|Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 10:56am PST |
|I would start out at square 1 like starting any other dog on raw. Just do it slowly and don't introduce too much, too soon.
While not the exact same situation, I transitioned a very emaciated Duke back to raw last year after a serious illness. He stopped eating for weeks, had a GI tube placed, and lost about 20 pounds.
When he finally started showing interest in food again, I introduced it oh-so-slowly. We started with some cooked rice and boiled hamburger (Duke is allergic to chicken). Then I gradually added back in some raw chunks here and there. Over time, his appetite cam back and he began to gain weight.
I kept a detailed food diary of everything he ate, how much, and how it came out the other end. It helped a lot in knowing what worked and what didn't. Just don't rush it. I made that mistake and Duke ended up with bad diarrhea. I also kept fat content low at first and gradually increased it over time.
Definitely add a good probiotic. I would be cautious with dairy as it isn't always tolerated so well. This is a fantastic probiotic that also includes herbs to aid digestion and soothe the GI tract:
(Sorry, I don't know how to do clickable links.)
It's a little pricey but did wonders for Duke's digestion and tummy issues. I would also add in a digestive enzyme. Mercola makes a great one.
Hugs to you for saving this lucky guy--best of luck!
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