Mama Bird, Baby Bird

by Telling Dad on December 9, 2011

Our dog threw up $4 today.

Again.

Not $4 in real money. Just $4 in kibble equivalence.

Apparently, his digestive system still isn’t used to expensive brown dog food. The cheaper brown dog food, which looks suspiciously identical to the expensive brown dog food, stayed down where it should…lodged in his stomach and intestinal walls, unable to move. But the expensive stuff seems to seek the path of least resistance, in which it follows the esophagus and not the intestines.

I miss the cheap stuff. I mean, it’s not like we were out buying 55-gallon drums of Dads from Wal-Mart or anything, but we also weren’t paying an arm and a leg for dog food that probably contained ground up arms and legs. In fact, we were springing for Beneful. The perfect middle class meal for the perfect middle class canine.

While the cheap stuff did wonders for our carpeting, sanity, and socks, it slowly wreaked havoc on his skin and eventually caused a malicious odor that’s illegal in 17 states. Prior to treatment, if you were to walk into any room blindfolded, you would have no trouble locating the festering beast with pinpoint accuracy. Even if you only had the sense of smell to guide you.

And if you made the mistake of petting him? You had two options: 1) Wash your hands in bleach; or 2) amputation.

To put it in perspective, our 3-year old daughter took it upon herself to spritz the poor animal with Christmas Tree scented Febreze. Not just a few quick sprays, but rather an aggressive sweeping motion as though she were repainting a car. By the time I disarmed her, he was glistening, but he did kind of smell like Christmas.

If Christmas had died.

To try and combat the smell we decided to take him to a local groomer. When scheduling the appointment, she asked me to try and describe the odor over the phone. I thought for a second and then replied in all seriousness, “It’s almost like our dog is decomposing prematurely.”

She immediately cleared her schedule.

By the close of his appointment, we were told that we have a 155-pound animal with an allergy to grains. No more dog food with rice, corn, or other such fillers. If we were going to make him tolerable, we’d have to treat the condition with various ointments and change his diet.

I hate changing a dog’s diet. It’s a process that never ends well. It’s always met with unbearable flatulence, diarrhea explosions, and frightening intestinal noises. Still, we decided to make the switch and agreed to bless our dog with 100% meat-based kibble. Minutes later, I was asking the cashier at Petco how they can sleep at night charging me $70 for a bag of dog food.

Perhaps I was spoiled and too accustomed to spending $15 for the same amount of Beneful, but I think it’s criminal to charge $70 for a bag of dog food when it doesn’t come with a free dog inside.

I think we’re now feeding him something called “Taste of the Wild” or “Call of the Wild” or something like that. All I know is that it has a picture of wild dogs or wolves looking longingly at the bag’s ingredients, which include bison, deer, and some other small exotic animal. Based on the price tag, I can only assume it’s a mink.

I suppose I’d be fine with paying $70 for a bag of dog food if the dog eating it was Dory. She weighs 45 pounds and eats like a bird, so each bag would last a few months. But Jackson has 110 pounds on her and believes he must consume his own weight in dog food on a daily basis.

So when I see him greedily choke down a $12 bowl of dog food only to watch him hack a third of it up as he leaves the room, I can’t help but shout, “Whoa! Where do you think YOU’RE going??? Don’t leave that there! Eat it! That’s four bucks you just belched up on our floor!”

To which His Foulness just continues to shuffle out of the room in search of something clean to defile.

In true dog fashion, Dory tries to eat his regurgitated deposits, but Heather inexplicably stops her before she can lap it up. Sure it’d be gross to watch her do that, but that’s why God gave us the ability to look away.

Until these animals start barfing up real cash and not half-eaten kibble on our bath mats, I’m going to look to save money whenever and wherever possible. And if this means these two mutts have to play a little game I call, “Mama Bird, Baby Bird,” so be it.

