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    Well we are biting the bullet and starting the Raw food. We tried the Taste of
    the wild but Toby still has gas and stinky poo. He loved the food though and was
    excited to eat his meals. I figured we have tried most of the top brands of dog food
    while we had our Pekingese but not the Raw so why not give it a try with a new dog.
    I've always been the kind of person people hate in the dog food store because I am always
    searching for new and better food. I spent a long time in the store yesterday trying to make
    up my mind.
    I bought Instinct Raw Rabbit:
    http://www.naturesvariety.com/InstinctRaw/dog/rabbit
    They said it would be easier on the stomach to get used to. We are starting out
    slow to switch over. He had a bite of it last night. He ate it right up then
    continued on eating his kibble. I hope to have him completely on it by next
    week.
    We will be searching for knuckle bones this weekend. We have a femur but they
    said its harder than the knuckle bone.
    I am trying not to think of what all is in this food and bones. Its really
    gross when you are not one that tries things. My dad would be so ashamed of his
    daughter LOL Just talking about it in the store, I kept saying ewwwwwww!
    I need to ask our vet about giving salmon oil in the food before we do it but I do
    want to add that in.
    Anyway, I really hope he does better on this stuff. I just want a happy dog
    with no stinkies!
    Becky
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    One thing I might suggest is that you add a good multi-vitamin supplement along with a good Omegas supplement that includes Omega-3. Sophie had a lot of UTIs as a puppy on raw, until we added the vitamins. Might the be vit. B in her supplement, we don't know, but something is working, as she hasn't had a UTI since adding the supplement.

    Just in case your dog has any problems with the Nature's Variety, which appears to have quite a lot of ingredients, we feed our Sophie a pre-mixed raw diet from Oma's Pride http://www.omaspride.com/index.php that has worked very well. Sophie scratches too much from any kibble or frozen raw mix with potatoes (white or sweet) in it, as well as grains in them, or raw mixes that have too many ingredients for me to figure out just what she's allergic to. This one works for us so far, and keeping our fingers crossed.

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    Default Should be an improvement for you...

    It was for us but not all dogs the same. I do give Gracie some fish oil or flax oil with hers. Has helped keep things moving along!! He he!! Opposite of what used to happen! Have not had the UTI problem but gonna keep eye on that.

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    I've been feeding raw for several years now and it's been great! I had tummy issues with Jake for years before trying raw and we are hooked. I also give an oil supplement. Silly....there's nothing gross in there I love that when I read the ingredients on the bag....I know what all of the words are and can prounounce them
    Cathy
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    Sadly I just walked out of the vet and she said NO Raw until 9 months! She said
    because of the salmonella and young dogs. She also said NO raw bones.
    I have to go with her on this because she is our vet. I would think that if
    something were to happen she would say I told you so.
    She is a very nice lady who took care of us and our Peke when we were at our
    very worst.
    I don't know where to turn now for food. I guess go to Natural Balance which is
    what we had our Peke on.
    I know this is not good for Toby and the next food we buy we will be sticking
    with for a LONG time.
    I know this goes against most of what all of you do, and I am the dog owner but
    I have to work closely with the vet and to do something that she said is not
    good until 9 months may put a strain on our visits.
    I guess I should have waited until after our appointment today to make the
    choice of food. Good thing is Toby has only had a few bites of the Raw so he
    will gladly go back to kibble. I guess we can throw in wet food even though I
    don't want to.
    Becky

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    Every vet is different... my vet says NO to anything other then bagged dog food. She even said feeding COOKED hamburger was bad and Raw eggs were a MAJOR No No to her... but my dogs eat raw eggs, cooked eggs, raw meat, cooked meat, a lots of other things my vet says NO to. Each and EVERY vet I have talked to seems to have a different opinion on what to feed and what not to feed.
    Flash Blitz Holly

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    Default I agree....vets seem to just resist raw food anyway...

    I think this is especially true in the USA. Maybe you do need to weight but Gracie probably would have never had colitis so much if we had switched her before 10 months. But waiting is not so bad...

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    Thanks for the understanding and advice. I'm now "getting" that everyone has a different opinion on Raw. I am so dang frustrated! I am exhausted from trying to do the right thing. We decided that since he's been on Taste of the wild for a bit we will keep him on it and just change flavors to the Sierra mountain (lamb). Hopefully that will work out.
    We actually went back into the vets office just to get more understanding from the vet and she see's us frustrated but insists that it is not good for him until 9 months. She said we can give him greek yogurt for a probiotic for now to help him out some. We can also give him a little salmon oil but warns it may make his stools a little loose. So we bought some of that.
    At 9 months though I want to change him to Raw and stick with it to see how he does on it because I could see just how excited he was to eat it. He was doing circles around me today with it.
    I am done thinking about this subject for awhile. Time to play with Toby.
    Becky

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    This is a case when you have to do your own research.... just like vaccinations.... and make up your own mind based on what you are comfortable with. Many breeders wean their puppies from the dam right onto Raw food with no problems at all.
    Holly, Oliver, Rosalita, and Scarlett

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    Most vets do not support raw....one day they will, but not yet i started Micah on raw right away at 14 weeks and he did totally fine on it. I love my vet, but my vet isn't always right. We have an equal relationship where he listens to my concerns and input. Most vets weren't aware of what SM was.....if I continued to treat my dog for ear infections we would never have gotten the SM diagnosis that I pushed for testing on.

    But you know......it's your decision. If you choose to wait to change him, it's all good. I had tummy issues with Jake and fed Ca Natural. If it were to happen again, I would look at Wellness Core. Have you considered Honest Kitchen? It's a step between raw and kibble. A super good food!! That might be an option.
    Cathy
    Loving mom to Jake, Shelby and Micah

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