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Healthy foods to feed Dobermans

I have started to add to my dry dog food. I use Canidae pure puppy food. I've been adding to one meal a day, apples, sweet potatos, hard boiled eggs (shell and all), cottage cheese and cow heart. I also have started given raw meat bones to my Holtz. He loves his food and really loves when I add. Can anyone recommend more good foods to add. I may just switch to a raw diet at some point but still working up to it. I've read coconut oil is also very good and I plan to add some salmon too.
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We have been feeding a Raw Diet for just over 3 1/2 yrs.
A good quality fish oil Omega 3. Not all fish oils are created equal.
We use Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Pet Large Breed to Very Lager Breed Dogs. It comes in a liquid. We also like Omega 3 that are made from Sardines, Mackeral or Anchovies. Make sure that they are not made from Farmed Raised Fish.

We also add USDA/Organic Coconut Oil. We get ours at Costco. It come in a 2pack.

We do USDA/Organic Raw Eggs with the shell. Regular eggs shells are coated with a type of wax or a mineral oil. Also any time you cook a raw food like eggs you will destroy some of the amino acids and enzymes. Eggs are one of the most complete foods. It can grow a chicken!!

Raw meaty bones 2-3 times a week are great. These will help keep teeth very clean. Besides being good for them.

If you don't decide to go totally raw there are a lot better choices of foods.
Top of the Kibbles are Orijen and Acana. Nothing can compare with them as far as their ingredients. But some dogs might not do good on it. It's what come out the other end. Each dog is different.

Good sites to compare foods are. Will teach you what you don't want to see in foods.
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I suggest before going totally raw is to join some Raw sites. Raw Feeding Rebels on Facebook. Also
Also read some Raw Feeding books.
Also look up Jane Anderson Raw feeding site.
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I looked at many review sites on dog foods before picking Canidae. Their ratings on their grain free pure line and ingredients list having first 4 ingredients meat was very highly recommended.
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Think I would be saving that tummy room for his balanced kibble diet. Feeding too many calories to large breed puppies can cause bone growth problems. The addition of an egg 2, 3, or even 4, days a week Would be fine, however, you should remove the shell. Those shells are calcium and too much calcium will cause bone growth problems in large breed puppies because they can not shed excess calcium like grown dogs.

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Very interesting thread. My puppy will be ready at the end of this month, but I will only be feeding high quality kibble. I've never followed fads or trends. My family has had scores of healthy dogs living well above their breed life expectancy and we've only fed them kibble. In recent years my step mom has moved her remaining dogs over to raw but I've yet to notice any difference. To each their own, and if you have the means/time I say have at it. But I'm definitely looking for the best kibble that I can reliably purchase.
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champion pet food. Orijen and Acana are the dog foods I have chosen to feed my dog.
For treats and food it is the only food i feed. I trust them with my best friends diet.
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We feed raw. Have for years now. From my senior 16 year old toothless poodle 4.5 year old dobe and 1 year old.
Sardines in water or whole frozen.
Coconut oil
Raw egg in shell local organic only

The biggest thing you need to watch is altering the ca/ph ratio feeding a mix of kibble and raw.

Big dawg you might not notice a difference but I'm sure others do.
People regularly tell me they can tell my dogs are raw fed by their coat condition.

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