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    Default Re: At A Loss... What Should I Feed Her?

    Quote Originally Posted by oscarmayer View Post
    Not wanting to dismiss any of the suggestions made by other members...but has she been checked for worms?
    Duh!!! How did I forget that!

    Quote Originally Posted by GracefulLily View Post
    She hasn't been checked for worms but she's been dewormed a few times.

    Could worms be causing this?
    I would definitely have a fecal test done. Bring in a fresh stool sample to your vet (less than 24 hours old) and ask them to check for parasites and sometimes you have to specifically ask to test for giardia.

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    Default Re: At A Loss... What Should I Feed Her?

    I dropped off the sample a few hours ago. They said they'll have the results by tomorrow.

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    I dropped off the sample a few hours ago. They said they'll have the results by tomorrow.

    any update?
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    She tested positive for giardia but they couldn't find any active ones in her sample, just traces of an enzyme that usually appear when they've had giardia. I think that is that the vet said.

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    Default Re: At A Loss... What Should I Feed Her?

    I feed my three Doctor Harveys with a rotation of lightly cooked protein. We've tried several of the doctor harveys mixes and they've loved them all! They also get raw fermented goats milk from answers. Hope things start getting better for her!

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    Default Re: At A Loss... What Should I Feed Her?

    I don't have access to Doctor Harveys unfortunately. I'm in Canada.

    Update: I've contacted a canine/feline nutritionalist in the city and they are going to help me create a meal plan to balance Izellah's diet and improve/resolve her digestive issues.

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    Note on raw: It's normal to have loose stools the first time they get on raw.

    But since you're getting on with a nutritionist, I'm sure your cute pup will be all taken care of.

    Note on running: Bullies are a bundle of energy before 3 years old. When they get around 3 years of age they slow down drastically. My bully was catching frisbees and I'll tire out before he does. Then right between 3 and 4 years old, it's like some old man took over his body and he'd chase the frisbee a few times and plop down... but he's too stubborn to stop so he drops the frisbee at my feet wanting me to throw it, I throw it, he takes a few steps and flops looking at me like, "the spirit is willing but my chest is too big" hah hah.

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    Default Re: At A Loss... What Should I Feed Her?

    Oh, really?? I didn't know that. I'm seriously going to considering giving raw another try then. The nutritionalist I spoke to also recommended it but I'm not sure what type of plan she is going to create for Izellah. How long should the diarrhea last when you first start feeding raw?

    I figured she might do that at some point! When she was younger, she seemed to go go go nonstop and now that she's a year old, she's slowed down a bit. She still enjoys her bike rides but for the most part, she sleeps most of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GracefulLily View Post
    Oh, really?? I didn't know that. I'm seriously going to considering giving raw another try then. The nutritionalist I spoke to also recommended it but I'm not sure what type of plan she is going to create for Izellah. How long should the diarrhea last when you first start feeding raw?
    It varies. There are phases to the transition.

    The normal transition would be to fast the dog for at least a day, then start the first day with a small meal of raw meaty bone like a chicken leg which is 25% bone to meat ratio. Depending on the dog, they could take to it just fine or they'd get loose stools from the change to a high moisture, low fiber food. They would usually stay on this single protein bony meal for a few days until their stomach gets used to processing it, increasing the amount until it reaches the ideal daily meal portion. Then a new protein source is added, like beef muscle meat. The dog could take to it just fine or they'd get loose stools again due to the change. They stay on this combo for a few days until they settle and then you introduce another protein source... rinse repeat... eventually, you'll have to add organs and this, more often than not, will get your dog on cannon butt before they settle again.

    So yeah, the transition to raw usually takes weeks if your dog was not born into raw food.

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    Okay, great! I will take this into consideration next time.

    How do I calculate how much calories she should be getting a day? Since it's so hot here, we haven't been able to do much more than very short walks and lots of backyard time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GracefulLily View Post
    Okay, great! I will take this into consideration next time.

    How do I calculate how much calories she should be getting a day? Since it's so hot here, we haven't been able to do much more than very short walks and lots of backyard time.
    With prey-model raw, I don't count calories. I look at the dog. I started with 3% of my dog's body weight in food and adjust up or down depending on how my dog looks. That's the great thing about raw feeding. It doesn't take long for your dog to bulk up or lean out depending on what you're feeding because the food is close to 100% bio-available.

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