Once again I have gone searching for a new food for Oliver, since the latest one(s) have not agreed with him and have not appealed to him. During my search I ran across Instinct Rawboost, which I had never heard of. It is a combination of kibble + freeze dried raw. The kibble contains all the usual foods you find in a high quality dog food. Has anyone heard of this, or used it? Do you all think it has any advantages? I'm not going grain-free because of Oliver's tummy, and this is not grain-free. But could it still be too rich for my sensitive guy?
BTY, I bought a small bag of Fromm's. He ate it for dinner and seemed to like it. I also picked up a free sample of Instinct. I know they make good cat food, for what it's worth.
According to the website Instinct Rawboost is grain-free.
I am not a fan of feeding kibble and raw in the same meal. When I was doing a 50/50 diet with Ace, I fed kibble in the morning and raw in the evening. Dogs are less susceptible to the bacteria on raw meat since their digestive tracts make short work of it. Kibble, on the other hand, stays in a dog's tract for a lot longer as it takes way more to digest. This means that if you feed raw in the same meal, it has the tendency to sit in the tract for longer than if it were fed on its own.
Does that mean it's unsafe? No, probably not. Lots of folks feed a combination of the food to no ill effect. It's just that for me, I preferred two separate meals. Eventually I just moved on to full prey-model raw and it has been great!
I have never heard of this but I imagine it is just Instinct's way of making more money, I know they have a raw diet and a kibble diet so I'm guessing its just a marketing scheme. I fed Instinct raw for a brief period, Frank liked it at first but his tummy didn't, then by the time his tummy got used to the raw he didn't like it anymore. I don't think raw or a concentrated grain-free diet like Instinct would be good for a dog with stomach issues. For a more "bland" diet but still getting the raw/freeze dried benefit you should consider trying The Honest Kitchen. Its a freeze dried raw diet, some grain-free and some not. Franklin did GREAT on it and really liked the food, his digestive tract liked it too. He had always had soft stool, I had tried everything, what worked for him was Taste of the Wild Kibble and a probiotic/digestive enzyme called Biotic-C. When I was feeling particularly generous I fed The Honest Kitchen as well. I think what made the biggest difference was the digestive enzyme and probiotic. They have lots of different brands but I think that's what really helped. Franklin was nicknamed Fart Face or Franklin Farter before but now he NEVER has any gas no matter what I feed him and his stool remains solid. May be worth trying a supplement instead of switching foods constantly.
Maybe a supplement would help. I'm sure it would help Lilliput with her special diet. Some foods make Oliver gassy, but others he just seems to have no interest in. He either eats reluctantly, or skips meals. Do you find that dogs avoid foods that don't agree with them, or do they just get picky over taste?
Some just get picky over taste and I do think some will quit eating if eating always makes them feel sick. A supplement won't hurt at all so its worth a try at least to see if it helps the tummy issues. If you see no improvement, no harm done
Oliver will usually keep eating a certain food for a month or two before he becomes reluctant. That's why I suspect boredom.