doing well but he's making me worry a bit. He's not been
eating very much at all. His breeder told me to give him
about a cup of dog food 3 times/day with ground beef 2
times/day. He has only eaten almost all of it a couple
of times...the rest of the time it's just a few bites.
Then a few days ago I noticed his stool was getting
looser...and there was what looked like a bit of blood
at the end of it. Then yesterday he had an accident in
the house and it looked like it was just mucousy blood!
I was so scared. I called his breeder and she said that
if he's had diarrhea that his tummy could be a bit raw
and that could cause the bleeding and that she had a pup
that was still there that had a bit of blood in his
stool. She told me to fast him for 24 hours and just
give him water. It was so hard because he kept wanting
our food. Then I was to give him some rice and a bit of
his dog food this morning. He ate some of it. He's
always so eager to eat but then never eats that much. He
may have eaten half of it. He's so bossy when I'm
prepping his food, barking and being silly. He's still
full of energy and then sleeping like a log, but his
behaviour seems fine and he doesn't seem sick.
I checked his stools from last night and they were still
loose but I don't think there was blood in them, but
they looked like there was mucous in them. I just can't
deal with this after having Koda be so sick for the last
few months of his life. I don't want to have to deal
with a sick pup now. I was hoping to have smooth sailing
this time. ~ Brandi (August 2005)
Oh me oh my! I'm
soooo tired today. Poor Breaker was up nearly every hour last night whimpering
to go out. He had diarrhea! He had it a couple of weeks ago, too. I fasted him
for 24 hours, then started him on rice and slowly reintroduced him to his
regular diet. I took in a stool sample and it was negative for worms. That last
bout he had also had some blood and mucous in it. This time around it's just
very loose stools and frequent. The Vet last week said he was healthy and that
it could have just been something he ate or a change in the water or just
something he picked up when we were out and about.
I haven't fed him anything since dinner last night. Looks like he may have
thrown up a bit too in the early evening after dinner, but not since. He hasn't
had diarrhea for a little while now probably because I haven't fed him since
early evening last night. I have been changing his kibble from Puppy Chow to
Eagle Holistic and noticed that once I started adding the Eagle that his stools
firmed up even more so I thought he was adjusting well and then WHAM! I hate
having to fast him since he's not really on the chubby side. He's still full of
energy and doesn't seem out of sorts.
I'm hoping it was just that maybe the changes in the food got to him. I've been
feeding his kibble (now a mixture of the 2) with boiled ground beef, brown rice,
I did notice a bit of mucous in some of the stool from last night but not allot
and it was in the stool that was passed earlier this morning when I think he
probably didn't have much left to pass.
Personal response to Brandi on August 26, 2005
Brandi, I do not like to meddle when it comes to dog rearing. Rather, I am much
more comfortable providing information about various health and feeding
practices, for example. I do not know if you looked at my pages on these areas
but have to say that the food you began your new puppy Breaker on scared me.
And, then when you talked about how sick he was I thought that the food was
definitely a component. I think the types of things you are feeding him (boiled
ground beef, brown rice, and yogurt) sound okay but wonder about the kibble you
have used (I know you went from Puppy Chow to Eagle Holistic).
Both those kibbles have questionable ingredients that I discuss at my site.
It is not normal for a pup to have so many episodes of diarrhea and now
vomiting. My only experience with that in a pup translated into food allergies
and resultant gastrointestinal distress.
I am surely not the authority on any of this but do try to engage in much
reading on the subject as I feel feeding practices can be critical to the
well-being of our Goldens. My expert in the area is
Suzi Beber, who has been
doing much work with dog foods and formulating diets for dogs evidencing
specific needs. There is a food that she raves about that is made in Canada
Please let Suzi know about what you are
doing with respect to feeding and what Breaker is experiencing.
I know that when Breaker got ill it brought back so many memories of Koda. He
has only been gone a few months, so I know how scary it can be. I really want
you to have better luck with this Golden and for him to be both healthy and
happy. Suzi is a gem and I am privileged to know her and count on her for her
tremendous guidance. Anyone that I have sent her way is always grateful. She
just cares so much for this breed. Please contact her and be prepared to tell
her everything and anything you've done since day one and even before (what the
breeder fed him, etc.).
