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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Deestar View Post
    Ugh, diarreah today. She's had 8 ounces, twice a day, no treats, skin and fat removed. Chicken backs and drumsticks. I've read that it's normal to expect this to happen but when it does.....yuck! How long can I expect this to last, roughly?
    Would you be able to tell if the chicken's enhanced? In the beginning I fed Stiggy chicken frames because I know he has a sensitive stomach. It's about 40% bone, which is way above the recommended, but since he was just starting, I wanted to control his poop first then make the necessary adjustments later. He absolutely did fine.
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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    Isn't the diarreah something that is expected when first starting Raw Feeding and then goes away once they adjust?

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    I did not experience loose stools when I first started raw. The only time I experienced loose stools was wyn I was feeding too much. You can try adding about a tablespoon of pumpkin to each meal. This will help to make stool firm.

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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    A dog's digestive system is much simpler than humans. Food gets processed relatively quickly. Kibbles sit in the gut a lot longer than raw food. So pretty much, you feed the dog a chicken leg, the waste is ready to come out the other end in a matter of a few hours. He eats something else and the poop could change right then. So, if your dog has small wastes (raw animal gets digested pretty good so only a little bit goes to waste) it could sit in the colon for a day or two before the dog feels the urge to poop it out. So, you can possibly have fed your dog something else before he poops - so, say you fed the dog bones in the AM, then fed him organs in the PM, then he poops the next morning - you can possibly see half the poop is white, the other half is dark.

    So, in the case of the diarrhea - you can possibly get loose stool now and firm stool tomorrow... depending on how your dog is reacting to the food.
    Anatess do you feed Bully and Angus raw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deestar View Post
    Isn't the diarreah something that is expected when first starting Raw Feeding and then goes away once they adjust?
    Sometimes, but it's usually due to common errors. I was feeding Stiggy too much and too little bone when he had loose poops.
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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    The package doesn't say it's enhanced. It's from Costo. I thought it was backs but it's actually thighs.

    As far as too much, I've weighed each feeding so that it's pretty much exactly 8 ounces. I made each meal part thigh and part chicken leg to make sure there was enough bone.

    Is it possible that 8 ounces is too much? She's 16 months and 40 pounds.

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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Baconator View Post
    Anatess do you feed Bully and Angus raw?

    I switched them last week. But I grew up with raw fed dogs in the Philippines. It wasn't until I migrated to the US that I started feeding kibbles. Kibbles in the Philippines - even the regular Purina - is for "rich folks". So when I migrated to the US and saw that my paycheck can buy kibbles, I started using kibbles thinking it's "the best" as we have this crazy notion that what rich folks do is "the best".
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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    You know, sometimes my guys react to costco chicken so I rarely give them those.

    You can also reduce the amount if you wish. Stiggy was 47 pounds and he started with 1lb. Don't worry if they still appear hungry, they always do anyways. lol.
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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    Oh, maybe the Costco chicken is the culprit. Was the reaction your guys got diarreah?

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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    Not fluid diarrhea, but very loose stools. The type that I wouldn't want to pick up. lol.

    That is probably the reason. Try to find a chicken quarter including the back. The bone amount should be sufficient for her and they're usually less than a lb.
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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    I hear ya. I had to use a dust pan this morning.

    I just bought the quarters so I'll give that a try.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Trying Raw....some questions. :-)

    Are you removing the skin and excess fat? I was experiencing the same thing with Elly and that ended up being the culprit.

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