Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Redmond, WA
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Thank-you all for your thoughts, they really helped! Here are replies back to the questions, and more questions from me (: -
I don't know quite how to describe it but it looked like the 'too rich' stool rather than bloody stool, and he was going a couple times a day like normal, not like a bout of diarrhea. So rather than emergency (couldn't get to my regular vet, holiday week-end) I went ahead and fed the chicken and rice last night and this am. His stool turned lighter and firmed up some, though it's still soft. Perhaps not enough rice given the situation? Will continue to feed it for the next several meals as long as things continue to improve.
The Ziwi Peak is a dehydrated meat dog food from New Zealand. He's been getting that all along, it's the raw food that's the change. I have chicken chips and dried beef liver cubes I can cut into small pieces, if the problem is the raw is too rich, then maybe that would be better with it instead of the Ziwi? I also have the Plato treats, Salmon and Duck. It seems like all the really high quality treats (ie meat, no filler) are high calorie. I think the Canz is the same. I do break the Ziwi's tiny squares into 2, and even 4 if I need to. They barely get a taste, but it's something.
I was taking care to include the Ziwi in my calculations as part of his food, (20 pcs = about an oz.) so he's not getting extra rations.
About the Stella's I am using the frozen, not the dehydrated, thought I was keeping that option in mind for when we travel.
Thanks too for that link to the thread about the recall. I'm not sure if there's a problem here in WA as my adult dog is okay on the Stella's. I could just let him eat the rest of it, get the NV for the puppy and if all goes well, eventually switch them both over. However Sabine, the dog nutrionist Missy and others have mentioned in that thread and others, really likes Stella's so if I figure this out and still use it that would be nice too.
Laura, mom to Pepper and Tucker