I must say that Jackson’s condition is improving. Where it used to take 48 hours post-bath to smell like the Living Dead, we’re now at a solid week. Even so, considering actual TellingDad.com readers will be visiting our home this weekend for Perry’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” parade debut, we decided to have Jackson groomed, bathed, and treated again today. The last thing we wanted was for Jackson’s offensive odor to be the lasting memory of their visit.

Speaking of this weekend, stay tuned for photos! A few of my illustrious readers are bringing their children to ride on Perry throughout the parade route so it should be a lot of fun. We’ll be passing out lollipops and candy canes, ringing bells, and waving to the crowd while Perry leads the way.

See you again after the parade! Fresh pup and all!

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

Jaime December 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

I buy the expensive food for my cat because I really wanted her to lose some weight and the cheaper weight loss foods didn’t have the same qualities as the regular food….. but every time she has a hairball moment and pukes up some food along with her hairball… I get a little annoyed. At $60 a bag … it’s hard to swallow (for her too, apparently).

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Sacha December 9, 2011 at 12:24 am

Did you gradually change the dog food over? Like a large amount of the old stuff and small amount of new stuff gradually becoming the opposite? Cause changing it cold turkey tends to make them puke. Also it could be too much protein, which I guess is hard cause he can’t have grains and stuff. How long has it been? Try a different blend? You can usually add rice or pumpkin to the food to clear up vomitting too.
Hope something works :)

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LeeAnn December 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’m with Sasha. Their diet should be gradually changed or else…..well…….I guess you already know what can happen. We have two big labs and I KNOW!

Cho December 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

Yea – As far as what Sacha said about changing diets too abruptly – It’s true. We usually recommend feeding 3/4 old and 1/4 new diet for a few days, then half and half, then 1/4 old and 3/4 new for a few more days and then completely new.

Also, I would have an actual vet diagnose his allergy problems, it may not be grains at all. Some people have got this ridiculous notion that all dogs are allergic to grains and that’s why these natural/holistic brands have suddenly exploded. Which isn’t to say that it isn’t grains he’s allergic to, that could be possible as well. But really, that’s almost like taking medical advice from your hair stylist or something.

Have you tried using Malaseb shampoo (Or something similar?) We would sometimes recommend that kind for dogs with different kinds of skin problems (I can’t remember if we did for allergies specifically) – Lather them up, let it sit on them for ten minutes, then rinse. It did wonders for a lot of dogs.

I’m sorry to hear you’re having such troubles with him!

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Cho December 9, 2011 at 12:51 am

Oh, and by 3/4 and 1/4, I don’t mean 3/4 cup, but 3/4 or 1/4 of however much he normally gets fed.

Telling Dad December 9, 2011 at 8:21 am

Actually, our groomer was a vet tech for years and then worked at the local shelter for even longer. She grooms now to stay home with her kids. And what she recommended is working. Woo hoo!

I do plan on asking my barber about the dull pain in my abdomen though.

Jenny December 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm

If it is working, then fine. However, I have two comments.

One: dogs can be just as allergic to different protein sources (meats, eggs, dairy, etc.) as they can be to grains. The benefits that you are seeing may be an allergy or may be simply a consequence of upgrading the food, period.

Two: Beneful is not “middle of the road” in terms of quality. It is actually less than Dog Chow (also made by Purina) but has better marketing with Shapes! And Colors! that make people think it is better. In terms of quality for Purina, it goes Beneful < Dog Chow < ONE < ProPlan

I AM a vet and as long as your pet continues to improve on the food, that's fine. If you are still seeing some problems, then definitely make an appt with a properly-trained licensed professional–your veterinarian. A number of things can produce stinkiness in dogs and some of them need medical treatment.

Cho December 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Yea, you know, -I’ve- been a vet tech for years, and even though I know quite a bit about animals and the things wrong with them, I still -always- tell people, even my family, that they need to see a vet. And veterinarian or no – there aren’t a lot of things that you can diagnose just from -looking- (Or smelling) at a dog. Not that I’m trying to diss your groomer or yourself or anyone else, just saying.

