Following numerous tests and scans, back in Nov my border collie Ben was opened up for biopsy tests and a thorough check up as he'd been really ill and diagnosis was cancer or similar. He pulled through the op but was still very ill.
My GSD Bandit was born with bowed legs and he had a grade 4 heart murmur. On meeting him I fell hopelessly in love and was offered him for free to give him a good home for however long he had.
He was a little fighter of a pup and his legs straightened out completely, he even did agility. However at 18 months old the diarrhea started, blood tests and stool samples showed nothing, so for a year it was a matter of trying to find a food that suited his stomach. Every day for a year I woke up to diarrhea everywhere, even if I set my alarm to take him out during the night, he would still lose control, he was losing weight and condition fast.
I read about the Raw diet but kept putting it off, it sounded too hard, I was scared of him not getting the right nutrition, etc. After 6 months of thinking about it and still having no luck in finding a food that worked for him, I went for it. It took 5 very long weeks of him still having diarrhea and I nearly gave up, then BINGO, his first normal stools in a year! I also realised, feeding raw isn't difficult and any worries I had about getting it completely right vanished when I saw the results.
He thrived on the raw diet for 4 years, he put on weight, so much so that I had to put him on a diet! He was energetic, his coat was wonderful, his teeth were gleaming and most importantly his stools were firm and normal about 90% of the time! His heart murmur was also downgraded from a 4 to a 3! Unfortunately the nature of his condition (Eosinophilic gastroenteritis), which was finally diagnosed in 2010 meant that it would worsen over time and I lost him in January 2012.
I firmly believe though that the raw diet gave him and extra 4 happy, healthy years that he would never have had without it! Both my other GSDs are raw fed, I will never go back to commercial dog foods for them!