|Barked: Thu Nov 14, '13 2:59pm PST |
|Sorry I'm not on Dogster much anymore... Wish I could have answered when you posted.
1) if she is detoxing, when does it start? This is 6 days on raw.
3) Is vomiting/regurgitating a typical part of certain detoxes? I know every dog is different but most people discuss skin problems and not stomach problems.
Kinda an individual issue... But for the most part I do not buy into the idea of "detox." My current dogs have both eaten only raw food for the past 4 years. If I give them kibble tomorrow, they will have the same symptoms typically blamed on "detox" when a dog starts raw. It's certainly not because kibble is healthier than raw.
4) How do you guys decide what is "typical" getting dog used to new diet compared to something wrong?
Mostly severity, and common sense regarding the source of the problem. Loose poop without urgency for a few days is probably diet change. Urgent, projectile diarrhea for a week is a big problem.
One of the reasons I hate the detox myth is that it becomes a catch-all for every problem a newly raw-fed dog has, even if that problem is completely unrelated to diet in any way. I have seen things like ulcerated corneas, for example, blamed on detox.
Bottom line is any ongoing problem needs to be addressed by a vet, whether it's diet-related or not.
2) When I give her food tomorrow, should I give her more chicken? I hate to go back to kibble.
The issue is resolved for now, but for future reference... When a raw-fed dog needs a bland diet due to stomach upset, use low-fat, boiled meat and a pureed, fibrous filler like pumpkin or sweet potato. Many raw-fed dogs get so used to grain-free that they can't digest grain at all, so a typical bland diet of chicken and rice does more harm than good (as I can attest to, having mistakenly given it to my first raw-fed dog only to have whole, undigested rice coming out both ends for the next 24 hours).
5) If the dog is chewing and crunching their bones have you ever heard of a dog get an obstruction from a raw chicken bone? I heard they were the softest and easiest to first.
Yes, although it's difficult to do. I was going to suggest that this was the problem, though, and the vomited chicken drum end follows with that theory.
It's not so much an obstruction in the sense that a sock or toy would form an obstruction... The dog has just eaten something too large to pass. When a dog eats too much bone overall, they stop digesting it fully, get extremely constipated, and frequently vomit bits of undigested bone. If they continue eating high amounts of bone, and can not manage to pass the hard stool already building up in their colon, an impaction can form which will require surgery to correct.
I have heard of bone impaction in dogs with diets that were primarily chicken wings and backs, for instance. Very, very bony items. It's difficult to do, and I doubt you were close to that, but it's worth keeping an eye on. A diet of primarily bone-in chicken is going to be very high in bone, so I would back off a bit and get some more meaty meat in there.
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