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Question about consultation with Sabine

Maccabee just started another round of antibiotics for GI issues. He has had a sensitive tummy since I brought him home and we have tried several different foods with very little improvement. Yesterday, I mentioned to our vet that I am considering switching him to a home cooked diet. He said that would probably be a good idea.

For those of you who have consulted with Sabine, did you do the 4, 8, or 12 week program? I'm hoping I can do the 4, but I'm wondering if I should do 8.

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I did the 12, but 4 should be sufficient. I never consulted her during that time. She will answer you if you email her with a question which I had to do when a brand of bone meal I used was no longer available. Good luck!

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I did the 4 weeks extended support. It was for Ache's allergies. I consulted Sabine many times, great and fast responses from her. In that time she was able to make some changes to the original diet. If you can go with 8 weeks, I think it is better. Good luck!


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I did the 4 weeks...
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yeah if you have ANY questions please ask her , that's what she wants. Good going.

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I think we did the 4 weeks.... BUT 2 yrs later if and when I have a concern or quick question she happily helps and responds quickly, she is fantastic and so very helpful!!

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I'm thinking of working with a nutritionist but I need to wait at least a couple months as I just got slammed with a big vet bill.
Are there any supplements that you guys use that you would recommend? T is really fussy and I end up giving her things like bene bac because I can syringe it into her mouth and don't have to try to add it to her food.
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I'm thinking of working with a nutritionist but I need to wait at least a couple months as I just got slammed with a big vet bill.
Are there any supplements that you guys use that you would recommend? T is really fussy and I end up giving her things like bene bac because I can syringe it into her mouth and don't have to try to add it to her food.
If you can't work with Sabine right now, I would AT LEAST find a holistic vet in your area that can help you balance her diet. A diet of pure muscle meat is not a complete diet for even an adult dog and an improperly balanced diet is likely to be a bigger problem with a growing puppy. You could end up with life-long health problems from an improperly balanced diet now, while she is a puppy. This is very important.


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She's not a puppy - she's a rescue approx 3-4 years old but she still looks like a puppy which I love!!
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I'm thinking of working with a nutritionist but I need to wait at least a couple months as I just got slammed with a big vet bill.
Are there any supplements that you guys use that you would recommend? T is really fussy and I end up giving her things like bene bac because I can syringe it into her mouth and don't have to try to add it to her food.
Regardless of what you are feeding, you can't go wrong with giving probiotics. I use high potency (8 billion whatever it is) that is found in the refrigerated section of a health food or supplement store. Sabine also gives the option of using one in tablet form, but I thought that the refrigerated one might be more "alive". It supposedly tastes pretty good, too. Either way, I think it can only help with digestive issues, and won't hurt.

I second the idea of using Sabine, when you can afford it, even if you want to use commercial food. I hesitated for a while, thinking it seemed ridiculously extravagant to think my dog needed a canine nutrition specialist, especially considering that he is healthy, when there are many people in this very city who can't even afford to eat adequate diets. Then I figured that I am already serving the poor population in some ways, I already spend a fortune on toys and whatnot for my dog, and a healthy diet is more important than anything. Her rates are really reasonable, I think, and she is a good resource to have around for sure.

Also, and I'm pretty sure Sabine would agree, your dog is not going to die or suffer serious consequences if she eats a less than perfectly balanced diet for a short time, or temporarily, so don't worry too much if you can't consult w/her right away. Over time, though, it does matter a lot, so it is definitely worth the investment. Good luck!


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