Switching my senior girl to raw
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June 18, 2005 at 9:42 pm #1929Anonymous
I am in the process of switching my 10 yr old GSD “Heidi” over to a raw diet. Heidi has many health problems: Discoid Lupus, severe inhalant allergies, allergic lung disease, hd, spondylosis and she had acute pancreatitis about four years ago.
At this point I feel more comfortable using a pre-made diet…I choose “FarMore”. I’m a little worried about the fat content in raw diets. Heidi has been on kibble with a fat content of 12% without any problems. The FarMore chicken diet also says “as feed 12% fat”. Now would the fat precentage on a bag of kibble be the same as in the raw food or is there a difference…hope this questions makes sense 😕
I would never forgive myself if Heidi came down with pancreatitis again, this poor dog has been through enough in her lifetime. When she was diagnosed with Pancreatits they couldn’t tell me the cause but I strongly suspect the prednisone she had been on.
I am giving her digestive enzymes and probiotics. I haven’t started her on the FarMore yet, right now she has been getting some raw chicken breast, gizzards, hearts and she is doing fine with it.
MichaelaJune 18, 2005 at 10:15 pm #1930Anonymous
HeidiGSD, This is a good starting point [url]http://www.barfworld.com/main.shtml[/url]
drjeff if we’re not allowed to post other websites on the board please remove it. And I’m soory if not allowed.June 18, 2005 at 10:22 pm #1931Anonymous
Thank you luv4gsd. 🙂
I have read both of Dr. Billinghurst’s books and several others (Kymythy Schultze, Susan Johnson) and I also belong to a few Yahoo groups.
If Heidi was younger and in reasonable health I wouldn’t worry about the switch but her advanced age and health have me concerned.
MichaelaJune 21, 2005 at 10:29 pm #1939Anonymous
Anyone else have any advise? 💡June 22, 2005 at 6:16 am #1944Dr. Jeff FeinmanKeymaster
[quote=HeidiGSD]Anyone else have any advise? :idea:[/quote]
My only additional advice if you are worried about the natural diet is to start working with an experienced holistic vet. A vet homeopath would be even better. H/She will help you both with dietary advice as well as remedies directed at the underlying process which has caused all of the problems in the first place.
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