Hey, guys! Hope everyone had a good weekend. :)
The Duo has been on raw for a little over a month now, and for the most part I've been thrilled. They love it, and Pike actually wants to eat in the mornings. This never happened when he was on kibble. Ever. He was the most reluctant eater I'd ever seen, and he's done a complete 180.
Both their coats absolutely gleam, and Nola is soft as silk. She's never really needed her ears cleaned, but I haven't needed to clean Pike's once since starting raw, when before it'd be a weekly or twice weekly event. Nola, as you've seen, has impeccable teeth, but Pike had already had some staining/gunk on his back molars from kibble, and that's completely gone. It helped one of his impacted canines come out, although I fear the others will need to be removed by my vet.
I overestimated how much they'd both need in the beginning. Nola got thicker than I like, but is now back down to her normal weight. She's very easy to get weight off of, which is a blessing. Pike, with a combination of actually wanting to eat and having more than necessary, has gotten a bit pudgy, but his intake has been adjusted and he's slimming back down.
One massive issue we've had is watery eyes for them both. Nola, with her short, dark coat, just had the watering the first two weeks. They're normal now. Pike has had major eye watering and tear staining since starting. They're finally drying up, but now he has those damn stains. :/ Anyone now how to get rid of them?
The tearing has been pretty much their only side effect, aside from a few bouts of upset stomach for Pike and frequent constipation with Nola. When you switch a dog to raw, it's recommend you feed a lot of bone to prevent any liquid poop. :p Well, it worked too well for Nola. She can only have one, maybe two, bone inclusive meals per week. Anything else and she has some issues. I think I've found a system that works for her now though, which is nice.
They've had chicken, turkey, quail, beef, lamb, rabbit and fish. I know that it's recommended to start out with just chicken, but I know my dogs, and they easily go from protein to protein. Everything has been a hit, except for the fish. For organs, they've had liver, kidney and spleen. Not organs, but they've also had heart, gizzard and tripe. Nola is fond of rabbit and beef tails, and Pike is a sucker for quail feet and chicken legs.
I don't feed a set type of raw. Their meals tend to lean more towards Prey Model Raw, but they do get veggies and fruits still several times a week in their meals. I'd say that Pike is more PMR, and Nola is in-between PMR and BARF.
So that's that! I'm thrilled with it, and they're definitely quite happy. It's safe to say we're sticking with the raw.