Posted : 10/26/2007 9:05:42 AM
Right now, I am only going to switch the Lab X to raw food, only because she's been so stubborn about not eating. At this point I just want her to eat. Domino has no problem gobbling his food down, never misses a meal, and is actually in the best health since we've had him. Which does say alot because we adopted him at 14 years old, and he came to us with terrible skin (very dry, clumps of hair falling out, bald patches), multiple bladder infections, and extremely anxious/peeing in the house when left alone for 20 minutes/not settling down at night. Now his coat is silky, no nasty constant shedding, healthy urine, and you could set a clock to his routines (breakfast time, napping time, going crazy/playtime, dinner time, evening walk, more playtime, and then sleep.) We joked yesterday that he is the healthiest of all of us.
Anyway, I know there's more than just chicken and rice. I did some research yesterday in the short time that I had. I plan to do some more, also trial and error, to see what will work best. My main concern is getting her to eat regularly and also to make sure she gets the nutrients that she needs. I know everything won't fall into place immediately in the beginning, but I want her to get some normalcy back in her life. God knows the life she had in the first 10 years down in New Orleans.
Another thing to keep in mind is her teeth. They are very bad. Not in the rotten or diseased way, but they are EXTREMELY worn down. I don't want her to be eating things she can barely chew. I always thought this was the reason that she seemed to disdain the dry food, even when it was soaked in water. The vet says it looks like she tried to chew her way out of a cage or some sort of enclosure, which wouldn't surprise me.
If there is anyone who is feeding their dogs "people" food, I would be very interested to hear what types of food you are giving. Other than chicken & fish, I want to know what kinds to avoid and others that are healthy.