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Rumbly in her tummy…

Published August 26, 2012 by lowercase v

I’m a bit worried. Gabi has been experiencing some symptoms of indigestion. Including but not limited to:  gagging, stomach noises, grass eating, grass spit up and stools that just look “wrong”.

I’ve been noticing it more since WODACWas it the samples?  Was it the Pedigree dental chews? The doggy cup cakes form the rescue organizations’s stand? One of the food samples?


Or is it her food, the dry dog food I buy from Woolworth’s, the affordable food that compares well with other local and supermarket foods? So much for a locally produced product.

WOOLWORTH’S PREMIUM DOG FOOD:
LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Meal, Corn, Sorghum, Rice, Wheaten Bran, Natural Flavourant, Corn Gluten Meal, Petblend Oil, Alfalfa Meal, Mono Calsium Phosphate (MCP) Minerals (Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Salt, Potassium Carbonate, Ferrous Sulphate, Zinc Sulphate, Organic Zinc, Manganese Sulphate, Organic Manganese, Copper Sulphate, Organic Copper, Potassium Iodiate, Sodium Selenite, Organic Selenium, Organic Chrome), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Supplement, vitamin D3 Supplement, vitamin K3 Supplement Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Niacin, calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavine, Thiamine, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Manno-oligosaccharides, L-carnitine and approved anti-oxidant.


Is she allergic to wheat, corn or any other grains? (Seems like all the local kibble contains corn.) Or the foods I’ve been giving her? Or the homemade biscuits I baked for her? Should I be switching to a grain free food, or just one without corn and wheat? Should I be switching to “fresh food”. I’m not sure how convenient cooking for her on a regular basis will be. I’m sorry, call me selfish, but I just can’t cook meat. I also don’t think Gabi has to be vegetarian just because I can. There are tow companies I know of that sell healthy  prepared dog meals, but I haven’t calculated what it will cost compared to dry dog food yet. These products are not exactly available at the nearest vet or supermarket, so I’d probably have to drive across town on a regular basis.  Not all that convenient… and is it really that much better?

Iggy receiving treat
Ideally I’d have her on Organix.  The guaranteed analyses is excellent and she just loved the sample we got from WODAC. Earthborn Holistic’s Grain-free Primitive also looks good.  The thing is that they are imported from the USA and too expensive for me at this stage.

Alternatively, I will first try supplementing her food with a probiotic supplement.  I will probably also try a slow-feeder appears food bowl if it looks like she’s eating too fast.

I’m just hoping this is something that can be fix without veterinary intervention and not serious. She seems fine in other aspects though, running around like crazy. She seems fine in most ways, I just don’t want her tummy troubles leading to more health issues.  I’m hoping the probiotics will do the trick.

Whoever said all you need is love, wasn’t thinking about health-care…

Happy Semi-Anniversary!

Published August 19, 2012 by lowercase v

My sweet Gabi has been with me for six months already! I can’t believe how time has flown, though it does feel in a way like she has always been part of my life.  The day I took her home was also a Sunday (like today).

Some images from 19 February 2012:
     

So, 19 August 2012:
She had a nice fresh raw carrot to chew on and  yes dogs do eat carrots, it’s a healthy chew that’s good for their teeth. Today being a special, she gets fresh, cooked “human” food instead of kibble The meal consists of brown rice, lentils, sweet potato, butternut and a boiled egg…  Gabi loved her meal and wolfed everything up.  After she first started eating, she looked up as if to say: Is this really for ME?  She now has a full belly and is taking a nice long Sunday nap.

      

Iggy eating a carrot

I was thinking of taking her to one of the nice parks we usually take the dog friends, but I think I’ll rather do that in the week when it’s quieter. I will however take her for a walk and play a bit of fetch.

It is hard to fully convey how much this little dog means to me. She puts a smile on my face every day. I let her sleep in my bed (even though she does not shower every night), I clean up after her  and carry her when she jumps up in my arms. She’s my best friend, even when she has bad breath. I love her.

Some images from the past 6 months:

   italian greyhound in blanket  italian greyhound with red ribbom

Picture Perfect Pup

Published August 17, 2012 by lowercase v

Yesterday Gabi and I went for a photo shoot in the park. My friend Roleen was the photographer (Mollycoddle Photography). We had postponed the shoot twice due to cold weather and were happy to finally have a nice, sunny and mild day. Gabi does not have much training and certainly doesn’t know (or want to know) “stay”.  However, with treats of liver and chicken vienna sausages, Roleen was able to coax her into poses.  Gabi had had more treats than ever in one go, yet she was still begging for some roast chicken from her grandma at dinner time.  She’s probably completely spoiled now ;p.

 

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Published August 3, 2012 by lowercase v

Even though I do buy Gabi health dog biscuits, from time to time I enjoy baking her cookies . This a fairly easy recipe that I adapted myself.

Iggy receiving treat

These biscuits are safe for humans (and I’ve tried them) but they are somewhat dry in texture and do not have enough salt and sugar to make a yummy cookie …. but dogs seem to LOVE them. They contain no meat or meat products and if, for whatever reason you wish to make them vegan, you can just leave out the egg (in this case you’ll have to store them in the fridge and they won’t stay crisp).

I’ve been asked on Gabi’s Facebook page to share the recipe, so here it is:

 

PEANUT-BUTTER GABI BISCUITS

Home-made peanut-butter dog biscuits

INGREDIENTS:
½ cup Peanut-butter
½ cup Hot Water
1 Egg
2 cups Flour
½ cup Oats
1 tsp Baking Powder

dough roller cookie-cutter

METHOD:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix peanut-butter and  water thoroughly until smooth. Allow to cool.
  3. Beat in egg to PB mix.
  4. Add dry ingredients.
  5. Mix until well combined.
  6. Roll out dough and cut with cookie-cutter.
  7. Place on a grease baking tray
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Allow biscuits to cool.
  10. Feed to dog.

 

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