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    Default Re: The day has come - for RAW - tips? advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by nycbullymama View Post
    79 is a lot. But if you can get him to lose those 10 pounds.. wow- he's going to feel so much better.
    It does seem like its alot, and it gives the impression that he's huge. But honestly, he's not. We got him down from the low 80s into the 70s now. He's just a very big boy.... but he is solid - he doesn't even look like he weighs that much. BUT I know he'll feel better at a lower weight, so that is another goal of ours.

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    Default Re: The day has come - for RAW - tips? advice?

    I was feeding Roxie the Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Patty in beef and chicken. She was doing great on them, and yeah it was expensive but whatever… Lol I could find the patties easily at our local pet food store, and they come w/a pretty high rating on dog food advisor.

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    We feed NVI raw, but because Lola would regurgitate often after the thawed patties, we now feed the frozen pellet raw. It slows her down big time and NO regurgitation at all...its just like kibble but frozen prepared raw (Duck, for now). They have rabbit now too, but I am not sure if available in the raw kibble frozen form. NVI pellets we feed 1 cup per feed, twice a day. 1 small bag lasts 6 days more or less, about $35/bag depending on the sale. I hope whatever you try next works out though! we just recently switched (about 6 months ago) from our canadian brand of raw food (bison and boar) since we moved back to the US....wasn't available here in the states. I find NVI more affordable since Lola (at less than 50lbs) eats slightly less than 1lb per day actually. She gets lots of sweet potato fries (homemade) as treats. good luck!

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    also forgot to add.....Raw will keep them full for less time than kibble. We were finding if we fed Lola at 8am and 4pm, she would be throwing up bile at midnight due to an empty stomach. We now feed her dinner at 6pm, which lets her sleep through the night without throwing up hungry.

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    So - Tyson had his check-up, and shots on Friday. We told the vet that we were going to start to transition him to raw. She claims she is not a fan of raw, bc it can cause GI issues, with salmonella, and things. Honestly, we're all at risk for that, and we still believe firmly that the pros outweigh the cons. Plus, we're doing commercial raw, not buying ourselves, etc. I just thought it was interesting that she said that. But in other news, Tyson now weighs 83lbs, so much for him being at 79lbs before, lol. He is looking great, and she's very happy with him health wise after the big surgery, and for his age. Love my boy.

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    Default Re: The day has come - for RAW - tips? advice?

    Salmonella is not a risk for dogs and there's been more salmnella in kibble than in raw food. Like always wash your hands after and and don't share and you both will do just great...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    So - Tyson had his check-up, and shots on Friday. We told the vet that we were going to start to transition him to raw. She claims she is not a fan of raw, bc it can cause GI issues, with salmonella, and things. Honestly, we're all at risk for that, and we still believe firmly that the pros outweigh the cons. Plus, we're doing commercial raw, not buying ourselves, etc. I just thought it was interesting that she said that. But in other news, Tyson now weighs 83lbs, so much for him being at 79lbs before, lol. He is looking great, and she's very happy with him health wise after the big surgery, and for his age. Love my boy.
    I've been learning that some vets are just like some of our doctors. They want to push certain meds or certain products but only for profit. I was having some medical issues years ago and I asked my doctor for some advice on things I could either change in my diet or activities to help reduce the pain I was having. Her words were, "The only thing that will help is this medication." I told her thank you but no thank you. The last 3 doctors I had all wanted to medicate me without even a THOUGHT about alternatives. I don't mind taking medicine but only as a last resort....I don't know...It's sad to think that people do this with us, with kids, and with animals and who are we to question them. They are the professionals. Right?

    Either way, I hope this new diet works for you and for Ty-Ty. I know you have been looking for a good food fit for a while now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goob14 View Post
    I've been learning that some vets are just like some of our doctors. They want to push certain meds or certain products but only for profit. I was having some medical issues years ago and I asked my doctor for some advice on things I could either change in my diet or activities to help reduce the pain I was having. Her words were, "The only thing that will help is this medication." I told her thank you but no thank you. The last 3 doctors I had all wanted to medicate me without even a THOUGHT about alternatives. I don't mind taking medicine but only as a last resort....I don't know...It's sad to think that people do this with us, with kids, and with animals and who are we to question them. They are the professionals. Right?

    Either way, I hope this new diet works for you and for Ty-Ty. I know you have been looking for a good food fit for a while now.
    Totally agree. We resort to natural/holistic options before drugs all the time. I've learned so much in his life. The food thing is new for us, within the last year, because prior he'd been on the same food his whole life with no issues. Just like us, age hits, and thing change. So yeah, just want him to live the longest, healthiest life possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    Totally agree. We resort to natural/holistic options before drugs all the time. I've learned so much in his life. The food thing is new for us, within the last year, because prior he'd been on the same food his whole life with no issues. Just like us, age hits, and thing change. So yeah, just want him to live the longest, healthiest life possible!
    Totally understand. We made a food switch last year when Goob refused to eat. I would add SO many treats, trying to entice him to eat but nothing worked. I had to open his mouth and stick a few kibbles in until the bowl was gone. He would even spit the kibble out at times!!! I was so frustrated and that's what got me searching for food advice, which lead me to EBN!!!I had no idea that he was on a junky kibble and didn't think dogs could get sick of their food. I had never experienced it before. He wasn't being stubborn...He was just trying to tell me that he didn't like his food.

    My husband and I were talking about this last night because NOW...When I get Goob's food ready he is doing back flips, drooling, and going through all of his tricks trying to make me put the bowl down. What a difference!!!
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    Okay - need some help, we've started to transition tyson over to raw... We started on Sat by mixing a little with kibble each day. (Commercial raw patties) he's loved it & gobbled it all up. Today I fed a little more raw and less kibble around 7pm, it's now 11:30pm and I just finished cleaning vomit. It was his food, kibble, green beans, and I'm sure raw but I couldn't tell as its mushy anyway.
    I knew he wasn't feeling well when he didn't lay in his bed, then didn't move when I made noise with rice cake bag...
    After he vomited, he seemed to feel much better & then shortly after went to his bed.

    Is this normal? Should I be concerned?

    Do I continue w transition or hold back?
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    Default Re: The day has come - for RAW - tips? advice?

    In my opinion you should continue. There's a few different ways to move on...cut down the raw to the amount that he did well on or feed one whole meal of kibble and another of raw. Is he doing well other wise?

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    @TyTysmom Hey, I'm so flattered that you ask my opinion BUT...I know NOTHING about RAW. Im sorry!!! I made a kibble to kibble switch. Glad Ty Ty was able to sleep and hoping you find what works for him BEST!
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