(Closed) Dog look emaciated on raw dog food.

posted 3 years ago in Pets
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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torreshector :  how long have they been on the raw? have they actually lost weight, or do they just act hungry? if they’ve lost weight, you probably need to feed them more. are you sure the raw you’re feeding is supposed to be a complete diet (because there are some that are just raw bases that you should supplement with other items). which raw are you feeding?

if the raw isn’t working well for them, you might want to try The Honest Kitchen. it’s human grade freeze-dried. not exactly raw (it’s been cooked at very low temps), but it’s super high quality. i know a lot of dogs that have done well on THK when raw hasn’t worked out quite well for them.

you say you don’t want to pump them full of steriods…it makes me wonder if there is some health issue. what has your vet said? because vets don’t just randomly prescribe steriods…it’s usually because there’s an actual health issue.

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

I’d start looking for things like worms or a wasting disease.  And step up how much food you are giving them if they are even acting hungry.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

When you say that you give them raw food, I assume you mean raw meat.  This shouldn’t trigger allergies, unless it’s chicken or pork, which unless free range, are loaded with chemicals and additives. 

We give our Westies fresh beef and kangaroo with mashed pumpkin and some good quality dry food, and have no problems at all.  They also get raw beef bones to chew on, which keep their teeth clean and provide them with marrow which is really good for dogs.

Anyway sorry, I’ve got no suggestions except don’t give them chicken or pork.  Good luck with sorting out a solution. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

To quickly put some weight on, make “satin balls” for them. You can make a batch, portion and freeze it, and thaw as needed. They really work! Since your dogs are small, cut the recipe in half or more so you don’t have a massive batch that will take them forever to go through.

http://www.njboxers.com/satin-balls-recipe.html

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Have you gone on the dog food website and checked the calories in their old food? I switched my old dog from traditional dog food to to home cooked meals and she lost weight in the first week because I didn’t know how much to give her. Dog food is super caloric. Volume-wise, she only got 4 cups a day but it ended up being more than 2000 calories. The volume of cooked food she was getting was so much that I ended up giving her three human sized meals a day rather than just 2, like she required on dog food. 

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Sugar bee

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fieldwench :  Chicken or pork is FINE on a raw diet. I fed my dogs raw chicken necks and backs for YEARS – no issues at all other than GREAT health. I started raw due to one of my dog’s allergies, but it helped the other dog as well. It is important to feed whole raw meat/poultry/fish, because they need the balance of bone/meat. The bones do NOT hurt them… it is cooked bones that are a problem because they are hard and brittle.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I second The Honest Kitchen.  It really did give my dog more energy and a nicer coat and she loves it!  She actually started reminding it’s “breakfast/dinner time”.  Lol

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I can’t speak to the raw food but my boxer has allergies to certain kibble and the vet food didn’t work and it didn’t seem like great quality either. The food I ended up on is Go! sensitivity and shine salmon. He has been on it for two years … No rash, itchiness, red ears or diaherria since being on it.

Also logically speaking if they lost weight they just aren’t eating enough. Figured out how many calories they were getting before and adjust to that.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

They’ve probably got worms, you really need to worm dogs monthly if you’re going to feed raw.  Have you checked it is a complete, balanced diet or are you just giving raw meat?

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Sugar bee

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sydneyfrancis88 :  I fed raw for over 10 years and never wormed my dogs. Are you talking about an extra treatment aside from monthly heartworm et al.  pills/chewies?

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Honey Beekeeper

I was feeding expensive, highly reviewed dog foods and had similar issues. What finally worked was going to the more exotic, single ingredient protein foods. Also expensive, but worth it. My vet says allergies in dogs are much more likely to be from your common meat sources such as chicken. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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katebluestone :  I’m in the UK, we don’t have heartworm here so we worry more about lungworm and roundworms…but particularly tapeworm can be picked up easier from uncooked meat especially pork, so something like drontal/milbemax.  Dogs should be wormed every 6 months routinely, more frequently if they’re having raw food.  

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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weddingmaven :  Your vet is correct- raw food will do exactly zero if something like a chicken allergy (very common) is the problem.  A hydrolysed, hypoallergenic diet with a novel protein source is what you need.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Could it be you’re not feeding them enough? Is it a commerically made raw food? Raw food has a lot of water in it so you have to feed them quite a bit more than you would regular kibble.

Have you had your allergic dog tested for food sensitivies? How does she act when she’s allergic, itchy?

I have my dogs on all different foods. The ones that seem to have senstivities are on limited ingredient diets.

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