This post may be TMI, but I know I was doing A LOT of googling when my pups were having tummy troubles, so I’m putting this out there so that I might help someone else.
When we got Mikey, we bought good dog food for him from the vet. He vomited often- like every other day. Usually this was (sorry to be gross) a yellow, foamy bile vomit….so we switched him to a sensitive stomach food-which didn’t help much.
I took him to the vet and $250 in vet bills later, I was told he had acid reflux and to make sure he ate regularly, and we could give him half a Pepcid if we wanted. But sadly, forcing a Pepcid down him didn’t help much either. He was still getting sick once or twice a week.
Over time, we switched brands of sensitive stomach food hoping that would help. Nothing ever did.
When we got Pippin, we found out that he was getting sick too! The same thing- yellow foamy liquid a few times a week. So gross and so sad for them to be sick all the time.
Again, I switched foods- but the boys were still sick. Tyler was convinced that something in our house must be making them sick- some chemical in the carpet or something….but I couldn’t fix it.
Well, I got fed up.
So I chatted with the folks at Chewy.com on their helpful chat about my dogs’ troubles. We talked about switching them to a grain-free limited ingredient diet. The helpful folks at Chewy helped me pick out a food that was similar in taste to what my dogs like, and also not too expensive. And OMG- it’s helped! We have been on it for 3 weeks, and NO ONE HAS GOTTEN SICK IN THREE WEEKS! PRAISE THE LORD!
But then I started thinking about treats- but I’m SO glad that Chewy also offers grain free treats! This month, for being a Chewy.com blogger, I was given a bag of grain-free Greenies to try. Now, my boys LOVE regular Greenies- so I was hoping they would like these too. And they gobbled them up!
So I would encourage you in this- while so many people are talking about gluten free and grain free as fads for people (which I don’t agree with, my mom has a gluten sensitivity), maybe consider switching your dogs to grain free or gluten free food. Grain free means there is no wheat, corn, rice or other grains. Gluten free is just wheat free. See what works for your pet. The folks at Chewy.com will be happy to chat with you and help you decide.
This much I know: going grain free has changed our dogs. They are not only NOT VOMITING (WOOHOO!), but they have more energy, are more playful, and seem to be more alert. And bonus for me- I’m not cleaning up dog vomit every other day.
So now I’m signed up for Chewy.com auto deliver so I get this food delivered to my door without having to reorder. So easy- and there’s a discount for auto delivery!
Chewy.com is a great site where you can shop for pet food (dogs and cats), treats, bowls, leashes, grooming stuff, medicine, and toys – basically anything you can get a big pet store. Except, you can have it shipped right to your door – and shipping is free with orders over $49. There’s no sales tax (unless you live in FL, NV, or PA), and they even have auto-ship options for those products you need regularly. They even offer 24/7 online chat if you need help. So go check it out and find the food that’s best for your dog at Chewy!