|Barked: Tue Mar 8, '11 5:49am PST |
|I always hear that raw diets don't change for seniors. I guess I figure the basic 80/10/10 doesn't change, but I think maybe the form it's fed in should, depending on the dog. I'm also starting to believe that a bit of fiber may be a good thing for seniors. Nothing excessive, just enough to add some padding.
Then there are individual changes, depending on a dog's overall health. Vance is actually eating about 50% fiber because routine bloodwork showed elevated liver enzymes and there is no known cause. Believe me, I have the receipts to prove it! It's an insane amount of plant matter for a carnivore and that bothers me all the time, but physically, Vance is not a normal dog.
Vance has had serious digestive issues his entire life, so everything I've had to do with him is to an extreme. He's only 9, but he gets literally no whole food items. I've also started cooking everything he eats since he had what I believe was Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis... He went to the E-vet and they couldn't take blood until it was too late to tell.
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