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Old 05-06-2014, 08:14 PM
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Where are you located? I might be able to help you find a place that sells frozen.
I'm in Gulfport, MS.

So many options! I'll look around and see what looks the most appealing. Thanks for all of the ideas, guys. I think her current diet is around 33kcal/oz , so the thought of switching to a diet that offers more calories for less food is very appealing.

Oooh, new bad thought. If she regurges raw food...is there a salmonella risk? Would the freeze dried alleviate that risk?
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:34 PM
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That would be my only concern with megaE...the tendency to regurgitate the food, or having it "sit" in the esophagus. I would say freeze-dried and raw would be the same concern, the freeze-dried isn't treated with heat.

However, Natures Variety, Stella & Chewys, and Primal all use High Pressure Pasteurization on all or some of their products, which does kill a large majority of pathogens.

I did a quick check...and there doesn't look like there's much around there. The closest retailers were like 40-50 miles away.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:58 PM
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Fwiw I few Stella a Chewys and I add a bit of water to make it more canned food consistency for Bristol because that's how she prefers it.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:18 PM
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Have you tried making "meatballs" and feeding them to her while she's sitting up?

Natural Balance makes dog food rolls that are a complete diet, they're about 60-70 kcals/oz depending on the formula. While still moist, they're much drier than a canned food, and you might be able to roll them into balls.

Some pate canned foods have a drier, stickier consistency as well - Natural Balance, California Natural, and Canidae come to mind. Unfortunately they won't be as high in calories though.
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I can't remember if she has allergies or not, but these are the two most calorie-dense THK foods, you can mix them to different consistencies if needed:

http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dog-food/thrive
http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dog-food/love

65cal/oz
http://www.instinctpetfood.com/produ...lions-48-count
http://www.instinctpetfood.com/produ...lions-48-count

Actually I just checked and all of the 1oz medallions for those are 65cal/oz.

For Stella and Chewey's:

Raw patties (looks like "small patty" is 1.5oz):
Dandy Lamb - 85cal/small patty
Super Beef and Surf 'n Turf are both 70cal/small patty
Simply Venison - 65cal/small patty

The freeze dried patties are looking to be about the same, calorie wise.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:14 AM
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Have you tried making "meatballs" and feeding them to her while she's sitting up?
Yup.

Our first routine when she was diagnosed was:
5mg metoclopramide 30 minutes before a meal, TID
10mg famotidine BID
1.5 cans Pro Plan split into 2-3 meals, fed elevated
Held vertical for 20-30 minutes

Then I started weaning everything down to see where I could maintain her with the least amount of fuss/medications.

For the past, oh...5 months we've been on this schedule:
5mg metoclopramide 30 minutes before meal time
10mg famotidine with food
1.5 can of Pro Plan fed elevated
Held vertical for 10-15 minutes

That is no longer working.

So right now we've pretty much switched back to where we started, only I'm having issues with her keeping all of her meals down (she may keep one down, but not the other), so I'd like to try decreasing the total amount of food needed...which means I need something with higher kcals.

I think she's also started to have issues with keeping water down. She wore her pro collar last night to keep her head elevated and it did the job. When DH got up at 5 he took it off of her and she ran out and got a drink of water. After he left she came back into the bedroom and laid down and I heard her coughing, so I put the pro collar back on her and she stopped being so urpy. Hopefully DH can get her elevated water stand built soon, as I think will help. During the day when she's constantly getting up and moving around and not laying flat on the floor she doesn't have as much issues with the water, but being stationary in prone-dog-position for long periods of time is starting to not work for her.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:30 AM
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Poor Cynder.

I hope you can find something more calorie-dense that she can keep down! It sucks that there aren't many pet food stores down there.

Do you have a Petco anywhere nearby? I know the Petcos up here carry the Natures Variety raw, as well as FreshPet and Natural Balance. Our grocery stores and Target and whatnot carry the FreshPet, too.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:09 AM
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Petsmart is super close, but the Petco is 35mi away.

I think I'm going to just try the Authority dog food roll and see how she handles it. I really don't like the fact that it has so much sugar in it, but if it helps...we'll do it. It's 85kcal/oz, so that is nice. Then, if she does well with it, I may see about making a trip to the Petco and trying some Instinct patties.

The Freshpet appears to be about as calorie dense as the canned food I'm feeding, so I'm going to try the Authority food first, even if I like the ingredients less.

I'm going to blend up the dry food today and see how that goes for a feeding. Wish me luck!
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:12 AM
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If you wanted to try Honest Kitchen, now would be the time. PetFlow has the 2lb boxes on sale for $3.99!

http://www.petflow.com/doorbusters?s...3aa1e-46117789
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If you wanted to try Honest Kitchen, now would be the time. PetFlow has the 2lb boxes on sale for $3.99!

http://www.petflow.com/doorbusters?s...3aa1e-46117789
Well, when in click on the link it doesn't work. If you're interested, PM me your email address and I can forward you the email from them that I got.
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