Boiled Chicken and Pit Bulls?

I had a big Halloween post planned for this morning but due to Shiva’s mysterious digestive problems, I am going to have to put it off. In order to rule out some potential causes, I have decided to make all of her meals myself for the next few days. Nothing but bland rice and boiled chicken for the puppy. It takes up a lot more of my time, unfortunately, but if it helps her stomach settle down it’s worth it. Hopefully my suspicions are right and the kibble is to blame. We did switch her to a new brand somewhat recently – a practice we have never had troubles with before. It’s quite likely this variety just isn’t doing it for her. Keep your fingers crossed!

If Shiva doesn’t get any better by the end of the weekend, to the vet we shall go. The thing is, she is fine in every other way: still snarfing garbage, still drinking as much as she normally does, still loves tugging and running, still wants to chase the cat… Shiva is still completely herself. Thus, I am trying not to worry. At least, to not worry too much. I still feel awful leaving her but I don’t have much of a choice. The proof will be in the kibble, I guess.

On to happier news!

I don’t know how many of you are regular readers of Two Pitties in the City, but it is one of my favourite dog blogs. The writers have done a lot to promote pit bulls in their city of Chicago. Through fostering dogs in need, as well as showing their two delightful bullies, they have changed a lot of minds. I love that by dressing up the venerable Miss M and the patient Mr. B and hitting the town, they have been able to turn fear into affection. It’s inspiring.

The writers of Two Pitties in the City are  also large advocates of exploring your community with your dogs. No matter where you live, there are bound to be many events you can enjoy together. Even if it is just something as simple as wandering together downtown. This summer, they put together a terrific series featuring dogs from all over the world. Called “How to Be a Tourist With Your Dog,” they invited readers to share descriptions and photos of their hometowns, with an emphasis on dog-friendly activities. As a bonus, they will be donating money to the rescue of choice of the two posts with the most comments!

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to join in and show off what Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has to offer. For those of you needing your daily Shiva fix, make sure to head to Two Pitties in the City today! If you have time, please leave a comment in support of Nova Scotia animal rescue. Happy Friday!

19 thoughts on “Boiled Chicken and Pit Bulls?

  1. Awww poor Shiva.. what is different about this kibble? Protein source? Is it a higher protein food than the last one? Sometimes the “better” foods are too rich for some dogs and their systems produce loose stools.

    When for some reason I have to do a bland diet for Luna, I found that white rice actually did not agree with her either. I do a chicken and pasta mix which seems to work much better.
    Hope she feels better soon
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

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  2. Poor Shiva! I hope her tummy troubles ease soon. Hawk was really sensitive that way. We went through a lot of rice and boiled hamburger!

    We had fun doing our post on Two Pitties, too! I can’t wait to see what yours looks like!

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  3. We were so happy to have your post, as we love seeing what everyone does with their pooches and taking a sneak-peek into everyone’s hometowns. I think you have even written a better synopsis of the ‘Tourist in Your City’ posts than I ever did!
    Feel better Shiva! She is lucky she does have you cooking for her!

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  4. Oh dear, it’s never fun to deal with mystery tummy ailments. I hope it’s a simple fix (such as the bland diet) and that you aren’t left guessing too much about the foods. 😦

    Thanks for the heads up about the city spotlights – Dartmouth looks like a beautiful (and dog-progressive) place. Even though Richmond is fairly dog-friendly, it is comparatively lacking in off-leash parks. Good luck!

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  5. Poor Shiva! I hope she’s feeling better with some good home cooking.
    Great post on Two Pitties. We’re planning to visit Nova Scotia next summer and it sounds like a fantastic place. We’ll have to get together!

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  6. Just checked out your guest post on “Two Pitties” Great job!! Have you tried adding canned pumpkin to Shiva’s homemade food? It’s supposed to be helpful for dogs that have the scoots. Feel better soon, Shiva!

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  7. I hope you uncover the cause of her digestive issues soon….! It could definitely be the kibble – and that would be such an easy fix. Sometimes, they just need to adjust to the new food. Unless a new food makes one of my dogs absolutely sick – I usually give them six weeks to adjust to it before totally giving up on that particular food.

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  8. I hope Shiva’s tummy is doing better today Kristine. I always worry when one of my pups gets an upset tummy. I usually look at kibble too, but you just never know until it passes.

    I used to read Two Pitties in the City more frequently. Thanks for reminding me to head on over there again!

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  9. Awwwww, I hope Shiva feels better! Tummy troubles are never fun and you’re right that a diet change can definitely trigger an issue. Canned pumpkin or mashed Sweet Potato can usually help to relieve bathroom issues whether they be too loose or not loose enough. Hopefully a trip to the vet isn’t in order. Headed over to two pitties to check it out!

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  10. Ah, Dartmouth– Halifax’s ignored little brother. 🙂

    I hate it when anyone, human or canine, has tummy trouble. FREAKS ME OUT. And you can’t pick up diarrhea from the neighbour’s lawn, so I can’t walk the dog when he has the runs. Shiva should be better SOON!

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  11. Loved the guest post over at Two Pitties.

    Hope Shiva is feeling better. Tummy ailments are never fun. And I second Karen’s advice about pumpkin. Many dogs love it and it is very helpful with diarrhea.

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  12. Poor Shiva – I hope her tummy is feeling better soon! We do cottage cheese and rice when Cali’s tummy is upset . . .(she is allergic to chicken and beef!). Off to read your post on Two Pitties!!

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  13. Best wishes to Shiva. At least she is ‘normal’ in all other respects so hopefully a trip to the vet can be averted. It’s awful when one of the pupsters are sick because they can’t tell you what’s wrong.

    Off to read your post:)

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