A couple of years ago we “inherited” 2 senior dogs. They had been taken in by our Daughter-in-Law in L.A. as street strays, cleaned up, and given a new happy life. Then they married the Son. Then the whole kit and caboodle moved to Chicago. Then the Grandson arrived.
Needless to say 2 elderly dogs and an infant in a 3rd floor walkup in Chicago Winters wasn’t going as well as could be hoped. One is a Malty-poo Maltese Poodle cross. A small lap dog. The other a Dachshund. Not particularly built for stairs… Carrying both a Dachshund and an infant up and down 3 flights of stairs a few times a day was, er, wearing…
On a visit both dogs “Lobbied for Lap” and found willing accomplices in the spouse and me… So we were elected to deal with the dog issue… Another round trip to Chicago some months later… and the dogs were relocated back to California where they were very happy to have a yard just outside the door with almost no steps, and a Doggy Doorman at their service.
They had been living on dry kibble. Inspection of their mouths confirmed several (most) teeth gone. Most of the lower front for the Malty-poo and some of the top front. We decided to move them to softer food, so went for canned dog food.
We did trial feedings of many different kinds, and the dogs seemed to prefer a couple, so we chose from them the Pedigree brand.
Now these being older dogs, we expected some problems. We didn’t expect the Dachshund to barf up a slimy mucus wad with bits of food in it… Then occasionally the Malty-poo did as well. Hmmm….
I’ll skip over the details of how to clean carpet…
We swapped the dogs (after far too long…) over to a more “pure” food. We suspected that perhaps it was an issue with “grain” in general (and more speculatively GMO grains and / or BT Toxin or Roundup residues). We chose the “Beyond” deluxe food from Purina. Things got better, but not resolved. I’d guess about 2/3 reduction in The Barfing Dogs Problem.
OK, that’s a clue. There IS something in the food causing an issue if changing the food changes the issue.
I decided to go whole on wholistic and bought Trader Joe’s dog food. It’s pretty darned simple per the label and I figured if anyone would be having less chance of such issues it would be them or Whole Foods.
That ended the Barfing Dog Issues.
We still had 2 cans of Beyond on the shelf, and after a couple of months of no problems, I had the “Bright Idea” that I could likely blend a 15 ounce can of Beyond in with the 22 ounce can of Trader Joe’s and “get away with it”. One feeding and cleaning up two spots of Bowser Barf later… I pitched about 30 ounces of mixed food.
We’ve had no more issues of Doggy Cookie Tossing since.
I can’t say why.
I can’t attribute to any particular ingredient nor process.
I can say we have definite modulation of tendency to upchuck with change of food.
The Dachshund had a very thick slimy saliva on the “bad” food (she likes to lick to show appreciation – we had taken to calling it “being slimed”). On Trader Joe’s food, her saliva is more normal / thin. I suspect this indicates a mechanism. That “something” in the other foods is causing a thickening of the saliva / mucosal secretions.
I would speculate that it is GMO grain even if only in the gut contents of critters like Chickens when they went to slaughter (what? You thought dog food was made from the ‘white meat’?…) or that it is the result of Bt and / or glyphosate getting into the farm animals from being fed mostly GMO “stuff”. There is evidence for GMO grain feeding to mess up the guts of farm animals, so a secondary exposure ought to do similar things. Certainly it could be something else, but across two different processors with different providers and methods? That argues for something “upstream” in the suppliers, and that’s slaughter animals and their feed.
Sidenote: The Malty-Poo had been very reluctant to eat. We’d thought maybe he was just having trouble with his teeth or was a “fussy eater”. (The Dachshund eats anything, even likes potato peels … well, not quite anything – she tried a bit of ginger when lobbying for some of my sushi, but rejected it the next time ;-) After changing to Trader Joe’s, the Malty-poo now is happy to see his breakfast and eats well. It seems he was aware that the “other food” wasn’t doing good things for him, so was eating just enough to avoid discomforts while stemming hunger. What your dog does matters.
So “going forward” we’re just sticking with the Trader Joe’s brand. It is about the same price / ounce as regular dog food (and a lot cheaper than the Beyond deluxe brand – about the same $/can but 22 oz. vs 15 oz.)
If you have a barfing dog problem, or knows someone who does, whisper in their ear to try Trader Joe’s.
Shopping for dog food at Trader Joe’s has resulted in an increase in my wine consumption as their “Three Buck Chuck” (that used to be “Two Buck Chuck”) Charles Shaw wine is quite drinkable at $2.99 / bottle here. Between the dog food being cheaper and the wine being cheaper and both being much better we now have more episodes of “Me on the couch, dogs on top of me” all of us happy with what is in our tummies. IF you are not happy being part of a snoring dog pile (the Dachshund snores.. the spouse asserts I do too…) do not follow this advice. You’ve been warned!
Yeah, I’m happy with the results ;-)