Raw Feeding Day Five
Well, things are getting better and better! I think Lucy and Gator are probably ready for a new protein so I am weighing my options. Thinking beef.
I am also considering adding some veal liver (just a smidge!) to Gypsy's diet to help with her immune system and this demodex mange issue. I am getting conflicting information on this though. Some say that it would be pointless since her system is not regulated to raw yet and some say it is high in vitamin c which can be a help. BUT I have also done some research on the ointment we were given and some alternative natural treatments. An effective treatment that has been noted in several sources is a mix of Neem oil and lavender oil. Not sure about this but apparently, the ointment from the vet can cause central nervous issues and I am not so sure I like the sound of that!!! It has helped though. On most of the spots her skin is no longer red/inflamed.
Lucy has slowed down a *little* but is still trotting around the yard and into the neighbor's yard which is a HUGE improvement. I made a bunch of calls this morning looking for chicken feet. They are NOT easily found! I finally got in touch with a poultry processor and they suggested a store across town. I will call them later and see if they do have them. If so, it is time for a road trip!
I have decided to be on the look-out for some whole, un-enhanced chickens for Gator. I think the breast and thigh pieces are just too small since he can fit the whole thing in his mouth. I am still holding his food so that he will chew it but I don't feel like this is helping him learn to deal with his food on his own. As a Montessorian, I believe in learning through doing, and this just isn't cutting it! Lucy got it on the first go and Gypsy (after one big gag) has it down too and knows to CHEW it and not try to swallow it whole.
On a side note, Gator's eyes have not been gunky during this process as they were before and they are watering very little. I took some before pics of the tear stains and will take after photos in a few weeks. His wrinkles remain DRY for the most part and not WET. Also, Gypsy's acne is healed! WHOOP! I believe this is a direct result of the raw feeding. She has previously been on antibiotic and though they were not infected any longer, they were there and still red and ucky. Now there is one left but even that is now the color of healthy skin and the hair is back.
I am thrilled at all of these positive changes!