There and Back Again

July 2012 012

High maintenance, and totally worth it

Happy Thorsday!   I need to learn that especially with Sissy’s kibble, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Gretchen loved the previous kibble, but the signs of Sissy trouble started almost as soon as the Knight bought the large bag. 

This is how it works.  Sissy almost always LOVES a kibble change.  If it’s really a problem, we know within an 8lb. bag.  However, if it’s just not quite right, sometimes it takes 25 lbs. or more to get there. 

WARNING:  This is about Sissy’s food allergies, signs and symptoms.  Continue reading at your own risk.

Any food change results in a soft stool.  I’m all about Sissy’s pooo…  It’s ridiculous, but her anal gland health depends on a firm poo, and the poor girl was over 2 years old before she had her first, nice, firm, normal stool.   So the first sign of trouble is that the stool either gets even softer or just doesn’t firm up.  With the previous kibble, even Gg the soooper pooper had soft stools, so I wasn’t shocked when we reached the critical, all-telling stage 2.

June 2012 003

Gretchen is mortified that we speak of such things…

The second and clear warning is when Sis won’t eat her kibble dry.  Now, you hound caretakers out there are laughing at me.  Of course a hound – a DIVA hound, a SMART DIVA hound – will work the system.  I know that.  So we ignore the first episode or three.  But when it reaches the point that the girl simply won’t eat the kibble without significant enticement, it’s the kibble, not the dog.

While Sis has eased out of the 40s and into the very low 50 lb. range,  she’s still lean enough that we worry when she won’t eat.  Also… see above.  We worry when she won’t eat because her food allergies have ruled our lives since before we knew they were food allergies. 

So…  back to PetCo.  I’m so grateful that the City and PetCo corporate decided to build directly across from the League office and almost within sight of  The Pink Palm.  Highly convenient.  It’s also nice that they’re open longer than many stores, because the Knight and I eat late and therefore are usually in town after normal business hours.

Courtesy of Wellness

We’re on our second small bag of Wellness Whitefish & Sweet Potato.   This time, poor Gg is taking one for the team.  If she doesn’t firm up soon, I’ll consider doing a two dog, two kibble world, but that creates so many problems because like kids, they always want what the other has, especially when they (Sissy) can’t have it!

I’m not really looking for feedback, but I truly appreciate each and every one of you who read all of this.  While this blog is mostly for doggy bloggy fun, it also exists so that my fair knitting friends and fashion friends don’t have to read about dog poop and anal glands unless they want to. 

Oh – and the title?  Wellness was the first premium food that Sis did well on, briefly… but I’m not at all sure it was Wellness’s fault that the relationship wasn’t permanent.  See above; it took us two years and then some to find Wondervet with her focus on allergies and even food allergies.  It took her two visits to get Sissy’s message on precisely how allergic to chicken she is, and as the wonderful Wonder-woman predicted, we’re so happy with our healthy girl that we don’t care to figure out whether Sis might could eat lamb.  ALL poultry is off the table, because of the severity of her reaction to chicken, and we’ve just stuck with no land animal save rabbit and seafood-based protein sources because they keep working… mostly.

April 2012 005

Lean but not mean!

When there is a failure, it’s almost assuredly because the manufacturer sneaks in trace amounts of chicken something.   In case some manufacturer is reading, my girl can’t do chicken fat, chicken meal, or eat your kibble if you ran a batch of chicken anything through the factory before her seafood kibble.   We know this happens because there are some very caring, awesome people in the pet food industry who share these dirty secrets, and we are so very grateful for their shared wisdom.

Seriously.  Sis is THAT sensitive to chicken.  Know a human kid with peanut allergies?  Yeah.  Like that.  Thank goodness thus far, her reactions have been NOT the traditional human anaphylaxis not-breathing type, but despite my background as a medic and my training in pet CPR… we’re not taking that chance.

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6 Responses to “There and Back Again”

  1. Nancy Says:

    You may have to start preparing Sissy’s meals from scratch or hire a chef if you can’t find just the right kibble.

  2. Sue Says:

    I read on one of my PWD lists that Wellness had changed their recipe but since we don’t use it, I don’t remember what the change was except that it caused lots of trouble for lots of dogs.

    When we were first married and Rob would walk the dogs, I’d ask hi about their poops and he always replied that he didn’t look at them. I knew things had changed when he flew in the house one morning and told me to call the vet because Tsar had a runny poop with blood in it.

    Now he pays as much attention as I do and gives me reports if her sees a change.

  3. Katherine Says:

    Oh wow do I understand this post well!!!! It is so hard to find the right food for the fur-kids and especially hard to find something without chicken. Have you thought about the Beneful with salmon and vegetables? I think it is called Healthy Radiance.

    it took us a l-o-o-o-ng time to find a kibble that Macy liked and that wouldn’t upset her digestive system. Last week the Vet asked if we would like to change her to something for older dogs and I nearly lost it. I had to take several deep breaths to calm down before I could answer. It is that serious! So good luck in finding just the right thing.

  4. Mitch and Molly Says:

    Mom remembers when Wellness started sneaking in new stuff and angel Maggie’s poo changed to pudding. She tried to add psyllium stuff to get it to firm but we were fighting a losing battle. Eventually, we switched to a different brand. Poor Sissy! We know just how you feel!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  5. scrabblequeen Says:

    The food drama, part ? Sigh…Feeling all y’alls pain here!

  6. Nichole Says:

    I’m still in favor of Earthborn Holistic if Taste of the Wild doesn’t work for your girls. I’ve heard too many less favorable issues with Wellness in the past few months…

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