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    Default Re: Going RAW, gradual change from kibble or go full raw from day 1?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rostov View Post
    Hi all,

    I just switched my boy to Primal Raw Lamb, It's been a few weeks now, transition took just a week, I was mixing raw and dry as they recommended... As a result - much less of a poop, it used to be twice a day x2, not consistent, now it is 3 times less... The poop is much harder - that was a concern, but if you say it is ok..??

    Now I have a question - my boy is a bit over 60lb, and before the switch, he was on Merrick Lamb dry food no grain formula, he was getting 300g per day, as breeder recommended.
    How much should i feed him with raw, more or the same? It looks like 300gr per day was not enough, I increased to 600 - he was happy, and now i backed up to 500g per day to make sure he dos not get overweight... Time will show, but what is it in general, dry vs raw?

    Also, he is getting a lot of tears, and looks like with raw it got a bit worse... - Do you think I should try another protein? Which one is the best for them?

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    Louie is 60 pounds. He is still getting kibble in the morning and is getting a heaping 1.5 cups and then he gets raw in the pm and I just increased him to 9.5 ounces. Louie's build can hold a few more pounds so I might increase him a little more but will see how he does with this amount for a bit plus he is quite active.

    The general rule is to feed 2% of body weight to maintain weight. But every dog is different so you might need to feed more or you might need to feed less.

    You can definitely try a different protein. With raw, it is good to rotate between at least 3 proteins.

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    Default Re: Going RAW, gradual change from kibble or go full raw from day 1?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cbrugs View Post
    Louie is 60 pounds. He is still getting kibble in the morning and is getting a heaping 1.5 cups and then he gets raw in the pm and I just increased him to 9.5 ounces. Louie's build can hold a few more pounds so I might increase him a little more but will see how he does with this amount for a bit plus he is quite active.

    The general rule is to feed 2% of body weight to maintain weight. But every dog is different so you might need to feed more or you might need to feed less.

    You can definitely try a different protein. With raw, it is good to rotate between at least 3 proteins.
    Thanks. Well... looks like I am right on the point with 2% then.
    I'll probably do buffalo or beef next time.

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    Default Re: Going RAW, gradual change from kibble or go full raw from day 1?

    Stopping the pumpkin and adding the Flora4 seems to have done he trick. She is pooping normally again.

    So Iím going to do another week of he Primal Raw Beef then try the Lamb. Do I need to do a transition or can I just change completely on he first day of the new protein?


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    Quote Originally Posted by pcchenard View Post
    Stopping the pumpkin and adding the Flora4 seems to have done he trick. She is pooping normally again.

    So Iím going to do another week of he Primal Raw Beef then try the Lamb. Do I need to do a transition or can I just change completely on he first day of the new protein?


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    I have never transitioned when switching proteins.


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    I have never transitioned when switching proteins.


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    How long should I stay on one protein if I want to rotate them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rostov View Post
    How long should I stay on one protein if I want to rotate them?
    If youíre out a protein for the first time, I would do a month. Once you figure out what proteins work, you can do weekly, biweekly, whatever really. It all balances out.


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    Thanks!

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    Good grief...now she had diarrhea last night before bed and again while I was at work. I'm not sure if it is from the food, the Flora4 probiotic (I did not give her the Flora4 this morning because of her diarrhea last night), or maybe she just has a virus or something.

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    Default Re: Going RAW, gradual change from kibble or go full raw from day 1?

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    Good grief...now she had diarrhea last night before bed and again while I was at work. I'm not sure if it is from the food, the Flora4 probiotic (I did not give her the Flora4 this morning because of her diarrhea last night), or maybe she just has a virus or something.

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    How is she today? Did you switch proteins? You can try a bland diet (boiled chicken and rice) and pure pumpkin puree.

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    Default Re: Going RAW, gradual change from kibble or go full raw from day 1?

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    How is she today? Did you switch proteins? You can try a bland diet (boiled chicken and rice) and pure pumpkin puree.
    So far today she seems fine. She did not poop this morning and I just ran home and took her out and she just went pee again. So I'm assuming that the diarrhea is done. I think it was from the Flora4, which I stopped giving her after the first loose stool. Looking back I should have probably stopped giving it right when she started pooping normally again.

    If the soft stool continues I'll add some pure pumpkin back into her diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcchenard View Post
    So far today she seems fine. She did not poop this morning and I just ran home and took her out and she just went pee again. So I'm assuming that the diarrhea is done. I think it was from the Flora4, which I stopped giving her after the first loose stool. Looking back I should have probably stopped giving it right when she started pooping normally again.

    If the soft stool continues I'll add some pure pumpkin back into her diet.
    Good to hear!

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