Dog food. We feed Isis dog food from Costco. The Kirkland brand. Turkey flavor. Nature's Domain.
She's been getting it for the last few years. Before that we've tried several other brands and they would bother her. She would get bumps that would itch and then she'd dig them open. This is the first food this has not happened with. I can't say it's the best, because she gets stinky pretty quickly, but we're going to try giving her some cod liver oil pills. She loves them.
The cat also gets Kirkland food.
When we got Sara, she was about 14lbs. I was concerned about obesity and diabetes. I've never had an indoor cat before. I started to cut back her food and just give her meals. She lost some weight, and then she lost her the sheen in her coat. Now I free feed her, and she still hasn't put the weight back on.
I went to PetValu today and they gave me some sample packets of dry food and I bought a couple of cans of wet, also. Hopefully she does well on this. If so, I will pick up a big bag for her.
This may be a bit of a rant, if it turns out to be so, I apologize.
I firmly believe in adopting animals. I think there are so many animals out there in need of a home, I can't see creating more just to be able to make a quick buck. I also believe in buying from reputable breeders. A reputable breeder breeds to animals to better the breed. To come as close to the breed standard as possible. That's the point of being a breeder. Many breeders show their animals. People who take any two animals and throw them together just so they can have babies to sell, is what drives me crazy. There is no thought process behind the two animals. Other than maybe "oh that would be cute!" Normally there are no health checks performed on either parent. In the end, they think they can sell these animals for big money. Some people take two purebred dogs of different breeds, put them together, give the offspring some kind of smooshed up name and call it a designer breed and charge even more for them. Drives me crazy. And I can't believe people actually dish out the money to buy these animals! If they can't sell the first litter, I guarantee they won't be having more litters!
Moving on. My parents have always had a dog. My grandparents gave my mother a Pomeranian right before I was born. They paid $40 for her. When Puppy was 8, we went to the local pet store where they had these beautiful Lab Husky mix puppies. We paid $50 for Misty. Best. Dog. Ever. When Misty was 11, my friend's dog had pups. She gave us Sammi. Things don't seem to happen like that anymore. Everyone is out to make a quick buck.
I've never paid for a cat. They're were always plenty of them around. No one fixed their cats and they all roamed free. Cats everywhere.
On to my babies. The cat I have now was found in a ditch by a wonderful family. They took her to the local SPCA where she was needled, fixed, and microchipped. We each drove an hour so I could have her, and I'm grateful to them. I've called her Sara.
I adopted my dog, as well. I got her from Dan at Paws Across Borders. She's from Georgia. She was two years old when we got her 5 years ago. Her name is Isis. This is the picture they saw when they were picking out dogs to rescue.
Looking at this picture makes me tear up. How can anyone do this to a dog? She's an American Staffordshire Terrier. Or a pit bull. Whatever. She's my life. I'm so glad I have her. I'm so glad Dan rescued her. And having a dog that was already house trained, crate trained, leash trained, and fixed is a BIG plus.
So, let's talk dogs and chocolate. I got a wonderful box of After Eight collection chocolates for Christmas. I was savoring it. I had eaten a couple out the the box. A dark chocolate leaf, a mint truffle, a medallion and a clock. There was about 3/4 of the box left (142g box) I had it in a Sobeys bag on the floor, where I always keep my Christmas candy. We went out for the evening and when I came home I went to grab a chocolate, only to find that the lid was ajar and the box was completely empty. I dumped the whole bag on the couch only to find one dark chocolate medallion left. I was so disappointed. I knew there was only one culprit.
And then I thought, "well she looks fine. Why doesn't she look sick?"
Now, this dog will let you know any time she does ANYTHING wrong. But, she showed no signs of shame. I figured she must have done it right after I left for work that morning. If it were to bother her, I believe it would have done so by now. So, just to be safe, I did a bit of research.
I found some very useful info on this site here: Petful
It essentially states that white chocolate has almost none of what bothers animals. (0.25mg per oz.)
Dark chocolate, which is what she ate, has 130mg per oz.
If a dog has eaten close to 20 mg of chocolate per pound of weight, then they need to see a vet.
I figured out that she ate about 10mg per pound of body weight. She's fine. But I can tell you that when she pooped the next morning and ran by me, all I could smell was mint.....