I write everyone with a heavy heart...Beau, who had been on RAW for the last two-three weeks, got very, very sick this morning (about 2:30am). Vomiting water, deficating water-like stools, etc...
I called the vet, told them about the raw, first thing I told them my worry was about a blockage because of the bones in the raw.
I brought him in, they palpitated what they could (he is so skinny - he was lean before, but the vomiting and water-like stools just makes him look like black fur on a bone frame) and then did xrays. Luckily, no blockage, thank God, truly... They gave me antibiotics for his stomach, and issued a boiled chicken and white rice bland diet for about 5 days.
He WILL be okay, is what I was assured by the ER vet at 3:00am this morning, but there is nothing so scary as to thinking you're doing right by your child by feeding a good diet, but like anything else, not every diet is right for every dog/puppy.
The part that makes me cry, even now, as I type, I am crying, when we got home, I carried my angel to his pen, and sat in there with him, legs stretched out, he slept in between my legs with his little head on my theigh, and I cried. I told him that being sick was my fault; Mommy's fault, and that he didn't deserve to be punished by my stupidity. Upon hearing my voice waivering, he weakly lifted his head, set it on my chest and licked my tears. Even in his state, he STILL thought of me, of my emotional pain and comforted me.
I wish everyone in the world had such a selfless animal. In all of my years of owning German Shepherds, I have NEVER had one (even from the same bloodlines!) be so loving and affectionate.
Sorry, I just had to share this. I am not trying to discourage people from feeding raw, not by any means, but please consider what IS right for SOMEONE ELSE'S dog, might NOT be right for YOUR dog/puppy.
At the park, the day before Easter Sunday, after he and I went for a swim in the lake together