My Bichon Poo's Ailment
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We had decided to get a dog two years before we found her in a pet store. Actually my husband found her and called me to meet him at the pet store immediately. You see we were looking for the perfect dog. One that would not shed, was good with children, was not too small and not too big...and of course... a dog so adorable, there could be no doubt this was the dog.
I walked into the pet store and saw my husband holding what looked to be a small ball of white fur. He told me it was a female bichon and poodle mixed breed and that her price had been reduced because she was brought back by the people who first purchased her. They said that they could not afford to take care of such a needy animal. We didn't quite understand but then, we were starting to fall in love. I said, "she's shaking and she looks so sad. Is she sick?" The salesman said "Oh no, besides we guarantee our puppies. If you have any trouble, you can return her. She just needs some TLC."
So we took her home and that was the beginning of how Happy who was sad...got happy. First trip to the vet caught her up on her shots and determined that she had ear mites. Two weeks later she was cured of the mites and looking pretty cheery. In the third week though, she stopped eating. I tried changing her puppy food, adding spices and gravy to the food. I even tried to get her to eat some table scraps but nothing worked. Then to our horror, she started to bleed from the rectum.
Crying I rushed her to the emergency care clinic and we discovered that she had pancreatitis. I was shocked, what had I done wrong? I was giving her the same food the pet store fed her. Well the Vet explained that some breeds of dogs are prone to this condition and that it is caused by an inability to digest fat properly. The only way to deal with it is to keep her on a fat free diet for the rest of her life.
What? Did you know that all dog food has fat in it? This means that I have to make her food for her. And so I do. At the end of this article, I'll tell you Happy's favorite meal.
We were going along pretty fine with me making her food and her growing when I noticed that she began to develop hot spots on her coat. These are like bald spots with sores. She started itching constantly. A visit to the vet revealed that she had allergies. The vet prescribed two medications. Hydroxyzine which she takes twice a day for allergies and an Omega 3 oil capsule which she takes once a day for her skin. He said that these two medications in combination should do the trick. He was correct, no more itching or hot spots.
After her health problems were under control, we found that she has a playful personality, is sweet and affectionate. We couldn't ask for a better pet.
Happy's favorite dinner is boiled ground chuck drained and mixed with white rice peas and carrots. I generally boil about three days worth of the meat and combine this with an equal amount of the rice, peas and carrots mixture. This way you do not have to cook every day. You may substitute chicken breast for the lean chuck to give your pet a menu variety. Also for snacks, instead of raw hide which has fat, apple slices work well.