Also, I’m still laughing about ‘If Christmas had died,’ two days later hahahaha.

Faith.The Blond. December 9, 2011 at 2:36 am

Really looking forward to Saturday and meeting your family and Perry, and Jackson and Dory of course!

I, too, would recommend easing into the diet for Jackson. My vet told me virtually the same thing about my cat, Precious, AKA Boo-ti-ful. We had to ease her into it because we were doing a constant change of the litter box daily when we tried to do it cold turkey (not a pretty sight, and I had to clean, disinfect and re-paint the walls around the box!)

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Christine December 9, 2011 at 4:58 am

Smelly dog or no smelly dog, we are excited for Saturday! Actually the animal puke fest isn’t much better in our house, between the large dog and the aging cats I am constantly cleaning up (that is, any regurge that the dog hasn’t already taken care of).

See you tomorrow!

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Amanda December 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

Poor Jackson, but the Febreeze story and smelling like if Christmas had died had me laughing so hard my 5yo insisted I tell him what was so funny. He didn’t get it. It may not have been as funny to him because he wasn’t the one the family recently tried to kill with Febreeze. I was cleaning out the fridge, and I guess the smell permeated the living room. By the time I was done, the living room smelled worse than the kitchen, and to me they may as well have sprayed tear gas in here the way my eye watered and I was coughing and gagging. I threw all of our Febreeze away.

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Michelle December 9, 2011 at 6:58 am

Poor Jackson. I can sympathize though. I have a 55 lb Golden who eats like a bird and a 105 lb mix breed who eats, well, everything. My big boy also has allergies. Initially we thought it was food and switched him to Blue Buffalo (which is what it sounds like you might be using going by your description of the bag). However, turns out he also has environmental allergies that require shots. So not only am I paying an arm and leg for food I had to throw in an ear and the other foot to give him shots.

Thoughts about Jackson throwing up. Does he gulp his food? Meaning, does he inhale and not really pause while he’s eating? My big boy does that and we bought him a special metal ball you put in their bowl that makes it so that they have to slow down to eat around it. This also helps to prevent bloat. Now instead of inhaling his meal in less than 30 seconds, it takes him at least a full minute and a half to eat. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3519706&lmdn=Dog

Good luck! I can’t wait to hear about the parade!

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Chris December 9, 2011 at 7:16 am

I feel your pain with the special food, but they really do make a difference in the long run, not just for the allergies but for the pet’s overall health. That said, don’t forget to price shop! If there are any independent pet supply stores near you, call and ask what they charge for the same bag. I recognize the brand you described and I know all our independent shops carry it. My own cat’s special food is always less at those places.

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Mae December 9, 2011 at 8:11 am

THAT made me laugh out loud because my 14 y.o. son declared a month or so ago that he’d discovered why our old dog smells so much: he actually died a couple of years ago, and is decomposing from the inside out. I also feel a sick sense of camaraderie with anyone who deals with dog puke on a regular basis–welcome to the club.

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Ann December 9, 2011 at 8:12 am

“If Christmas had died.” Still.laughing!

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Jennifer @ Also Known As the Wife December 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

I don’t have dogs (sadly, *shakes angry fist at husband’s rule*) but I know several people who do and swear by the raw meat diet. It also sounds much cheaper than the $70 bag of dog food you’re purchasing. It may be something you want to look into

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Jenny December 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

It’s not cheaper if you are doing it right. And it is difficult to do it right so that it is both safe and a properly balanced diet. It can be done, it just is more trouble than most people want to deal with.

Heather December 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

Canned pumpkin – not the canned pumpkin pie stuff…it works wonder for upset stomach in dogs. Its magic for diarrhea, constipation, flatluence. An old country vet told me about it. Don’t ask me how it works, but 10 years of rescuing and fostering dogs from high kill shelters has taught me more than I would like to know about how to help a dog’s digestive system. Just a couple of tablespoons in with their food.

