We still haven't had to make changes in Chance's diet or current feeding style due to the megaesophagus. She still gets bone-in chicken in the morning and cut up boneless red meat at night.
I would like to be able to swap something for the chicken but there just isn't a lot of easily sourced, soft-boned meat out there. She isn't a fan of rabbit so that isn't an option because, with her health issues, we can't have her skipping many meals.
There's no new adventures in the raw feeding world for us. Chance is still doing well with her bone-in chicken in the morning then cut up pieces of boneless meat in the evening. She gets organs as well of course. We have found she doesn't do well with bone-in chicken at dinner though.
Haven't had to source any new suppliers for meat though I do plan on making a run into the city soon to, hopefully, get some spleen.
We are still feeding Chance her meals in small pieces in the evening and giving her bone-in chicken in the morning. Regurgitation only happens if she manages to chew off too big of a hunk of her chicken with bone but even that is a rare occurrence.
Fingers crossed it stays that way for a very, very, very long time!
We've had to make some changes to how Chance eats due to her megaesophagus. We're having to stick with soft boned meat like chicken. Lamb and pork doesn't get chewed into small enough pieces and we were noticing increased regurgitation.
We've also started chopping her boneless meat into bite sized pieces and making sure she only eats them one at a time. The good news is she really likes this feeding style and the regurgitation has gone to pretty much zero!
Feedings take a lot longer now but, as long as it helps her, we are very happy with it.
Have been trying to find a source for bone-in lamb cuts. The co-op isn't getting anything good. The last ribs were so hard Chance wouldn't eat them which makes us wonder if they were sheep ribs since she eats pork ribs with no problem.
I went to Whole Foods where they had the perfect size bone. But they were Frenched racks and they come in like that.
I decided to head for New Seasons to see if they still get in racks of lamb ribs that they finish in-store but stopped at an ethnic market for the good olive oil.
They had lamb ribs, sides of lamb, lamb heart, and lamb liver! The butcher prepped some lamb ribs for me and, while he was getting me a lamb liver, told me they get all kinds of beef, lamb, and goat organs in. He mentioned spleen, kidney, and liver. And he told me I can call by a certain day and ask for some to be set aside for me.
I made it to the Japanese market in the city earlier this year and stocked up on pork spleen and kidney. Unfortunately, they don't carry much beef organ. The market closest to me sometimes has beef and pork liver.
But I found an unlikely new source: the farmer's market. They occasionally have lamb kidney but that is now a hot food item. But they have a hard time moving beef kidney so I can pretty much get as much as I want. I've managed to score about 5 lbs. of lamb kidney total plus I can get cuts of lamb from them. I'll be asking them about pork and beef organs this week.
The co-op had a surprise emu order from the the original supplier in Montana. I was able to get 1 of the 5 cases of boneless emu scrap they were offered. Chance loves emu! It's a very dark red meat.
The raw co-op I'm part of hasn't had a lamb order since August of last year and the Japanese market I buy my pork and beef organs from seems to have stopped carrying spleen and kidney (both pork and beef.)
So now I get to start trying to source lamb and lamb kidney, and drive into the city to a different Japanese market to get spleen and kidney.
Chance's Discoid Lupus got worse so we took her to a new vet on Friday. She put Chance on a bunch of supplements, some through them and some we sourced on our own.
One thing she said was a change of diet may help. She is basing this off of Traditional Chinese Medicine hot/cold stuff and also on results she has seen with other patients with diseases that manifest as skin issues.
So she recommended Chance be switched from her raw diet of beef, lamb, pork, elk, and deer and onto a raw diet of turkey, rabbit, duck, fish, and chicken if possible.
She said what she is eating are warming or hot foods and Chance needs cooling foods with neutral foods being acceptable. In the diet she recommends, everything but the chicken is cooling, chicken is neutral.
I know this diet would need a lot of supplementation and Chance isn't fond of rabbit or fish so I was doing some research into other cooling and neutral meats. My findings were very frustrating. The only thing the sources could agree upon was lamb and venison are warming or hot foods. Some sources said beef and pork were neutral, some said turkey and chicken were hot, etc.
Right now we are going to see what the new supplements do for her condition. I'm playing around with the vet recommended diet to see if I can get it to balance over time with no supplementation needed. So far, I'm not having luck.
Chance's Raw Journals are on hold for a while, possibly permanently. My husband went into the hospital for almost a month right at the end of July. I wasn't recording what Chance was eating during that period and we haven't gotten back in the habit of keeping track.
Nothing new food-wise has been going on. I'm grateful Chance was on raw during the hospitalization because it would have been almost impossible to have gotten her to eat commercial food.
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