Hey guys, I just started my 1.3yr old pit bull, Autumn, on raw this month on the 26th. I've read through PMRs getting started & started Autumn out on chicken. I gave her quarters but I think I may have rushed too much meat starting off & giving her quarters instead of backs was my mistake. She now has developed a few problems. Since both Autumn & I are brand new to this raw feeding world I would like to hear some of your troubles/experiences to help Autumn & I with ours. Any advise or methods that you guys have used would help tremendously. If you are or were in the same boat as our, please let me know how you turned failure into success!
So Autumn is currently having a hard time voiding (pooping) its not that she's constipated because over the last 2-4 days she's been having horrible diarrhea. At first it wasn't concerning because I knew her body needed to adjust to the change of food. But now its a very thick liquid/creamy consistency. She had some blood clots & blood in her stool yesterday, no solids at all since starting. She was a bit out of character when that occurred yesterday, but after laying down for a while she was back to her normal self. Some times, when she goes to the bathroom, she holds her squatting position to go but nothing comes out, I don't know if she backed up or if she just feels she has more to void from having upset stomach. She's been gagging, needing to throw up. & she does throw up almost all her food it seems like. I'm not sure if all of this is normal. But its so concerning to me just because every thing is so new & I have no clue what is normal & what should I be looking out for.
Since starting as well, she broke out in hives all up & down her back, allergic reaction maybe? But they resembled the same non-uniform size hives just like her apple allergies. Maybe due to the new introduction of raw or maybe it might be the chicken or it might be the brand of chicken I bought. Is there a difference between feeding your dog organic range-free chicken rather than chicken that's bought from your local grocery store? Am I prepping her meals wrong? Is there a right or a wrong?
So here's what I have been doing since starting on raw:
Autumn is about 65lb, I started her at a little less than 2lbs of chicken per day. I started with chicken quarters & that was the mistake I made starting out. After she began having diarrhea & throw up her food. I contacted PMR, she advised me to cut out her jerky treats, I cut out all her treats actually. & to trim the fats/skin off the meat before giving them to Autumn & to cut her down to 1lb. I fasted her for a day before starting over again. But then she had the bloody stool the day I was suppose to start her on 1lb instead of two. Blood clot-like runny stools twice in the afternoon & vomited twice earlier in that morning. I contacted PMR again & was told to do fast her again before starting over again. & to start her on chicken backs/necks until her stools are firm & she seems to be doing okay. The question I have now are: What warning signs should I look for? When do I know to reincorporate more muscle meat into her diet? & is there absolutely anything else I should be doing to ease this process for Autumn? I know its all in the poop, but if she doesn't poo every day, is that normal? When should I start seeing improvements? Lastly, when should I be worried & when she I take her to the vet?
Anything will help. Advice. Experiences. Similar cases. Anything! Please & thank you so much for those of you who have taken time out to read my dilemma! I appreciate it all.