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.
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.