Well, it’s been nearly a month since I posted Part 4 of our food-change saga; and I’m happy to report that all is still well.
On the 4th of this month, I had the vet do a senior panel (CBC, urinalysis, and fecal test) to make sure all of Ducky’s nutritional values are where they should be, as well as to assess the need for any supplements (other than the vitamins, fish oil, and Pepcid that I’ve been giving her). The urinalysis and fecal exam were perfect. And the bloodwork looked good – proteins and electrolytes are normal – so now we have a baseline to compare to in December when her annual exam is due.
Ducky appears to be thriving on her home-cooked meals. She gobbles them up; and even though she sometimes seems to inhale her food, she hasn’t had any issues (like she used to with the Hills junk). She has put on a little extra weight though since Shadow reunited with Callie, so I’ve cut back on her treats a little bit. (We were giving her extra treats to make ourselves feel better.)
We had a little “hiccup” about two weeks ago when I tried giving her some variety – ground beef, broccoli, carrots, and brown rice – which seemed to have caused her a little bit of discomfort (“irregularity”) and really dark stools. So, I went back to the ground turkey and veggies without the rice. I’ve been giving her a little bit of organic pumpkin every third day, which also seems to have made her “regular” again. Of course, after consulting “Dr. Google” last week (instead of pestering our vet during a busy week), I got paranoid and scheduled an appointment with the vet for a rear-end check. While I’m not really concerned about her, the check will at least give me peace of mind.
I’m enjoying making Ducky’s food myself. It’s easy – especially with the InstantPot – and I know exactly what goes into it. And knowing she really loves eating it makes it all worthwhile. ❤️ So, this really is the “series finale” of our dog food saga.