Hello peoples! Sluggo here tonight. I would like to talk about pug bellies, and also what can be put in them. Ever since Wilma had her gas explosion and subsequent drama last week, the parents have been on a strict no treats policy. I mean NO TREATS! We used to at least get a little crumb from the dinner table, or a bean from the fridge, but we have only been getting our kibble, and known treats. that was until I started puking and having diarrhea this past weekend, but we'll discuss that later.
Here's the deal. All along, Mom has been trying to feed us all with quality food. She has done a lot of research, and has found some good foods. When I came along, my belly didn't like the food Will and Britte were eating. They were on dehydrated raw which they really liked. So she just found me another thing to try. Well, someone( Brigitte is her name) doesn't like it when someone has something she doesn't, so suddenly her food was no longer good. She refused to eat. Fast forward to more research, including home cooked, and samples, and she came up with Innova. what was really great about it was that they had a low fat senior variety with glucosamine, and an adult small dog. It has tiny kibble which is nice for me because I like to puke up large pieces of dog food. Both varieties have the same ingredients in different amounts to satisfy our differing needs. Sounds good right? I get a nice small kibble, the girls get something for their joints and waistline, and it smells close enough that Brigitte doesn't think she's getting ripped off.
Well, everything seemed to be going along alright, until Mom went to pick up our food. They didn't have the size she normally gets for the girls, and by chance this started a conversation between her and the folks at the store. Who, by the way, are really knowledgable, and helpful about dog nutrition. Well, it turns out, that unbeknownst to Mom, Innova was sold to none other than Procter and Gamble last Summer. That is the reason the display had been getting lesser and lesser. People are preemptively changing foods due to the practices of larger companies when it comes to production of dog food.
Did you know, that according to the FDA, a dogfood company can change the ingredients in their food and they don't have to change the label for 90 days?! Yeah, well neither did we. Also, the difference between small companies and larger producers of dogfood is that the small companies usually contract with local farms for the sources of their food. But larger companies, take bids and choose the farms with the lowest price. That means that even though there may be the same ingredients in a formula, the ingredients may come from all over, and different places with each batch. This all is a little confusing to me, cuz I can be somewhat slow on the uptake, but the bottom line is that Mom is shopping new dogfood companies.
This is where you guys come in. What do you all eat? And how did your people figure out what to feed you? Mom is looking into cooking our food herself, but it does require some diligence in supplementing with proper amounts of vitamins and minerals. She wants to be sure, if she does it, that we are getting what we need. Plus, she's not always so good at planning and preparing meals for her and Dad, so us pugs don't want to get some half baked excuse for a meal either.
I know there is a ton of different choices out there, and many different schools of thought. But, since a lot of you are pugs, we figure you will have a lot of good feed back(pun intended) into what works for you.
And about my belly. We pugs got a case of this giardiasis. No one was really symptomatic, but the girls had annual poop exams that came back positive. So we were treated, and then two out of three were still positive. So then came a different treatment, three weeks apart. This weekend was when the second treatment was to start. I started puking up foamy yellow stuff early Sunday morning, then today I had a bad case of diarrhea. I got some chicken and rice tonight, and if I keep it down we will start our treatment tomorrow. The vet thinks it may be the infection. Well, I hope that's what it is, I guess. Cuz Mom is trying to stay cool, but she sure doesn't want there to be anything more serious going on. Geesh! Pug bellies!