|Barked: Wed May 16, '12 5:29am PST |
|Hi guys, Im currently at day five of converting to raw. So far so good with the dogs, cats and ferrets are 50% I have one of each eating it the other turning up their noses XD Of course it wouldnt be so easy! My dogs are pigpens they converted no fuss no muss. Here is my feeding diary for them. I plan on feeding them using the Barf diet(Adding processed vegetable pattie along with offal and tripe), Just my personal choice.
A little about me. I had gone on here a while back but went dormant. My name is camille Ive taken my first semester vet tech but left(Didnt like the way it was being taught where I was, Most of them were a bunch of peta supporters and had really skewed views. I did have one person who graduated not long after I was there who DID feed her dogs raw that was the first time I heard about it. Later on I started to meet other people with raw dogs here and there and I was always interested in it but had a few qualms. I wanted a few things explained to me in scientific terms that most raw feeders couldnt explain(no offense but alot of raw feeders do tend to go on tangents about the kibble industry XD, but I wanted to hear a few things explained in a specific way about the actual diet and no raw feeder that I knew could explain it that way). So finally a few days ago I found a video of a vet explaining why she chose raw and why she backs the raw diet. And she explained the only two reservations I had on switching my dogs to raw in the way I wanted to hear it! I had just started offering my dogs chicken wings to help clean their teeth as My dogs have horrible tartar buildup on their teeth and I cant give them smoke bones as it gives my females the runs(almost everything does!). two days into giving them raw chicken wings as chew toys their teeth looked 100% better and then I found that video and was sold.
About my puppies and why I decided to switch to raw(The MAIN reason). I have two miniature poodles. Esme(My female Parti poodle. She is spotted like a dalmatian) who is three years old and Henry my black male miniature poodle(Hes what we like to call a maxi mini at 17" tall, We were going to show him with his breeders permission but sadly he is too tall). The reason I decided to switch them is because of their teeth. Poodles are so prone to periodontal disease and I always worry about their teeth. No amount of brushing removes the plaque buildup on their teeth and smoked bones like I said give my girl the runs.
Here is my little food diary for the pets so far on feeding raw
12/04/2012 - day two of raw Esme had two pieces of chicken wing(Equals to one chicken wing) henry had the same, it was given as a treat then I gave them kibble later in the day. After that I decided to go ahead and make the full switch to raw
13/04/2012 - day two of raw Esme had two pieces of chicken wing(Equals to one chicken wing) henry had the same
14/04/2012- day three of raw Esme ate four chicken wing pieces(Two equal one chicken wing) henry ate sixpieces(He ate the two esme had in the morning and some of the leftovers from trying the cats and ferrets. Moka nibbled at a chicken wing for about twenty minutes but only got a few bites off of it, Buddy didnt come over or show interest. Faye would not touch chicken wing, Nika licked and nibbled a little bit at the chicken wing.
. Henry and Esme Only had two bowell movements today one in the morning and one in the evening. Much smaller compact stool. Also teeth are dramatically cleaner and they dont get as much eye crusts as they normally do
15/04/2012 - Day four of raw fasted untill evening then fed Esme ate 3/4 of a urban carnivore pattie henry ate one and a quarter, Moka ate a quarter, buddy refused, Nika nibbled a good amount from my fingers and Fay nibbled a tiny bit at the pattie from my finger. Esme had a tiny bit of loose stoole in the evening stoole was normal(Smaller than usual and firmer) in the morning though
16/05/2012 Cats: Moka ate a bit of the pattie, Buddy turned her nose. Ferrets: Nika barely nibbled at some on my finger but Nika actually ate some from the plate. Will try them again later and whoever didnt eat will have a kibble or wet food meal(You cant fast a ferret or a cat like you can a dog). Doggies will be getting half their raw meal this morning as soon as its fully thawed(Half a pattie for henry and a bit more than a quarter for esme). Still waiting on bowell movements
Note: Im amazed that my female hasn't had the runs yet only a tiny bit of loose stool last night.
My goal is to rotate carnivora commercial patties with raw meaty bones and fresh muscle meat, organ tripe etc but for now I'm sticking to one meat source until they switch properly
Any suggestions or tips or words of advice, anecdotes etc would be welcome!
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