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Laurie T December 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Pumpkin (not the pie mix!) is the bomb for dogs with very loose, explosive stools. 2 heaping tablespoons for my 60lb golden does the trick. Oatmeal and rice are good as well, but don’t work as quickly for diarrhea.

Jenny December 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm

It’s the fiber primarily. It not only gives bulk to the stool, but also regulates the water content as well as provide a substrate for the beneficial bacteria to flourish (a pre-biotic if you want the technical term). A lot of dog foods have such things like beet pulp, tomato pomace, and chicory root to accomplish the same thing (as well as make use of a cheap by-product of the human food industry).

Beth December 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

ditto to what Heather said. Just straight canned pumpkin, or I do cottage cheese (obviously not the flavored kind) and it works wonders for my dalmation.
Im bummed I don’t live close enough to come see Perry so please everyone take and upload lots of pictures! By the way…its been ages since you’ve mentioned or showed pics of your dogs! Include them!

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Lori aka Bubbe December 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

Sympathies for the pricey dog food. A few years ago our Beagle had bladder stones which had to be surgically removed ($2K!!). The vet put Peaches on a special diet (I think it was $70 or 80 a bag, certainly around there) to prevent stones from forming. She hated it (but didn’t throw it up either, thank goodness). A year later she had stones again. We didn’t have the money for the necessary surgery so we figured we’d make her last days pleasant ones and went back to feeding her the old dog food we still fed our Lab mix. That was over a year ago and she is still here. So much for that particular special diet. Have fun tomorrow! Looking forward to pictures!

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Jennifer Nealy December 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

You might be able to find something that works for him that is less expensive. I’m sorry to tell you this, but Beneful is actually one of the worst dog foods out there. (http://recipes4gourmetdogs.com/2011/08/worst-dog-food-brands/) Do you have a Costco in your area? The Kirkland Costco dog food is actually a good quality, and is very well priced. That’s what we fed our 3 dogs, but our German Shepherd has a very sensitive stomach so we had to switch her to Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach. It’s working well for her so far. So your dog may not have a full blown grain allergy – he may just need a better quality dog food. Too many grains (like Beneful) is not good for any dog.

And I’ll also sing the praises of canned pumpkin. It works great for all varieties of stomach ailments, but not sure it would have any effect on skin odor.

Hope you find something that continues to work for him!

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Ali December 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I really want to keep reading this, but my 6 month old is sleeping next to me, and I’m going to break something internally trying to stifle my laughter.

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Alan December 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

HAHAHAHAHAH*wheezes*HAHAHA

I haven’t laughed this hard in weeks.
“If Christmas had died.”
bwahaha…

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valmg @ Mom Knows It All December 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I am not laughing that the dog has a health problem but I am laughing!
I’ve never had to change a dogs diet but have changed a cats and it sounds like it’s just as little fun.
Hope the diet continues to work and the vomiting and the smell cease and desist. The mama bird baby bird reminds me of an incident that I had as a teenager that involved way too much liquor….

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awesomesauciness December 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

$16 for 5 lbs. of cat food to feed our overweight, diabetic, cat.

$16.

On the plus side, he rarely ralphs it up….and he doesn’t smell, but that’s mostly because, well…he’s a cat and very tidy.

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Patrice Hudson December 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Taste of the Wild. Us, too. Keeps the dogs from scratching all the time….no problem when it was the two beagles….now it’s the two beagles and a 100 lbs Golden….I wish I could just have a dump truck deliver a load of it each month, it might be cheaper.

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shelley December 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Long time lurker…but had to comment on this post. First, I laughed out loud on the Christmas/death part. But, be glad it is just super expensive bagged food you have to provide as a “special diet” for your dog. A friend of mine has a rescue dog that she later found out is allergic to a ton of stuff so she has to make his food….and now he eats better than most humans. Imagine having to make your dog’s food weekly!

