|Barked: Tue Jul 16, '13 9:25am PST |
|Liver isn't a treat, it is essential to the diet. Next time you find it buy lots, chop into daily bits, freeze on a cookie sheet and pop off into a bag when frozen and give one per day. You need to find kidney, brain, sweetbread or spleen as well. Remember it is a very small amount fed, .8 ounces of liver a day for a 50 pound dog. Also remember to introduce any organ in small amounts and increase as tolerated!
The meats you are giving are good ones but where are the omega 3 fatty acids? Either feed mostly grass fed beef, bison, lamb or game or supplement with fish oil, raw/canned fatty fish like sardine/salmon/mackerel. Overloading on omega 6 rich poultry and pork might make her itchy.
If you are just using those meats your dog is going to be low in zinc for sure. Max gets 10 ounces of food a day and would need 26 ounces of turkey to fill his zinc need for instance. If you could get beef, lamb or even chicken hearts in there that would help. A very small amount of oysters would fill the gap. 38 pound Max would need all of 3 ounces of canned oysters a week. Poor guy just gets a zinc supplement though.
We can hope the itchiness is due to not so great skin health and the fish oil and zinc would help but allergies are allergies. Very often itchy dogs on chicken kibble are fine on raw chicken but your dog is already on raw chicken. You could and probably should try feeding only one protein for a month along with its bone and organs to see if things improve.
Max has a cyst on top of his head. When he gets fish oil it stays small, without it grows horribly large. Omega 3 matters. He licks his feet more if he hasn't had it too.
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