Archive for ‘Dog Health and Care’

April 25, 2011

Day 44: Lamby isn’t just Bailey’s favorite toy…

It’s also his favorite treat.

Bailey has allergies, and is a very itchy scratchy dog.  We know what he is allergic to in the environment, however we don’t know exactly what he is allergic to food-wise.  We tested him for environmental stuff, however our vet basically told us that the food tests are a waste of money and can be really inaccurate.

He instead recommended a restricted diet while gradually introducing new foods to see what works and what doesn’t.  This would be a great way to narrow down allergies if you are someone who can be really meticulous and exact about it.  Craig and I are not those types of people.  We pretty much failed at conducting our food trials with Bailey in any scientific fashion.

However despite that, we have figured out a diet that seems to work for him, and keeps his scratching at a minimum.  The main protein source of his food is Lamb.  I also like giving him raw meaty bones as well for his teeth.  Back before we switched him to a lamb diet, we did turkey and chicken necks.  They were a great option because they were dirt cheap.  However now we tend to stay away from turkey and chicken and beef, so that ruined our options for meaty bones.  Now we give him lamb ribs as occasional treats for his teeth.  Lamb is not cheap here in the US.  Spoiled puppy.

When he gets his raw meaty bones, he has to eat them in his crate.  When it is warm out, we will let him eat it out on the deck.

It was hard to get a shot of Bailey today while he was eating his lamb.  Behind behind the bars made the focusing hard, and he also kept on turning away from me as he was eating.   He was too busy enjoying his treat to pose with it.  Also going along with the theme of “raw” for today’s post, I got a new bigger memory card for my camera which will enable me to shoot RAW without worrying about not having enough memory.  First time shooting RAW today,  I need to brush up on my RAW post-processing skills though, but I definitely like the additional control of the photo after the photo is taken.

April 10, 2011

Day 29: Knick-Knack Paddywack… A Post About Safe Dog Chews

So when visiting the pet store that I wrote about yesterday, we picked up a couple new treats/chews for Bailey and Jay.

First off let me say, that I am always on the look-out for new safe chews for dogs.  I am absolutely against rawhide, due to the fact that it is not digestible.  If dogs break off and swallow large pieces, it can swell up in their intestines and cause blockages.  Now there are some dogs that eat rawhide every day of their life and never have any incidents with it.  Heck, my family dog (a big yellow lab) growing up, ate rawhide all the time, and he never had a problem. However knowing the potential dangers, I am not willing to take that risk with Bailey, especially due to his size.  In addition, they provide no nutritional value anyway.

Bully sticks (if you can get past what they actually were before they were made into dog treats) can be a safe alternative.  They last fairly long, and are completely digestible.  However, they don’t sit well with Bailey, and it isn’t a pretty side-effect if you get what I’m saying.

Now we give Bailey raw bones at times to help keep his teeth clean and healthy.  However they are usually messy so he has to eat them in his crate.  They aren’t just something he can carry around the house with him.

Antlers are another good choice.  Some dogs go crazy over them.  Bailey shows little interest in his, and usually its only if a foster dog shows interest.  They are also very hard, and I get worried about Bailey chipping a tooth on them when he gets a little overzealous in his chewing.  But overall, they can be a great option for many dogs.

So anyways, onto what we bought yesterday.

Free Range Grass Fed Buffalo Treats from Canine Caviar.  The Buffalo graze on open grassland & natural grass,  are not fed manufactured feed, and are hormone free.  They have a variety of different chews coming from various buffalo parts.  The buffalo treats are meaty and give dogs a long-lasting, satisfying chew which help to reduce tarter and keep their teeth and gums healthy.  Because they are completely digestible, they are a great safe option.

So as with most dog chews, you are probably wondering how long they last?

We purchased 2 different types yesterday.  The first one being Paddywacks which are “Dehydrated Buffalo neck meat.”  They may look similar to your average dehydrated jerky treat for dogs, but they are rather thick and dense which means they last quite a while.  Bailey and Jay were chewing on theirs for about an hour.  Little Bailey barely made a dent in his 6″ strip.  He tries so hard, but he is not a very strong chewer.  Jay was a more aggressive chewer, and finished off about half of his, but the chewing definitely slowed down as he made further progress.  I took them away for now, and will let them continue on them later.   The second type we purchased were the Buffaroos and they are “Dehydrated Buffalo Trachea.”  We haven’t tested those yet, but they are also very rugged and should be pretty long lasting.

They come in various sizes for different dogs, most usually being either 6 inches or 12 inches.  These aren’t going to be treats that last a week around the house, but they should be good for a couple hours depending on the strength of your chewer.  For a dog like Bailey,  his will last him as long as he can keep it away from Jay :P

Overall, I’m really pleased with these chews and I’m happy to have found another safe and healthy choice.  They can be a little pricey, especially if buying as singles from a retail store.  Just a quick search of online retailers would allow us to buy in bulk, drastically decreasing the price for a single treat, which we will probably do. I would love to have a stock of these on hand.  One of the best things about these treats is that a portion of the proceeds will go to go to their Canine Caviar Cancer Research Foundation. So good things are happening with your money spent :)

As you can see from the photos.  Bailey and Jay are quite pleased with them as well and give them two paws up!

%d bloggers like this: