No longer together
"There are times when our reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind." Patrick Rothfuss
Might I suggest you just soak the hard food in warm water for a little while before giving it to her? One of my dogs has a hard time with hard food but when I began softening it in water he eats it right up.
[This message edited by debbysbaby at 7:25 AM, June 6th (Thursday)]
As for the teeth cleaning, instead of the hard crunchy treats, my vet gave us an alternative that seemed to work better. It was closer to a marshmallow in consistency and had some sort of dental abrasive inside, the theory being that instead of splitting when they bit and cleaning the point of contact, the teeth would sink in and the abrasive would scrape tartar off the sides of the teeth as well, right up to the gums. I don't recall what the name was unfortunately.
Do not back up. Severe tire damage.
The very best thing to clean a dog's teeth are natural raw bones with some meat and tendons on them. Cooked bones are very bad, so are raw hides. They can splinter in the stomach lining. ALL raw bones are ok, even chicken bones. I give my pup a raw chicken quarter, raw meaty soup bones, raw neck bones, etc. Just always stay present when you feed any dog any bone as a precaution.
Kibble fed dog
Raw fed dog (never had a dental cleaning either)
My dog (also never had a dental cleaning)...kibble fed but gets raw meaty/tendon bones
[This message edited by windowsnotwalls at 11:30 AM, June 6th (Thursday)]
Me- BW, 30
Him- fWh, 36
Mostly R'd, minus a few scars...bought a house and got a puppy...And baby makes 3! She arrived August 2013
OMG Windows- our dogs are twinsies!!
Oh wow! They are!!!
Sorry for the t/j Unagie!!
I've got an elderly Border Collie/Collie mix with diabetes. She's doing well with two shots a day. You will also need to test her urine weekly; it's not that hard.
Abby gets a doggie cookie (I make them) when she gets her shots and yes....she's reached the point where she will tell me it's shot time and I've notice she seems to feel better about an hour after the shot.
The shots aren't hard and my vet will take the used syringes and dispose of them for me.
Abby's condition isn't a hardship on us. It's just something we deal with and since it means I have her longer I will do whatever I have to do.
Lean meats won't hurt your diabetic doggy either, my MIL works for a vet, and he tells his owners of diabetic animals to get rid of the dog food and replace with lean meats and veggies it ends up looking like a yummy stew. green beans, carrots, peas, broccoli stalks etc.
Your Pup is lucky she was given a forever home, and I hope you are successful in helping her have quality with the time left.
He suddenly started producing insulin again and lived to the ripe old age of 18ish.
[This message edited by Mousse242 at 8:49 AM, June 7th (Friday)]