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Laurie T December 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Okay, I’m confused. Is your dog barfing because he dislikes the food or is just eating too blinking fast?
I have cats that seem to be suffering from bulimia. I blame myself as I call them, “Fatty-fatty big lazy catty.” My brand of cruelty can’t really help their self esteem. In any case, I have added large rocks (they are huge and in no danger of being swallowed) in their food dish to help slow down their impersonation of a vacuum cleaner. It works. I don’t find piles of warm, mushy cat food on the rug. And why do they have to barf on the rug? I have a hallway, kitchen and living room covered in terracotta tiles.
Dogs are very sensitive to changes in their diet. We feed them Nutro. They seem to enjoy it, but they also eat their own feces so I think they’d eat just about anything. Okay, this again turned into a longer post than intended. Can’t wait to see Perry pics!

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Jenny December 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Interestingly enough, a lot of cats puke on the rug because it gives them better footing while they are puking as opposed to tile. Most of them are doing a whole-body-hurl instead of a quick urp, so it becomes more important…

Karen December 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Even though I switched to “sensitive system” cat food, my cat was still barfing up after eating. I changed so he gets small amounts of food at a time, so he can’t eat so much and so fast. It seems to have worked pretty well.

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Jenny December 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

It is a more natural way of feeding cats, anyway. They evolved to eat small, mouse-sized portions of food frequently throughout the day instead of big meals. Some of them just can’t tolerate the big meals. Some can’t tolerate the kibble because of the higher carbohydrate content (over canned foods), and some just puke if you look at ‘em cross-eyed!

heartlightdg December 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm

LMAO I have missed you Greg!! I laughed out loud at Kamryn spraying the poor dog, and the decomposing and washing hands stuff. My daughter has a big dog who I adore but also feel the need to wash my hands thoroughly every time after I pet her. After washing, I still sniff them to make sure the smell is gone…euww.
I feel your pain too, having two cats who eat, run to the living room (skipping through two rooms with bare floors on the way), and leave a warm pile of grossness on the carpet. And I always yell “why did you bother eat at all if you’re just going to throw it up??!!” Sometimes you will find puking flying cats at my house as they get tossed out if I can catch them horking. I cannot figure out why one of them is so very heavy because she pukes the most…. I also buy a more expensive brand of food without colors and additives but have not gone to the upper crust type of food yet lol. That’s a very expensive bag of puke you have to buy!

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Barbara Anne December 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

“puking flying cats” made me laugh so hard I ran to the loo before replying. sounds like a great rock band name- you should trademark it.

Audra December 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I had a cat that did that. The “Mama Bird Baby Bird” thing. Apparantly he didn’t like it anymore than we did when he hacked something up on the carpet. He seemed to feel like it was a waste, or maybe it was just easier to digest the second time around. *Shrugs shoulders*. Downside was that my feet usually found the wet spot on the carpet before my eyes did because there was no food left on the floor…..

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Mandi December 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

We don’t have pets puking indoors but have kids with the flu. I texted my hubby and asked if it was ethically wrong to bring puked sheets outside to let the dog lick it off. He replied… maybe morally, asked Dr. Laura… LOL. In the end I put a mask on and cleaned it myself. Just another FYI.. the same kid crapped his bed, moved on to said bed and puked, came and told me he was sick and I sent him to another bed. In the a.m. found three pair of crapped undies in front of washer. I asked what happened and he replied he thought it was a fart. Really.. three times in the same night and never before in his seven years.

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Cheri December 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

@ Mandi – I feel your pain. However, mine was of a completely different nature (and I thank god my whole house is tile or linoleum). I got my 6 year old ready for school the other day (who wasnt sick) and thought that his room reeked (his bathroom is right next to his bedroom, so I figured he forgot to flush). Thank goodness I flipped the light first. He sleep walks and sleep talks fairly regularly, but this was a new one. He had pooped in the floor at some time in the middle of the night while sleep walking (this is my best guess, being as it wasn’t there at bed time, and he is an only child and I have absolutely no reason to poop in the floor and our dog is an outside animal). Lol. That was NOT a good way to start your morning. When questioned the poor guy had recollection of any of it. He (God love him) blamed it on his dad. So yeah, I feel for you in regards to poo and nasty messes. I’ve had myfair share as of lately.

