruded foods (e.g. typical brown hard biscuit style) require high amounts of processing due to the various ingredients used, and this difference in digestion rates may cause upset in some sensitive dogs.
If these two types of food are to be fed to the same dog, we would suggest feeding in two separate meals, roughly 12 hours apart i.e. biscuit in the morning and raw in the evening.
Mixing a cooked/tinned Natures Menu food is acceptable with raw food due to the similar digestion rate, however, we would always advise testing that your dog can tolerate the various foods before fully mixing by offering small amounts to begin with, and gradually increasing over a few days."