|Barked: Mon Jul 29, '13 6:31pm PST |
|With just Mae alone, the water dish holds 1 quart and she would drink more than that in a day. That was if she was really active or not. Some winter days were just too cold to exercise or run her down the road. I did soak her food for a while, but as she has aged she went from eating both morning and night to just pick around. I adjusted her food quantity to less to not waste food that she didn't eat after it was soaked. I don't like to free feed, but when she was the only dog it wasn't a big issue either. Even then she would eat sometimes, sometimes nothing in a day this started since I left the house and living in an RV. She isn't leaving a crime scene where shy lays, but I feel it is more than she should be. In the winter time I used 1 tbs olive oil per feed when I used the wood stove. Its so dry over the winter, that was the easiest to pack around if we were going anywhere. I put 3-4 gal of water in the air a day keeping the humidity around 35-40% +/- depending on outside dryness.
I'm now in Vancouver Wa, and the hair issue has been the same since before we left, so it isn't stress on her either. She is somewhat stressed out, because she won't pick up her toys, nor pull my socks off anymore. So, I can't help her any more than I am. I'm with her 99.9% of the time, but we just aren't at home, and as of now I don't know when a house will be coming back into the picture as living quarters. We were on the road 2 weeks, and then have been staying at the same place now for the last 2.5 months or so.
At $80 a bag for the 25# of core is it cheaper to raw feed? I know the sled dogs teams use moose/beef/pork/fish any wild game ground up and heated served in a sloppy soup. At $4 a lb, I don't know how much it is to do a raw meat diet, but that is an option if it is healthier for it.
Also how long of a time did it take for you to notice a difference in your dog after switching? Is there a preference of blood test vs skin test for allergies? Which is better? I've not done research yet on the testing.
It isn't that she is itching, or has rash. She never scratches nor bites like fleas at any areas on her body for itching. She has a beautiful even smooth coat, no patches where she has lost hair more in this area or that area.
Thanks for the responses. I'm worried that it took her so long to adjust to the wellness in the beginning, that it may take her a while to get use to any other trial food. Seemed it took her a bit to transition, but she's never had any gas, or other issues.
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