June 17, 2009

Unfortunately there is no way to know if your dog's immune system/spleen can handle the raw food diet, until you try it. Well, we tried it and now know that that is NOT the diet for Riley. He got so sick that he was vomiting all day and night and had to be hospitalized for 4 days on an IV. We took many X-rays and blood tests, trying to make sure there was not something major causing the problem, all to no avail. But, all that matters is that he did get better, and he is now quite alive and doing very well on his new COOKED diet. After all of this happened I found a holistic vet who was very knowledgeable about the raw food diet and the natural approach to combating cancer.  She told me how to cook his food so that he still gets many of the benefits of a raw diet, but it is much easier on his system than actually getting it raw. We also got some Chinese herbs to help his spleen and to make his blood move faster. I saw such a difference once I put him back on all of his supplements and added these two new ones, as well as started his new regime of cooking his food, I was floored. He is so happy now, with so much energy is is awesome!  While i HATE that Riley had to get so sick, one good thing that came out of it was that I finally decided to swallow the cost and find a holistic vet. I am SO GLAD I DID!!!