Having new puppy in the house, a first in 12 years for us, the other dogs have on the whole been incredibly good about it apart from Daddy Bo and Ali who have been slightly stressed out with the whole thing.
For a few weeks we tried placing Bach Flower Rescue Remedy for Pets in their drinking water (just 2 drops) but it didn’t make much difference at all and when Pea would go near Daddy Bo, Bo would inevitably growl and snarl at him. So we switched from that to putting Bach Flowers in their individual meals with La Pura Bach Flower Supplement For Aggression. This comes in a small bottle of little tiny white pearls which you put in their food directly. 2 weeks of that and still no change. Poor Pea was accepted by Shelby, Vag and Barry but the other 2 just didn’t want to know.
However, 2 weeks ago we took delivery of a selection of Pooch and Mutt complete food and treats:
- 1 x Move Easy Food
- 1 x Calm & Relaxed Food
- 1 x Digestion Food
- 1 x Puppy Treat
- 1 x Move Easy Treat
- 1 x Calm & Relaxed Treat
So first one we tried was the Calm and Relaxed Complete Grain Free Dog Food on Daddy Bo and Ali. They’re small round biscuits which are quite hard, so fantastic to add to wet food for a little diversity although as they are complete food, don’t add too many of your furry will get a bit pudgy.
Daddy Bo doesn’t have very strong teeth (since he’s a CKC/Pekingese mix he has a tiny mouth and his teeth have never been in great condition) so what we decided to do was take a few handfuls of the food and soak it in a small amount of water to soften it for him. Once we did this, it was soft enough to tempt him and didn’t make him walk away which he tends to do when we put his regular food (Natures Menu) down. He went through it like an excavator digging for gold and has done so ever since.
We didn’t see much change in his behaviour though for a couple of days, although he did go to sleep a lot quicker after his dinner than usual. But a few days later, we noticed that he wasn’t snarling at Pea when Pea walked passed him. However it didn’t stop there. A few meals later and Pea could sit by the side of him without being growled at and was also granted an audience with Daddy Bo when he allowed him to eat in the same room. Amazing.
I’m surprised if I’m honest. I never actually thought a food would make much difference to the way a dog would act but it’s changed my perspective with regards to Daddy Bo. I think it could very well be the Chamomile in the food as when I suffered depression I used to drink Chamomile Tea and I’d throw the tea bags out onto the fruit tree ground. 9/10 in would come Daddy Bo, face covered with Chamomile tea leaves as he’d grab the used bag, break it open and chomp the contents. He’d then settle down, all chilled and go to sleep (but that was in our last house and I haven’t had a cup of Chamomile since then – perhaps I should have for his sake) so I assume it’s that which is causing his change of heart.
The food doesn’t just contain Chamomile, it also contains L-tryptophan rich British turkey, sweet potato and b-vitamins as a digestion-aiding fibre so it’s all round goodness for your fur family. It hasn’t worked as well at the moment with Ali. She’s always been highly strung so I imagine that for Ali to calm down will take a bit longer so we’re continuing with the Calm and Relaxed Food for both her and Daddy Bo for the foreseeable future.
Shelby however has been more than happy with Pea. She was the very first dog to play with him when he arrived so she has never had an issue with him therefore she didn’t need the calming version. She on the other hand does suffer with arthritis and after pulling the tendons in her leg about 18 months ago has had trouble walking properly so for Shelby the choice of Move Easy Food was a no brainer.
Made with Scottish salmon – one of nature’s richest sources of Omega 3 EFAs that are essential for joint well-being, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, green lipped mussel, rosehips, linseed, alfalfa and yucca, all added to support joint health and mobility.
It’s a well known fact that humans that have mobility problems from arthritis do perform better once they have taken Glucosamine and Chondroitin as they are the are part of the essential building blocks of your joints, helping to rebuild cartilage in your body. The Easy Move food is full of anti-inflammatory nutrients so is in fact, the ideal food for our Shelby to try and again, under a week of using it, she (for the first time in 18 months) is able to jump onto back onto our bed when she gets down for a drink of water. Generally I wake up when she jumps off and wait for her to drink, picking her up again and putting her back on her blanket but for the last week she’s been able to do it herself (although I am still waking up when she jumps off as I think she’s programmed me to do it) but hopefully I’ll be able to settle back down again and get a full nights sleep without any disturbance.
Now Vay, she suffers with a very smelly bottom. She has the ability to clear a room in under 10 seconds when she gets going and has no shame of doing it wherever and whenever she wants. We have tried charcoal biscuits and yogurt yet nothing has done anything for her. So we thought that the Digestion and Wind dog food would be perfect. Sad to say that she’s been eating it now for 2 weeks but it hasn’t made any difference in her wind production. Not great when you’re trying to sleep either and she lets one go. However her movements have been better and she’s been completing them in one go rather than going out to toilet, coming in and going back out again so there is something beneficial going on, if only for her. I guess with her being a windy dog, is just something that’s naturally Vay and we’re never going to stop it. We’re not going to take her off the food though. The fact that each food is tailored to a specific need makes me a lot more confident that something will rectify itself eventually and will correct the intestinal issues that she is so clearly exhibiting.
Pea however didn’t get a chance to try any of the food initially apart from the Puppy Treats which he adores. Although, what he has a tendency to do now is escape through the stair banisters, climb the stairs and sit on the landing for us to show him the treat tin and he comes back down again. We did this initially to get him downstairs when he did it the first time, but now he thinks it’s fun to charge up the stairs, wait for 5 mins, charge back down and sit by the side of us, slapping his paw on either one of us for a treat. Cheeky but if I were to fall for it, over time I’d need a loan to buy Pooch and Mutt out of their monthly supply of Puppy Development Treats! All the dry food is completely safe for Puppies though, but he did try a handful of Vay’s food one day last week and then spent the rest of the day throwing it back up again which wasn’t great but might mean it’s just a tad too powerful for his baby tummy. He’s quite happy with just the treats.
Treats are also available to compliment the dog food so your fur family can keep benefitting from the goodness whether it’s just eating their regular food or when they’re rewarded.
It’s fantastic for Daddy Bo and Shelby and we’ll now add that to our shopping list as a definite. The Puppy Treats are already stacked in the cupboard as Pea went through the tin (150 treats) in the week, so I’ve stocked up with another 6 tins for him (they’re also fabulous for training puppies with) but overall we all seem to love Pooch and Mutt. Good show!