[nagdu] Benny's problem

Tracy Carcione carcione at access.net
Thu Jul 24 13:04:35 UTC 2014

Last night, Ben passed a twist tie.  Luckily, it was all crumpled up in a 
circle, so it didn't have sharp points sticking out.  It could have killed 
him.  We try to be very careful with twist ties, since he's tried to eat 
them before, but one of us must have dropped the darned thing without 
I'm betting it was at least part of the cause of his bowel problems.  I 
gotta think it was an irritant.  Things seem a bit better this morning.
He's got a complicated feeding just now.  Rice, boiled chicken, clay, 
probiotics, and a little canned venison-sweet potato and a herring-based 
kibble, both of which the pet store dog nutrition guy said are bland and 
easily digested.  He thought that Ben may have become sensitive to the 
proteins in Cannidae after eating it for years.  We had no idea about the 
twist tie when we talked.
I'll keep him on the bland diet for a while, and gradually cut out the 
chicken and rice.  Once he's better, I'll try reintroducing a little of the 
Cannidae, and go on with it or cut it out, depending on results.  But I feel 
like we're finally headed in the right direction.

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