Hi everyone -
Oliver has had so many issues that are food related. He spent the last year on a prescription diet and has lost 12 pounds through the year. He recently started having diarrhea and our vet felt he could have built an intolerance to the protein. We switched to canned i/d to try to alleviate the diarrhea but things got even worse, despite also being on Metronidazole. Our vet has run tests, checked stool samples and everything is checking out. We have fasted Oliver, and now have begun a chicken and rice diet while he finishes a Tylan powder course. Oliver has many issues and I've just begun researching a raw food diet, but it would be a commercial one. Threads on here have been helpful. While we don't believe Oliver has an allergy, I am beginning to believe raw might just be better for him overall.
He is currently on a Vegan plant enzyme and probiotic, along with a digestive enzyme.
With that being said, I'd love some more advice:
-When we decide on a brand (which is another heavy decision), should we fast again-- or slowly add the food to his rice and chicken and increase the new/decrease chicken and rice daily (as we would any other food change)?
-Consistency: Oliver has esophagus issues (however, not Mega Esophagus) - Are most raw foods soft? He can swallow and tolerate pate-style, but not anything too "soupy". (Was that a dumb question? I'm totally new to looking into raw foods.)
-Oliver does have one specific food issue: Carrots. I know, weird, right? He cannot digest carrots. SO many dog foods contain carrots so I'm assuming it will be much easier to avoid them in a raw food, right? Edit - - (Ugh, I'm researching brands/ingredients and I keep seeing carrots. Does anyone know of any brands that DO NOT use carrots?)
-Protein: I assume he would need to try a protein he's never had before. If there are issues with him tolerating that protein, is it safe to immediately try another protein, or would we being in the "fasting-chicken-rice" phase all over again?
-Brand: For those that feed commercial raw - what is your favorite brand?
ALL/ANY advice, input thoughts would be appreciated. I personally do not eat meat and could not tolerate making my own food for him which is why we would go with a commercial brand.