It has been quite the week. I have continued to feed the hounds a raw diet and they are doing very well. I have noticed quite the difference in Jethro’s coat. His eczema is much improved and hardly noticeable. He also looks better. He is sleek and his muscle definition is improving. We will begin conditioning next week to prepare for coursing this fall.
On another note, Darla has started having seizures. This began in April with a severe tonic-clonic seizure. She has had three over the last three weeks. This has been devastating to me. She is a performance dog and the thought of putting her on medications that would prevent her from being her is heartbreaking.
I spoke with my vet and animal nutritionist. We linked these seizures back to a dog food change. After much thought, I have completely stopped giving my hounds kibble. They are 100% raw now. I continue to be very concerned about her relapsing but since the switch to all raw we have been seizure free. I am hopeful that her dietary changes will stop her seizures. However, I do have phenobarbital on hand in case this doesn’t work. I know it is a long shot.
On to sight hound stool… I am amazed at how little poo they produce now. No one has a belly ache and diarrhea has stopped. I am very pleased so far and I hope that we continue on this path. I aim for healthy happy dogs and so far so good.