|Barked: Sun Oct 17, '10 8:12pm PST |
|I don't think anyone meant to give you a smug remark . We just all really have to push new raw feeders to do LOTS of research before they start. When people don't do their research and just jump in, they tend to create problems and blame it on the diet itself. You have to understand that rawbies get a lot of grief when the problems owners see are really just from owner-error.
I agree with Bam-Bam that you should try to feed raw seperate from kibble. Some dogs can manage it together, but especially in the start, doggie's tummies tend to be very sensitive. You should also try to keep all meals to the same protein (most rawbies start with chicken) and to bone-in meals like leg quarters, thighs, split breasts or whole chickens depending on the size of your dog.
Another problem that can cause loose stool for rawbies is feeding too much. Raw fed dogs should get between 2-3% of their adult body weight each day. All the raw food should be weighed and if you're also feeding kibble, that should also be weighed. Charlie accidentally ate a 2 pound london broil off the counter in addition to his regular food one day, and he had diarrhea all night long. Yuck!
I hope this helps you out a little. Just a final word of advice, almost all new dogs to raw diets will experience some negative side effects to start, this is all part of getting used to raw and detoxing the body. Know that raw foods are about the opposite of kibbles like Eukanuba. Your dog won't be able to completely detox if it's body has to keep switching between Eukanuba and raw.
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