4-5 month old, raw food / no bones
So... I need to preface with my pup will NOT eat kibble. At all. She's had a bad strain of kennel cough we're trying to find an antibiotic that really fights off and has actual damage inside her nose and everything is inflamed and mucus-y inside. She basically has no sense of smell (has very minor it seems) and though will get most of it back, will not get all of it. But she will NOT eat kibble anymore. We've been going through **** since she was 11 weeks old trying to get her to eat. Every tip and trick. We even tried putting kibble soaked in stock and mixed with meat in a blender and she never even attempted to picked the meat out of it at this point. Just wouldn't touch it. Canned food mixed in, peanut butter... all the things. 4 different brands. All "5-star" food. Grain-free, meat based, etc. (She's almost 5 months old now.) She went 5 full days two weeks ago without eating, and given she's always been too skinny according to the vet ("You need to feed her more. She's too thin." -- "WE TRY. She won't -eat-") I finally hit panic mode and shifted her onto raw feeding. I've done it with two pups in the past, so I'm not afraid of it, just cautious about various risks. She will eat non-frozen raw meat. (She won't eat frozen meat either.) And hot dogs. And processed cheese. That's what we're down to now.
Tried easing in with the bone to see how her digestive track handles (or doesn't) handle it.
My last GSD couldn't digest bone. At all. No matter the kind of bone, raw or store-bought chewing bone, etc, it came out exactly the way it went in. (Same with carrot, and a few other things). We ended up in the ER with fragments stuck in his rear and blood everywhere and it was terrible. (He ended up coming out just fine - it was just terrifying and expensive).
The first few days, her poop was fine. No signs of any issues. Everything soft, etc. Today however, there was a good sized chunk of bone in her stool. Nothing seems distended / painful otherwise, and going to keep watching it closely for signs of something being wrong. Have her water actually with canned pumpkin mixed in to try to help (probably just making myself feel better) and she got no bones this morning, and I'm not going to continue feeding her bone. It's simply NOT worth the risk right now. She has enough wrong with her than take that risk. Just keeping her on raw chicken breast/thighs that are boneless, a bit of chicken liver. She's fine with turkey. Going to try beef soon. Etc.
I'm really worried about calcium. She won't eat yogurt. She has no interest in egg shells. I know the ratio of phosphorus to calcium is important, and nutritionally she's at a deficit right now. I don't know what else to try for her that has no chance of an ER visit and will get her what she needs every day that I can get into her with her sense of smell so impaired. I got her a box of vita-bones but don't even know how many of those to try to entice her to eat a day since nowhere I can find says "she needs this." And vets are notoriously bad as nutritionists. I'd much rather trust a community of GSD owners talking and possessing the amount of experience and knowledge on this, as bad as that might sound.
Just scared for my girl and trying so hard to keep her as healthy as possible. (She'll be 5 months next week and already crossed the 50lb mark, so she's doing okay with growth - I just don't want that growth to be malnourished!)
Last edited by Zayven; 04-20-2017 at 05:59 PM.