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Old 03-07-2015, 01:30 AM
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Hello, I adopted a 6 yr old retired breeder. At the time I adopted her, she was in heat. She may have been bred, previous owners weren't sure and she will be getting fixed this month reguRdless if she is carrying because they may be from her brother- crazy, I know-

But I brought her to vet and had full panel blood labs done and an exam. Her organs checked out good to switch her to raw..my question is how long before I start to notice changes? She hasn't begun to shed her dull coat yet and still seems bony..the vet said it would be months before the shedding will start but I forgot to ask her how long it would take for her to get some more muscle mass... She has been on raw for for a little over a week. Her poops immediately improved. she eats almost ten different protein sources ranging from ground meat bone organ to whole carcass.. Anyone else have experience with converting?
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I've only had one dog come to me in rough shape coat-wise. Nova was starving and had just had a litter. It took probably 3 months for her coat and whiskers to look normal, sleek and shiny. As far as gaining weight- it can take some time with a rescue. They are still a little stressed and getting used to their new environment.
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She is beautiful,so glad you have her now, so no more breeding.I also took on a 5 year old X breeding,as Annie said it takes them a long time to settle in.
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Thanks for your replies! As far as her personality goes, she is very much a lap dog. She won't play really. Only time I see her get excited is when I get home from being out for a couple hours. She will run and zig zag in circles growling and barking. It's so cute. I try to get her going and to play but all she wants to do is lay on my lap or next to me. I know she is weary of my cat but isn't too scared of her. They do sleep next to each other sometimes. Any suggestions on to get her to play or be more interactive? She does enjoy walks but right now it's too cold out to make it an activity.
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How long have you had her? I would just let her relax and take things slow for a while. Once she trusts you and is more comfortable she will play! My older rescue- who actually came to me pretty well adjusted- didn't play with toys for 3 months. We thought he just didn't like them, but now he will bring me balls and toys and things. It takes even a well socialized adult dog time to settle into things like that. Walks are a great way to bond in the meanwhile, or work on learning some simple tricks. That can really help bond you because it is a lot of fun for the dog and they get treats from you while they do it!
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I've had her for almost a month now. Her previous owners said she wasn't very active, so I don't know. Hopefully after being on raw, she'll be more energetic and want to play!!!
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