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Very itchy upon starting raw
I had always been interested in feeding raw but the whole thing is pretty intimidating but I finally decided to feed a few raw meals a week and work up from there. I started with a small turkey neck last week for dinner. The reason I started with turkey instead of chicken was because Molly's old kibble was chicken based and she was SO itchy on it until I switched her to a duck based kibble. She was still itchy, but it definitely improved a lot. I have read allergies to food are rare, especially to raw food, but she started itching a LOT (especially on her face/mouth area) after she had that turkey neck. I thought maybe it was a fluke, so I gave her turkey for dinner for two more nights and I think it's just getting worse.
Should I stop? I think I read somewhere that skin problems might become worse on a raw diet before they get better. Is there any truth to that? Also, that turkey neck made her breath smell really funny. I checked her teeth and gums and everything is perfect. Molly had an undetected tooth problem in her mouth that caused her to have bad breath for a long time, and it's not the same smell. It's fishy but it isn't strong.. I only smell it when she yawns in my face. Is it just the smell of raw meat plus saliva? Any thoughts?