One sick puppy

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You may know (from our monthly updates) that we brought 2 puppies home with us in January!  The one little one (Mocha) was my pick.  She was the runt of the litter, but also one of the cutest?  Not to mention the sweetest.  She is so mild-mannered and obedient.  A few weeks ago while we were gone, she got into the remains of an animal she found up on the mountain behind our house.  My sister-in-law took Mocha to the vet after they found her up in the woods, very very sick.  She got an IV, and several medications to take at home.  She’s finally done with all of that, but still seems pretty ill to me.  She is hardly eating anything (unless I give her straight ground beef from the store… expensive!!!) and is super skinny.  Part of me wants to take her back to the vet, but I know we can’t afford that.  So I’m looking into what kind of diet would help her at this point.  Google suggests a raw meat diet, or canned puppy food.  Hmmm.

I know this is a random post.  I’m just a little worried about Mocha and wondering if anyone has ideas for me?  We’ve never had dogs before, so this is a learning experience.

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  1. I’m not a dog person but I have lots of friends who are. I know several breeders as well and most of them suggest a raw diet if you can afford it. Here’s some info I gleaned off a breeders site. Hope it helps. Praying for some puppy healing. 🙂

    http://taywoodcavaliers.homestead.com/BARF.html

    Now, what about the RAW issue? This is quite simple, wolves did not invent fire. No animal NATURALLY eats cooked meats. Dogs have a short digestive tract designed to process raw meat. It is made so that food moves through quickly, too quickly for bacteria to develop.

    Furthermore, they have a much stronger stomach acid than people. This cuts through meat and also kills bacteria.

    Our dogs eat a variety of wholesome foods. Basically, 85-90 % is made up of Raw Meaty Bones (Chicken & Turkey necks, backs, wings along with Pork necks, Pigs Feet, Lamb riblets, Rabbit, etc.) with the remaining 10-15% being served up in Veggie Meals. These meals vary greatly in their content and may contain some or all of these items…Crushed veggies ( Carrots, Cucumber, Dark Lettuces, Green Beans, Bean Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts, Apples, Oranges, Mangos, Kiwi, Bananas, etc.), Organ Meat (Liver, kidney, gizzards, etc), Eggs, Garlic, Wild Salmon Oil, Vitamins C & E, Alfalfa, Kelp, and wholesome table scraps. Mackerel and Sardines will periodically be put in with the Veggie Mix. Green Tripe is an excellent food for dogs, however it is difficult to get fresh here in the U.S. We purchase it frozen from a local supplier.

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  2. but look on the bright side… we would still have Coco if Mocha goes kaput. jking. i saw beef tripe at Sams last night for only $20pesos/kg… that is really cheap. it is for menudo, but if erika says that tripe is a good item then that is already chopped cleaned and in 2×2 inch squares. Oh, one more good thing about knocking off one of the puppies, less poop to scoop… so look on the bright side.

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  3. one more thing… we can use the new bucket cleaning area in our garage to prep the food in… once i get it finished that is… keep the gunk out of the house and kitchen… see! i AM an optomist.

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