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Lisa the anti-kibble rawfeeder December 10, 2011 at 12:05 am

HAAAAAAA hahahahaha that was HILARIOUS, absolutely HILARIOUS. I’m sorry to laugh at your misfortune, but…. BWA HA HA you wrote that VERY humorously.

That said, you need to do your dog, your wallet, and yourself a favor and learn about rawfeeding. Go to http://www.rawfed.com and check out their info, the myths on rawfeeding, and how easy it is. There are groups on yahoo and facebook to help you. Please, for the love of all that is doggie, read about rawfeeding and get on it. It is cheaper in the meantime AND long run to rawfeed rather than buy spendy kibble. And Beneful? That stuff is utter trash. Your first clue is the amount of advertising they have to do. Second one is the ingredient list. Third one’s how huge your dog’s poop is (another benefit of rawfeeding is SMALL STOOLS). Fourth is that horrific decomp reek of your pet…garbage IN, garbage OUT.

RAWFEED. it really IS what your dog was intended to eat.

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Melinda December 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

HA HA!! It should come with a dog in the package. Isn’t that the truth. I’m with you on the “you better come back here and eat this puke right now! No wasting in this house.”

Ahh…the bag with the creepy yet cool wolf eyes. Isn’t it called Evolve or something similar…something evolutionish. The packaging almost intimidates you to purchase it like it is going to bite your hand off it you don’t. I wounder if people would buy food that showed monkey eyes and how we evolved from them. That could be some crazy fad…back to your roots mystic something enhancers. There’s a business there I think. I’m going to claim a patent right here on that idea. BTW, let me open up the controversial Darwin theory can of worms. :)

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Melinda December 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

FYI wounder is the Southern pronunciation of wonder. I didn’t want you to think I misspelled something.

jen smith December 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Chiming in here about feeling your pain on the barfing dog issue. Gross as it is, re-consumption really saves your back. VBG! And it is handy having a dog clean up the occasional cat hairballs also.

I am echoing the rawfeed recommendation. I foster and have had all kinds of sick and dying dogs come back to life by changing their diet. It’s not very expensive if you prep it yourself and join a co-op for buying meat and bones in bulk. It is a huge jump for some folks though. Best site for info is on diet and a lot of issues. http://www.dogaware.com

Bottom line though – everyone needs to get digestive enzymes and keep them in the house. You can change food cold turkey with no upset stomachs. Eliminates the gas issues too!

Jen

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Karyn December 11, 2011 at 6:02 am

I SCOFF at your $70 dog food. Our dog has the same condition, and we live in Australia where the land in beautiful, the sea is stunning and good dog food costs $122.50/bag.

Please save your whining for someone else ;)

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Joy Tortorelli December 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Are you sure your dog is not a 120 lb. German Shepherd? We have the same dog here and we tried all sort of things recommened by the vet before starting the Taste of the Wild food. We find that the Salmon blend works better than the Bison blend and if you have a Tractor Supply Company anywhere near you check there. We pay $47 for a 30 lb. bag. It only last our two ding dongs two weeks, but it is better than the death smell and the dry skin scales left all over the house if we use pretty much anything else.

As a side note, watch out for dog treats and little kid doggy feeding as well. Any problem we have had since we went to that food seems to have been a direct result of dog treats with grains in them or our daughter slipping him something, particualrly if that something contains wheat!

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Carrie December 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Oh, what memories.

I remember when I’d have to change my pup’s food because of one thing or another.

Gas. Atrocious gas.

And I swear that was the one thing that made her smile. About .7 seconds before she’d nuzzle up wanting you to scratch her back. Which was a total fake-out.

