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02-14-2014 10:32 AM
Kaimeju
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How old is she and how much does she currently weigh?
She is almost 5 and weighs 75 lbs, is moderately active. I calculated that she should be getting 1.5 lbs per day, but she won't eat that much even if I sear the meat. I split it into two meals.

Stool was hard today so I think I can keep feeding MM/RMBs now. She is not getting organ meat yet, since today concludes her very first week on raw.


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02-13-2014 11:22 PM
Lauri & The Gang How old is she and how much does she currently weigh?
02-13-2014 05:40 PM
Nyx I had read some where that the skin can cause the runs.
And I know that liver and other organ meats are really rich in vits and cause the runs as well.

I know that if I just feed quarters that is too much bone (RMB).
I have to add breasts (MM) to even out the proportions.

And just starting out on RAW you will have a wide variety of stool composition. Just be aware and take action when they are too far one way or another or don't firm up over a reasonable amount of time.
02-13-2014 12:18 PM
blackshep Glad things are moving along! lol

I agree, could be too much fat or organ meat to start out. Pumpkin can also help firm up stools, as does increasing the bone content.

I'm sure you'll get the mix just right, just takes some playing around!
02-13-2014 12:01 PM
SuperG
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Brief update: we are unclogged now after lots of pumpkin and baiting her water with chicken broth. Her appetite has gotten much better. Only now we're having loose stools. She is eating about a pound of bone-in chicken per day. I guess I will keep feeding this and see if she adjusts since she isn't having tons of diarrhea or anything. I couldn't find slippery elm but will keep looking. Another thought I had is that maybe she is eating too much chicken skin?

Too much fat might loosen the stool as will too much organ meat ...especially liver. Pumpkin works both ways so I have read...constipation and diarrhea...so who knows...maybe a bit too much pure pumpkin. Glad the pooch is unclogged ....LOL....and her appetite is back. Chicken leg quarters probably have a better % of fat/bone and meat compared to wings. I assume you are also getting some organ into her diet as well.
I think in the beginning you will find that you need to tweak their diet a bit...their stool at times is a good indicator....too hard/whitish..too much bone perhaps....too soft..too much organ/liver...adjust as needed.

SuperG
02-13-2014 11:37 AM
Kaimeju Brief update: we are unclogged now after lots of pumpkin and baiting her water with chicken broth. Her appetite has gotten much better. Only now we're having loose stools. She is eating about a pound of bone-in chicken per day. I guess I will keep feeding this and see if she adjusts since she isn't having tons of diarrhea or anything. I couldn't find slippery elm but will keep looking. Another thought I had is that maybe she is eating too much chicken skin?
02-10-2014 07:44 PM
_Zero_ If she's not straining, she's probably okay. I would worry more if it seems like she's very uncomfortable when she goes out, and/or like she's trying to go but cannot. Dogs can go a long time without having a BM, and I agree with the others who posted above that suggest the increased bone content can make stools very firm and stop her up a bit.

As an anecdote, whenever my dog has had a colitis episode and has been started on antibiotics, it's usually around 48 hours before he has his first bowel movement.
02-10-2014 02:42 PM
Kaimeju She is having trouble eating even the pumpkin, but maybe if I warm it up and mix it with some chicken broth she will go for it.

Carmen, I will try the slippery elm too, great suggestion!

It sounds like this might be a case of too many drummies, not enough meat.
02-10-2014 02:07 PM
blackshep You might be feeding too much bone, it really firms up the poop. I'd maybe hold off on feeding her until she poops?

There will also be less poop with raw fed dogs, in general.

What about feeing a few tablespoons or raw pumpkin (not the spiced kind, just plain)
02-10-2014 01:02 PM
carmspack slippery elm
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