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I just received this from Sabine . Here is her letter.
It sounds like this was an acute episode, and a quite bad one at that.
Newman's Own is good quality food, but in such a situation I would not recommend it. Keep in mind that the fat percentage given in the guaranteed analysis is a minimum, not the maximum the food contains. At the very least she should call the company and ask for the fat content on "as fed" basis. The lower the better, I would keep it at no more than around 3 to 3.5% right now.
Skinless chicken or turkey breast (cooked) and boiled white rice would be much better. One and a half cups of plain white rice (dry measure), cooked very mushy in plenty of water, with one pound (raw weight) of ground chicken or turkey breast stirred in until it's cooked through.
Add 2,000 mg of calcium supplement (e.g. calcium carbonate) - this is important for a proper calcium/phosphorus ratio, so the kidneys don't get stressed from unbalanced phosphorus.
This is only suitable for short term feeding though, up to a maximum of 2 weeks at a time.
Dave and Molly
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