Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Inflammatory Bowel Disease ~ What is Working for Us

   In November of 2020, Pierre was diagnosed with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). Our vet did a complete physical exam, x-rays, and blood work to try and determine why Pierre has vomited small amounts of bile since he was a pup. In addition to throwing up, his stomach will make noises that could wake the dead! We know he is in pain but are helpless to make it stop. I’ve tried getting a nausea pill down his throat but it usually comes right back up. On several occasions, he has been extremely sick with vomiting and diarrhea. These tests were done as a result of his last major stomach episode. You can read more about it in our post, “Help, My Westie has IBD”.

*I am NOT a veterinarian and the opinions offered in this article are things that are working for my dog. Always seek the advice of your pet's vet before beginning any health routine. I am also an affiliate for Dr. Harvey's.

   Prior to this recent diagnosis, our veterinarian had put Pierre on a prescription diet for gastrointestinal issues ($80 a case) in December 2018. He did fine on it for almost two years before becoming sick in the fall of last year. Once it was determined he had IBD and couldn't have wheat/gluten we realized the food he was prescribed had wheat in the recipe, so the vet prescribed a hydrolyzed food. We ordered a case ($100) and began to transition him from the sensitive stomach to the hydrolyzed. That lasted two days. He refused to eat it and when he finally did eat, he promptly threw it up. I’ll be honest with you, the food looked horrible and was dry and incredibly unappetizing. We even went so far as to buy a can from our vet to compare with the case we ordered. Ugh! It was the same, and there was no way he was going to be fed that expensive chunky glob of chemicals and who knows what else so went back to boiled chicken and rice.

   One of the things that has bothered us about Pierre’s stomach issues is that it began happening around 3:00am. I’d tell my husband we could set our watches by it. From November to mid-December, the middle of the night episodes had us desperate for answers.

   I belong to a couple of Westie groups on Facebook and stomach issues are extremely common. It has always been a pet peeve of mine when someone’s dog is very ill and they seek advice from other pet parents. If your dog is sick, take them to the vet. Do not rely on the recommendation of strangers for medical issues. That being said, I wasn't asking medical advice, I was seeking other ideas that have worked from pet parents that have dogs with IBD. When a member said their Westie had the same symptoms, but their vet diagnosed it with Empty Stomach Syndrome. The solution was to feed the dog several meals throughout the day. I didn’t want to do that but it did get us to thinking…

   The boys eat at 7:00am and 5:00pm every day and have for years. They get a piece of chicken before bed but we are very careful what Pierre eats. Once we realized he got sick TEN hours after eating, it all began to make sense. If we fed him three smaller meals every EIGHT hours, his stomach would not become empty which triggers his IBD. We tried that successfully for a couple of weeks. Of course, we had to switch Bentley’s schedule because he would be upset if Pierre got an extra meal at night. That means they eat at 7:00am, 4:00pm, and 11:00pm. This has been our schedule since mid-December, and I am ready to share that part of the puzzle is working. The problem was that Pierre could not live on rice and chicken for an extended period of time without risking other health problems.

   If you are a regular reader, you know that I am an affiliate for Dr. Harvey’s and believe they offer the best food available. We decided that since we knew what his stomach triggers were as far as food was concerned and the eight hours feeding intervals was proving successful, it was time to transition him back to Canine Health. Bentley has thrived on it for over seven years and it is known as the “miracle” dog food. The difference between that gross prescription canned food and a bowl of Dr. Harvey’s is night and day. 

   If you are wondering, Pierre ate Dr. Harvey's for several years before he became ill in December 2018 and the vet prescribed him the first canned food. At the time, he was also consuming gluten in the form of table scraps (pizza crust, ice cream, cheese) so it wasn't the food that causing the problem. I knew that but wanted to follow the vet's orders to see if it would help. After he got sick on the hydrolyzed food, it was time to go back on the all-natural food that I trust to be healthy and made with love and years of experience. Pierre has been eating Canine Health for the past two weeks and doing amazing! No stomach noises, he is sooooo excited at feeding time again, and his poops are textbook perfect. Just when we thought life couldn’t get any better, Dr. Harvey’s has done the impossible! They have developed a new food, ALLERGY.

Photo courtesy of Dr.Harvey's

   Allergy is help for itching and upset gut. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about trying this new formula. Both of the boys should benefit from the all-natural holistic complete food. It was developed for dogs with skin, stomach, and environmental sensitivities. Hello, welcome to the south where allergies are part of life! Bentley has always suffered from itchy armpits after being in the grass and "upset gut" should be Pierre’s middle name! I am happy to say we received a bag of both the new Allergy turkey and fish recipes for the boys. We will transition them over a couple of days since they are already eating Dr. Harvey’s it won’t be a problem.

