What? You thought I was referring to Hubbs in the title? 😉
First, let me say how much I enjoyed your comments and emails yesterday regarding the post on gluten-free eating. I thought it turned out to be a fabulous discussion and enjoyed hearing all points of view!
Second(ly?), I had some delicious treats I made this week that I wanted to share with you… but they will have to wait. Why? Because my fur baby’s health is at the top of my mind right now and for all you dog lovers & owners out there, I need your help. (I know my dad just stopped reading… ;))
First, let me say how much I love my running buddy. She made it through 30 minutes of running with me yesterday! When those last 12 minutes sounded daunting…
she helped push me through them.
How miserable does she look here? haha! She’s not a natural at photo taking.
When Hubbs and I decided to take the boat for an end-of-season spin, she was ‘on board’ with the idea! ::groan at bad pun::
And when Hubbs and I decided to watch a little TV (we’re trying out Dexter… not sure how I feel about it yet), she curled up like the little sweetheart she is to catch some ZZZ’s.
But here’s where my concern is…
Over the past month or so, K-diz has had a red rash on her tummy and chest. It hasn’t seemed to bother her, so I let them be. But finally the mom-gene in me couldn’t take it anymore and decided to take her to the vet.
The vet told me it was most likely allergies and to give her benedryl. It seems to be helping! However, I’d like to not have to give her medicine and I can’t figure out where the allergies might be coming from… no new detergent… no change in food… ?
Additionally, a couple months ago I started waking up to Koda throwing up in the early morning. It was typical yellow bile, which after intensive googling decided it was just an empty tummy. So I started feeding her a snack before bed and it seemed to ‘cure’ her. However, she’s starting to get a little tubby for a vizsla, so I cut back on the size of her snack… and she started throwing up again! Argh.
The vet said this was probably acid reflux and to give her zantac at night. I have, 2 nights in a row, and no throwing up.
HOWEVER…. (if you’re still reading… thank you, I <3 you)
I don’t like giving my sweet puppy dog medicine. I also read that allergies can lead to throwing up. So what if it is just allergies, not acid reflux? And what could she possibly be allergic to if nothing has changed?
This led me to take a look at her food. She’s always eaten the same thing with no problem, but maybe now that she is 3, it isn’t agreeing with her anymore? She is currently eating Pro Plan, Lamb & Rice.
If you follow me on twitter, you saw that I sent a tweet out asking for doggie food advice. I got some great suggestions and am going to start researching them. I’d love to be able to switch her food and have her tummy and allergy issues go away on their own…. it totally would be worth the extra cost of food.
Koda-bug has always been a very healthy, active dog. Even now, she doesn’t seem very bothered by her troubles, but they are worrying her momma.
Here are my questions to you…
1.) What do you feed your dog? Why did you choose that brand?
2.) Have you experienced anything similar? Any suggestions?
If you are still reading this, you truly have a heart! I had a whole different post ready, but my mind is only focused on my sweet little baby. Any thoughts or suggestions you have would be GREATLY appreciated!
Oh, and happy Friday!! 🙂