|Barked: Fri May 25, '12 3:53pm PST |
|With the rest of my family gone on vacation this week, I decided to transition my six year old shih tzu onto a raw diet. I figured since I'm the only one feeding him I can carefully monitor his diet (because the rest of my family is notorious for slipping him snacks). I made sure to do research before starting it, particularly on Dogster (which has been very helpful!)
We started on Wednesday, in the morning I fed him four chicken wings, which he LOVED. I hand fed him to make sure he chewed it thoroughly. He was really happy about the chicken wings. That evening, I fed him some cooked ground beef (because it'd gone a little grey and I was worried) and some Orijen kibble.
The next morning, I took him outside and he made a poop. It was really weird, the first part was light tan and covered in a membrane (which I have found out through Google is intestinal mucus) and the rest was very dark and very loose. That day, I fed him a chicken thigh in the morning, which seemed to be enough for him, and he loved it as well. Later I went out grocery shopping and found some chicken feet, and when I got home in the early evening he crunched them down. When I went upstairs later, I found that he had very messy diarrhea in the hallway @_@ (My bad for not getting home in time to let him out.) After I had my own dinner, he was still hungry, so I gave him another chicken foot. I was worried that he'd been getting too much bone, so I tried feeding him a bit of raw pork liver (which I was eating for dinner as well), but he wouldn't touch it, even when I seared it. So I put it back in the fridge and we went to bed.
He woke me up at around 6:30 this morning and I took him outside, and he had a little bit of wet poop. I went back to bed to take another nap while he wandered around the house, obviously no longer tired. When I woke a few hours later, I found he had diarrhea in the hallway again, but it was much smaller, and a few spots of blood were scattered around it. The only thing he ate today was the piece of pork liver from last night, thoroughly cooked.
I took him out again just now. His poop is still loose, but no longer diarrhea, and it's got bits of blood in it, and he seemed to be dripping a bit of blood as well. I'm really worried about this. He's asking to go outside much more often that he used to, I suppose it's because his tummy isn't feeling so well. He does seem to be a bit sluggish, but I'm not sure if it's from the diet or because he misses the rest of the family. I will be very grateful if anyone could advise me!
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