Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The things you do for your dog.... Bruno Chronicles continues...

My poor little man...

This skin yeast stuff is just ridiculous.

I honestly am so tired of reading over & over again labels on dog foods & trying to find one that doesn't contain yeast.  & by yeast, its anything carbs.

I know people are giving me "Grain-free" dog foods at recommendations, but grain free doesnt mean CARB free.Most grain-free dog foods have potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas (which is a HUGE yeast producer), rice is another big ingredient that is a carb.

It's so frustrating.

I have a friend who is a dog lover on a scale that I feel levels with mine - she even works with animals in all areas of her life - & she gave me a name of a dog food that sells RAW FOOD.  I was so excited & totally willing to pay whatever this was going to cost if it would make my baby boy feel better.

I looked up the site & its basically 75% meat & 25% vegetables.

OK... sounds good...

so I contact them & ask exactly what vegetables they use.


Number 1 vegetable they use?   Sweet potatoes.

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Which is a carb... which is full of sugar... which brings on the yeast.

So the most healthiest of dog foods out there, STILL will ruin Bruno's skin.

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Literally what I look like reading the label - hair & all
Why is this so hard?!?!?!?

I feel like I need to go on Shark Tank with some sort of invention of a dog food for dogs with this condition. Bruno CANT be the only one in the world.

My only last resort?  Looks like I'm going to be making my little grumpy old man his own personal food.

I've been scouring Pinterest for ideas & even bought a dog-food cook book on my Kindle... & while most of them involve carbs in them, at least I can attempt to make them adding & taking out things myself.

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Clck on this to watch a video of making some homemade dog food

The funny thing, we've bought grilled chicken for Bruno at the store already cooked & have cut it up in small pieces & mixed with vegetables (green beans, carrots, broccoli) & some broth  & given it to him the past few nights.  He's in HEAVEN, literally EATING IT UP!!!.... Poor Harvey & Zoe are giving Bruno side eye for all the attention...

& I know this isnt the best balanced dish but until I can cook up some batches of food for him, I think this is better for him than anything with carbs in it.

The funny thing, since he's eaten it, he's been sleeping so sound too ... not waking up scratching himself at every hour of the night... nor has he had to go out to pee every 2 hours. Hmmm.... interesting.

but Ricky was sure to point out that since I gave up meat, & I wouldnt buy it any more for him, nor would I cook it anymore, but when it comes to my dog, I'll back track on that.

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I assured Ricky if it meant his skin was one big scab & infected & stunk, I'd make an exception for him as well... but he's looking might good & healthy so no meat for the hubs.

Unless he sneaks the dog's food.

Fingers crossed this works!!!


  1. Poor Bruno! Hopefully the fresh food will bring him continued relief - and if he's not waking up in the middle of the night for potty breaks, it's a win for you too! :)

  2. I'm giggling about the meat double standard, haha :) You're just making sure all your boys are healthy- meat or no meat!
    Poor Bruno... skin conditions suck for humans and we KNOW what's irritating us. Poor guy probably has no idea... At least he's getting some yummy food out of it!

  3. You totally need to go on Shark Tank with a new dog food! They always say the best inventions come from a problem that someone is trying to fix. I hope Bruno gets some relief <3 Beautifully Candid

  4. Dobie has allergies and Barkley hates to eat so I feel for you. I am not above making food for my dogs if it makes them feel better and I have been known to spend more on ingredients for their food than my family's at times.

  5. I can totally relate to this. I made Baylee's food for a while too but for different reasons. I used chicken breast and then in the food processor chopped up carrots and apples. It was very time consuming but worth it. I never meal plan for myself but I would meal plan for Baylee. I'd spend Sunday afternoons boiling chicken and peeling and chopping fruits and veggies and even freezing it for later.

  6. Oh Bruno, bless your heart! I know this is going to sound weird considering my obsession with pumpkin, but a teaspoon of pumpkin is good for a dog's skin, hair and bowels.

  7. I can't even imagine how hard it is to find food without carbs for dogs (or cats for that matter). Making it yourself is probably the only way you can control what goes in. And I laugh at Ricky because I'm totally in your camp. Our fur babies must get the best of everything. I spent more money taking care of my sick kitty than I have ever spent on my own medical bills. Worth every penny too! Fingers crossed that the food keeps little Bruno happy!

  8. Why is it so hard to find a decent dog food these days???? I feel like you could make some serious dough going on shark tank with that idea. A few of them are dog lovers and would eat it right up. Poor Bruno, we gotta do whatever we need to for our babies!

  9. Poor dog, I hope that works! The meal you made for him sounds pretty healthy though... Is it missing some key nutrient dogs need?

  10. So sad about Bruno, but glad that you found an alternative, and I have to laugh at Ricky's comment about you using meat for the dog but not him, LOL

  11. You and Ricky are so funny. Here's hoping you find an EASY recipe that works!

  12. Our son and DIL only feed their dogs raw food. They get the freeze-dried kind and this is the brand they use: https://www.amazon.com/Primal-Pet-Foods-Freeze-Dried-Chicken/dp/B0082C00P8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1505862653&sr=8-4&keywords=raw+dog+food+freeze+dried

    I went on the site and don't see what the other ingredients are. Perhaps you have already looked at this one. She used to mix her own using grass-fed bison meat. Good luck!!

  13. Sounds like Diana's recipe for Sugar, chicken, green beans, carrots... hope your new recipe is just what he needs!

  14. Poor Bruno! That's so tough. I know several people that i work with that struggle with dog skin issues. :( Good luck, I hope that the recipe works out for you!! The things we do for our fur babies! Xo - Alexandra

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