Furry Friday: Fit Bride Pets Live!

I was playing around with the video feature on my camera yesterday.  Instead of Flashback Friday, because I haven’t had time to write a post for that, I present you with…Furry Friday, starring Milhouse, Buckley, and Southpaw.

(Please ignore the video game and dryer buzzer sounds in the background.  Whoops.)

Also, Milhouse barks at Buckley at the end, but he is harmless.  He immediately sat down wagging his tail.  We are working with him through his various issues.  But we all co-exist just fine!

Anyway, happy Friday!

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Pet-rition

I was blogging about my day today and realized I’ve never mentioned something that’s very important to me–making sure EVERYONE in our family eats food that is nutritious and good for them!

T and I made the conscious decision a long time ago to feed our pets high quality foods.  Buckley, Southpaw, and Milhouse are important members of our family and we need to take their nutrition seriously, too!

Low-quality pet food is just like low-quality people food–it leads to health problems and obesity.   It isn’t cheap–I just paid $30 for a 15 pound bag of dog food–but it is absolutely worth it.  Interestingly enough, cost isn’t indicative of quality when it comes to pet food.  Science Diet, unfortunately sold in lots of veterinary offices, is expensive…and full of corn and other things that are not good for your dog.  It is consistently rated among the lowest quality pet foods, and it makes me sad to think lots of people are getting this crappy food sold to them by their veterinarians.

We feed Milhouse Blue Buffalo brand dog food, found at Petsmart.  It is made with meat (not meat by-products), whole grains (not corn) and veggies and fruit.  It is free of artificial flavors, corn, wheat, and soy, and meat is the first ingredient.  He loves it, too!  (We also feed him Newman’s Own Organic treats, and he does not get food from the table unless it is a small piece of plain meat.)

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Our cats are a different story.  Poor little Southpaw has feline colitis, which is basically the cat equivalent of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  When something doesn’t agree with her tummy, her gums get very inflamed and she gets diarrhea that doesn’t usually occur in the litter box.  She sometimes pukes too.

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We experimented with several foods for the cats, including several high-quality organic and natural brands, and after speaking with our vet came to the conclusion that they are simply too rich for her system to handle.  We’ve switched the foods slowly, mixing them over the course of a few weeks, and she just cannot adjust to them.   We made the conscious decision to switch to what is considered a more grain-based food (though still higher on the quality scale), and her stomach issues cleared up instantly.  (Our cats are fed Royal Canin Sensitive formula.)

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(Buckley will eat whatever we put in front of him.)

Sometimes I feel guilty about this, but she is eating the food that keeps her in the best health and the happiest, and that, in turn, makes me feel better.  Just like with human nutrition–there is not always a “right” answer.  Some people do well on high-carb diets despite the overwhelming majority of people who do better with lower-carbs.  Southpaw needs a higher-carb, lower protein diet, and we’ll give it to her if it means she’s not healthy, even though it’s not considered the healthiest.

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I really recommend going to this site and checking out reviews of what your pets are eating.  Animals have nutrition needs too!

Do you have pets? Are you concerned about their nutrition?

Tired pants

I’m home safe and exhausted.  There is not much to report, other than that I was oddly proselytized to twice and ate a lunch that was entirely too greasy and now my stomach is upset.  Also, lots of people in Nebraska are blonde.  It’s disconcerting.

I will, however, post this adorable picture T texted me.  Southpaw as Milhouse’s pillow:

I’m skipping a workout today.  I’m sore, and exhausted, and I want to spend time with T and the pups!  Tomorrow’s a new day.  I’ll be back tomorrow with more substance!

And get excited for a very exciting blog announcement coming hopefully on Friday or Monday!