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Our 12 week old has been doing pretty well on RAW for about 2 weeks now. He is getting about 2-3% of his ideal weight which comes out to about 2lbs in 3 feedings. They consist of chicken wings, beef, pumpkin and either some yogurt, cottage cheese, or an egg no shell. Yesterday I gave him a chicken quarter (wow they are so much cheaper) instead of the wings/beef and he got the runs. Is it because the meat to bone ratio is different and he didnt get enough bone or because it is a different part of the chicken. I'm hoping to keep feeding him the quarters since it is so much easier and cheaper than the wings but if thats all he can tolerate i'll stick to that for now.

Now a sanitary question. I feed them in their crates and they get the chicken all over. How often should I be disenfecting their crates? They seem to lick up every last drop but I always worry about the germs.
 

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Do you mean a chicken leg 1/4? He may have overeaten, that will cause puddinpoo, leg 1/4 usually weigh about 1# each, so for one feeding he may have eaten more than usual. When I switched to raw, if I overfed, they would get a runny poo.
I feed my girls the RMB's outside-they prefer to eat far away from each other when having a boney meal... so I can't comment on the sanitation question, but I would use a disinfectant and wipe crate bottom w/ paper towel after they eat.
 

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I agree with what onyx'girl said about it may have been too much, which is what caused the runny poops..

Why are you adding pumpkin or cottage cheese daily tho? Cottage cheese is HIGH is calcium, a puppy does not need that extra calcium. It can actual be dangerous for the puppy, as excessive calcium can cause developmental bone disease..In regards to the pumpkin, I would only use this if your pup was having a problems with diarrhea or constipation. No need to use that wonderful tool of adjusting poops daily:)
 

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That was a little typo, he doesnt always get those things, but my adult dog does the the cottage cheese. I think it was too much too. Ive been giving him the smaller quarters and he has been doing much better.
 

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Just jumping in on the sanitizing issue: I keep anti-bacterial wipes handy all over the place. I use them to keep kitchen counters clean and also crates for easy surface stuff (like what you describe). My dogs also eat in their crates, and I only wipe the crates down when there's a visible mess; then again, the dogs pretty much go after their food on the spot (over their dishes), not too much spreading stuff around. I'd be interested in other people's opinions on the frequency of such cleaning.

Glad the decreased volume of food has worked for your pup!
 

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Originally Posted By: bosco146That was a little typo, he doesnt always get those things, but my adult dog does the the cottage cheese. I think it was too much too. Ive been giving him the smaller quarters and he has been doing much better.
Gotcha:) Glad the poops are back to normal..

Forgot to mention with the sanitary issue..I feed RMBs outside, so no issue there. Vinegar works great tho for cleanups
 

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I do the same thing with anti-bacterial wipes - except I wipe up counters where I prepared my pup's meal and the area where she ate (crate or kitchen floor) after each time she eats. Although Lily does a good job of cleaning the visible mess, I like to clean up a bit after her too.

On days where I am packaging up baggies of meat and am cutting up items, I use bleach to santize counters/cutting boards and follow with hot, soapy water.
 
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