My name is Whitney. I've been lurking and researching here for a few weeks - finally posting now. I'm 24 and recently out of the Air Force for medical reasons. I'm taking some time to relax and heal before starting school. I plan to do something with helping animals; whether that be to become a holistic vet, work in wildlife rehabilitation or having a rescue. Not sure yet. Either way, I will continue to rescue my entire life. Rescuing is everything to me.
I have 3 wonderful beasts that are all mutts and all rescues. My favorite! Ranger came from a shelter, Elhaz and Gus were rescues of my own.
Ranger - (chocolate) Lab/Chesapeake Bay - 14 years young - 80 lbs
Elhaz - Queensland Heeler/McNab/Black Mouth Cur - 6 years old (as of yesterday!) - 55 lbs
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Gus - Chihuahua/Yorkie or Chihuahua/Min Pin (?) - ~9 mos - 11 lbs
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Lucky for me, they have all been a dream in transitioning to raw. Today is day 18 for us and their third day of turkey, alternating with chicken. My girl, Elhaz and little boy, Gus both brought up pieces of bone and bile once during the first week but nothing since. My old man, Ranger has had one loose poop and that is all so far. Knock on wood! Their coats are already so soft!
They seem to be itching more than usual though and they're all giving off a smell. Not gassy or awful, they just have a stink to them. Are these both from detoxing or an allergic reaction to meat? Does detoxing begin immediately or later on in the transition? I've ordered Wholistic Wild Deep Sea Salmon Oil that will be here today, to help their skin, especially since they aren't getting any fish at the moment. Also, what is the best fish to buy them? I am not comfortable feeding them raw salmon due to the risks I've heard about salmon poisoning. I won't feed raw pork for similar reasons.
One of my biggest questions and concerns revolves around Gus. My two big dogs are fed once a day and they seem to do just fine with it. No hunger pukes or even extra begging so I intend to keep them on this schedule. I've read about small dogs requiring at least two meals a day. Is that true or just based on the individual dog? Some days, Gus will eat once a day and others he will eat twice. This is not because of him deciding to skip a meal but depending on how often I offer. Gus is a little porker and hasn't turned down a thing that's been offered to him. Understandable, based on his history. Is it bad for him to only eat once a day? Either because of his size or his age? Also, I have yet to implement fasting for Haz and Ranger. When would you begin that? Should Gus ever be fasted for his size? I would never try to until he's older, just curious.
Thank you all for being a part of this! It makes this so much easier on the dogs and humans.