Then she’d trot off into another room looking back at me smiling. Cause you know…that smell bothered her.

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Elizabeth December 12, 2011 at 9:16 am

Our dog suffers from some sort of food allergy as well and we switched her to Taste of the Wild which helped her tremendously. The lady who recommended it told us to use the lamb based version since lamb is an easier meat to digest. I have found the food to be more expensive at a pet store than at our town’s local “feed and seed” store that caters to agricultural needs as well as pet food. I don’t know the size of bag you bought for Jackson, but we buy the 30 lb bag of TOTW for $40 at the feed and seed.

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Janine December 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

Maybe you should try feeding smaller meals for a bit? If he barfs up one quarter of it, only give him 3/4 of what you would normally give. You can always give a snack later until he gets used to it.

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Sarah December 13, 2011 at 10:34 am

I upgraded from Purina to Nutro because I have a friend who used to sell it and has been nagging me for years to switch. It ended in a week of cat vomit and misery. Now they’re used to it, and I’m terrified to switch back, in case the whole cycle starts over. Aren’t pets lovely?

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JoAnne December 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

one of our cats pukes because the day ends in the word “day”, if you get my meaning. I think it is willful because it is usually on the bed or near my husband’s shoes. we have a mama/baby bird situation in that our beagle/springer mix LOVES cat food, puke and poop. It’s so gross. Maybe it’s the Beneful!

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Miss Adventure December 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

He’s probably eating too fast. If you don’t want to sit there and dole it out kibble by kibble, go buy about a foot and a half of strong chain, and drop it into the bowl atop the kibble. It’ll slow him down provided he doesn’t try and tip the bowl (might want to effect safeguards for that). I’d say do the gradual switch-over myself but it sounds a bit late for that. Sooo…just slow him down some.

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Sue December 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I have two bulldogs and they come with a myriad of skin and digestive problems. Try boiling a few potatoes and sweet potatoes (skin and all), mash them up and add it to the dog food, half dog food, half potato mixture. This has helped my dogs tremendously. Also you can make a huge batch and spoon it out during the week, you don’t have to make it special for every meal.

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Maynard December 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Long time reader, first time commenter. First and foremost, I feel your pain, perhaps a support group is in order? I’ve been feeding my rescue cat Lincoln the Blue Buffalo Wilderness brand. So glad he’s feeling better, now it’s just me nauseous at the cost. Also? Not disgusting, it’s organic matter recycling. You’re been green.

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Grady Pruitt December 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I can just picture that… The kid with the Fabreeze, the dog trying to run away, but can’t… And the smell… Fantastic description!

Hope that the new diet works for you!

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Christina December 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I stumbled across your site a few months ago via the Bloggess and I read all about Dory’s story. Now that you’ve mentioned buying Taste of the Wild, I just have to throw in my 2 cents. Please do not ever buy it from Petco again! you can get it so much cheaper through online retailers! I usually can find an online website that not only will ship it for free, but is about at least $20 less that you are paying. Plus if it is a company without retail stores in your state? Tax free! I’m not posting to pimp out any retailers, so I’ll just say use goodsearch to search for your particular food and you’ll see what I mean. If you don’t use goodsearch or goodshop, you are missing out on an awesome concept. Okay, I guess I’m promoting them a bit, but it’s all about charity, whatever charity you are into.

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Kiely December 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I feel your pain, only yours is probably worse. My dog only keeps down the expensive food and vomits up anything cheaper then $60 a bag!

However I do work for a veterinary specialty practice and would recommend having a dermatologist look at him, especially bc over grooming him can cause a whole new pile of issues :(

Just found your blog today! It is great :)

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Tonja December 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

If his problem is gobbling it vs. it just not setting well with him, try feeding in increments….that way there’s not so much to gobble. He may think someone’s trying to take it away from him. Say if you feed him 2 cups at a feeding, try cutting it to 1/4 until he’s got that down, then give him some more, etc…

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