|Barked: Fri Dec 31, '10 4:31pm PST |
|Thanks so much for the input. I was just perusing the b-natuals website, articles, and the recipes(low glycemic in particular). We are bagging the idea of cooking up the dehydrated peas, lol, it is apparent we are carbo blasting right now. I was afraid of that. So we will slowly be cutting back the sweet potato, we'll stick with turkey as we slowly transition in some of the ingredients in the recipes mentioned. Then we can also play with the meat/protein sources. In the past he has not had issues with protein sources so hopefully no problem lies ahead with that. He's had beef, chicken, lamb, eggs, salmon, mackeral, sardines etc. Never really gave him organ meat when we cooked 25% of their diet, but it looks like we may need to eventually add that too. Also he has had cottage cheese and yogurt with no problems prior to this whole issue. Don't remember ever giving him leafy greens in the past, although he has had broccoli before and it was listed on one of the recipes.
Thanks for the vitamin/mineral info. Would it not be wise to start at least adding the eggshell real soon? I believe I saw that it was to be 1/2tsp crushed eggshell per pound of meat. Is this correct, and would it be wise to gradually add this back into the diet as I am about to cook up 3 pounds of turkey tonight? Great way to spend New Year's Eve. lol However, I would love to see our babies still lounging with us next New Years and at this point cooking for them full time will surely help make that more likely.
A few other dumb/annoying questions....I currently have brown eggs from free range chickens here at the house, I purchase them at a local butcher shop. Can I use brown eggs for the eggshell/calcium he needs, or do they need to be white eggs? I had another vitamin/mineral question but it escapes me at the moment.
Thanks very much Sassy/Maxwell, I'm starting to get my brain wrapped around what we need to do. Guess we'll take baby steps while we get him stabilized and then work on being able to give him a cooked diet with variety that has the proper amount of vitamins and minerals to support both he and Silva in these senior years.
We will take in a few more stool samples as well in the coming weeks. It lingers in my mind what the root cause of this problem could be..did he suddenly become grain intolerant and his intestines became irritated, did he pick up something bacterial or parasitic, or is something even worse going on. Either way, going this route will be healthier. He is still mellow in the house but playful and happy, and able to yank you around outside. He wants to run!!! He has a hearty appetite and has all along, in no other obvious way has he changed, and trust me, having had 6 siberians at any given time, we have maintained a diary of sorts to document observations in order to keep track of things with our furkids. He had bloodwork in June and will get more in January at his yearly check up so we will have comparisons and can also adjust from there as well.
Thanks so very much for the info and links, and thanks for answering my newbie questions. Have had siberians for 17 years but this is the first time we have encountered this type of problem. Life with dogs=a constant learning process.
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