|Barked: Mon Oct 8, '12 1:42pm PST |
|Cutting back on bone is the last step. Try another protein next. Pork or turkey is often suggested but whatever is on sale is the way I buy meat. I gave Max a less meaty cut of chicken and added an ounce of the new meat to it the first day, 2 ounces the next. Taking the skin off the chicken you have been giving takes away about an ounce of food, one way to start out. I ended the transition period by feeding half something really bony like a chicken back and half the new protein. Once half a meal of new stuff is fine move to the next protein. Max didn't need a transition after he had tried about 5 proteins, some dogs never need one and some dogs might need to be retransitioned if they haven't had a protein for a few months. All about knowing your dog!
Some people have good success feeding smaller whole meals of new stuff. Max eats ~10 ounces a day. If I did that I might feed him an 8 ounce thigh in the morning and 2 ounces of pork at night and the next day feed a 5 ounce drumstick in the morning and 5 ounces of pork at night. Since your two have done so well you might try this but take off the skin on the chicken for the first couple meals and weigh the meals as too much fat and too much food are likely causes of upset.
Sometimes allergic symptoms linger and sometimes they go away fast. Max is allergic to sardines and the day after I stopped feeding them his ears were nearly clear. They had been completely blocked up and would get gooed up in less than a day after cleaning. It is bizarre but some dogs seem to react to the feed of the animals. A soy fed chicken could be okay but a corn fed one cause trouble. One hopes your dogs aren't allergic to chicken so changing brands is one way to check for allergies. Weird. Check the label of the chicken, why sodium phosphate injections cause itchiness is beyond me but it has been known to do so. Any meat you buy should have less than 100 mg sodium per serving.
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