October 9, 2016 by The Dog Rules
There was no tap dancing in my kitchen. Instead of the clicking of nails on the tile behind me there was quiet and a gentle puff of breath on my calf as I made meatballs.
Wearing gloves and a mask, to prevent myself from accidentally inhaling the fine powder, I carefully and completely encapsulated the digestive enzyme within pâté-style canned food. This was essential to prevent contact with his mouth and esophagus. With the choice to make meatballs, I had done away with the recommended incubation time. I hoped this method would produce the desired outcome when it all mixed together in his stomach.
Once I had prepared all the meatballs – eight of them, each bearing 1/8 teaspoon of enzyme – I turned and hand-fed them to him. The idea here was to let him see that I had the next meatball in my other hand while giving him the first one. I hoped this would encourage him to gulp them down rather than bite them. It worked!
Within a few days he was again making proper progress. The poop chart was proof. His mouth was healing nicely and he absolutely adored the “dessert” of kefir mixed with a bit of milk.
An unexpected benefit of my plan was that I now also had an opportunity to do some brief training sessions with him at every meal. The original feeding instructions had been to mix the wet food with the kibble. Now that I was using the wet food for the meatballs I had the kibble that I could use as a training reward. I just needed to combine the training with meal times.
The next hurdle in the foreseeable future was going to be convincing the veterinarians and the shelter of the need to change his food. I felt pretty confident that this would indeed be possible once they had seen the results of my plan.