|Barked: Thu Oct 11, '12 6:08pm PST |
|My guy wasn't a fan of his new diet when I switched him to raw, either...turned his nose up at everything. It helped to sear the meat in butter, garlic powder and parmesan cheese (small amounts, just enough to add flavor). For awhile I was cooking it through, then gradually cooking it less and less until eventually, he was eating all raw.
Of course, don't ever cook bone! It's OK to sear a boney bit if you do it quickly and only the meat touches the pan for a few seconds.
Are you feeding any bone? This is what firms the poop. Duke is 90 lbs, so I have no experience feeding tiny dogs, but maybe try chicken wing tips or the soft bones in a turkey breast?
Another thought is a food sensitivity. Was her kibble chicken-based? Duke ate chicken-based kibble before I switched him to raw and did OK with it...but raw chicken? He is horribly allergic and gets explosive diarrhea, itchy skin, red eyes and itchy paws.
You could try transitioning her to raw using turkey instead of chicken. Sounds like the canned food with turkey sat better with her tummy.
I would most definitely add in a daily probiotic. It helps with digestion and nutrient absorption. There is a brand called NutriGest that is GREAT (available on Amazon). It contains probiotics, digestive enzymes and some herbs that soothe the tummy. It's kind of pricey, but for such a small dog, I bet the jar that lasts us a month would last you half a year!
A non-diet related suggestion would be to find a holistic vet and see about acupuncture. Duke had ZERO appetite last year after a near-fatal illness that required a feeding tube for 6 weeks. Holistic treatment completely turned him around...he now has a voracious appetite! A year later with regular acupuncture and Chinese herbs, he is the strongest, healthiest and most vibrant he has ever been in his life. And he's a 10-year-old Great Dane mix. A holistic vet could also consult on the seizure scare and toxic treats. I was a severe skeptic when I first took him, but no question now that I am a believer in Traditional Chinese Vet Medicine.
On your question about kibble affecting digestion...yes, I do believe that's true. This is totally anecdotal based on my experience, but I think a dog who has eaten kibble for years doesn't digest raw as well at first. I think their stomachs adjust to the dry, grain-based chunks, and that digestive enzyme production is different on kibble. Just my opinion--I have no science to back that up! It took Duke a full year to finally start digesting bone properly. Some dogs, however, adjust just fine.
Good luck with your teeny-weeny!
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