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But, as to the new question re: elevated liver enzymes and raw...
It can be done, but with the awareness that once you get into health issues like liver problems you're looking at a highly customized diet. The typical advice and generalized PMR/BARF diets no longer apply. I firmly believe a custom, homemade diet is the best thing you can feed a dog with organ disease, so I do encourage looking into it.
First you need to figure out exactly what the problem is, at least to the best of your ability.
As a "for instance," and maybe you'll get something useful out of this:
Overproduction of bile was Vance's biggest problem. For a long time, he ate a pretty general PMR diet, but I had to buy items as low fat as possible (and I still often trimmed them). Fat spikes bile production. Fats found in fish are easier to digest than fats found in other meats, so I fed as much of a fish-based diet as I could afford. After a certain point I did have to start cooking all the meat so I could further drain fat away.
I also had to cook any greens he ate. Again, raw greens will spike bile production. I added large amounts of fiber to his diet, like mashed chick peas, pureed lentils, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. This helps absorb what bile is overproduced. It also helped him hold weight, because his digestive system was functioning pretty poorly overall. You have to be aware in doing this that adding fiber can falsely lower an ALT, as it's absorbing what would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. The liver is still sick, but the symptom is lessened. In many cases lessening symptoms is all you can do, and is worth it to keep them from snowballing.
And he ate many small meals a day. Always at least three, but up to five if I could fit them in my schedule. This decreases the load on the digestive system - it fires up, and then gets to rest, rather than firing up and working at a huge meal for hours, then getting nothing at all and filling with unused bile for hours.
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