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My Harley is a 5 year old pure bred Harlequin Great Dane, weighing (as of yesterday) 114.8 pounds.

She joined our family in Feb 2019. Prior to that, she was with a family for approximately 6-7 months. And prior to that, she was with a breeder in Southern Mississippi.

We do not know much of her history after she left the breeder. We do know that her last litter of puppies was delivered via C-section in June 2018. I do not know what her diet was like at the breeders, but can probably find out.

The family that "adopted" her after she was retired from the breeder stated they fed her Taste of the Wild (I'm not sure which one, but they said it was one labeled for "all life stages".) I am reasonably certain that they did not care for her as they should have, but have no concrete proof of that. Since she has joined our family, she has been fed Eukanuba Large Breed Adult (the chicken variety) but has never been a reliable eater with just that.

I have tried supplementing the kibble with cooked chicken and carrots, or squash, zucchini, peas, etc. along with cooked ground lean sirloin and brown rice. She eats better when these are added to kibble, but still not reliably, and she often picks out what she wants and leaves the kibble behind...even if I've let it sit in the juices and become soft. As of late, I've mostly eliminated the kibble and have been feeding the chicken/carrots/ground sirloin/rice, etc.

I know that she is not getting all the necessary nutrients from this diet, although her weight remains stable, and I would like to transition her to raw feeding.

I should note, she was unaltered and heartworm positive when she came to us, but has successfully completed treatment for the heartworms, and was spayed and had her (VERY) nasty teeth cleaned last month. The true test of success for the heartworm treatment will come in December, but as of now, she appears to be heartworm free.

I've reads TONS of articles online, blogs, posts, even purchased a couple books on feeding raw, but still get conflicting information. Some say go cold turkey and just immediately switch. Some say transition slowly, as you would if switching to a new kibble.

To me, the slow transition seems logical so last night she got some cooked chicken and rice with squash, and 2 raw chicken thighs (boneless, not planning to throw bones in the mix until later.) She gobbled it down and came back looking for more. This more she got cooked pork shoulder, with butternut squash and 3 raw chicken thighs. Again, she gobbled it down. This evening she got the same thing as today's breakfast, and again she ate everything - even licked the bowl clean.

The COOKED proteins that she's had so far include chicken, beef, and pork. Since she's had all those cooked, do I need to focus on introducing just ONE raw protein for a period of time before adding a new raw protein? This morning she had a touch of diarrhea but from what I've read that's pretty normal and not a real concern unless it continues for several days., and she's not gone #2 this afternoon.

Also, everything I've read says they will need various supplements - can y'all tell me where you get yours? I want to go with brands that other people have had success with, rather than just picking one at random.

So sorry this post is so long...as you can see I have a ton of questions, and just want to do right by my sweet girl. ❤
 

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Well I just popped in to make a search as I have not been on this sight for a long while now. But since no one has answered your question I guess I will. Cooked and raw should not be fed together. So decide which one you want to do and then go full out. You need to go bone heavy at first introducing one protein at a time. I always start with chicken legs at first then if you have no problems alternate with thighs then go to turkey necks, I don't like the legs much as I think the bone is a bit dense but I have fed them. Not sure why it would be worse than deer legs but I digress. After the turkey usually the next protein is pork, just make sure your dogs poop is not soft or runny before you change to the next protein. You feed them one for about a week before you go to the next. Do not feed any supplements while you are transitioning.

I hope this helps.
 
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