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Author:  Betty L. [ Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:30 pm ]
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Here's an article from Dr. Becker. She talks about how to determine if a lump needs to be removed. You can watch the video or read. She also talks about a dog going under anesthesia and what you need to know about that. A lot of people think putting a dog under is no big deal, but it really is. If nothing else, a per owner needs to understand what is going on. ... =416571704

A lot of lumps and bumps are nothing more than fatty tumors. They may be unsightly, but are not a danger to the pet. If your vet wants to remove a fatty tumor, it is certainly up to you to make the decision whether to do that or not. But, a switch in food could be all that is needed.

Just to give you a idea of why not to necessarily remove fatty tumors - here is the experience of my niece once she switched to raw. I have also read of this happening many times. My niece had an old dog that she was extremely attached to. The dog had many fatty tumors and she had them surgically removed, more than once. They just came back, always. As the dog aged, my niece decided to make the switch to raw feeding. After just a couple of days, the fatty tumors began to go away. After a short time, they were all gone. No need for the cost of surgery, no need for the worry of putting the dog under anesthesia and the dog was not lumpy anymore!! The lumps faded away because the body was no longer receiving trash that the body did not know what to do with.

Always have to get my raw feeding plug in. :D

Author:  AmberLowMiddleton [ Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: article

A lot of people think putting a dog under is no big deal, but it really is.

You are right, and I feel the same way about people. After almost losing my mom during a "routine" operation, I take that kind of thing a lot more seriously!

Author:  Betty L. [ Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:16 pm ]
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Years ago, I lost a little cousin that went under to have her tonsils taken out. Very routine, especially back then. She died from the anesthesia.

I think I remember when your mom was so sick. It was a bad deal.

Author:  Grady [ Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:54 am ]
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I am loving feeding Slim raw. It has it's inconveniences but the pluses far outweigh the negatives. The only thing I worry about is if I am giving her all the nutrients she needs. I do deer liver or beef liver almost daily. She gets a hunk of deer meat daily and most days some chicken with bone in it. I will let her eat on a frontleg quarter of a deer for a couple days till she cleans the bones off then switch her back to some chicken and liver.

She weighs 42 pounds at 9 months is that about right?

Author:  AmberLowMiddleton [ Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:18 pm ]
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It depends on her height and build, but 42 pounds sounds about right. Our female dogs range from 34 (Pearl) to 43 (Hazel), but they are all very lean.

It sounds like she's getting a good variety of meat, bone, and organs. As long as her poop isn't runny or chalky and white, then you're good. There are suggested ratios for all of that (85/10/5 maybe?), but we aren't very precise about it at our house.

Author:  Betty L. [ Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:56 am ]
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I would cut back some on the liver and exchange it with some spleen, kidney or lungs. If you feed it from the deer, that would be great. They need the other organs besides liver. My dogs will eat kidney and spleen without a problem. The lungs are so soft and squishy that they will spit it out if I dont cut it up into small portions. Usually, you can find kidney at grocery stores without too much trouble. It stinks, but the dogs usually like it. Just fill in with other organs about half of what you have been feeding. The ratio is 80 meat, 10 bone and 10 organ with 5 of that being liver.

I am also like Amber, I dont worry too much about the exacty portions. I give a few meaty meals, then give a boney meal and when I give a boney meal, I give some liver to balance out the effects of the bone. When we get a freshly killed deer, I usually give them all of the organs over several days. If I am feeling energetic, I will break it up and freeze it. They get a lot of organs at one time, then none for a while.

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