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Wanted to share some good news...my two year old Havanese was having trouble on his high quality raw diet. Perfect poop, but symptoms included lying down and looking generally unhappy after eating, guzzling water after eating, munching lots of greens outside on walks, retching and/or burping up food after eating, sometimes vomiting bile in the middle of the the night or other times when his stomach was empty. Holistic vet said feed smaller meals. Ok, changed to three meals/day instead of two...still with the raw food. No change in symptoms, holistic vet's partner said give 1/2 pepsid ac 20 minutes before meals if if works, wean off and add alkaline foods (google alkaline food, it's mostly veggies). Theory being to balance the highly acidic content of meat. Weaned off pepsid and added veggies to raw food. It helped, but did not entirely resolve symptoms. NEXT, tried commercial COOKED food diet (easier to digest than raw). The food is called Natasha's Food for Paws. Voila!! SUCCESS!!! I still add veggies...my Hav eats steamed broccoli, carrots, green beans, asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes and beets, jicama, and occasionally watermelon. He is SO MUCH better! Symptoms have completely resolved. If you can't get Natasha's...look for a food that is lower in protein and/or add veggies to balance the acidity of the meat. Good luck!
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What raw diet where you feeding? My guys are on Primal and Scudder burps after every meal. My guys also eat a lot of grass. But Bella isn't on the raw diet and she eats grass too. Maybe my guys are part cow! I also add Dr Harvey's freeze dried vegetables to their raw. It's all about what's easy for me

I looked up Natasha's and it looks like they only sll it in CA





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Hi,

I was feeding Primal. I think this is a high quality raw food, my Hav just didn't tolerate raw. It is harder to digest than cooked food. I forgot to mention the other big benefit...the staining around his mouth is completely gone! He has a white muzzle and it is back to being completely pristine. Can't say enough good things about Natasha's food. Too bad it is only available in CA. She makes the batches herself in Petaluma and her dad delivers. If you e-mail her from her website, she will get back to you in person to answer your questions.
Your dogs are probably munching grass to add some alkaline to balance their ph...try feeding some steamed veggies...it's fun to experiment to see what they like.
Thanks for your response!
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hmmm, that's what I feed. I wonder...Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I will keep a closer eye on my guys.





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One more thing...freeze dried or frozen veggies do not provide the same benefit in terms of alkalinity as fresh cooked veggies...I don't know why, but that is what I read. The benefit for me is now I eat more veggies too since they are always around for Henry!
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