|Barked: Sun Feb 10, '13 3:34pm PST |
|I've never raw fed a puppy. But Duke is 90 lbs and he eats duck neck, turkey neck, goat ribs, beef ribs, whole rabbit (skinned/gutted), duck heads, and venison neck. I've heard that a hunk of ribs is great for smaller dogs, as it's big (to prevent gulping) and they can nibble the ends to get what they need. Dogster Maxwell suggests that a lot.
As for the allergies, I think it depends on the dog. Duke is severely allergic to chicken--he will react on even an ounce of it (including eggs). But he is fine with turkey, goose, and duck. Granted, with the turkey, I don't feed a ton. Maybe 8 oz or so per week. But that would be enough for him to react to, and he never does.
If you're going to do an elimination diet, though, I would eliminate ALL poultry to begin with to see how they do. Then you could add them back one at a time (after at least 3 weeks without). If they have a reaction, you know it's an allergy.
ETA: I would also stop the treats. Could be there is something in them that's causing a reaction. Duke gets cooked meat for training treats (something not greasy or crumbly--skinless turkey, venison, lean beef and lean pork are what Duke gets). I cook, cut up, and then toss it all in a freezer bag after cooled. They stay good for a long time and you can grab a handful as you need them. If you want chewing treats, go for bully sticks. They last forever and give a great workout!
Edited by author Sun Feb 10, '13 3:41pm PST
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