Monday, June 27, 2011

Grain-free food update

I’ve been meaning to tell everyone about what my parents finally decided to do with my food situation, so thanks for reminding me in a comment you made last week, Vito.  It’s been 3 weeks since I switched foods, from Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d to The Honest Kitchen Zeal.

A BIG thanks to Mandy and Izzie for recommending it.  Not only does it fit all the criteria that Dr. Podell recommended (grain-free, low fat, low calorie, and non-poultry based protein), but it is so yummy that words can’t even describe my love for it!  It’s dehydrated, so my mom just adds some water and keeps it in the fridge for my next meal!

Zeal after it has soaked up the water...I'm getting hungry!
Since it is so similar to the Hill’s w/d regarding calories and fat, I can eat the same amount as I used to.  YEAH!!!  For anyone on w/d or wanting to try grain-free, I’d recommend this in a heart beat!  My mom found it at local pet boutiques, Treats Unleashed and Four Muddy Paws, or it can be ordered direct from The Honest Kitchen.  She says it is considerably more expensive than most bagged dry dog foods, but I’m so worth it!

Get in my belly!
Nom, nom, nom!  So yummy!
Is that it?
Oops!  Did I do that?
Mom's attempt to embarrass me by circling the bits of food on my face, but it won't work!  I'm not about to hold back at meal time!
As you can see I make a mess.  Mom’s not too happy about that or the smell (I’m not sure what she’s talking about), but I love it so she does too.  Mom wanted to make sure I told everyone that I also get about a tablespoon of the Blue Buffalo Wilderness salmon recipe at each meal.  It bulks it up a bit to make sure I get the same amount of calories as before and gives some crunch.  It’s yummy too.

Aside from the deliciousness, the most important thing about my new food is that it has helped my sinuses tremendously.  I have only drooled like a Saint Bernard twice.  I still have drainage that causes a few "reverse sneezes" once in a while, and I am breathing heavier more than I used to (and snoring occasionally), but I haven’t had any of the bad “attacks” that make it hard to breath or sleep.  YEAH!!

Oh, and to take my pills, my mom gives me canned pumpkin and, every now and then, a bit of peanut butter.  And I get some freeze-dried green beans, sweet potato, and cheese snacks.  YUM!  So, for me, grain-free was a smart move.  I give my new food FOUR paws up!  Good luck to anyone that is looking to switch…I hope you have as much lip-smacking success as I did!



Kelly said...

Payton, thanks so much for posting about this food! Momma has written them an email to ask for recommendations given some of my issues. I am so glad it is working for you!!!


Noodles said...

Yum. Payton your grain free food looks so yummy. Of course all food looks yummy to me. I am so glad you found a food that makes you feels so good now.
Love Noodles

Anonymous said...

Payton, your new food looks very yummy. I'm real glad its helping with your sinuses. There is a locally made food I've been wantting to try called Smack ( I'm not sure if its grain-free, but it's a dehydrated raw food diet that is supposed to be super good-for-you.

Minnie and Mack said...

Wow, 1st of all, we love your special place to eat with your name on the wall and on your mat! and we used to have those bowls, too. (One broke) Your pictures of food on your head are so funny. How'd it get there?

We're so glad you are trying grain free. We've been grain free for a year now and our allergy issues are much improved!

Keep healthy and happy.
Minnie and Mack

Pug Slope said...

We second the cool monogrammed eating area you have, Payton. It's clear that your parents care about you so much. Glad to hear this new food is working better for you. Sid says you missed a few spots, though (he'd be licking that wall and your head until every little speck was in his stomach).

moPSY+MISIOber said...

Payton I'm glad that you found this new yummy zeal :) I also love the wall with your name, and your small carpet :) too cute, and don't worry you're looking sweet with the food on your head. Love Gosia

P.S. Thank you for your comments on my blog, I also wish you could be a part of our Saturday pug meeting, Kisses :)

Suki said...

Hi Payton,

I love your special, personalized dining area. Glad the new food is working, I'm on potato and duck diet.

The food particles on your face made Mom laugh out loud.


Anakin Man said...

That food looks super nommy and we have 'dat same bowl set ups!

IzZY was excited to hear of another IzZIe..

You look cute wit the foods on your head..we like to wipe our food faces all over 'da couch

IzZY, TriXie and Anakin Man

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Payton,, Save the bits of food on your head and on the wall for later. That is what I do!
I love your special little eating area,, and I love your name on the wall.
Its so good to hear when a there is a good food that helps us furrys. Yours sounds yummy.
I eat Blue Buffalo sweet potatoe and fish,,, yum yum.
But I think I would like to taste your dinner!

Buddy said...

I think something is seriously odd with my boy, buddy. I tried all the their flavors of food, and he won't go near it. He won't even smell it. I'm still searching for a good decent food for him..right now, he gets home cooked chicken and rice and various veggies. :/