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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-24-2015, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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8 week old on raw diet- help?

Hi all! We brought Lana home at 7 weeks and today marks the 10th day she is on the raw diet. We chose Bravo blend. Because they recommend you stick with 1 meat during the 2 week transition we chose chicken. She started of weighing 8lbs and we were feeding her 16oz per day. Gradually feeding her more as she now weighs 12 lbs.
But I noticed a few things that I hope you all could share any tips or idea:
- she still has the runs (every now and then it will be solid). This is normal from my research-- a few more days it will be solid I am hoping
- BUT every time she goes she has trouble. That is the part that worries me.
- starting 2 days ago she started to eat less of her meals and won't finish. She barely finished all her meals yesterday. And I had to work with her this morning for her to eat her breakfast. So she has lost her appetite
-yesterday morning I noticed she has a little tub- I thought maybe we are feeding her too much- but I was following the guidelines. Not sure how to identify bloat..

-she still has a lot of energy? Aka she's still a land shark!!! lol

I'm freaking myself out with the research I'm doing this morning...

What do you all think?
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Take her to a vet!

Diarrhea, no appetite. IT could be anything from parasites to the start of a serious illness.




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Not normal, it's time for a vet visit for sure to see what's going on.

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you got the pup at 7 weeks , she weighed 8 pounds

ten days later the pups is 12 pounds !

that seems like a lot.

pups will do that -- gorge one day, pick away at another -- just like your appetite waxes and wanes

don't force a dog to eat -- allow her to eat to her being satisfied and then pick it up , refrigerate and offer later

make sure that the pup has water

the Bravo blends I see has one option with squash and broccoli . If that is the case maybe choose one of their products that does not have these as part of the ingredients . Raw Dog Food | Best Frozen Raw Diet for Dogs - Bravo Pet Food

the product doesn't indicate how much bone there is . Squash is constipating . Broccoli ties up digestive enzymes

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FYI: I used Bravo Balance with all three proteins. I noticed loose stool with the turkey but not the beef or chicken. He was on it for the 1st year. It has the proper amount of calcium, it is not going to list how much bone specifically, only nutrient content to meet guidelines.

What you are describing, however, is not normal. Go to a vet




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At 8 weeks old they are young babies.. i wouldnt waste my time asking advice on the internet.

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Could be coccidia or Giardia. Both can cause runny poops (the latter has a rather distinct smell too) and a loss of appetite. Make sure the vet runs the snap test for the Giardia. Can't be reliably diagnosed with a regular fecal.

So, yes, vet visit is in order.

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