|Barked: Thu Sep 20, '12 8:39pm PST |
|That does sound like a lot of food. We feed for the adult dog, 2-3% of that and isn't she supposed to be about 50 pounds as an adult? 2% of 50 pounds would be 1 pound and 3% would be 1.5 pounds. Smart dogs very often try to get as much of this fabulous food while the getting is good. Since her poop is smelly and is sometimes loose try cutting back by half a pound for a couple days to see if you see any improvement.
Ground raw is really easy to eat. Max stole a ground dinner one time, it was gone in about 2 seconds! Since then I feed stuff like that pressed down around the edge of a rimmed pan so he has to take actual bites rather than hoovering it down. Might help. Or as she is a busy pup you could try stuffing kongs and feeding her that way.
I couldn't feed Max raw if premade was the only possibility. It costs $20-30 a month to feed him his 20 pounds a month right now. I can feed chicken as his basic bony stuff though, pork or rabbit or turkey or lamb is more expensive. Anywho, check out Charlie's Newbie thread and that should help a great deal.
The diet is mostly meat and every so often the dog gets a bone and a bit of liver and other organ and that is about it! If you have access to a freezer and buy 2 times the amount of boneless pork, lamb, beef as you do bony rabbit, turkey, pork and lamb and stock a couple different kinds of liver and a couple kinds of other organs [kidney is easiest to find] then you are going to be feeding a balanced diet. Really. Max thinks of organs as dessert but some dogs think of them as vitamin pills but just figure 5% liver and 5% other organ a week and divvy it out however your dog does best. Max gets a couple ounces every other day, some dogs get it weekly and some daily. All are just fine.
One crucial point is meal size. Bullies have large mouths for their body size so a properly sized meal is likely to be sort of small for the mouth. Really big stuff is safer to offer than small stuff as they dog has to do some chomping to get it down where a small bit could be swallowed with little or no chomping. Do not offer her something like a chicken or turkey neck or a single pork rib. 4-6 pork ribs might work, a chunk of pork shoulder that is cut into a W or Z might need to be chomped more to get down. In time you may even decide to feed larger meals one day and smaller the next just so she is eating larger safer meals. There is no good reason to feed exactly the same size meal every day!
Getting ahead though. Right now you need to be thinking of what protein you think she can deal with if chicken is a no go. Turkey? Lamb? Rabbit? Even though she has eaten raw for a month it is still best to start out with a single protein and work from there. Actually I would still try chicken. Get the best sort you can find and take off the skin for the first couple days and see how it goes. If it doesn't go well then drop the chicken and go to plan #2.
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