Trying A New Puppy Food

I spent some time yesterday researching a new puppy food.  Sadie’s new vet recommended we switch to a puppy blend.  She agreed with the other vet that an All-Stages dog food is not good for puppies.  She said the brand didn’t matter, but it had to be a puppy blend.  So, back to the dog food review web sites.  After an hour or two of reading, I went to Pet Smart to see what they carried.  I want a good dog food, but not one that will break the bank.  I bought one bag of Wellness Puppy food.  Then I stopped by the local specialty pet store.  I spoke to the woman working and she recommended this Holistic Select food.  Their prices are normally the same as the Pet Smart prices, but currently the food is 46% off!  Sold!  I decided to try the Holistic and return the Wellness.  Holistic is a 4 star brands on Dog Food Advisor, so I feel good about trying it and seeing how Sadie responds.  I’m switching over gradually so she won’t have any digestive issues.  I have 1/3 of the bag of the old dog food left, so there is no rush to switch.  I’ll take about 10 days to switch over.

Here are some more photos from our park walks… Sadie is going to LOVE the lake house!

Sadie chased this bird into the tree.  She watched it for a while, hoping it would come down and play!?!

Sadie really wanted this stick ~ok, branch.  She eventually gave up in search for something more her size.  🙂

Sadie has been doing very well in the car.  No car sickness and mostly good behavior.  She loves to stick her head out the window and doesn’t understand that it is only ok when there are 2 people in the car.  Mom can’t drive and let her hang out the window!

We have a 9 hour drive home for Easter.  Here’s hoping for a smooth trip!

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Peace of Mind

Sadie has had a fun and busy couple of days.  Our walks are truly enjoyable for both of us!  NO JUMPING!  Yippy!!

I found it was most successful to distract Sadie from jumping.  Saying No wasn’t effective.  I kept taking her back to the park where I used 3 distractions.

  1. Find the birds, Sadie! She is a bird dog.  She loves to find them and chase them. 
  2. Letting her pick up sticks and walk with them in her mouth.  Sadie still likes to chew on sticks, but she doesn’t eat them, she spits out the bark.  I don’t love that she chews them, but I’m ok with her picking up a stick and walking with it.  She drops it pretty quickly in search for a better stick.  This has also helped with teaching drop it and leave it.  I’ll let her pick up sticks, but tell her to leave garbage or to drop something she picks up like the large seeds that fall from the trees.
  3. Pointing out a dog ahead of us on the path.  Sadie loves to meet other people and dogs.  Walking behind other leashed dogs has helped distract Sadie from jumping.

I have kept the park walks to 30 minutes.  The shorter walks may help, too.

We went to our new Vet today.  LOVED her!  Sadie and I thought this clinic was perfect.  The staff was great and gave Sadie tons of love & treats.  The Doctor (and staff) made me feel very comfortable.  This is just what I was looking for!

We discovered the old vet forgot one of the booster shots for one of Sadie’s vaccines, and that reassured me that listening to my gut is invaluable!  Sadie will go back next week for 2 booster shots.  We discussed scheduling the spay for the month of May.

I had a long discussion with the Doctor about why they charge so much for their spays.  I called 2 other vet clinics and the average cost was $375.  This vet is around $450.  The Doctor gave me an itemized list showing all the charges for a full spay.  I really like the transparency of this clinic.  The extra money covers an IV with fluids, a staff person assigned to Sadie that will be with her all day and all pain medications.  I am very comfortable paying this extra money.  You know the saying… You get what you pay for.  I think Sadie will get treated very well here and all risks are minimized with these extras.  I’d rather pay an extra $50 to keep Sadie’s pain to a minimum than save the money and have her suffer needlessly.  I’ve decided to skip the spa treatment I was going to schedule as a reward for the half-marathon I ran and use that money to off-set the extra costs.  I’d rather have peace of mind over an hour massage.  (For those of you that know me…. that’s saying something!  🙂  )

Sadie has a puppy class tomorrow, two play-dates later in the week and she will meet my parents’ new black lab!