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30 April 2012
Dakota Dawg said
The bulldog monkeybutt, the one who would eat a shingle if you put jam on it, of course loves it all. I hoped Honest Kitchen would cut down on her poop production...alas, it has not. She still poops about 4 to 6 times a day (yes, yes she does) but at least it's easy to clean up.
Holy crap (really)! 4 to 6 poops a day?!?! That's impressive!
Thanks, everyone, for the input. I guess for now I will stick to Honest Kitchen, since that seems to be a pretty safe way to sort of do raw, with added high-meat content canned food or home cooked meat, probably alternating with a home cooked base (we're using Embark for the low carb factor, but the 3rd ingredient being potato kind of bothers me).
I have to confess - one of the big reasons that I am tempted by raw is that I'm a vegetarian and I really am not looking forward to cooking meat (especially not excited about the organ meats and such, which is why the pre-grounds are so appealing!)...not that I love raw meat, but at least then I could skip the extra step. I think I might put this task on her dad! Of course, anything is worth it if it will help her. Perhaps when we're done with chemo we can start adding in Primal or something like that.
I'm trying not to make too many changes during chemo, but she won't finish until mid-September and that just seems like so much time to let go by without doing some of the other stuff that I feel I should be doing to help her. She gets chemo every three weeks - I'm thinking that anytime there is a change that I want to make, I will only do it on the last week before her next round, so she has had 2 weeks to show any chemo side effects. Does that seem like enough time so that I can distinguish chemo side effects from effects of other changes?
Luckily, we don't have too much Honest Kitchen on the walls, although the other day some of it somehow got in one of the other dog's fur, which is all curly, and that was a mess to get out while avoiding a bath...for some reason the cats are the real slobs at our house...I'm constantly cleaning dried up canned food off of the walls! Ew!
When Maggie did her chemo (for mast cell cancer) week two after treatment was when we saw effects (if there were any).
I am in the process of changing quad-pug Tani's diet (and Obie's by default) with the help of a holistic/eastern med vet we have been seeing. Tani has many issues besides cancer so the changes we are making are not just targeted at cancer. She has been eating Natures Balance for years (Maggie did too), the duck and potato formula, both kibble and canned, with added meat and supplements. We actually started her on it for IBD she developed years ago.
Anyway, we were at the vet today and had a long conversation about Tani's diet. We are trying to move away from kibble. Right now she is still getting some kibble with canned natures balance, fresh duck, some organ meat, green beans, sometimes eggs and sometimes asparagus. She also gets fish oil and some herbal supplements. I am planning on using the dehydrated Orijen or Honest Kitchen as the base to get away from kibble.
We talked about a raw diet and she said it wasn't right for Tani for a few reasons. One is that her immune system is weak because of the cancer and other health issues. But she made it clear that it wasn't right for Tani right now, not that it wasn't right in general.
Shari- The pugs eat on mats that are under a table in the back room, the bowls are about 2 feet from the wall.There are pieces of duck and green beans on the wall when Tani gets done eating. Sometimes there are little flecks of food on the top of her head. Also- the water dish is on the mats between their bowls. The water dish ends up covered with food on Tani's side, I never refill the dish right before she eats! Can't wait to see what happens with the new food!
Karen and the pugapalooza
25 April 2007
My Momma has been a lifelong vegetarian too, but when I went raw, as much as it grossed her out, she said that she would do anything for me, even touch raw meat. But she still wouldn't cook it for my Dad, a carnivore. He was always jealous that I got to eat more meat than he did!
2 January 2010
We've had a lot of success with Stella and Chewey's freeze-dried raw dog food. The freeze-dry process takes care of any potential bacteria issues, the food is shaped like hockey pucks and is easy to handle (because let's face it - raw dog food is kinda gross), and if you want to serve it to your dog as wet food, add a little warm water and you're good to go. Our dogs go nuts for it, and it was a pretty reliable way to get our former tripawd Max to eat when he was going through his treatments.