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Old 02-28-2013, 09:54 AM
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I started my boy on raw on 2/14/13. I am a little paranoid of feeding bones due to a mishap with cooked bones. I know now to never feed cooked bones. He is also a gulper. Anyway I started out grinding his chicken bones and all at home because of my reservations with the bones. I also give him probiotics with his meals. He is fed 3% of his 5lb body weight witch is about 2.8 oz a day. He has done wonderfully on raw, no vomit, no diarrhea, no problems so far. He also has eaten liver shavings and kidney and never once had any problems. I have (probably to soon) given him beef, venison, and some pork. Still no loose stools or vomit, he loves it all. I keep a journal of everything he is fed. He does like treats sometimes and I have purchased dehydrated liver treats from trader joes, which he loves too! Anyway today he got a chicken thigh, whole and I let him eat about 1.5 oz in the morning about 9am and then took the thigh and gave him a liver treat. Everything is fine so far nothing out of the ordinary. About 6pm I gave him his thigh back and let him eat another 1.5 oz or so off it and then I took it and gave him a liver treat. The chicken meat in this case was raised and butchered by myself. About 12pm, 6 hours later after having nothing else to eat, he vomited and as best I can describe it, it looked like beef stew with gravy. That was the consistency. He was very mopey and tired looking. He just wanted to lay down. I work nights but my gf is home with him and I am guessing the night has gone well as I haven't heard from her yet. I just wanted some input if maybe this is just something that happens sometime or maybe I did something wrong. Thank you!
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I wouldn't be super concerned. Sounds like you are doing everything right... as long as he is processing through the varieties without any trouble. How many liver treats are you giving? Those dehydrated or freeze dried liver treats are super concentrated. Since organs are only 10% of the diet, you may be overdoing it just a bit on that. I would go back to basics anytime you have a hiccup... bone in chicken, no skin, only for a few meals until everything is sorted. Then start up slowly again.
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Thank you for your response! He seems fine this morning. I bought him a couple of Cornish hens and I'm just going to go easy for a few days. He has been doing wonderful so far, this was the only hiccup so far! He's my buddy and I worry. Thanks again for your input brodysmom!
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He had some quail a few days ago and I noticed that he swallowed the leg bone still pretty intact, I didn't think much of it at the time but today the whole bone came out in his poop. It was still kinda hard as it "popped" when I broke it. It was covered completely and I don't think he even thought twice about pooping it out. I have read that this is pretty normal thing for dogs new to raw. Should I be concerned at all or limit whole bones like that? Maybe I could hold it for him so he has to chew it and not swallow it? Also he seems completely fine from his little vomit incident.
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You can either hold the quail so he chews/gnaws on it, or you can snip it into tiny pieces with scissors or you can crush the leg meat/bone with a hammer until its floppy. It's OK to be a little bone heavy in the beginning but bone in meals will eventually just be occasional, not every day, as bone is only 10% of the diet.
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If Lola has even a little extra food in a day she will vomit that may be what happened. I know that was an old question but in case it happened again. I am confused there is always a small amount of bone in one of my dogs meal not alot usually small like when I feed Cornish hen. Some dogs simply cannot handle having numerous non bone meals then one or two meals that contain the 10:/: bone.
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