|Barked: Thu Aug 5, '10 11:36am PST |
|i never thought the universe would dupe me like this!
i'm an avid raw feeder, have been for 2 years with my shiba inu.
when we adopted our newest pup, he was 13 weeks old and was on some sort of unnamed brown food (which I think was nutro). I immediately put him on a home cooked diet thinking his baby teeth couldn't crush bones.
When he began teething, I bought a grinder and started to grind his new raw food - begin on chicken and go from there. He had a horrible time digesting for a solid two weeks on just chicken (ground, raw.
I thought perhaps the absence of bone in its whole form for him to chew and all that was the problem.. so we waited for his teething to end while going back to home cooked food.
His cooked food is mainly meat, egg, some ground veggies and steamed potatoes as the carb. Occasionally I'll throw in cottage cheese or yogurt.
So when he was done teething we tried him on chicken again.
Still had a horrible time digesting it for a whole week.
I gave him a days worth of fasting then tried him on whole fish.
Same issue - horrible digesting.
At this point, the dog just needs to eat a healthy diet and I'm ready to think that as some cruel joke, I have a dog that just cannot handle a raw diet. I'm considering trying premade, but if that works, I can't really afford to buy it as I have two other dogs who do just fine on a "home prepared" raw diet of whole ingredients and not premade patties.
Is it possible to have a dog that just can't do raw?!