   Be sure to check in with us the first week of February. We will let you know how both boys are doing on their new food and give you a chance to win Allergy for your best friend. If your dog is experiencing itching, gut issues, or allergies, I suggest you join me and thousands of other pet parents in saying “Hallelujah” and thanks for hearing our pleas, Dr. Harvey by ordering a bag today. Save 10% with our new affiliate code in the ad below.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Birthdays, Biking and Coffee

 Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello everyone! We agreed this year to let Mom and Dad do some barking about human things they are enjoying now that they’re retired. This week was Dad’s birthday and we celebrated by letting him scratch our bellies, boil us chicken, and let us in and out a bunch of times. It is important to make our humans feel needed when they reach a certain age.”

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Pierre Westie: “I’m all for sharing our blog but we have some super-duper important news to report. We have a winner for our Healthy Start contest from Dr. Harvey’s!

   Sarah G. will receive a 5 lb. bag (makes 20 lbs.) of the amazing Healthy Weight complete dog food and a bottle a Health & Shine Salmon/Krill Oil. Her pup is going to be tail-wagging happy.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Fetch a Yaheetech Dog Playpen

   Have I mentioned that Bentley and Pierre are barkers? I am not talking about the kind that work on carnival midways. No, I am talking about my two senior dogs who become an obnoxiously loud duo when they run around in the backyard. Most of the time, they can go outside, be perfectly quiet, sniff the perimeter, and nap on the patio. We live on a corner and at certain times of the day, people walk their dogs along our sidewalk. This is not something the Bayou Boys can tolerate and are very vocal about it. We have often said if we could just contain them in a smaller area, it would relieve the problem. They don’t bark when they are on their leashes or contained.

Barking from the Bayou received an 8-panel 40” Yaheetech Dog Playpen in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we feel will benefit our readers. All opinions are our own.

Friday, January 1, 2021

How to Start 2021 on the Right Paw

 Me: “We want to wish you an incredibly happy 2021. Our New Year’s Eve is quiet so far and we are grateful for that. It was a rainy day, and the temperatures are dropping rapidly. I am going to be busy cooking our traditional meal of ham, black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year’s Day. My stomach is growling just thinking about it. I might try baking some keto cornbread later tonight.”

Bentley Basset: “Happy New Year! We aren’t going to have to make any lame resolutions, are we? Frankly, I’m pretty close to perfect as is, am I right?”

Pierre Westie: “I am going to stop barking so much. This is the year that I live and let live…even squirrels. Ignore other dogs barking is my new mantra. (snicker, chuckle, snort) Just kidding! I’m going to try to catch squirrels and lizards every chance I get.”

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Happy 7th Blogiversary to Us

 Me: “It is hard to believe that seven years have passed since we began Barking from the Bayou.”

Bentley Basset: “Of course, that is human years which means Pierre and I have been blogging for forty-nine years. Do we need to talk about a retirement plan?”

Pierre Westie: “Hang on there one minute! I am way too young to think about retirement. I have lots of things left to bark about and our readers count on us to give them something to smile about once a week.”

Thursday, December 10, 2020

How to Fetch the Perfect Christmas Gift for Pet Lovers

    Last month we wrote about our newest affiliate partner, GetPetPortrait. I can’t tell you how much I love my canvas print of the boys. We hung it in the Barking from the Bayou office so we can show it off. Anyway, I’ve told you my opinion, but Bentley and Pierre wanted to bark about them too.

Bentley Basset: “Thanks, Mom. I don’t want our readers to miss out on being the best Santa Paws ever this Christmas. Here we are just a couple of weeks away from the big day and lots of folks still haven’t ordered their GetPetPortrait. This is SERIOUS!”

“Barking from the Bayou is a participant in the GoAffPro Affiliate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to the partner site”

Pierre Westie: “Maybe Mom forgot to tell them they could save 15% off their order with our affiliate code: BFTB. You know how she gets sometimes. (Rotates paw next to his head) I mean, who could resist putting their best friend in a fabulous portrait. We look totally awesome in ours.”

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Happy 13th Birthday, Bentley

 Mom, Dad & Pierre: “Bentley! Hey, Bentley!! BENTLEY!!! Wake up!”

Bentley: “What in the world is all the commotion? Why would y’all be hollerin’ at me when I’m clearly not through sleeping? I am not deaf, ya know.”

 Mom, Dad & Pierre: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! We love you!”

Bentley: “Awww, thanks you guys. That is really sweet of y’all to remember. Now, if you’ll excuse me, nature calls.”

*Bentley has agreed to a sit-down interview for his birthday AFTER he takes care of his "business" and enjoys a hearty breakfast. Teenagers…what are you going to do?