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Ok, its been three whole days. The girls havent had anything to eat because they still are turning their noses up at fresh, whole mackarel. How long until we try doing something to it to make it more appetizing? I have a hard time believing that they will truely starve themselves...but hey?

Its obvious to us now that we probably wont order this type of fish again from our distributor...but I don't want the 30# or so that we bought to go to waste (well it wont cuz the puppy devours a whole fish in under 3 minutes...wish she would teach the adults how its done LOL).
 

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They have all been on raw for quite some time now. Always had some kind of fish in their diet, usually twice a week. This is the first time that we have gotten fresh whole mackarel (usually get fresh pollack or trout, which they like, not to mention the canned fish as well).

They eat chicken backs or quaters and turkey necks most often. Once a week we do a meal of beef hearts. Sometimes we get a huge brisket once a month or so and they get the entire thing. Once a week an organ meal too. We stay away from pork because Shiloh (wolf hybrid) is allergic to it, she gets super itchy when she eats it.



They have all done really well with this feeding schedule. They all handle it just fine. They just don't like the whole mackarel. Bailey (adult dane) is the only one that has shown mild interest in the fish, that is after 4 days of nothing to eat LOL...





 

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I am not too worried about them not eating the mackarel, its just that is their fish source for the month since that is all we got and if they wont eat it they will most likely not get much fish this month. Not a tragedy...just want them to not be picky eaters LOL. I like having fish in their diet not only for the O3's but it gives them that much more variety. Not sure if wolves in the wild eat fish, might explain why Shiloh has never really been a fan of any kind of fish.

As far as Shiloh and pork, we just stay away from it in general. They are getting enough variety that its not that big of a deal, except pork is somewhat cheap comparatively. I guess we could still get it and only feed it to the others, but I am a bit concerned with feeding pork as far as parasites go (chances are slim to none but I don't know if I want to take a chance with it!)
 

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Like you, I am a Dane person and would love to have a wolf/dog someday but I'm afraid it won't ever happen.
Why do you think it wont ever happen? They are great companions, but I will warn you to get one young, puppy preferably. Training is key with these guys, which a total challenge. I keep going back and forth about someday getting another one because of their issues.


The only thing that worries me about pork is parasites. Its very rare for pork to be infected, but it still is perpetuated through the population (about 1 in 1000 pigs is a carrier in the US). Since some of these parasites are able to infect dogs and humans (can be lethal), I would just rather stay away from it. I studied parasitology a few years ago and am still close with my professor. She hates that I like sushi LOL
 

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Strange that they are illegal (another reason why CO is a great state LOL)? Pit Bulls are illegal in Denver tho too. Hmmm...well I do know that there are breeders who sell wolf hybrid puppies, but I am pretty sure that they can be pricey.
 
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