With all the trials and tribulations of 2014 so far, we haven’t taken the kids out for their runs much as we usually do when the weather is cool enough. The result: Some of the ones still eating kibble have gotten a wee bit on the chubby side. (Ding Ding to the home made diet kids, they all remain fit, with no reductions in rations, despite not so many romps to the desert – but as is always the case with me, I digress).
I feed carefully measured amounts to each of the kids, and right now, they are pretty much already on their summer (fat season – too hot to romp) rations. I can’t, with a clear conscience feed less. A hungry dog is not a happy dog.
I decided to experiment: Substitute part of the Kibble Dogs’ kibble with raw veggies.
The purpose of the raw veggies is not to provide additional nutrition, Lord knows there’s enough spray-on synthetic supplements in their kibble, but to give then a feeling of fullness, while simultaneously sneaking in a further reduction of kibble. In theory, because a dog can’t fully digest raw veggies, they would have a slower pass through duration through the digestive system, and provide a feeling of fullness, longer.
Gotta stop and warn here: Whenever I change something with the kids’ food, I never ass-u-me. I watch them like a hawk. At the slightest hint of a problem; appearance, activity level, behavior, etc., I go back to what was being done before the change. Yup, dates, changes, quantities, observations – I write them down. My kids are too important to me to take dangerous chances.
I suggest to anyone with a chubby dog following my lead: do the same thing. If a change is going to be permanent, and there are no subjective changes in your dog after several months, time for some blood work to make sure you’re not doing something systemically that could come back and bite you, and your dog, in the butt. Your eyes can play tricks on you. Blood work is always truthful.
Anyway, back to the tale:
I happened to notice, as I was performing the delightful chore of pooper scooping, that I was not seeing any whole pieces of the raw veggies in the ‘piles’. Not noticing chunks of my experimental filler food, when I should have, got me curious. What would you do if you were me? Of course! You would start dissecting the piles to actively search for pieces of undigested materials!
I found none. I found that to be pretty odd, considering dogs don’t have the ability to digest plant materials as humans can. For that reason, veggies should be steamed before fed to them.
I wanted to share my eagle eye observations with Crabby.
“I noticed something odd,” I said to Crabby. “I’ve been tearing apart the kids piles in the back yard looking for undigested veggies and I’m not finding any!”
To this Crabby said, “That you aren’t finding anything, that’s not odd. That you’re out in the back yard picking apart our dogs’ shit, now THAT’s odd!”
Crabby just doesn’t understand!
Or maybe I really need to get out more…