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Old 05-14-2007, 09:59 PM
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Wellness makes a venison and brown rice formula... I know that many people will say that they do not like Wellness... but Rylie was on that formula for a good 6 months and did great on it.

Nature's Variety also makes a venison and millet kibble:

http://naturesvariety.com/content.la...34C3tQi23EA0B4
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:00 PM
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oh! did i mention he has lost over 2lbs since starting the diet! i havent been doing this that long, and i have been giving him almost one and a half times the amount of food the book calls for!
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:14 PM
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Is Ruckus at his ideal weight? I know that since we switched Rylie to grainfree, she has lost a little weight and is at her perfect ideal weight.

He may just be burning through the protein (also, high protein diets are actually good for weight loss).

However, the fur loss worries me. Especially since beef is a common allergen in dogs.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:17 PM
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nope, the vet told me that he was too underweight.
I admit, seeing him with a wet coat makes me feel bad. he is too thin. but i am feeding him plenty

you may have heard me mention, but if i dont bath him monthly his rear end stinks. however the vet gave him a clean bill of health the last time we were there and i voiced all of my concerns
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How much are you feeding him ??
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:20 PM
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10 oz of muscle meat
2 oz organ meat
3 oz grain
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:22 PM
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How long has he been on the raw diet for? How are his stools?

If he's eating that much, and not gaining weight (losing, rather than gaining as well) and losing fur, I would really consider switching the food (even if it means going to a formula that isn't completely grain free). The Nature's Variety isn't grain free, but it is a good food and you said he was doing well with venison.

If you have access to another protein, I would continue with the raw diet. Do you know any hunters who you could snag a buck from?
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:25 PM
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i might know someone who i can get some deer from.

i forgot to mention, i fed Ruckus raw pork one time and he got sick! so no pork, beef, or chicken!!! whoa!
Ruckus's stools are fine. Ruckus has been on raw since day one of the NB recall. i dont remember the date.

thanks for all of the help! i am trying to figure out what i want to do as of tonight
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:32 PM
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When Rylie was a puppy, she had what appeared to be allergies to chicken. We tried chicken again when she was a year and a half old (Orijen), and she has been doing great with it.

You're completely sure that Ruckus is allergic to chicken?

I know how frustrating it is to deal with allergies. There are a good bit of options out there, so don't get disappointed. I'm sure that you will figure something out that will work best for you and Ruckus. Like I said before, even if it isn't grainfree, there are still some good options out there for foods with different protein sources.

The problem is, most grainfree formulas contain chicken. It's hard to find a food that uses something other than chicken, beef, or fish as a protein source.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:37 PM
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i ran out of beef liver last week, so i bought chicken liver. he started itching constanly and rubbed the fur off around his eyes in just two days. so i do definally think he is allergic to chicken.
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