February 16 – 19
I am proud to announce that I am not the worst dog food cook known to man — or canine.
As you may recall from my last update, Casey turned his nose up at the menu here at Chez Hoofstock. He refused my home-cooked dog food the first few days here and presumably wandered around looking for hidden “crap in a bag”. Within a few feedings, he began to pick a little at the meat and push the veggies and beans off to the side. Last night he ate everything, even the vegetables, and this morning, he gobbled up his oatmeal (I crock pot steel cut oats overnight then mix 50/50 with ground chicken necks for breakfast). He likes our version of “Breakfast of Champions.”
Our slim down is progressing steadily: he’s down to 22 pounds on his current routine of diet and exercise. His five pound loss is the equivalent to a human losing 25 pounds in a week.
Seems crazy, but all I’m really doing this week is detoxifying Casey – it’s amazing how much water the toxins hold into his body — his belly no longer drags the ground, he’s doing laps in the house with my dogs, he drinks a ton of water and he’s wagging his tail. I think he’s perking up — I even caught Casey peering around the kitchen corner at me – his head was turned to the right which was the side on which his cervical disc blew – and that suggests to me the pain is not such an issue any more. I did give Casey another acupuncture treatment on Tuesday – he actually enjoys his spa time with us here.
I’ll be back with another update Monday!
Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM
As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Cathy treated 80% of what walked in the door — not with expensive prescriptions — but with adequate nutrition. Now retired from private practice, her commitment to pets hasn’t waned and she looks forward to impacting many more pet parents through her books, research, speaking and consulting work. Learn more at drcathyvet.com