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by Nans gsd on 14 July 2017 - 17:07

My boy (now 4 years old) at a young age was not able to take raw very well; changed him to Orijen and that was too rich for him. He is now on some cooked ground meats (I change up different meats, beef, turkey,chicken, small amounts of salmon and add to a very high quality kibble dog food. So far works well. The ground meats are cooked medium rare and that is about as good as it can get for him. Maintains his weight great and always seems to have energy when I want him to have it.

You can look into the Petcurean line dog foods for higher calorie kibble, maybe give him a snack of a cup or 2 per day of kibble along with feeding him raw at a different time of the day. Petcurean "GO" line has some higher calorie kibbles almost 500 calories per cup so that could maybe work for him. He will put the weight on when he is ready. Don't overfeed him. Grain free.

Also I would probably give him a 5 day dose of panacur; five days consequtively, then repeat in a couple of weeks (2-4 weeks) again. That sounds maybe like whip worm or another parasite which are sometimes hard to detect in a stool sample. Good luck Nan

by Hundmutter on 14 July 2017 - 18:07

Re: Origen, which is probably different again in the UK to that produced in Canada, or the USA, as we have pretty tight regulations about contents of animal foods - I have been given samples of Origen, and the publicity that comes with it sounds absolutely fine ... but every dog I have offered it to has refused to eat it. As I said earlier, I'm a kibble user; and my dogs ain't fussy. But there has to be some reason they didn't find this food at all appealing ?

by beetree on 14 July 2017 - 19:07

I am surprised no one mentioned the Satin Balls recipe, yet.



by MNicoleM on 14 July 2017 - 21:07

I plan on gradually introducing raw to him. I really have no problem with it and would rather feed raw. It definitely is a reluctance after what we had gone through. We tested for several illnesses including parvo multiple times, he spent the weekend at the vets with round the clock care, needed fluids because in just one day he was extremely dehydrated, and the vet did not expect the recovery he made. The only changes made were fluids and the food which the vet fed while he was there. It very well could be a horrible coincidence. We are wanting to have him fully on raw by the time he is done with his bag of dog food. We are hopeful that it was just something he came into contact with/ate on our acreage that caused his reactions, but we will find out as we reintroduce each protein. Luckily he has done very well on Orijen, but like I said, it will only temporary until his bag is up. Typically we like to feed chicken, beef, turkey, liver, pancreas, tripe, fish, and a couple other meats for the oriental store. We will be raising our own goats, chicken, turkey, duck, rabbits, and perhaps cattle in the very near future, so we will begin feeding those when the time comes. Thank you, guys.

by Hundmutter on 15 July 2017 - 06:07

Actually Bee, Nicole mentioned 'satin balls' herself, when she was writing about not just wanting the pup to suddenly put on a lot of UNnecessary weight - see last bit of her post two-thirds down p.1.


by Hundmutter on 15 July 2017 - 06:07

Nicole, did your vet never come to any definite conclusion, then, about WHAT it was that struck your pup down ?

Hope that the recovery is permanent, and best of luck with this little one for the future !

by Nans gsd on 16 July 2017 - 01:07

Satin Balls have too many negative ingredients. Nan

by beetree on 16 July 2017 - 15:07

HM, guess that is what happens to my comprehension when I come late to the party! Lol

Not sure what the OP has for a goal,then! Feeding raw correctly is simply a healthy diet. Adding more fat for weight gain seems to be an obvious step.

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