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    DefaultSoak Kibble Or Not??

    How many of you that feed dry kibble soak it before hand? I don't soak it, but am wondering if I should. I put Breezy's kibble in a muffin tin to slow her down. It has slowed her down a little. Just wondering if it would be better for her to soak the kibble first.

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    DefaultRe: Soak Kibble Or Not??

    I wet mine down before I feed it, but I don't soak it. I put the water on the kibble and give it immediately to the dogs.



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    DefaultRe: Soak Kibble Or Not??

    I don't but mine don't inhale it like some I've seen. They do get fish oil over it which slows them down eating it some because it's kind of sticky.

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    DefaultRe: Soak Kibble Or Not??

    It's better for their teeth to eat it crunchy. I soak it only if I have nutritious fluids I want to get rid of . . .

    I know people who believe bloat is less likely if you soak, but I don't think there's any evidence to back this claim.

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    DefaultRe: Soak Kibble Or Not??

    Puff's breakfast is dry kibble.

    Her supper has the kibble put in water.
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    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
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    DefaultRe: Soak Kibble Or Not??

    I think that the "bloat is less likely if you soak" comes from the rationale that adding water to dry kibble tends to slow some dogs down whilst inhaling their kibble, decreasing the amount of air that is ingested during mealtime.

    From my understanding, this is adding water just before serving, not soaking the kibble until it is expanded and has absorbed all the water.

    However, there is some evidence out there that suggests NOT soaking kibble that has CITRIC ACID as a preservative, as this increases the risk of bloat 4.2 fold (from the Purdue Bloat Study) in susceptible dogs.


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    DefaultRe: Soak Kibble Or Not??

    Quote Originally Posted by sandgrubber
    It's better for their teeth to eat it crunchy.
    They don't chew it enough to make a difference.

    I add water and put down immediately.

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    DefaultRe: Soak Kibble Or Not??

    I do the same as labby and kiddsmom....add a bit of water and feed immediately; no soaking.


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    I soak for 30 minutes for my two labs. The male is 105lbs and does'nt even chew so the vet told me this would cut down on gas....which leads to bloat.
    I feed smaller amounts twice daily.

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    DefaultRe: Soak Kibble Or Not??

    From the Great Dane Lady's site:

    NEVER SOAK or microwave dog food, soaking a food does not prevent bloat, that is a myth and not based in any science. Soaking/cooking this destroys the nutrients and probiotics sprayed on the outside of the kibble and destroying these can cause a nutritional imbalance, suppressed immune systems and actually serious deficiencies in a diet.



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