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    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    Everything depends on your individual dog but a gorge/fast period is an important part of raw-fed dog nutrition. The dog must have a period of time when his stomach is empty to focus on building antibodies. But, like any other dog advice - there are always the exception - for example, if you have a diabetic dog, he shouldn't be put on a fast, an elderly cachexic dog cannot fast. Puppies under 6 months shouldn't fast, or if the juvie is in its growth spurt stage.

    My dogs can go on a fast from their gorge meal on Friday night to their normal meal on Sunday night without any issues. My dogs will sometimes spit out bile if they get consistent meal times for a few weeks and then the meal time changes. This is normal. We don't do consistent mealtimes normally.
    In the wild they can go without eating for a day or so...

    I’m intrigued the way you answered your posts. Can I ask what you do in life? You DONT have to say either. Totally understand if you don’t. You’re bang on...

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    Here’s why I dumped all fish oils a while ago. The only oil I will use every other day is extra virgin olive oil or/and hemp oil

    This article will explain it better than me lol

    https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.co...a-3-dogs-safe/
    I don't think that article is too accurate with regards to mercury. In another article I found "Omega-3 supplements provide a safe way to obtain omega-3, as the mercury remains bound to the protein of the fish and is not concentrated into the oil. Fish oil can be distilled to high levels of purity and concentration of particular omega-3s (EPA or DHA)."

    With regards to ocean radiation, the article could be accurate- I'm not 100% confident that eating fish oil, or Pacific ocean fish, is safe. I know my dog is less itchy when on fish oil, so I might consider next time I buy a bottle to get algae oil instead.

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    Default Re: Raw feeding - How to start

    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    In the wild they can go without eating for a day or so...

    I’m intrigued the way you answered your posts. Can I ask what you do in life? You DONT have to say either. Totally understand if you don’t. You’re bang on...
    I'm a programmer. Filipino. English is my 3rd language so some people say I sound funny.

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    I'm a programmer. Filipino. English is my 3rd language so some people say I sound funny.
    I’m Italian n I get people asking me if I’m French n yet I’ll have some say if I’m Italian. What I meant by intriguing is because of your knowledge in food n how you’re doing it n the fasting. I’m in the food industry n I don’t often come across people like yourself knowing how to take proper steps like you mentioned. Just like in humans fasting is good to reset your body. That being said, not everyone believes in giving your body a break. But that’s me.. I think different

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    I’m Italian n I get people asking me if I’m French n yet I’ll have some say if I’m Italian. What I meant by intriguing is because of your knowledge in food n how you’re doing it n the fasting. I’m in the food industry n I don’t often come across people like yourself knowing how to take proper steps like you mentioned. Just like in humans fasting is good to reset your body. That being said, not everyone believes in giving your body a break. But that’s me.. I think different
    Ahh.

    I'm old enough to have adult kids. My mother grew up with dogs and so I grew up with dogs too. There was a time when my mother had 13 dogs at one time. My mother is old school - kibbles are only for the rich people in the Philippines. She fed her dogs scraps - basically, how it was in our house is, we raised chickens, pigs, goats, we take the entire carcass and slice pieces for the humans, the rest goes to the dogs. We were big time Catholics, so Friday was fish day - dogs ate fish too - and first Sunday of the month was fasting - so dogs fasted too.

    I migrated to the USA when I was 21 and had my first American dog - a Lhasa Apso. The vet gave me Science Diet saying it's the best food for dogs, etc. etc. I felt I was rich, feeding my dogs kibble and all. Had tons problems with yeast infections and tear stains and crusty teeth, etc., that our Filipino dogs never had, but then I've never had a Lhasa Apso so I thought it was just the breed. Anyway, I've had several dogs since then but it wasn't until I got Bullie almost 10 years ago when I realized I am having too many issues with kibble so I went back to my mother's tried-and-true method... found out about the Prey-Model Raw proportions which my mom never bothered with - she basically just gave dogs what we had, so sometimes it is big meals, sometimes it is tiny meals, no schedule... she feeds them when she's good and ready. The Prey Model gave me a guideline that makes it easier for me and gave me that "peace of mind" feeling. Been doing this for almost 10 years and I've learned a lot along the way.

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    @anatess you know your mother was doing it the right way. Many moons ago that’s how everyone fed their dogs. Scrap from whatever was left from supper. Back then we really did have dogs living till 20-30yrs old. Longest living dog was almost 30 but someone did mention 43. That idk..so definitely proof is in the pudding as we say, it’s what you feed your dog. I’ll never forget when I was younger we had a Newfoundland Dog named Brutus n my older sister had the brother Max. Siblings. My sister feed Max kibbles n my mom leftovers. Brutus was 2x the size of Max, beautiful black shiny coat I mean really shiny not cause he’s been washed, never was washed, I swear women would kill to have pitch black shinny hair like his coat. Brutus ate spaghetti, meatballs, EVOO, steaks, fresh goats milk, veggies, fish, fresh eggs, etc... oh btw my parents had a farm. So whatever was for supper he had the same. Never was fat either just a simply healthy NFL dog.. My sisters Max had hip issues, kidney issues, ears infection n eventually passed away around 6... So you see, why when some says, you are what you eat... well that’s 200% correct. Thank you for the post brought back good memories

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