Best possible nutrition

Before Nemo passed away in August, I had been in the process of switching him from Blue Buffalo Large Breed Salmon kibble to Orijen Tundra and Grandma Lucy’s Macanna Salmon freeze dried recipe. Nemo had sensitive skin issues and I found that the salmon food kept him shiny-coated and itch free. 

As he was starting to fail in his last months, I began my research into better nutrition to attempt to slow and hopefully reverse his canine dementia symptoms. My big goofy 130 lb dog’s mental and emotional state had been getting steadily shaky, and in his final weeks he seemed spooky, easily confused and paranoid of flying insects to the point of hiding behind the toilet for an hour or more.

My hope was in better nutrition and some aspects of a raw diet, although truth be told, my Big Boy preferred his food cooked. The labels on the food I was about to switch him over to consist of real food and not some premix of chemical treated garbage. These could probably be human food:

Nemo never got the chance to enjoy the new food, sadly, but Daisy Mae’s immune system will hopefully benefit. Daisy Mae is beginning adulticide treatment today to eradicate her heart worms. This morning, she gets the first arsenic shot and must spend the day at the vet under observation. If it makes her half as sick as chemo made me, this is going to be a very upsetting day for both of us. 

At least I can make sure that my new Little Girl is going to have the best nutritional support I can provide her. Keeping her immune system strong against the poison’s effects on her organs while it hopefully kills the nasty worms completely is part and parcel of what I signed on for in adopting a medically needy dog. When I pick her back up tonight, we will snuggle in bed as usual to try to make up for a rough day.

Because as I learned recently, dog hugs can cure almost everything. 

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