Happy 32nd Leia!
|August 21, 2013||Posted by amkuska under Dog Nutrition|
I meant to do this on her 30th, but found out that I miscounted on day 28. >.< Today is Leia’s 32nd day on raw. This is a big marker in my raw food trial because it means she has been on raw food for more than a month. At this stage in her feeding it is my hope that we will see a marked difference one way or another in her appearance. Since we’ve been mainly monitoring her teeth, feet, and stomach contents, let’s start with those.
As you can see Leia still has build up on her teeth. There isn’t even the slightest hint of fading anywhere except possibly on the small tooth right behind the canine. I am not going to go so far as to state that her teeth are actually worse because this first photo was taken with flash and the second one without. Flash tends to white out a lot of the yellow, and unfortunately it’s not a very fair comparison.
Regardless, I think its fair to say that if you are feeding prepackaged raw without supplemental bones, dental improvements won’t be fast in coming.
Again vastly different lighting, but you can see that the scabs are gone. Unfortunately her feet are still as bald as ever. She still picks at them now and again too, but I’ve been able to ease off the anti-itch spray the past few days without her attacking her feet. Progress.
Leia hasn’t thrown up for weeks. In fact, she’s only thrown up twice since we started raw food 32 days ago. This is down from 2-3 pukes per day, every day, since I got her. Not puking is pretty awesome.
From what I can see, raw food may help build lean muscle mass, but only if your dog is not a couch potato.
I do not believe in starving a dog until it eats out of desperation. This has been recommended to me as a way of getting Leia to accept new protein sources, but it just isn’t an option I’ve been willing to pursue. That being said, Leia’s tastebuds are changing on their own.
After about ten days of eating raw, Leia started begging for raw chicken scraps while I was cooking dinner. Leia hates raw poultry, so I let her sniff a scrap so she could see it wasn’t anything special and leave me alone.
She rejected both the chicken and duck varieties of Instinct raw, as well as bison from Northwest Naturals, but smash them all together and add a sliver of her old beef formula and she loves it.
The longer she’s on raw food, the more she’s willing to try new things. I think that if you have a picky eater and you just keep offering them other options, eventually their tastes will change. I’m very hopeful that Leia will come to love Bison, and might even embrace duck and chicken as well.
We’ll see what happens as time goes on.