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Old 03-09-2010, 12:56 PM
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For a few days now Jake has been sick, it was not a huge amount but then today after eating his chicken which he didn't gorge down he brought the whole lot up.

In himself he seems fine but I am worried about him keep being sick, I am thinking maybe the raw diet isn't suited to him after all.

I am going to watch him over the next few days and if he is sick again I am taking him to the vets.

Do you think it could be the raw diet just not agreeing with him after all.
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:40 PM
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Dogs on raw hork up food for a number of reasons.

Ate too fast, food too cold, ate too much, etc etc.

Betty will hork her food up (chicken w/skin on) repeatedly ... then EAT IT AGAIN.

LOL Gross! But she seems to enjoy it more the second time round.

Deme, I think maybe the raw diet isn't for YOU.. Jake seems to be doing fabulous on it. You, on the other hand can't seem to calm down long enough to take it as it comes. I get that, I have anxiety disorders.

Do you think maybe you should get him on a high quality canned food with some raw bones twice a week to help clean his teeth? Would that be something that is more comfortable for you?
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I spoke to my vet about raw and he said its good for 70% of dogs so you don't know. I agree with the above post about you worrying however i think thats normal if you don't completely trust it. If you are worried about him being sick it doesn't do any harm to call your vet. X
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It may infact DO harm by calling your vet. I know my ex vet screamed at me when he found out I did raw, told me I was killing Betty, etc etc. I cried all the way home. It actually made me second guess myself for a few minutes.

Vets are NOT schooled in nutrition (for the most part). Unless it is a specialized vet practice, I wouldn't trust a vet about nutrition more than I would go to me GP for nutrition advice (they would refer me to a specialist!).

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Deme, I'm afraid I agree with Muzby. Maybe the raw diet just isn't something that's going to work for you. Will it work for Jake - most definitely YES! But I think that your worrying over him is wearing you down. Dogs throw up sometimes. It's not something that I would call the vet for unless it was a repeated thing with obvious ramifications.

I firmly believe that raw is by far, the BEST diet possible for our little carnivores and I am 100% committed to it. If Brody has a loose stool, or decides he doesn't want to eat for a day, etc. then so be it. I keep a close eye on him and tweak his diet as necessary. If I see his stool is a little loose, I make sure he gets bone in his next meal. If he's had chicken for a couple days, I make sure to throw in some beef heart or a rabbit quarter to increase his red meat. I am careful to make sure that he gets his 10% organ allotment. But I don't obsess over every little bump in the road. And there WILL be bumps in the road... that's true of ANY diet!

Sometimes dogs vomit because they are anticipating eating and have an empty stomach. Sometimes they eat too much. Or too fast. There are lots of reasons for vomiting and I have seen dogs vomit on kibble as well. It's not just a raw problem.

Whatever you decide, I hope you come to terms with a diet that will please you and your stress level/anxiety will decrease. It's no fun to be worried about our babies.
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Yesterday Jake did eat to quickly so wasn't surprised or too concerned but today I give him 2oz of chicken (he gets 2oz on a morning and again in the afternnoon) and he didin't eat it quickly in fact I was surprised at how long he did take to eat it. It may have been cold but he has eaten it the same way for weeks now.

I am not so worried about feeding raw as I do want to keep with it, just with him being sick 3 days in a row and 3 times today I get worried.

I did remember something which may be a bigger factor. Two of his toys have plastic bits and he chews on them leaving bits allover the carpet. Yesterday he strained for ages to have a poo and went he did go it wasn't much and it was 80% plastic bits.

I wonder if he has a tummy upset with the plastic and that is why he is being sick.

I am watching to see if he poo's any more bits. I give him some scrambled egg as that will be lighter on his tummy and so far he's been okay. He has also been very very clingy these past few days another thing which makes me think he has a sore tummy.

Otherwise he plays and likes to run around outdoors..

I guess I am an over protective worrying mummy, but ahhh guys he's my fist Chi and my first pet in 9 years...

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I bet it is a tummy ache from eating plastic!! Poor baby! Hope he is feeling better soon. Hopefully the eggs will help everything to move along.
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I had to throw all of Draco's hard plastic toys away...he continually eats them. I let him play with the softer latex but all hard plastics are banished. I hope Jake gets to feeling better soon.
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