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EileensZoe 06-17-2014 06:35 PM

Zoe not eating so great until I fed her raw today
Zoe who I just brought home on Sunday hasn't really been eating too well. I had Blue Buffalo large breed puppy grain free food. I also bought some cans of the same. Anyways, the vet had said yesterday (Mon) that she was a little bit on the light side, but nothing to worry about.
However, both Sunday, Mon, and this morning, she hardly touched her food.
That is when I started "boning up" on the raw food forum here.
Had my hubby run out and get some chicken thighs and folks, we have a new puppy! She LOVES it. She is so funny tonight running around being silly tossing things in the air then pouncing on them. MUCH more energy.
I am now going to run out and get the necks.
She also has not pooped at all since she ate at 1 pm and then again 40 minutes ago. Am I to expect lesser amounts of stools, or an explosion soon?

I will be reading and reading about all of this, but need to know some info really quick before running to the grocery store.
I know it should be 10% of her weight that is fed. How long on the necks, backs and thighs before progressing to green tripe, organ meats, etc? Or do I get that now?

Steve Strom 06-17-2014 06:45 PM

Thighs are pretty heavy bones to start with. Backs and necks are a better first choice, I think. You may see an explosion soon, maybe not, but keep an eye on her and don't be surprised to see some undigested bone come out.

EileensZoe 06-17-2014 06:51 PM

Oh no. I read somewhere that thighs were okay with a puppy. I am scared now! The only thing that has not made me terrified after reading this is that she was chewing so well. Nice crunching sounds. She wasn't wolfing it down.
I will watch her closely now. Thanks.

Steve Strom 06-17-2014 06:56 PM

I generally add one thing at a time, starting with chicken backs. Its usually a few days to get regular poops, then I add something. I've never had a problem with tripe, but liver usually means runs. Beef Heart as a muscle meat too.

Steve Strom 06-17-2014 06:58 PM

How old is she?

EileensZoe 06-17-2014 06:59 PM

8 weeks

Steve Strom 06-17-2014 07:04 PM

I cheat Eileen, I'm not comfortable trying to balance a raw diet on a little pup like that and the weeks it may take, so I use a commercial raw like Bravo. Its not too expensive when they're that little and you can switch them easily when they're bigger.

EileensZoe 06-17-2014 07:07 PM

Okay. I will check that out Steve. Thanks!

my boy diesel 06-17-2014 07:07 PM

for a puppy you need more nutrients than just a chicken back a day
you are looking at an unbalanced diet including poor calcium to phosphorus ratio which an cause the puppy to grow wrong
if you are unable to study and balance the diet you should switch to another high quality kibble
at least the nutrients would be correct
i am not a fan of blue buffalo due to poor marketing practices but there are plenty of great kibbles out there to choose from other than that
i personally like wellness and solid gold but have heard great things too about fromm and acana to name a few
both are rated highly on the dog food scale
another great brand is merrick

EileensZoe 06-17-2014 07:09 PM

Eek..I just read that there was a recall last month with Bravo due to Listeria being in the meat?

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