|Non-skid bowls so nothing gets pushed around|
Later that day, poor Milton was terribly lethargic. He was completely unexcited to play with us, only wanted to sleep for hours, and on our jaunts outdoors he would take one or two steps and then listlessly plop to the ground. On returning inside, Milton vomited up the entire contents of his stomach onto our carpet. It was actually only three neat, little piles, but still our carpet has had a total beat down since he arrived. Outside his little bowel movements were pure liquid brown cascades. On my tearful phone call to the veterinary emergency hot line, the veterinarian confirmed for me that the food switch was most likely what caused the gastrointestinal issues. She informed me that the switch needs to be much more gradual beginning at a 25:75 ratio. As I broke down on the phone and chastised myself as a stupid mother, Jeff and I were quite nervous that we killed our new, little goldendoodle.
|Sometimes I try to entice Milton by making a food trail on the floor.|
|Other times he needs a little help.|
Thankfully, our good friends, Alan and Alicia, loyal Costco members, came to a gallant rescue. They rushed out and graciously bought us two big bags of Milton's routine food, only $15/bag, that very same day. Jeff drove 1-hour round trip to their house to pick it up all for his new little son. Milton is only 8-weeks old, but already he has a lot of wonderful people looking out for him.
To make a long, unpleasant story short, Milton is on the mend. He only vomited one more time and things are "hardening" up slowly but surely. He is beginning to heartily eat again on a regular basis and is drinking more water which will help with any dehydration.
I have learned that what puppy food brand you choose is extremely important. Every day your puppy is greatly developing, so it is imperative to feed him the best food, so no progress is hindered. The Costco Kirkland brand, that our breeder loves, has higher fat, bite-size pieces, and a crunch that keeps teeth clean. Always read the ingredients on the dog food bag - grains, like corn or wheat, should not be the first ingredient listed, but rather a meat or vegetable. Oftentimes these grains are substituted in as cheap fillers. Our food's first ingredient is chicken and chicken meal; it is a bit fancy too containing cranberries and even rosemary extract! It is better to pay a little extra for good dog food, than get socked with a high vet bill later on because you cheaped out. Only the best for our goldendoodle from now on.
A little tip we read is to mix a tablespoon of pumpkin (pure canned pumpkin pie filling with no spices) in with his food once a day. This works to quell indigestion and keep things regular. A can of pumpkin can be a lot to use up, so you can always make muffins with the additional (comment if you want me to send you a tasty, healthy recipe) or freeze the excess in ice cube trays to pop out for later use.
|Just like Thanksgiving|
We are feeding Milton 1/2 cup 3x daily because he is a growing boy. We use a kitchen measuring cup to get it just right, so we are not under or over feeding him. With potty training, we don't leave his water and food out all day, so that he is not constantly eating and needing to relieve himself. We are making certain to clean his bowls nightly or whenever they look grimy, so no harmful bacteria creeps in.
Thankfully, our new dog, Milton, is still puttering along. He actually has a lot of bounce in his step which leads to more lively walks filled with lots of sniffing and a bit of unpleasant chewing around the house. We almost miss the sleepy Milton. All in all, this was only a minor catastrophe although the poor boy's Saturday night welcome party was canceled, but if the Goldendoodle of Honor is sick you really don't have much of a choice.