Time to do a bit of catching up and apologise to Jet and Just Ramblin for taking so long to get on to it.
Firstly, thank you to the wonderful Jet for giving us the Lovely Blog award. Check out Jet’s blog here, there’s loads going on over there. It’s great fun. Jet’s a smart (and devastatingly handsome) dog! The Lovely Blog awards should be distributed to 15 other blogs – we’ve got a few awards to distribute, but I’m saving them up and will do that at the end of the year in one post if that’s okay J. My brain is full at the moment and it’s taking way more power than it should just to come up with the regular posts!
Also, thank you very much to Just Ramblin Pier for their Creative Award. It’s lovely to know that someone enjoys some of the photos that I put up. 🙂
As many of you know, I recently changed Flo’s diet to a mixture of both raw and biscuits. Before I even got her, I’d planned to keep her on puppy biscuits until she was 2 and then switch her over to a raw diet. The decision was made for a couple of reasons (and they’re not meant to be ‘holier-than-thou’): the first is that I intuitively feel that raw/unprocessed food is better for a species whose digestive system has evolved with such a diet; and secondly, I wouldn’t buy food for myself if I couldn’t find out what was in it, and it isn’t easy to find out all the stuff that is in animal food. The fewer steps it’s had to go through to get to the bowl, the better. Pet food isn’t governed by the same standards as human-grade food, so there is no need for ingredient lists. A third reason shoved me to implement the new diet sooner than I had planned, and that was Flo’s skin allergy. As Flo’s allergy became apparent in her second year of life, I read up more and more about animal allergies and many are connected to things that are in their foods. A change in diet can often make a big difference to a dog’s skin health. As it happens, the new diet doesn’t seem to have made any difference in that respect and as time has gone on I’ve become more convinced that the allergy is caused by grass seeds rather than anything she’s ingesting. So, she’s on a raw diet AND she’s overwashed. Actually, the benefit of her having a sore leg at the moment is that she is not overwashed – since I can’t take her walking it means we don’t visit the grassy areas so she doesn’t need to be thoroughly hosed down and medicated at the moment. Hurrah!
For the last little while I’ve been keeping a diary of what I’ve fed her, mainly so that I can make sure I’m not missing anything out that she might need. She starts each day with a cup of puppy biscuits. Then, across the course of a couple of weeks she gets roughly the following:
Scarily big drumsticks or meaty bone once to twice a week;
minced meat (lamb, chicken, turkey or beef) or pet mince (from the butcher – this includes ground up bones) 3 to 4 times a week;
fish (sardines or tuna) once to twice a week.
These are accompanied by:
lamb or chicken liver, heart or kidney;
egg (+ shell sometimes);
She also gets Omega oils and coconut oil, as well as glucosamine tablets.
Treats include things like marrow bones, piggy ears, Dentasticks, liver jerky, roo chews, beef jerky, beef tendons. Other than the Dentasticks, most of her treats are just dried meat or rawhide in one form or another.
I have chosen not to give her any vegetables in her diet but I know that many people do. I haven’t come to a conclusion yet about whether or not they are necessary.
And finally…. we’ve been back to the v-e-t this week with Fergus. She’s had diarrhoea for a couple of weeks and it’s just not clearing up. Thankfully, the v-e-t doesn’t think it’s anything to do with being run over (I’m still not convinced). He gave her the usual injections, some anti-protozoan pills and some anti-diarrhoea liquid. Unfortunately, the injections and pills haven’t made any difference and the anti-diarrhoea liquid makes her salivate and then throw up, so I’ve stopped giving her that. I’ve used the same stuff on George before and it doesn’t have that effect on him. The long and short of it is that we’re going to have to go back this week. The v-e-t was otherwise happy with her, she’s chirpy enough and is in good condition so fingers crossed we can find out what the problem is. 😦 Poor Fergie. And NO, before you say it, I don’t think it’s got anything to do with her foot fetish.
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