Chi Won't Eat Liver - Any Advice? - Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums
 
Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums


Chihuahua-People.com is the premier Chihuahua Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.

Go Back   Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums > Chihuahuas > Chihuahua Diet and Nutrition > Raw Food

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-30-2015, 04:01 AM
Starr's Avatar
chi person
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 46
Thanks: 23
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Default Chi Won't Eat Liver - Any Advice?

Meadow refuses to eat raw liver for some reason. I'm trying to do the raw meat, meaty bone and organ meat diet (8:1:1) but I can't get her to eat the liver. Any advice? I'm worried she isn't getting what she needs nutritionally.

Also, it seems like her allergies are worse since I made the switch to this diet. Have any of you experienced this?

Once last thing: is it normal for her to have gas (she never had it before) while making the switch to this new diet?

Any help would be much appreciated! I only want the best for Meadow.

Thank you!
__________________

Charcoal/pastel portrait of Meadow

As my fiance would say, "I love to kiss her bulbous skull!"
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 01-30-2015, 09:25 AM
coco_little_bear's Avatar
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: May 2012
Name: Camille
Location: London UK
Posts: 3,306
Thanks: 823
Thanked 679 Times in 635 Posts
Default

My Lilo hates raw liver too (and raw organs in general). Have you tried hiding it in other foods she likes? I don't feed homemade raw all the time (I go through phases), but when I do, I give organs in small doses every day instead of giving whole meals of it. Hidden in things like plain yoghurt, peanut butter, cheese, etc. I have to practically mince it. Oddly enough, Lilo loves my homemade dehydrated liver and kidney though. She goes crazy for it! So sometimes I just give that. That's another thing you could try. She may just get used to raw liver over time too. My Lilo has certainly improved a lot. At first she would even pick out tiny liver chunks out of pre made raw food and throw them out of the bowl. Now she tolerates that.

As for having gas, I've never had problems switching a dog to raw, but I know some can take a while to get used to it. If the switch is quite recent, I would probably give it time. Other people on here may be more able to advise you on this and the allergy question.
__________________

Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to coco_little_bear For This Useful Post:
Starr (01-30-2015)
  #3  
Old 01-30-2015, 10:20 AM
Kalisee's Avatar
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Name: Anna
Location: Greece
Posts: 1,412
Thanks: 176
Thanked 252 Times in 223 Posts
Default

Have you tried broiling it just a little bit so the outside part tightens up? It may be the mushy texture she does not like and if you cook it a few seconds it will not lose all of its nutritional value. It will still be red on the inside but the outside will toughen up and taste a little different.

My girl does not eat only raw but she will eat meat with no problem raw, but not chicken, she hates it uncooked.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Kalisee For This Useful Post:
Starr (01-30-2015)
 
  #4  
Old 01-30-2015, 03:58 PM
MMS MMS is offline
chi king/queen
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Name: Marty
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 864
Thanks: 155
Thanked 235 Times in 199 Posts
Default

I dehydrate liver and use it in my training treat rotation. I use a dehydrator, but you can also use an oven, or just leave it sit open in the fridge a while.

The change is different for every dog. Gas is normal, as her stomach acid changes to accommodate the new food. You may experience this again with each new protein introduced... it's a joy, especially when you get into the richer ones like pork and venison! Haha. As to the allergies, it's not abnormal, either. Her immune system is piqued, so anything is likely to set her off right now. It should calm down fairly quickly as her body adjusts to the new process.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to MMS For This Useful Post:
Starr (01-30-2015)
  #5  
Old 01-30-2015, 04:07 PM
Wicked Pixie's Avatar
Administrator
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Name: Stella
Location: Frome, Somerset, UK
Posts: 5,713
Thanks: 230
Thanked 1,605 Times in 1,262 Posts
Default

Liver is quite important, so you will have to be sneaky to get her to eat it. She may then start to like it, my Harley hated all organs with a vengeance, and for over a year we had to find ways to get it into him, but now he loves it.

Some things to try:
1. feeding whilst frozen. You can pare small amounts of a frozen lump onto something she likes. Often it is the texture they dont like so feeding frozen helps with this.
2. Chopping finely or liquidising and mixing with food they love. Try mixing into some tripe or whatever the favourite food is. Or add yoghurt, garlic, parmesan cheese etc whatever flavour you think they might like.
3. Cook the outside lightly by searing in a pan or dropping into boiling water. Then reduce the amount of cooking until fully raw.
4. Hide it under the skin of a piece of chicken or rabbit or in the body cavity of a sardine for example.
5. Con them into eating it by 'accidentally' dropping a piece when you are preparing the meal (stolen food is always yummiest) or teach her to catch a treat and make the third treat a piece of liver.
6. Try livers from different animals. Chicken livers seem to be the mildest flavour, and are preferred by many dogs, but try liver from beef, lamb and pork etc

The increased allergy symptoms and gas could be due to detoxing if she is new to raw. However i would keep a food diary and see if one meat in particular is causing issues. They shouldn't be gassy on raw, I always take it as a sign that something doesn't suit them. Mine are only gassy if they eat fatty pork/pork bones. They aren't intolerant to pork but we need to watch the fat content.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Wicked Pixie For This Useful Post:
Starr (01-30-2015)
  #6  
Old 01-30-2015, 05:21 PM
chili's Avatar
chi addict
 
Join Date: May 2011
Name: Tam
Location: ARKANSAS, USA
Posts: 248
Thanks: 10
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Default

When the weather warms up you can try frozen. But as others said, smash it up good and mix a small amount over a few meals with food they like, maybe ground beef, chicken or turkey. Chili doesn't like liver or kidney.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to chili For This Useful Post:
Starr (01-30-2015)
  #7  
Old 01-30-2015, 09:00 PM
Starr's Avatar
chi person
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 46
Thanks: 23
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Default

Thank you all so much for your advice. I'll try sneaking little bits of it in her food at first and then I'll probably try cooking it a bit. I'm pretty sure she just hates the texture because she makes a funny face when she licks it haha. If that doesn't work I'll trick her into wanting it! Also, I'll try other meats to see if she gets gassy. I've been feeding her chicken necks, which she loves, but she's quite stinky a couple of hours later. Again, thanks for the advice! I'll keep you all updated.
__________________

Charcoal/pastel portrait of Meadow

As my fiance would say, "I love to kiss her bulbous skull!"
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-06-2015, 11:40 PM
Starr's Avatar
chi person
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 46
Thanks: 23
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Default

Update:

I found a ground beef, ground beef liver and ground gizzards package for dogs at my local butcher's shop and because it's all mixed together, I have gotten Meadow to eat small amounts of it. I also bought freeze dried green tripe and she loves that. Also, the itching has gotten worse so I put her back on her Dinovite supplement mixed with the beef/liver/gizzards package. I'm also feeding her chicken necks which she absolutely loves. I'm pretty sure the gas has gone away.

Thanks everyone again for providing so many helpful suggestions. I hope my experience helps answer other people's questions.
__________________

Charcoal/pastel portrait of Meadow

As my fiance would say, "I love to kiss her bulbous skull!"
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Starr For This Useful Post:
Chihuahua-mamma (12-12-2017)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT. The time now is 08:03 AM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Chihuahua People 2004-2009
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum