|Barked: Sat Jan 12, '13 4:29pm PST |
|Ah, poor thing. If you are feeding tripe, other organs and fish then could one of those be bothering her still? That means you are feeding rabbit, beef, fish and whatever the organs are. Could you feed whole prey? A couple of dogsters have been able to source whole rabbits, lucky things. I suspect whole rabbit is likely to have more fat than dressed carcasses.
Purified fats like lard and suet might have less of the problem proteins that raw fat has. You could try virgin coconut oil. Steve Brown suggests that prey model raw diets are low in a couple of fatty acids that were present in the ancestral diet and suggests supplementing with a couple of plant oils. Perhaps you could get a hold of his book and try to figure it out. I am currently trying, slow going.
Perhaps the diet isn't balanced and the lack of this or that is bothering her too. Perhaps if you went through and figured out any deficiencies and corrected them she would improve. Usually PMR is low in zinc, manganese and magnesium - perhaps not below minimum but possibly below optimal. I give Max a zinc supplement and did give him a manganese/magnesium supplement before figuring out tripe may provide enough of those.
Max reacts to sardines and wheat. He recovers quickly though, day after sardines are out of the diet the ears stop filling with goo for example. He tolerates fish oil that contains sardines and a persistent cyst on top of his head is getting smaller the more fish oil he gets. I will be switching to a salmon oil though, might be even better for him.
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