Moosie (left) and Monty (right)
Our French Bulldogs Monty and Moosie have
been on mORIGINS for over three years now and the results are very impressive.
People often approach us just to ask us what we feed our dogs! But,
It took us and our vets some time to get up to speed with the raw diet.
There was definitely a learning curve, but now we are all wiser because
Our problem started when our youngest
dog, Moosie, began regurgitating and re-consuming every meal he ate
when he was about 9 months old. With the help of several vets, we decided
to proceed slowly and to rule out all the really scary things that might
be present. We had him scoped and a Barium swallow performed. Endoscopy
revealed nothing unusual other than a large amount of bacteria in the
pylorus and the duodenum (the lower third of the stomach and the beginning
of the small intestine) which is not uncommon for any creature that
has a problem with chronic regurgitation. We were told that inflammation
from the bacteria combined with stomach acids creates a functioning
hiatal hernia which further complicated his issues. Fortunately, there
was no Myasthenia Gravis, no Megaesophagus or any other chronic condition
that would commonly cause Moosie's problem. Every
vet arrived at the same conclusion - that he must be allergic to the
raw diet, but no testing was ever performed to back this up.We
wanted more tests performed and weeks later a different vet performed
a second Barium swallow that did reveal something unusual - Moosie's
esophagus stopped pumping down towards his stomach about half way through
his meal. Now it seemed we did have a chronic condition (unrelated to
any known allergy) and one that we assumed would only get worse as he
aged. Medications (Reglan, Cisapride) were administered but were ineffective.
Although Moosie was active and happy and he maintained his weight we
felt horrible that he had to suffer through this. With no other information
to help us, we had to face the fact that it could be his diet. We consulted
Laurie at mORIGINS who was very supportive and eager to help in any
way, including providing us with separate ingredients of the mORIGINS
formula in order to determine what component of the diet might be the
culprit. Nothing was conclusive.
Vets all suggested the same remedy -
to put our dogs on a hypoallergenic "engineered" protein for
at least four months. Desperate to help Moosie, we were happy to do
so. Moosie's problems worsened and our older dog Monty (who had no health
problems prior to this change in diet) developed bad breath, constipation
and skin rashes. We had to feed our dogs as much as 40% more of the
canned food in order for them to maintain their ideal size and weight.
Of course, the more Moosie ate, the more he regurgitated. The canned
diet was now costing us more than the raw diet and the health of my
dogs was deteriorating. Clearly, this was not a solution for us. We
tried cooked and raw chicken diets, whitefish diets, lamb, venison,
rabbit, etc. We began making their food at home. Nothing changed.
Left with no remedies, we tried to understand
why one of our two otherwise very healthy Frenchies had this problem
and the other did not. There was one big difference between the two
of them. Monty is a "rangier" (longer bodied) dog, Moosie
is quite cobby (shorter bodied) and actually fits his breed standard
more closely. But knowing that the breed standard doesn't always consider
the over-all well-being of a dog, we began to think that we had been
overlooking a simpler problem.We wondered if generations of dwarfing
down these dogs from Mastiffs, etc., could have produced a dog whose
digestive system required more room to function than his body provided.
So, we decided to simply change some basic routines. Both dogs go for
a long walk BEFORE every meal so that Moosie can evacuate before he
eats. The logic seems to be that an empty lower bowel allows more room
in his stomach and esophagus. Now that esophageal problem that turned
up during one of the Barium swallows seems to make sense - if his digestive
system is getting overly full, perhaps his esophagus will naturally
stop trying to cram more food into his belly. He began to improve within
a few days and now he is symptom free as long as we follow our modified
routine. For dog owners and for the medical
community, the lesson is to avoid jumping to the conclusion that a raw
diet has inherent problems and risks, and become your dog’s or
cat’s advocate even when you are told there are no more options.
Our nature seems to require an immediate answer to complex questions.
But as our vets will now attest, this tendency may lead to covering
up the real issue.
Both dogs have been consuming mORIGINS
and thriving for months now. Credit goes to our entire support group:
Medical professionals and especially Laurie Montean who is never too
busy to offer her support.
Jim Amburn and John Curry
St. Helena, CA
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