Day 1 of raw feeding—so far so good. The hounds ate their food like champs. They enjoyed the veggies as well as the raw meat. While on our walk, I was impressed with Jethro’s stool. He is currently on Metronidazole for his bacterial bloom; he has been having issues with this for the past six weeks, after taking antibiotic post surgery. Today, his stool was solid, I am not noticing hyperactive bowel sounds and he seems more comfortable. Darla is a once a day girl so I am looking forward to how she does this afternoon.
I am trying to feed Darla 1.5lbs of food a day and Jethro 2lbs per day. I know that there will be a learning curve for this and I will continue to monitor their weight. A few greyhound and whippet friends have been extremely helpful in giving advice about feeding. I have also read several books as well. Currently they are getting .5-.75lbs of Blue Ridge beef in the AM and ½ cup of veggies, 1 cup of grain free kibble, and 1 tablespoon of yogurt in the evening. Sometimes, I will give them ½ cup of kibble and ½ cup of oats instead of 1 cup of kibble.
Regarding supplements, I have done extensive research regarding the most needed additive to a raw diet. I am adding vitamin C, vitamin E, Omega 3-6-9, and green lipped mussel.
I have made a promise that I will do raw food for the next three months; I will then reevaluate the hounds and see how they are doing. During this time we will be training hard for field trials in the fall. I feel that this will be a great time to evaluate their health.