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    Default Re: need some help with raw food process and when to know to switch the protien

    I cook pork tongue and then freeze it, thaw and cut in to peaces. The consistency gets better after freezing. Chicken gizzards are good cooked as well.

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    ok so now just an update her feet are flaming red as of yesterday and she is scratching like crazy its definately causing her stress now should i switch her protien now I dont want this to get too out of control before I make the switch -- I am thinking goat as the next protien as most goats are fed grasses instead of grains and she does not tolerate any grains well at all and the chicken in her kibble seemed to give her a problem too so wasnt sure if that was going to be an issue. Too bad chicken is cheap -- please respond with words of encouragement and a prayer would do wonderfull

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    ok need some help bernadettes feet are flaming red in between her toes and the between the pads just flared up yesterday and she is scratching sooo much more so i think the chicken is not the protien for her and want to change. Again want to make sure the switch is right but I feel if i do that and it gets better then its the protien. Thought I would change to goat meat -- seems to be readily available in my area and it comes as a stew meat with bone in not that expensive and seeings as that is a protien she has never had would like to try that. Some words of encouragement that I am doing the right thing. Its so hard to see her like this again and the only releif she got yesterday and today is when she was sleeping. Benedryl doesnt do anything for her but make her sleep all day and I dont want to do that to her yet.

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    sorry for the double posting my computer was being silly

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    Default Re: need some help with raw food process and when to know to switch the protien

    Yes, go ahead and switch. I changed proteins 3 days after my guys started the diet. It goes against convention but the person who told me about it said that in her 20 yrs experience, all her pooches did well with the quick switch. Bernadette will get there!
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    thanks for the words of encouragement i will switch her to goat and see how that goes- -this is such a valuable site i am so glad i joined. Will keep you posted.

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    Hi Trish, just wanted to say I too am currently going through exactly what you are doing with my 7 mth pup Nelson. I switched him to raw food nearly 4 weeks ago now and even though his scratching is definately improved from what it was on the kibble it is still causing him problems and I found exactly what you are describing with his paw also, with the chicken only he seemed to savage his right foot so bad at one point he began limping. I moved to goat next and also lamb and they seemed to work better, although still some scratching behind his front legs and one of his eyes a little goopy and red (but this goes up and down anyway). He also came out in red lumps on various parts of his body but I have stuck at it and when the chicken is not involved it is better. I am now just moving off the goat and lamb and on the pork which also seems to be working better. He can also happily eat organs (although not tried liver yet) and quite happily devours the cheaper meat products likes lambs stomach, gizzards etc.. Pork is fairly cheap here in Dubai so if it works for him I think we will be swaying toward this meat. I also feed him a fresh sardine breakfast couple of mornings a week to give him some fish. Natural yoghurt he enjoys and some mixed raw vegetables to add a bit of variety now and again to the meat. I also have a stash of mutton bones that the butcher gave me which I keep in the freezer and he gets for something to chew on when he is staring me out in the kitchen!!! He is able to handle quite a bit of bone and his poop consistency is great!! We should keep each other posted on their progess. Good luck

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    well we had to take her to the vet today her anal glands were swollen and she was running around like a mad dog this morning now that this is fixed we will see how she does on the goat. I will give it to her for 5 days and see what transpires and hopefully I am on the right track.

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    well just an update the goat seems to be making a difference so that is what it probably was. Going to keep her on this for a while and see how she does. Its such a guessing and waiting game but to get her back to where I can kiss her again without throwing up then i will know we are on the right track.

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    Its good to hear the goat is working. I have moved Nelson onto pork now which seems to have been the best yet for no scratching. I intend to continue different meats like rabbit and venison, beef etc.. but at least if I can find a few options that work, even if it doesnt include chicken going forward then thats good enough for me. He is looking really good weight wise as he develops and is coat is looking more healthier by the day, I am really pleased I made the switch. I need to investigate supplements though now, as I hear that giving Omega 3 or Canola oil in the food is a good preventative measure for hip displasya.

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    well its not going so good now weve had to switch her to duck and will keep going this is such a difficult process. Her coat is better feel wise but she her skin is definately not improving and we will probably look at definately getting an alergy test done as the final straw to narrow down what exactly she is not tollerating. She loves the raw part but finding what works best with her body is becoming difficult as we dont have many protiens left to try so we will keep you posted but its not fun.

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    Hi Trish, sorry to hear that the chewing is not getting better. Are you sure that its food allergies and not environment allergies? I thought for a while when Nelson was getting hot spots and scratching that it was food related but the vet seems to think otherwise, he says its more likely to be environment. For e.g Nelson had rash and red lumps on inside of leg which I thought was reaction to one of the proteins but the vet said they were ant bites! Nelson developed hives all over his body recently and the vet thinks its a reaction to the bites!!

    My vet was keen for me to get the allergy testing done but I have said no, even if it comes back that he is allergic to grass and sand for example I'm not going to stop him going outside and having fun being a dog! If all else fails, allergies can be managed with very low doses of steroids to improve quality of life. My vet said they are fine in very low doses even over long periods of time.

    It really is a guessing game, don't give up on the raw and remember Karen said that it can take months before you see the full effect (the body has to build up the immune system).

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