I need some advice
I'll start by saying I'm 100% certain RAW is the way to go. I'm only sort of certain it will work well for my GSD.
She is currently being medicated for yet another round of bloody diarrhea. We rushed off to the emergency vet this morning. After bloodwork and xrays, I have no answer as to what caused her bloody stool and foamy vomiting. I've had her on acana/orijen (I buy one bag then the other next time, always same protein, salmon). Last week however I've been trying to switch her to a rabbit protein food to see if that would help with her itchy skin. I don't know if I gave her too much of the rabbit yesterday morning and that's what caused the disruption or not. She's been given a dose of something to stop the stomach ruckus and given fluids. Her bloodwork was normal, xray normal. no fever, no abdomen pain when examined. no idea. She's experienced this before, many times actually but only once was it so severe it was bloody and resulted in a trip to the ER vet. The issue is almost always her food. Hence putting her on acana/orijen, the alleged king of kibble. She's been doing incredibly well for a very long stretch as far as digestion goes. Which is why I blame the recent addition of the rabbit for her troubles.
Anyway, I think switching her to raw would be the best diet. I'm afraid though, given her tricky tummy that it won't be the best diet for HER. I've fed her raw chicken backs, legs from time to time in an attempt to switch to raw but my husband always dissuades me from going on. In fact I had given her a chicken back on Thursday evening and she loved it, but now he's blaming this stomach issue on that. I don't agree, but I can't help but worry. However it hasn't escaped me that whenever we do have these episodes, feeding her boiled chicken and rice is quite agreeable with her.
If anyone that has a dog with an equally sensitive stomach and successfully transitioned to Raw, I'd love to hear about it. If anyone has any advice at all I'm all ears. My poor puppy is lying downstairs drooling (nausea I'm assuming) and just trying to be still. They gave her a shot of something to help settle her stomach and I just gave another med as instructed when we got home. She was given saline injections to help hydrate. I'm hoping very much she perks up soon. She's so totally not herself. Obviously she won't be eating anything at all anytime soon.
Riley 2/25/10 Tucker (Lab) 10/10/03
plus assorted cats in different flavors
Last edited by StellaSquash; 03-10-2013 at 01:10 PM.