How a Raw Food Diet Cured Diarrhea and Aggression
Please welcome Leah (3) a Bull Breed Mix from New Zealand that started on a raw food diet 15 months old.
I adopted Leah when she was roughly five months old. She was extremely lean at the time – I thought simply due to her life as a stray before being picked up. I learned very quickly that there were some issues, she would vomit and have diarrhea every day, several times, regardless of what she ate.
Because of this, she had developed quite severe food aggression – which is understandable because nothing she ate stayed in her system for very long, so she was always very hungry. For about a year we were in and out of traditional vets, with painkillers and antibiotics and meds for nausea and stomach cramping. Her body was covered in a horrible red rash, her belly had pimples all over it and she had a number of pussy sores. We were given antiseptic creams and medicated shampoos, all which seemed to do absolutely nothing.
We changed food several times on vet recommendations, and the only difference in her condition was different smelling, different colour, or different consistency vomit and diarrhea.
We then visited a holistic vet – the first thing he said (which no other vet had said before), was that she was probably reacting to something in her food and that I should make her own food. So for a couple of weeks I did, boiling up big batches of meats and rice and mixed vegetables. Her vomiting stopped, though we still had diarrhea. But overall her condition began to improve.
I began researching more about different foods, and came across raw feeding and so visited a local raw feed store in my area. Within about a week of having her on the raw food only, diarrhea completely stopped. She wasn’t as itchy, the redness of her skin was going away, and we were to properly treat the sores on her body for good. Almost miraculously as well, with a small amount of training, we essentially “cured” her food aggression. Over two years later, I now have a very happy, playful, well-mannered, and most importantly, healthy little girl.
Leah’s page: http://longlivingpets.com/leah2