Still having eating issues
#11
I give up. I was redirected back towards Darwins raw food and did the math - I would save over $150 a month in dog food and I KNOW she will eat it.

So now the waiting game for food arrival - they said we are in the 2 day shipping zone.
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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#12
Is Darwins raw food a pre-made BARF, we don't have that brand so not sure what it is. Wow, $150 savings per month is significant, imagine all the Fenzi training you can do with that.
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#13
Yes pre blended and preportioned - so I don't have to toy with balances, weights, grinding, or anything else I just don't have room for. I'm probably going to be giving up a ton of freezer space for a month's portion for her, but at this rate I just don't care anymore Tongue They have a counceling service and if I find I don't have the storage I can change the rate of deliver to more often (I think).

https://www.darwinspet.com/

Oooooh the training... this dog is gonna love it yet Big Grin

She is just now discovering a new cue: SNACK! Means "come with me to get it from the jar". Perfect for capturing behavior around the house without having to carry treats on me.
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#14
I used Darwin's for a LONG time. I really like it, but then Micah had all the food issues and Darwin's isn't fixed formula and they add in something he can't handle, and I just found it easier to go with something else. Their food is packaged flat, so I found it stored pretty good.
Gotta love 'em.
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#15
We have a vet appointment for the 31st. Ember still is hit or miss eating and has developed some pretty nasty diarrhea that has me concerned. Her first Darwin order comes in tomorrow, however, tonight and at least tomorrow I'm putting her on boiled chicken and rice to see if that helps.

I've been giving her the last of the store bought raw mixed with kibble - mainly because I didn't think I had enough to last until the Darwin order arrived. I've been adding salmon, kefir, and egg to it on rotation. Also, "Grandma" has been giving her cookie treats. I am even more suspicious that we have a grain thing going on at the rate everything has ramped up.

Someone has also suggested the possibility of worms, but I'm not seeing any evidence of that - not that I'd really know where to look.

I hate that our appointment is so far away but I booked it last week, and its the best we can do.
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
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#16
Grandma can't help herself huh? Maybe she could stop until after you see the vet. Poor Ember, hope the vet can shed some light into why this has come up. 

Give the sweet girl a big hug for me.
Linda

One Border Collie Is Never Enough

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#17
Aww, poor Ember, no good having the runs. Maybe there is too much going on in her diet if she is a little sensitive. I am all for probiotics after an illness to restore flora but I'm not a fan as a regular part of diet. I mean dogs don't naturally indulge in dairy. Some may be fine with it but I think others maybe not. Maybe go back to basics without any additives and see what happens. Salmon might be too rich for her also ???
As for worms, mine get routinely wormed every 6 months usually, it's pretty standard practice over here but if you haven't been worming her I probably wouldn't start right now while there is an issue.
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#18
Chris I think you and Ember will settle back to normality once your parents have left.
I know Ember not eating is worrying and frustrating.
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#19
Thanks guys Smile That's the worst part - it's probably a mix of everything and no one thing. She's just not happy. She did eat the entire bowl of chicken and rice though - it took her 2 tries, but after having walked off for about 10 minutes, suddenly she ran to it like she had forgotten it was there. So the desire is there!

There's also a plant here in Charleston that she is absolutely infatuated with eating. I don't know what it is, but I think it's a weed - she is constantly chomping around where the weeds are, and she basically runs for it like she's hunting it down. I haven't been able to see what it is but she gets very pleased with herself. I wonder if that is a cause, or a symptom.
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#20
Hmm, that's interesting about the plant. It could have something to do with it. Can you do a google search and see if you can identify it ? Many plants have ill effects on dogs yet they are still attracted to eating them. Apparently some plants give off an irresistible odour to encourage animals to eat them and spread their seeds. I guess keeping her close and off the weeds for a few days might tell something. By the same token, Max will eat certain grasses when he has an upset stomach. I have heard people say that dogs eating grass to make themselves vomit is a fallacy but I disagree as I have seen it time and time again with Max and very often a rock has come up with the grass he has eaten. He is also drawn to a particular grass, not just any grass will do.
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