Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Wordy Wednesday

We always like to cross our paws for all our friends who need our support.  We think we found a new way to do that.  


Lightning and Timber

Misty and Lightning

Timber and Misty

Today we are sending our POTP to our friend Fenris.  We hope you are doing much better soon.

And now a wordy update on where things stand with Misty:

We are happy to report that it appears that her undercoat is starting to grow back.  She feels a lot softer and fuller compared to how coarse her fur was after losing all the undercoat and being left with just her guard hairs. The vet was hoping this would happen before the winter but cautioned us that it could take until the spring for the change to happen. We think that all the steroid medications she was on for so long might finally be out of her system.  We are being cautiously optimistic that she will have her full and beautiful coat back by the winter.

Then there is the whole IBD issue.  As we told you the other day, Misty is now trying a new food, and a pricey one at that, even pricier than the one she has been on for quite some time now.  After almost two years on Hill's Prescription Diet z/d with no obvious improvement in her inflammatory bowel disease and her bloody, runny stools, the vet recommended we try a different formula made by Royal Canin called Ultamino.  Per the Royal Canin website, "Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Ultamino Dry Dog Food is an innovative diet formulated as a nutritional solution for pets with severe food sensitivities. Its clinically proven and highly palatable formula contains a protein source that is broken down to an amino acid level, so it can be absorbed in the digestive tract with reduced risk of triggering a food sensitivity. Optimal amounts of B vitamins and amino acids reinforce your dog’s skin barrier. Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA help promote healthy skin and coat. An exclusive blend of fibers helps support healthy digestion in dogs prone to digestive upsets, including diarrhea. And with strict manufacturing procedures to help avoid cross contamination, you can confidently feed Royal Canin Ultamino long-term to dogs with food sensitivities."

We aren't really sure if Misty's problems are due to food sensitivities or just a lousy gut, but at this point with no benefit from any and all of the recommended treatments of medication and diet, why not try something new?

Here is the funny part about this food.  It has "chicken by products", which in this case amounts to CHICKEN FEATHERS!!!!  Yes, you read that correctly.  Per the vet, chicken feathers are very high in protein but the protein in the feathers is too large for the body to utilize as just feathers. So the feathers are processed and broken down into minuscule bits of protein that the body can effectively absorb.

Misty seems to like this food very much, although Mom says it has a very odd odor.  Hard to say what it smells like, but it is definitely distinctive.  Misty has been eating it for about 10 days now, with a very slow switch from the other food.  She is now at about 1/3 z/d and 2/3 Ultamino and should be fully on Ultamino by the end of the week.  The big change we have noticed is that her stools are much firmer for the first time in two years.  Unfortunately there is still substantial blood mixed in.  The vet says the prognosis is that this will likely never change since she doesn't respond to any availabe treatments  We really don't know what to expect long term, but it HAS to be a good sign that she isn't all runny and loose.  She should be absorbing the benefits of the food beter now.   We just hope it lasts and with a miracle the blood will stop.  We can always have hope. 

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  1. I'm glad Misty doesn't have runny stools. Love the part about the food. Chicken feathers. You made me laugh out loud.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Scritches to the pups and a hug to mom. ♥

  2. You are such sweeties. Praying the new food does the trick. XO

  3. Well, I thought I commented but it disappeared. I love those crossed paws sweet ones. That does sound good that the stools are not runny anymore. I sure hope the other part improves. Who knows, it might!

  4. You are all so sweet. We will take any good news about Misty we can get.

  5. Fingers crossed she keeps improving. You all have been through so much. ❤️

  6. those crossed paws, all of them, made my eyes tear up. and I am praying that the crossed paws for Fenris will work for our sweet Misty too. hugs to Misty and all our POTP is headed to Misty NOW, praying the new food will help her more each day... chicken feathers! who knew they were full of protein. ugh on eating it, but what ever works...

  7. Hari Om
    Now, you have me racking my memory banks.. only recently I recall something being mentioned about chicken feathers and in relations to something surprising... so it is clear that this discovery means nothing goes to waste! I am glad to read that it shows signs of being helpful to you, Misty... and I just adore how you all hold paws together so sweetly. POTP to all who need it! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  8. Your new foodables sound like a doG-Send, Misty and we pray it continues to work for you! Love those crossed paws!

  9. Firstly, that is the most amazing paw-crossing we have ever seen. We are sure it is very, very powerful!

    We are also glad to read that Misty is doing well on this new food and that her coat is growing back in. We would like to mention a product that our vet recommended for Ryū-Chan hen he had intestinal problems a couple of months ago. It's a natural mixture that restores bacterial flora, based on attapulgite. She has had excellent results with it on both cats and dogs. We don't know if it is available in the US, though. It's called DaForte. You might be able to get it through

    Ollie (and #1)

  10. Your crossed paws pictures are so cute! We are sending lots of POTP to Fenris and to you, dear Misty. It sounds like the new food has positive results and we hope the bloody poop improves too.

  11. Chaplin: "We are glad to hear that Misty's deposits have improved on the new food! Dennis ate Ultamino when he was suffering from IBD, which Dada thinks was induced by his heart medication, and he did well on it."
    Charlee: "We send lots of purrs for Misty to continue to improve!"
    Lulu: "And we send tail wags, too!"

  12. What beautiful crossed paws!!

    We are happy Misty is improving a bit, and we're sending lots of POTP she keeps improvign with the new food.
    Sunny & Rosy

  13. Glad to hear Misty's fur is growing back. I hope she continues to do well with the new food.

  14. Hi Woo friends! First, my person has made many "awwww" noises at your photos. Second, I am still not sure about chicken feathers. Third, we are happy you are feeling a bit better, Misty! My beloved packmate Cobi, who is now an Angel Dog, lost her underfurs (she had husky fur just like yours) but it never came back. We are very glad your underfur is back Misty, just in time for cooler weather!

  15. We are so glad to hear your sweet girl is doing better! I remember when you first brought her home, and she’s definitely very dear to us!

  16. We are hopeful with the improvement you have seen so far. Here's to more for your girl! ♥

  17. We are purring and Fen is sending POTP to Misty. We are glad she likes the new food and we are hoping for a miracle and that the blood in the stools will go away.How wonderful Misty's furs came back in time for the cold weather. We sure do appreciate you sending POTP to Fenris. He seems a bit better Mom thinks. MOL except one of Fenris' medicines seems to have given him the poots.

  18. Those crossed paws are so darned cute. And we are SO GLAD that Misty is showing a bit of improvement with the crazy chicken feather food! And so happy that she is getting a bit more coat in time for winter!


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