I am new at this forum and wanted to share the story of my lovely Gordon Setter Tessa. Tessa is now 14 months old and when I first got her we continued with the kibble that the breeder had recommended. It didn't work. She suffered from endless diarrhea, her coat became dull and she was scratching herself continuously. We tried a range of other brands, dry and wet, with and without grain, went to the vet, had blood test and others taken that all came back clear, so he wanted to put her on steroids and anti-histamines - at 7 months old! I refused. There had to be a better and healthier alternative than being on medication throughout her life.
So we came across barfing and I started her on that. Almost immediately the itching stopped, her digestive system balanced out and her coat became shiny as it is supposed to be for a setter.
Unfortunately she never liked all the added bits and pieces, like fruit and veg, herbal and other supplements so we kind of started to naturally migrate to a prey model. It was a constant hassle (she is not particularly food driven anyway, so would skip meals on a regular basis). It noticed the difference when I fed her the meat and offal and bones without. I had heard about the prey model raw feeding briefly before. Still, I was reluctant and worried and only last week did I take the plunge and already everything has changed! Tessa is looking forward to her meals for the first time! One of her meals yesterday was half a lamb's spine and although the amount of bone was quite big for her (she crunched and enjoyed herself for half an hour and it was gone) - and I was worried about possible constipation - she is perfectly fine today and all is well. She even had another meal this morning, which is quite unheard of after the amount of food she had yesterday.
I am really happy and, more important, Tessa seems to be, too.
I will still need quite a bit of advice and am looking forward to get more information from this lovely forum