|Barked: Tue Apr 6, '10 4:16pm PST |
|This mostly just a rant, but if anyone has been in this situation and found a solution, I'd love to hear about it.
I've had this problem for the past 2.5 years, and Daddy's former owners had this problem for about three years. Daddy just won't keep weight on, no matter what we try. He's had numerous tests from full blood panels to fecal tests run. His veterinarian stated he just has an outrageously high metabolism after we ruled literally everything else out. He eats twice as much food than at least a couple of Bull Mastiffs on here and also twice as much as a semi-acquaintances 95 lb high energy dog that gets regular runs at the park or dog park and his own yard; Daddy weighs under 70 lbs.
One of the problems is food related. If I give him too much food (more than 5 cups a day, his usual) no matter what food, grain free or grain inclusive even working up to that point, he gets really bad diarrhea and then LOSES weight. But giving him the standard 5 cups a day isn't cutting it either. Locally or even within an hour and a half drive of here; or possibly more, I haven't checked further than that. The highest calorie foods I can find or even special order is Natural Balance Ultra Premium Formula, and EVO. These foods are both quite expensive, especially EVO which is twice as much as the Natural Balance. Dog food where I live I've noticed, even in the entire state and next state over tends to be a lot higher than anywhere else I've seen barring online (and then online has the insanely high shipping to get to where we live). Everything seems to be more expensive here though, and I'm not even sure why since it's such a small and insignificant county where there's VERY little job opportunity (the people I know who've moved from here have moved for that reason alone).
I don't take him out into public anymore. I can't deal with the judgemental, discriminating looks of people, or the constant "oh my god he's so/too skinny." People automatically see me with a probably too lean APBT and assume the worst and most of the time I know they don't believe me when I try to explain the situation. I feel like crap every time I look at my own dog because of how "skinny" he is. All veterinarians he sees keep telling me he needs to gain weight; like I don't already know that, like I haven't been put in financial restraints just trying to keep weight on him.
His eating habits and the expense of his food and veterinary care alone are why I can't do more rescue. I own a small scale rescue and it has to remain small scale. I don't have a problem with that really but I'd like to do more, but pet food and vet care around here is so expensive, and this dog's food problems just seem to get worse and worse. He used to at least keep a little more weight than usual on the Natural Balance; now he doesn't. There is nothing medically wrong with him except that he gets seasonal allergies in the summer until the summer passes. He gets plenty of food, love, vet care whenever he needs it and annually. I just don't know what to do anymore. It just kills me. I'm ready to scream and pull my hair out.
Edited by author Tue Apr 6, '10 4:18pm PST
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