Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Ditch the Itch & Upset Gut

    There are two ways that your dog can ruin a good night’s sleep…by constantly scratching or throwing up. Can I get an amen?

Bentley supervises the process and makes sure he is right there when the timer goes off.

   Bentley has environmental allergies that cause him to scratch under his front legs. They are much better living in south Texas, but he can still get an itch. He has also been known to do the butt spin which is never a good look. It didn’t take but a couple of days before we noticed his scratching stopped and he hasn’t even thought about spinning. We can always tell when he gets the urge and have to stop him.

A huge thank you to Dr. Harvey's for our new leashes! The Bayou Boys will be stylin' and profilin'.

   The real test came with our lovable Westie. Pierre has recently been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease but has been waking us up around 3:00am to the sound of his stomach rumbling before he vomits bile. We have about 4 minutes maximum to get him harnessed up and out in the backyard before he gets sick.

   Dr. Harvey knows that there are thousands, if not millions, of pet parents dealing with these same issues. So, he did what he does best and formulated a new balanced, limited ingredient recipe to help canine itching and upset gut.

I am an affiliate for Dr. Harvey's and am compensated for sharing information about their products. We believe 100% in their awesomeness and highly recommend them to all our readers.

   Introducing new ALLERGY complete food for dogs. All you add is water and love. The Bayou Boys LOVED both the turkey and fish recipes. I can always count on Bentley letting me know when it is time to eat but with Allergy, Pierre came to tell me it was dinner o’clock!

   When Pierre became extremely sick back in 2018, our veterinarian put him on a prescription gastrointestinal food. We ordered it and a case of 24 cans cost $93.36. Pierre was supposed to eat 1¾ cans daily. At that point, we ceased giving him anything other than the food, prescription treats and boiled chicken breast. We kept him on it until last fall when he once again became violently ill. This time we had x-rays, blood work and a test for IBD since this has been an ongoing issue. Of course, the IBD test came back positive. We were told he shouldn’t have food with additives, artificial coloring, preservatives, pork, beef or red meat proteins, and gluten (wheat). She prescribed a new hydrolyzed food for him. I tried not to cringe when I went to order it and the price was $107.79 for a 24-count case. The good news was he only needed 1 ½ cans daily. The bad news is that Pierre wouldn’t have anything to do with it. I honestly bought a can from the vet’s office because the can I opened was so unappetizing that I thought it must be bad. No, that was the food my poor Westie was supposed to live on for the rest of his life. I just couldn’t do it.

   It was as if Dr. Harvey heard my prayer and just as I was thinking Pierre was destined for a life of chicken and rice…BAM! Along comes Allergy to save the day and his tummy. The price of a 5 lb. bag of Allergy makes 20 lbs. of food at a cost of $82.99 (less 10% with my affiliate code). He eats one dry cup daily divided between breakfast, dinner, and a small bite at 11:00pm. I add one cup of hot water to a half cup of dry food then wait 12 minutes. It feels good to feed him a homemade meal that he loves. Best of all, NO STOMACH ISSUES!!

   Let’s compare the last prescription food’s ingredients and kibble to those of Dr. Harvey’s Allergy.

Kibble: Most foods for sensitive stomachs or allergies are available in kibble. This process requires food to be cooked at a high temperature that takes the vital nutrients and changes the chemical structure which makes it difficult for your dog to digest. Add to that the preservatives used to prolong shelf life and artificial colors and flavors to make it more appealing. These toxic chemicals irritate your pet’s immune system and can prevent their bodies from working properly. Allergies are often traced back to a diet that is low quality and highly processed.

Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein: water, pea starch, hydrolyzed chicken liver, hydrolyzed soy protein, vegetable oil and a list of chemicals and additives that I can’t begin to understand.

Dr. Harvey’s Allergy: turkey or whitefish, flaxseed, carrots, broccoli, green beans, cabbage, pumpkin, sweet potato, chia seeds, butternut squash, and spinach. There are other all-natural vitamins and supplements added but you will not find ANY corn, wheat, soy, dairy or eggs.

   I am not a veterinarian or a nutritionist but is it really necessary to be one when the difference in the foods is so obvious? Take it from me, you and your dog will be happier and rest easier with Dr. Harvey’s Allergy.

   Now, you didn’t think we would tell you all about such an amazing food without giving you a chance to win a bag for your bestie, did you? Fetch the details below.

The Paw-fect Valentine Contest

There is nothing better than the gift of good health.

Dr. Harvey’s and Barking from the Bayou are going to give one lucky reader the following:

You choose the recipe for the food, oil & shampoo!

Allergy Specialty Diet - Turkey or Fish

(5 lb. bag makes 20 lbs.)

Health & Shine Oil - Omega 3 or Salmon/Krill

Herbal Shampoo - Herbal or Herbal Protection

Happy Valentine’s Day


Good luck!

All that legal jazz:  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the continental United States. Odds of winning depend on qualified entrants. Approximate prize value is $130.00. Cannot redeemed for cash. The prize will be shipped from Dr. Harvey's. Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize before forfeiting their prize. Must follow rules to win.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Don't Brush Off Your Pet's Dental Care

February is Pet Dental Health Month and that means it is time to make sure your best friend’s kisses remain sweet and welcome.

Did you know that 80% of dogs show signs of periodontal disease by their third birthday? If you don’t have a dental routine in place, now is a great time to start. I started the boys with regular brushing at an early age, so they are used to it. Bentley LOVES it while Pierre tolerates it. We use a pet toothbrush and Petrodex toothpaste specifically for dogs. That doesn’t mean you cats are off the hook! Arm & Hammer make a dental kit for cats so your breath is fresh, and your teeth will be pearly white. It takes consistency and patience but you and your dog or cat will be happy you took the time, especially when they are seniors.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

How to Ignore a Camera

In response to last week’s post on Pierre’s IBD and what is working for us, I wanted to give everyone a quick update on Dr. Harvey’s ALLERGY food. We have been feeding it to the boys for a week and they LOVE it. Bentley always lets us know when it is ten minutes before they are supposed to eat but this week, Pierre came to alert me that it was time to fix their Dr. Harvey’s! His stomach has not made noise and no vomiting.

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”.

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.”