We just started our raw journey almost 4 weeks ago!
Just a little background story with how I finally tossed the kibble... (Donated to the spca) ; I have had Duke since he was 8 weeks old, I knew going into owning a boxer that the breed can have potential health issues, but holy crap I didn't think I'd be spending every month at the vets.. Where do I start with the problems - shedding, poor coat, lack of energy, never having consistent stool... I don't believe I ever went an entire week of "normal" poop... Heck I don't even know what normal poop looks like..He is 20lbs under weight, so skinny.. Oh and he itched like crazy! I tried high end kibble, not so high end kibble, no potato, with potato, novelty proteins, grain free, no chicken... Etc etc.. With no prevail, all resulting in the same thing.
I have had one hell of a time with vets -even to the point of changing, one vet suggested if things don't get better we may have to euthanize him! Hence the switching of vets.. Blood work has been done, fecal tests,TLI folate combalamine testing etc etc.. All coming back clear! Medication never helped.. Anyways..the boxer forum group has been a blessing as well, the first response from an experienced breeder was "raw"... So here I am! Just looking for more valuable information and answers to questions I have that pop up as I go.
Wait that was suppose to be short story right lol.( I like to ramble) .. Being Duke has a really sensitive stomach we are on the path of slow and steady with each protein - week 4 still on chicken, I went from taking skin off first two weeks, now we are at every other meal with skin.. His poops have been really good! Never thought I'd have to "search" for poops in the yard, so tiny... I have noticed with adding the skin his poops are a little more soft.. Will he adjust eating more skin daily? Has anyone had a dog with IBD and have conquered it with raw? Even on week 4 I can tell he is changing.. The more energy is a little daunting lol
Anyways here is a picture of my boy-you can see how skinny he is, this is my first dog ever! and I had to have a boxer... Call me crazy! Lol Don't know if id own anything else now.. They're like chips! One isn't enough.lol
Thanks for the help looking forward to reading more helpful advice!