|Barked: Sat Nov 24, '12 12:11pm PST |
|The diet would be pretty good if you added liver and some other sort of organ. I pay a lot more for organ than meat but it is a very small part of the diet. If you could reduce the bone by feeding 2-3x the amount of heart as backs by weight then the calcium would be at a better level but that depends on your pup's gut of course. Zinc would still be low, oysters are a terrific source and only a couple ounces a week would be needed, add as if it were liver, 5% of the diet. Fish or fish oil and add in some vitamin E either way would be good as well.
How much are you feeding him? Vizslas are lean dogs with no fur to hide the body condition so it is very easy to think they are too skinny when really they are just right. Perhaps if you fed a bit less food the poop would improve. Never fed a pup but about 3% the ideal anticipated adult body weight is about right. 24 ounces a day if he might be 50 pounds.
Perhaps you need to introduce meats very slowly for him. Some dogs can take half a day's ration in new stuff without issues and some need slivers and those slivers increased at a snail's pace. Max got his new proteins introduced slowly and he did just fine and after a couple years and more than half a dozen meats I can now just feed half a meal of new stuff without issue.
Remember that too much fat, too much food, too much organ cause soft to nasty poop, too much bone causes hard to powder poop. And the type diet most of us aim for here is prey model, 80% meat, 10% bone encased in some of that meat, 5% liver in variety, 5% other organs in variety.
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