|Barked: Mon Mar 4, '13 3:29pm PST |
|Hi Barbaro! Don't be discouraged.
Jake is about 30lbs but he eats almost 1-1.5lbs a day which is more than 3% of his body weight apparently. If he doesn't eat at least 16oz of meat a day excluding organs then he'll start to get super skinny. Feeding is kinda on a know your dog basis. If he's still actually loosing weight. as in you're putting him a scale and weighting him weekly then i'd consider adding some cooked fat or in general more fat to the meat + feed more meat. It took jake a while to get back to a "normal" weight when he was put on raw the first time. But now i know it's about 1-1.5lbs of meat a day which is a lot for a little dog. For teh first month Jake was on raw we visited petsmart banfield just to use the scale to make sure he was acutually a healthy weight
As for the poops. I only feed bone in meat until it kind if consitpated jake. the first time. Now we have a rhytm of bone heavy meat like chicken quarter or thigh then boneless meats for a day with organs then a bony meat again and then again with the bonelesss.
Also since you're just starting raw make sure to only use 1 protein (we started with chicken) and then move from there. ONce you get that famous no smell poop you're good to go with a new protein. I waited until jake could eat Chicken and beef without fail before introducing organs. The organs i used in the beginning was chicken gizzards with heart you can get at the grocery store. Once he could eat that with good poop came the beef liver and then once that was beatuiful again we put other odds and ends organs like tongue and kidney when i could find them. Thankfully now i live near an ethnic market with loads of crazy animal parts. And I finally got the courage to order green tripe now that jake's been primarily on raw with kibble for the sitter as back up for a year and a half.
Good luck. It will get better.
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