Being typical of a westie, I still get bugged by skin issues after going for my Beee-o (bioresonance) allergy test. It’s really not hard to trigger off bumps and itchy skin, which can last for a long time. All I need is a teeny weeny taste of delicious but detrimental food that I’m very allergic to and boom! the scratching and nibbling begin. Mama describes me as a ticking time bomb 🙁
As advised by the vet, mama started cooking for me. No more yucky kibbles! However, even with the doctor’s advice, mama wasn’t assured that my diet was balanced and complete. After tapping furiously on her silver machine and scribbling notes on pieces of paper, she was right. But who can she blame? A vet is not a new-tree-tion-neeese (another hard word). But a mama is different. A mama has to be a caregiver, a nurse, a researcher, a teacher, and the list goes on!
This was what the vet told mama to cook for/feed me every day:
- 200g – 300g of lamb/beef (mama blanches the meat so it’s not completely cooked, and she reduced the amount to 150g a day cause she thinks I’m fat. Ouch.)
- Carrots and peas (about 40g per day, mama replaced peas with broccoli)
- A slice of papaya
- Multi-vitamin dog mix (the vet said 1 scoop but the package instructions stated half a scoop for my weight. After calculating my ideal vitamin/mineral intake, mama went with half a scoop. She also gives me liver supplements now)
The vet did want to give me “calcium powder” but mama reminded her that I’m allergic to it. Sadly, she didn’t give any alternative. This would result in an imbalanced diet and deficiency in the long run, but she didn’t tell mama that either.
Mama says calcium is essential for dogs, and part of a balanced nutrition means balancing our “calcium” and “phosphorous” intake. This means I need about 300mg of pure calcium a day! Mama tried giving me pounded egg shells to make up for that but turns out I’m allergic to it too. After battling the impossible mathematical equations, she still couldn’t balance the “calcium” and “phosphorous” in my diet. Also, it’s important to note that something high in “calcium” may be even higher in “phosphorous” (e.g. chia seeds), which defeats the purpose! With all that, and taking another vet’s advice, she gives me half a teaspoon of “calcium powder” made of seaweed every day. Fingers crossed!
Mama is still learning and more often than not, it takes a little bit of experimentation and conversations with experts and other mamas and papas to create a diet that’s suitable for each individual furkid. The learning never stops because we grow and change every single day! How’s that for a challenging job 😛
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