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Test on a raw fed dog

I've been feeding raw for a while and I do the best I can, but I'd like to know for sure.

With a blood draw what tests could be given to insure I'm feeding them properly?

What would I notice at home?

As far as I know I'm not having any trouble, some tear staining I'm working on, and some pinkness where I wish they were whiter, But I'm talking real medical conditions brought on by an incorrect diet.

Thanks

Steve

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Filtered water might help the tear stains...

We use a Brittany pitcher. 

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Sorry, Britta...

Darn iPhone 

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Snicker snicker:-).

Stupid computers! 

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Thanks

We just got a new Britta, and have a faucet filter too...hoping it helps...If they take blood and test I'll be sure to tell what happens.

Steve

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Hope it works for you as well as it did for us...

give it about a month to see results.

Recently had a blood test

done on one of my dogs. It showed just about everything, most is now a blurr to me, at the time, I was only interested in the kidney function. My vet has the equipment to test in-house, so the results are the same day. It had sugar/kidney/liver/white blood cell/protein/ etc.

If you have the tests done, let us know the results.

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found this comparison

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this is good too

http://dogaware.com/health/tests.html

THIS I think is especially important to remember:(from link above)

" They are the natural result of protein waste products, which the body is designed to handle, and they vary only because most dogs are still fed diets that are high in carbohydrates, which distorts the average values seen on test results. Remember that "average" is not the same as "normal" or "healthy." 

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Saved Thanks

I saved this for my vet....Thanks a lot....I'm glad I asked.  He's a great vet and very open minded, no judgement against raw feeding......

Steve

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Its a good idea to have the blood work done

so you can have a baseline or a "normal" for your dog. Regardless of diet, every dog will be slightly different so knowing what is normal for your dogs can help in the future.

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Thanks everyone

It's time for the vet so I'll see what he can do.

Thanks again

Steve

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