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 on: November 13, 2018, 01:58:25 PM 
Started by darwinsmom (Chris) - Last post by susie l
Chris...Glad to hear Darwin is doing better.  I always thought grain free was best but after the UCDavis report I've had second thoughts.
i remember being happy to find Orijen had peas in it---now legumes are questionable.  These experts continually change their minds and find unintended consequences in what they are adding or leaving out.
 What were you feeding Darwin?  I feed Olivia Acana but she also has severe anxiety issues and luxating patellas although the Dasuquin with MSM has really helped.

Are you adding additional vitamins and supplements for Darwin?  Might that help quell his appetite?
I'm sorry this forum has gone so silent.  I really found it so enjoyable and helpful.

 on: November 12, 2018, 09:38:01 PM 
Started by darwinsmom (Chris) - Last post by darwinsmom (Chris)
So, Darwin hit a fairly critical point wherein he was limping despite his knees being repaired (I won't go into all that history). The vet said he was arthritic in his spine, hips and knees. Making this worse was the fact that he was 2-3 pounds overweight, so unless I wanted him to be lame, he HAD to lose weight. This on top of the fact that he frequently had tummy trouble, and the anxiety- ugh.

We decided to make a radical change in his diet and went with NO prepared dog food- wet or dry. *I* can't stomach raw, so we decided we'd feed him boiled meat, carrots, lettuce, and small amounts of grain-free cheerios.

Wow- he lost weight, is running much better, doesn't seem to be in pain, way less tummy trouble. He even seems less anxious. Could the food have been causing all that difficulty? I always fed him premium, best of the best dogfood, grain free.

The problem is now he acts like he's starved all the time, garbage can dives at any opportunity, eats non-food things (tissues, etc). Vet says weight is good so carry on.

Thoughts? I feel like I'm torturing him.

 on: August 02, 2018, 03:40:01 PM 
Started by MaryB - Last post by pam
No, he had nothing like that. I don’t think he has ever had a French fry. Come to that, it is a long time since I had one. He was fed a premium dry food that all the others were fed and none of them ever had a problem. Fingers crossed we never see another.
Good luck

 on: August 02, 2018, 01:31:14 PM 
Started by Lisa - Last post by MaryB
I'm sorry about losing Sammy..  my heart goes out to you.

Congratulations on the precious new furbaby!!!  He is a real living doll baby!!

 on: August 01, 2018, 06:43:41 PM 
Started by MaryB - Last post by MaryB
Yes,  Pam that to much calcium...  Cant imagine you giving Ben this stuff... 
High-oxalate foods to limit, if you eat them, are:
Bran flakes.
Potato chips.
French fries.
Nuts and nut butters.

 on: August 01, 2018, 06:41:36 PM 
Started by MaryB - Last post by MaryB
Soon as the results come back for Mia I'll let you know.  Thanks for the info! 

 on: August 01, 2018, 01:31:43 PM 
Started by MaryB - Last post by pam
 Vet said the stone Ben had was not common in Bichon. Common in Damations! Now I know Bengy is big but not that big and not spotted lol. I think it was an oxalate stone but it is a long time ago.

 on: July 31, 2018, 12:27:36 PM 
Started by MaryB - Last post by MaryB
Hi Pam, and thank you for replying.  So good to hear your baby has been good on that food.  So far we are still waiting for the report to come back to know what caused my baby's stone, but the dr said to get her and my other baby off filtered water, and onto distilled water.  He said he has seen other's recently with the same problem and I guess he is blaming our water.  So of course, the water is changed already.  And no vegetables?  Wow.. 
Right now I pay 20 dollars for 12 lbs of their food. I wonder how much more Hill's food will cost. 

 on: July 31, 2018, 11:41:23 AM 
Started by MaryB - Last post by pam
 Hi, apologies Mary, I have just seen this. I do hope the little one is doing ok. Bengy had a large bladder stone removed years ago. He was in real distress before due to pain weeing poor soul, or rather trying to. Recovery was excellent. He has been on Hills special food ever since (at considerable cost) but we are not as good as we should be ensuring he has nothing else. The vet advised not even vegetables! Nothing but the Hills. He is 14 now and touch wood, has been fine.


 on: July 18, 2018, 01:45:42 PM 
Started by MaryB - Last post by MaryB
Hi Sandie.  Yes I have been reading some old old posts and even emailed one (dont know if I will hear back) but I talked to the Vet and told him my concerns so he said if she is doing well I can take her home.  He called me now saying her blood work all came back good so he was ready to sedate her, and it's noonish here, so hope by this evening I can go get her. 
Thank you for replying.  I hope you and yours are well. 

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