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Raw Food Diet > Reducing Meal Sizes
Rexy

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Barked: Fri Feb 27, '15 11:22pm PST 
Thank you! It's reassuring (as well as disappointing) to hear that this could be normal then...she's only 7 but I think is aging a bit faster than normal. She had a pretty dramatic metabolism shift around 3, and this last one was just before she turned 7.

So far, it's only the venison rib meals that cause the gas/burps, and only when I feed more than 1.75lbs at a time -- maybe it's now just too much bone for her at one time. I'll have to thaw and cut what I have in her freezer down to more manageable sizes, as it's one thing to trade her for her leftovers when she's had a very good feed, and another thing entirely to do so when they are small meals and she's not feeling full!
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Raw Food Diet > Reducing Meal Sizes
Rexy

I dig in mud- puddles!
 
 
Barked: Thu Feb 26, '15 10:16pm PST 
Thanks Ginger!
I will take a look at the spreadsheet again (it's been a very long time since I've gone through it) and will see what she might be low in.

Her diet changes seasonally, and right now consists mainly of wild game scrap, beef scrap, salmon, small amounts of chicken, as well as beef kidney and liver, lamb liver and kidney and heart, and beef tripe.

As your dogs aged, did you notice a decrease in their ability to digest certain types of bone or proteins?

Rexy has gotten semi-regular gorge meals (3 - 8% of her body weight) of wild game for years but in the last 8 months or so, her ability to digest larger bone-in wild game meals (generally slabs of ribs) seems to have decreased, and the last time I fed a larger meal of this type (a few weeks ago), she was burping up pretty vile smells for about three days, which is far longer than her norm (was fine otherwise). Larger meals of anything else doesn't produce this same sort of gas.
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Raw Food Diet > Reducing Meal Sizes

Rexy

I dig in mud- puddles!
 
 
Barked: Wed Feb 25, '15 2:12pm PST 
How small do the meals have to get before I should be worrying about them not being properly balanced?

Unfortunately Rexy's weight has crept back up, I can't increase her exercise any further as there's only so much her hips can take.

She's currently eating 1.75% of her ideal body weight, and I'm going to have to knock that back down further.
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Behavior & Training > Is there another dog forum we can ALL move to?

Rexy

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Barked: Sat Jan 18, '14 7:14pm PST 
I've just successfully join the proboards forum.

Toto, it took a little while for my account to be verified and I got similar error messages when I first tried to log in. About 45 min later I got an email saying my account was good to go.
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Behavior & Training > Is there another dog forum we can ALL move to?

Rexy

I dig in mud- puddles!
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 16, '14 5:32pm PST 
I also don't post here much anymore...but would be into joining a new forum in order to keep in touch with Dogster folks there. I'm friends with a few pups from here via facebook, but I know that not everyone wants to be on facebook...

On that note, anyone wanting to keep in touch via facebook, please feel free to PM me. smile
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Senior Dogs > One last journey
Rexy

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Barked: Thu Oct 10, '13 6:23pm PST 
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Senior Dogs > One last journey

Rexy

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Barked: Thu Sep 19, '13 10:06am PST 
I saw the title of your post and my heart sank.

I'm so very sorry. Thinking of you guys. May Sabi's passage from this life to the next be peaceful and effortless. We should all be so lucky as to be surrounded by such love and devotion when we pass. You WILL see her again.

Dogspeed Sabi.
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Behavior & Training > Barking and growling when guests come over... Help!

Rexy

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Barked: Wed Aug 21, '13 6:58pm PST 
Is he crate trained? If so, then I would be crating him (out of sight of the door) when new people come over. If he's not crate trained, then I would put him in a separate room until he has stopped barking and has calmed down.

This is much less stressful and chaotic for everyone involved. A dog emptying anal glands is a generally a sign of stress and/or fear.

Rexy has a tough time with new people coming into the house so she is crated until she has calmed down. Once she is quiet and calm, she is then sent to her dog bed where she can watch our guests and take in the scene without the pressure of having to interact or be handled by someone new (which is a scary thing for her).
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Behavior & Training > Polly pounced on the cat!

Rexy

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Barked: Thu Aug 15, '13 12:02am PST 
I agree with Koby, it sounds like a phase she is going through.

Every once in a while Rexy will snark at one of the cats (bark and a half-hearted lunge). Usually when she is extra tired or extra hungry.
I just keep an eye on her then and interrupt her. For a while she appeared to be choosing to snark at the cats when they were near "her" water dish. I took the water dish out of the equation by moving it to a different room, out of her bed's line of sight.

Is Polly only allowed on the bed by invitation? If not, then I would start with that and make it clear that any type of snarking means that the invite is revoked.

Yes, it's surprising how much consistency some dogs need. I need to be super consistent with Rexy and she still tests those boundaries regularly and occasionally pushes them. smile
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Raw Food Diet > Help! Throwing up everything
Rexy

I dig in mud- puddles!
 
 
Barked: Wed Aug 14, '13 11:51pm PST 
Dante, sorry about the confusion regarding canned...I only suggested that as as most people aren't comfortable mixing kibble and raw, and I doubt that you want to experiment with that right now and potentially add to your boy's digestive troubles!

You could also try stuffing ground meat into a kong, freezing it and then letting him slowly work away at it. It should take him a decent amount of time to get the food out that. If he still regurgs when he is taking his time eating, then I'm not sure what else to suggest...
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