My dog, Kiba (my very first dog), has been acting as if he has a cold for the past 3days.
It aggravated to the point of hearing him coughing phlegm through the day and night. Licking his poor irritated-dry nose like it’s a lollypop. Snot flying every time he sneezed. Lack of appetite.
So finally I was able to get him to the Vet today. One look at him and hearing him, the Vet asked: what do you give him to chew on?
Well, i told him… He has many chew toys: rope, jumbo-sized-tennis balls, and these rawhide bones.
Shaking his head, the Vet told me that the latter was the problem. You see, the preservatives they put in these ‘bones’ burn the dog’s throat. In my dog’s case, that was it. Thankfully, it didn’t get to the stomach nor the liver, so it wasn’t life threatening.
Burns?! Did I just hear him right? When I was buying him chew-toys so he wouldn’t destroy my furniture, I saw these rawhide bones. It had a freaken “Vet approved” label on it, and the dog can’t seem to get enough of. Didn’t have warnings, didn’t have any indication that it could be potentially hazardous.
The Vet also showed me a kind of dry food, that’s also labeled “Vet approved”. The stuff in it, given daily, can create major health problems for your dog or cat on the long run. It’s not even real food! It’s lefover-guarbage with flavors.
:smack: I am disappointed with myself. I shouldn’t blindly accept things that are “Vet approved” without asking a couple of vets and researching into it. I mean, I could have killed my Kiba!
:mad: I pit myself for ignorance, and those who create this poison that you unknowingly consume or give your pets that is a potential hazard and killer, so called “approved”.