— Golden-ly, Rochelle
Message from Brandi Received August 27, 2005
I just wanted to say thank you for sending me Suzi's email address. She got back
to me right away and I already feel a sense of peace. What a wonderful soul she
is, as are you! I know we will figure this out for Breaker. It just amazed me
how some people just feed low quality foods though and never seem to have a
I will never be able to thank you enough for all that you have done for me
through your kind words, emails and especially the Land of PureGold.
Hugs, Brandi and Breaker
Message from Brandi
Received August 30, 2005
Thank you so much for putting me in touch with Suzi. She has convinced me to
try West Coast Canine Life for Breaker and has been a tremendous help and
support to me. After emailing Canine Life, Joanne from Canine Life emailed
back and she too has been incredible to deal with. She was even willing to
help me develop a home cooked plan for Breaker if I found the pre-mix too
costly. To start me off she sent me a couple of recipes to try with him now
so I can get him off the Puppy Chow. She's also sending the first bag to me
and not charging shipping. They both obviously believe in the product and
love Goldens as much as I do.
Joanne is sending out my package today and I can't wait
to get it and see how Breaker does. He hasn't had any
loose stools for about four days now but I know he'll
really start to thrive on Canine Life. Thank you
again. I have met the most incredible, generous people
through Land of PureGold. —
I received this message from Brandi September 3, 2005
What a gift
you gave me Rochelle by passing me along to Suzi. She has been a comfort and
a huge help to me. Joanne from WCCL is amazing as well and it so evident to
me that their hearts are in what they do. Their passion comes through loud
I just can't
believe that Suzi who doesn't know me at all has offered so much of her time
and knowledge to help me figure out what's upsetting little Breaker's
tummy. And then there's Joanne. I'm amazed that someone who sells a product
is so concerned with how it works out. She is willing to work with me to
create a blend especially for Breaker, whether it's changing the pre-mix or
helping me to choose which fresh ingredients to add and what herbs will help
his tummy. She even sent me recipes that should help calm his tummy until I
can start baking 'muffins' for him.
of WCCL arrived today with my calcium supplement for Breaker, and
Joanne even threw in some homemade WCCL treats for him that he already
sampled and devoured. I won't start baking for him until I can talk to
Joanne next week and find out exactly what I should be adding.
Thank you for stepping in and guiding me to these two
amazing women. I believe that you, Suzi, and Joanne are
really angels here on earth for our beloved furbabies.
— Hugs, Brandi
Brandi's Writings September 28, 2005
had diarrhea or any tummy troubles for almost a month and that is a huge relief
for me. I was so incredibly stressed those first few weeks with him and just
couldn't bear the thought of having an unhealthy pup. But I do believe it was
food related. And, of course, I would be the one to get a pup with a sensitive
I believe it was a blessing in disguise because had he not had
problems now he would have continued on his kibble, and I'm thinking we would be
having big problems down the road. Now I know that he is getting an excellent
quality food and is thriving. It's a bit of work but well worth it.
Brandi wrote the following on January 7, 2006 in response to her guy's new page
I had no idea my little boy was going to be on this
wonderful page! Thank you! It looks wonderful. So
many cute pictures. I hope that Breaker's page will
help others that are struggling with what to feed
their Goldens or have Goldens with health issues. I
believe in this food with all my heart. It's a bit
of work, but well worth it to see how Breaker is
thriving now. The support I've received from both
Suzi and Joanne has been tremendous. I now consider
them friends. We stay in touch on a regular basis,
and Suzi's been sending pics of Rainey and her pups!
Christmas was sure a whirlwind here! The boys all had
a great time and were spoiled of course. Breaker was
wonderful. He was so good when we were opening presents,
and he enjoyed opening his presents too. I got what I
wanted, a food processor to help with making Breaker's
food. It makes it so much easier to be able to do
everything all at once. This December photo shows
Breaker and buddy Jake having a snuggle.
— Hugs, Brandi
NOTE: You can
learn more about West Coast Canine Life (which we use as
well for our Goldens Darcy & Alfie) by
here. A portion of the sale of this food is
provided to the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund, set up through the
Guelphs Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund.