And What Ails Your Dog?

She puked, was off her feed, had a hard time standing and finally was throwing and passing blood. Actually, Sparky had been off her feed for some time. A few hours after eating she would choke and hawk like something was stuck in her throat. So off to the vets we went. The doc took blood, a few x-rays and nothing seemed amiss. Next step, the doc said, was a barium x-ray  and this would show the GI tract much better. So, $1,000. later Sparky is fine! (at least the blood work and x-rays didn’t show anything). But I sure felt sick!! Don’t get me wrong. I’m very thankful Sparky is okay, but what a way to find out! $$$  😦

And, of course, I still wanted to know why my sweet doggie was having such difficulties.   Mandy, her little chiwawa/doxie mix sister wasn’t having any problems and they ate the same dry dog food mix moistened with water.  Then I started watching her eat; now mind you, she’d had most of her teeth removed when they cleaned them last year – and the vet assured me she would have no problems eating! Right. Only, as I observed Sparky eating, I realized she was pretty much swallowing it whole. I went out and bought some canned food – time to experiment! First night: No choking or hawking or restless discomfort. Second and third night: the same thing – no GI problems. But canned dog food is awfully expensive compared to dry dog food, so I thought trying homemade cooked dog food might be the way to go. I’m not sure if this is going to be much cheaper than canned food but certainly it will be more healthy – if I give them all the nutrients they need (still working on that). There are quite a lot of dog food recipes online if anyone wants to try home-cooked dog food. But I’m writing this article in case there are other dog owners out there that are having unsolved health problems with choking and hawking and vomiting .  It could be Sparky was bolting her food and it couldn’t digest easily, causing her a lot of duress.  Hopefully, there won’t be any retractions to this story and Sparky will continue to have good health (considering her age of thirteen years old!). And yes, I changed Mandy’s food also. They are extremely enthusiastic about eating now compared to when they were eating dry food.  Amazing!

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