After Ducky’s second visit to the Emergency Animal Clinic in just over three weeks, hubby and I decided it was time to switch gears. The diet had to change; my attitude toward certain prescription pet foods had to change; and we had to truly get Ducky over this illness.
My attempts to find a more-affordable food that would be both extremely bland and devoid of ingredients such as “animal digest”* only served to irritate Ducky’s gastritis to the point where it’s become a case of irritable bowel. Even though my attempts all had Ducky’s best interests at their core, they were still misguided; and I battled a case of the guilts for the past week and a half. (*Yes, “animal digest” is an actual ingredient of some of the more-affordable dog foods! And in some, it’s right at or close to the top of the list. UGH!!) Anyway, this last time, I brought the hubby with me to the vet for her follow-up-to-the-emergency-clinic-visit appointment. Even the vet winced at the suspect ingredient. And this is a man who normally doesn’t worry too much about by-products in food — his own food or his dogs’ food — and is more concerned with the lack of regulation in the nutraceutical industry.
So, now it has been ten days since that last visit to our regular vet with Ducky. She loves the prescription food that I agreed to try. No, I’m still not thrilled with the choice; BUT nothing else has worked, including the homemade diet. And if the vet is comfortable feeding it to his own dogs. Well, at this point I feel like I need to go with all of the vet’s recommendations for Ducky and her sisters.
By now you’re probably wondering about the title of this post. Understandable. As usual, it’s taken me three paragraphs to get to the point. So here IS the point: on Tuesday morning, I sent our regular vet an email thanking him for always having my dogs’ best interests at heart, for being patient with my lack of trust in certain pet food manufacturers, and for having said “I told you so” without actually saying it. I should have included a caveat that said, in effect, that my hard-headedness with respect to his food recommendations had absolutely nothing to do with my trust in him and everything to do with my lack of trust in those manufacturers. But, after nearly 15 years of being our family vet, I think he recognizes that much. This is a man who at some point last year gave me his personal mobile number in case one of my furry kids has a medical issue after office hours.
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