Raising Litter Mates



I had to take Kratos and Taro to the veterinarian yesterday. They both have loose stools, and Taro also has some eye issues - most likely seasonal allergies.

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Friday, July 1, 2011
Tender Tummy Treats - BrainyCakes Dog Barkery, Mission BC

Although our litter mates LOOK normal - they definitely have some tummy issues and Taro's eyes are a little irritated - we are thinking it has to do with seasonal allergies ( he was running through some long grass earlier this week).

I was able to free catch some very watery stool out of Kratos (this wasn't easy) and took it in with me to have it checked. I was concerned about Giardia - they have been swimming earlier this week at Hayward Lake. The results came back negative for Giardia and no other parasites were found =).

We decided to treat the very watery stools with an antibiotic in combination with a pro-biotic for a week. They are on Apo-Metronidazole (antibiotic) and Florentero (pro-biotic) twice a day. Taro also has eye drops - for a week.

Since opening up BrainyCakes Dog Barkery ( http://brainycakes.com ) I have been making home-made treats for our dogs and all my clients using wholesome, nutritious human-grade quality ingredients. Although I know my treats are wholesome and use ingredients that provide health benefits, I decided to bake some "tender tummy" treats that the boys can enjoy while being treated with their medications.

We are taking them to my in-laws today - it's my father in laws birthday! I don't want them getting into anything (there will be kids around) so I decided to bake them a batch of these new treats with feel good ingredients that we'll take with us so that the kids and others can feed them these treats instead of their regular allowable human foods.

I created this recipe using certified organic rye flour - rye flour is low in carbohydrates, low in gluten, and also low in calories and fat! I just recently read that it contains fluorine responsible for the formation of good tooth enamel and strong nails. I will have to double check with more sources - so don't quote me on that just YET!

I also used organic pumpkin puree - pumpkin is a good source of fibre and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fibre in their diet. It is important to keep the GI tract moving and helps keep the cells lining the gut healthy.

I also read recently that anise seeds and ginger can help soothe a troubled tummy. I added these two (2) ingredients as well to this new recipe =) So far it smells wonderful - they are baking right now!

I will follow up with the results of my new creation - I'll try to take lots of pictures as well today!

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