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Nature's Variety medallions and constipation?

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Piper has been on the raw medallions for a few weeks now and did fine with the chicken ones...she is eating the lamb now and the last few days her poop at times is chalky/dry. I asked my vet and she said it was constipation, that she's not a big "high protien" endorser. I gave her a few tsps. of pumpkin and will do it till she's back to normal but I was wondering if others have had this problem.
She has the kibble down all the time and I have noticed her drinking more than normal. Could it be just the lamb? Will she eventually adjust?
She weighs 8 lbs. now so she in on schedule with her growth, her activity is normal too.
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If your Hav is pooping, even if it's chalky/dry, how can it be constipation and why would you feed pumpkin? Makes no sense.

Typically when feeding raw, depending on the type of meat and bone content, the poop can go from a whitish creamish colour to a dark normal colour. It can be chalky dry to normal. It's all normal.

Most dogs don't drink enough water anyhow, so I wouldn't worry about the increase too much unless you see some other signs of distress.

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Daniel it was my vet that told me that, she is not a big fan of "raw" and I am sure not familiar with it much at all.
Piper has been drinking a bit more than normal but is going and eating and in her world all seems well. I on the other hand had never seen her stool that chalky dry so I was concerned enough to question my vet...when she said to give her some canned pumpkin I didn't see any harm in it.
Thanks for your reply, now I know
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Not wishing to speak out of term or offend but most vets do not support raw feeding as it is not profitable for them.

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I know most vets don't like raw...I kind of think it compares to many regular MD physicians for humans not thinking there is value in Naturopaths and homeopathic meds and supplements. They aren't even taught much nutrition in med schools, (I've been told that nurses get more, but don't know that for a fact,) so I imagine that vets are similar. Plus, it would be easy for someone that isn't conscientious to do something unsafe in feeding raw.

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I think all dogs are different. I know my boys get much looser with all chicken. We give them half beef hlf chicken and that seems to work. I know that the NV lamb is the highest in fat content of all varieties and when my boys had diahrea when iwas feeding kibble it was suggested to fiind a kibble with a higher fat content. So I believe it could be the lamb. It is also fine to add canned pumpkin (no sugar) or other cooked veggies to raw. We add cooked green beans.




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Our vet is old school and rural. She isn't a huge fan of all my questions and ways but she is the closest and I've used her for 30 yrs.
At least now I know that the changes will be normal so I have peace of mind. Thanks everyone for your thoughts.
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