Updated: May 1, 2020
My dog Robbie got a terrible gut ache some years ago when I lived in Italy. I thought he was on death's door. His eyes glazed over, he could not focus, he drooled, bumped into things and then collapsed, spread-eagle on the floor. I rushed him to the emergency vet. In the car, he became as stiff as a board with his head dangerously close to my gas pedal and his feet up against the head rest. I rushed into the vet, leaving him in the car as I could not move him he was so stiff. When I returned to the car, the vomit all over the handbrake confirmed what had been wrong with him. He was normal and mobile once again. It had been the change of dog food. Too rapid, the vet said. It was frightening to see him like this. He continued to have attacks, fewer and fewer and less violent. Now, he is fine. Why? I started buying cuts of meat from the supermarket that they were not legally allowed to sell for human consumption but could sell for animals. I boiled the meat, mixed it with potatoes some days, pasta other days and occasionally rice. It was cheaper than the fancy bag of dog food for sensitive stomachs that I had to mortgage my home to afford. Now, some years later, maybe one mild attack a year - maybe. I feed my dogs boiled mince, well cooked with pasta and a decent brand of dog kibbles. They get raw veggies like carrots and bell peppers.
Resist the temptation to feed your bestie leftovers, giving in to their 'yum yum' big moo moo eyes. A dogs tummy is not engineered to scoff the food we eat and you are not doing them any favours. They don't need require all that salt and sugar.
The lesson here? When the food does not agree with the dog, it is a truly scary sight to see the distress a gut ache can cause.
If you are not sure, don't feed it to your bestie. You might just poison them - lickety split.
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