An Update on Scout’s Food Allergies
September 11, 2012
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As you all know, Scout’s ear infections have been a constant plague since last October, and back in July, we began an official food trial with our vet. We’ve managed to be strict about it, and for the past few months Scout has only eaten Wellness CORE Ocean Fish dry food. Any treats that we wanted to give = more kibble. She really and truly hasn’t had anything else.
And you know what? Something amazing has happened. How long has it been since we talked about an ear infection? A long time, right? We have finally started talking about this problem in a new light, a light that says, “Maybe we figured it out? Maybe it’s—wait for it—solved?” I hope so. Our bank account hopes so. Scout, the poor dear, hopes so.
(KNOCK ON WOOD.)
It’s been a long time since she had an ear infection, and we couldn’t be happier about this. We check her ear often because it’s become such a habit for us, and sometimes we see a little fleck of dirt/wax or something. But a little is healthy, even for humans, so we leave it be, and magic has taken place. She hasn’t gotten sick. Hallelujah!
You want to know something else, unexpected, that has happened from all of this? Scout has stopped eating her poop. 100% cold turkey, doesn’t touch the stuff anymore. To me, this really supports what I’d been reading about stool eattage (yes, I made up that word). I.e. that it’s related to diet. What I’d read a while ago was that dogs eat their stool because there are some nutrients that they aren’t getting enough of, so they eat their stool as a natural way to try to take in what they’re not getting. Makes sense, right? I don’t know what it was that Scout’s body was lacking, but apparently it’s found it.
The only side effect? We have to clean up the yard a lot more now!