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Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 14, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
Glad your Willie is standing strong!
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
It is tough. You never really know how bad it hurts or where it hurts! He was so miserable the other night he would not come in the house. After not eating for 48 hours (including pork, grass fed beef, chicken, rice, cottage cheese, anything and everything) and not being able to stand on his own we thought it might be time to put him down. I hooked him up with some doggy narcotics and slept next to him... almost called for the injection he seemed so pathetic... thank god I didn't.

When I was caring for my dad he begged several times to be "put down" and you could see it in his eyes, he was serious. Part of me thought I owed it to my old man. Ironic eh... we do it with pets, sometimes without really knowing if it is right, but we can't legally do it with humans when they are 90lbs of skin and bones and begging for it. Hey coz, how's that for a daddy issue? ;)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 14, 2013 - 03:53pm PT
That's just balance Ron.
I'm more interested in the "antibionics". We could've used those on Steve Austin.
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Apr 14, 2013 - 05:23pm PT
good for your willie. can you help with mine
willie
willie
Credit: craig mo
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
hmmm, your Willie doesn't seem to be shedding many blocks... and it appears to be in SoCal... sorry, you will have to find someone else.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 15, 2013 - 05:16am PT
But it's safe to say, people are put down all the time, with a heavy dose of pain meds, when the doctor and family can't stand it any longer, but no one ever talks about it.

No doubt. Tough choice... could have done it 5 years earlier when it first got bad, but 5 years is a long time... maybe too long after a couple strokes and horrible pain from the chemo. Who the fuk knows...

Hope I die before I get old... but not too much before
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 22, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
In retrospect...

A week after switching Willie's food he got really sick. He wouldn't move or eat for 48 hours... wouldn't even eat treats or part of my pork taco. We (the vet and I) figured it may be an infection or obstruction. Nothing on the Xray. He got better after 4 days on antibiotics and grass-fed beef with rice. He started eating his dog food again with beef broth a couple days ago and got really sick again, same symptoms. Two days off the dog food and he is roaming like Willie should again.

We are almost certain it is Nature's Domain Beef and Sweet Potato dog food from Costco. It is supposed to be good kibble. Both our dogs seemed to do fine on the Grain-Free Salmon and Sweet Potato food for the last year. Could be a food allergy? Or a bad batch?

I feel so bad.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Apr 22, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
Teddy got sick this summer and the only thing I could point it to was the dog food(kibble). It was Merrick, which is a very good brand, but I couldn't help but wonder, and there was just no way I could bring myself to "test it" again. He had been barfing and at times would sit down and couldn't/wouldn't walk. It seemed like e was having gastro pains, though a dog hides it well - the soldiers that they are.

I called the company and told them the story, they gave no indication they had been having any trouble with their kibbles, but told me to take it back to the store fora refund.

Having paid $15 a bag, I did take it back to the store, and told them the story. I said "I have always trusted Merrick, but SOMETHING is making my dog sick, and when I took him off this kibble, he got better."I was hoping they'd take note, mark the package and have the rep pick it up or send back. But it seemed more like the guy was just irritated with me for returning an opened bag of dog food which couldn't be resold.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 22, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
Where is that dog food made? China by any chance?
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 22, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Still seems to dig the salmon version, which he has been eating for a couple years. He seemed unimpressed with the last bag of salmon, which is why we tried the beef. No way he is getting anything from the beef bag... I'm keeping it for evidence!
troutbreath

climber
Kanada
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ProductSafetyInformation/ucm319463.htm

Made my Pug mighty sick.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - May 25, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Yo, Willie can't eat legumes! He has seemed inches from death (have to carry him out to poop while he drools) 3 times. When he was sick we would feed him beef and rice and sweet potatoes (same thing I eat). He would get better and we would try a new food, taking our best guess at what the evil ingredient might be. FINALLY figured out it was garbanzo beans and/or peas.

He is on new kibble without that stuff in it. He is up and about, running wild for hours at a time again and getting super excited about treats.

Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
May 25, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
You seem to have a knack for figuring out what single ingredient is in a food stuff that is causing problems….


Cheers for the dog, good for the owner
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
May 26, 2013 - 09:45am PT
Three cheers for Willie, glad to here he is feeilng much better!
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2013 - 11:42am PT
Word Jingy, that's my thing! I don't eat anything without reading the ingredients... that now applies to my dogs... one is allergic to chicken, the other to legumes.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
May 26, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
Word Jingy, that's my thing! I don't eat anything without reading the ingredients... that now applies to my dogs

There's an ingredient list on your dogs?




That aside, it's good to hear that Willie is doing better.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
ha... pre-coffee
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