Raw Feeding Week Six
I can't believe it has been six weeks already!!! Time is flying by.
Well, I gave the pork ribs...not good....Gypsy and Lucy did great. No problems eating them and they really liked the bones. Gator loved them and had no problems with the bones either BUT he had a baaaad reaction. More YEAST. So, I guess maybe he is allergic to pork ribs?? Weird because he has been getting pork roast for a while. I am just going to cut the pork for now and go back to it later to make sure that was the issue. It could be after-effects of his antibiotic reaction. It would explain why he didn't do so well on the Fromm pork and applesauce but the other flavors of Fromm were fine. Well, there are lots of other meats that work just fine. Gypsy and Lucy will still get pork. I like the fat content for Gypsy and it is inexpensive. I did buy a little bit of lamb today to try to work that in a bite at a time. I hate the smell of lamb (gag) so this will be my challenge.
A lot of people say that they just can't handle the meat smell or feel and that is why they don't feed this way. I think that the lamb will test me and it takes a lot to gross me out! I have had six children so I can clean up poop, vomit, pee, you name it but lamb is just gross. Wish me luck!
So many things have changed in the last few weeks. Coats are much softer and thicker (yup, thicker), teeth look sparkly white, their energy levels are TERRIFIC. Lucy is just a different dog and has even started playing with the bullies again. She never was one to play with Gypsy much but she used to play with Gator when he first came home. Now she is joining in here and there.
Their poops are amazing. Usually they poop only once a day and it is so SMALL! Gypsy didn't poop yesterday at all (normal) and when she did poop today it was still small. About the size of my middle finger. It is so nice not to have to clean up poop 12 to 15 times a day.
Speaking of poop, I noticed that Lucy gets soft poop when I give her an egg. She loves them but I can only give them two or three times a week. I give the other two a raw egg about every other day and they are fine. I like the egg because I can put the salmon oil in it and they lick their bowls clean.
Doing meaty meals in the mornings is working out really well. It doesn't take any longer than a kibble meal so I don't have to get up early. That was my big fear. I am not a morning person and having to feed bony meals in the mornings would have been a nightmare for me. I don't even have my eyes open for at least 30 minutes after I get up! I have been wondering when I can cut back on bone and not have to feed it every day. That is why I tried pork ribs. I thought maybe bones that are more substantial would make it so that I don't have to give them every day. I have tried to cut back but then their poops aren't right. I wanted to move away from chicken, but it seems to be the only bone that I can get right now that Gator can handle. I do not want to give turkey bones. I am too afraid that they will splinter. I have heard they are the worst for that so I am hesitant to try it.
Beef heart has gone over VERY well! They really love it. It was weird cutting it up the first time, but the texture wasn't slimy like I thought it would be. It has such a rich color and is full of goodness. Now that I am moving away from pork for Gator, beef has moved into the #1 spot in their diet.
Anyway, after 6 weeks, I have to say that I am VERY pleased and even though there have been a few setbacks, we are getting through them. They just love their food and so do I! I feel a sense of pride that I am feeding them the best food that I can and that I can see with my eyes that they are doing very well. I wouldn't change that for anything.