Jack is the beginning of my love for the Miniature Schnauzer breed. Born in Northern Ireland, we moved back to the US in 2007. Jack was over vaccinated in order to keep his European passport valid. His health is ok. Jack is the reason for switching to raw. I took him to the vet on 10 May 2015 with concerns about Cushing Disease; something that Miniature Schnauzers can develop. Blood work was drawn and his levels were all good. But...he had this pot belly. He was being fed 1/4 cup of senior dog food twice a day. I couldn't reduce his food any further or exercise him any more than what was currently being done. I felt desperate. I told the vet that I was even ready to give him Hill's food if she felt it would do Jack any good with his belly. I had to do something. I suggested raw to the vet but she frowned on the idea...saying it might upset his gut. I went against the vets advice and tried raw. Within 1 month, Jack has lost his pot belly! He's healthily slender and has a waist again! No problems with the switch to raw except he did throw up twice. Skin, coat, eyes are all good. At first, he had more energy but I'm noticing his energy levels decreasing. His teeth are becoming whiter with reduced plaque however, his breath is horrible. I think he has issues with his digestive system and I've been giving him probiotics capsules I got at the vet's office. It has helped but there has to be an underlying issue. Today I'm going to try Kefir. I found a vet who advocates feeding dogs raw and who also practices holistic medicine. I want to try the Kefir first but if his breath doesn't clear up, I will make an appointment.