Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
We have now been on RMB for nearly 6 months and Paddy is doing extremely well. Last year at this time, he had had one long, continuous ear infection -- we'd get it treated and cleared up, then as soon as we finished the treatments, we'd be back at the vet's with another one. This year, since January, he has had only one ear infection, and that was in, I think, March. Yes, he still itches pretty regularly, but he has no hot spots, very little discoloration on his feet and around his mouth, the compulsive licking is about gone....I do give him an antihistamine just about every day, but I was doing that before. And this spring and early summer have been about the worst for pollen in my memory -- everything bloomed at once. I myself have had to double up on my allergy meds.
So, overall, I'm thrilled. Feeding him has become relatively simple. He is still a picky eater, but I don't worry about it now. I just leave the food down for 30 minutes and it goes back in the fridge for the next mealtime if he doesn't eat it. He will eventually eat it. And, he has begun to eat chicken, which I'm thrilled over because it's a much cheaper food for him than beef or pork. He is eating beef liver and heart every week, and he loves canned sardines (haven't found a source of fresh ones yet), plus he has seal oil capsules every day.
I would say that this is the best thing I've ever done for my dog. And by the time I add up what I've spent on vet bills and premium kibble over the years, I think I'm coming out less than even with the meat, bought on sale at the grocery, BJ's and Costco. Once I'm able to branch out and find cheaper sources, it will cost significantly less.
And, watching Paddy get into the "zone" while he chews his food and his bones -- well, that's worth everything. He loves to eat his food now. He might look like a little lamb, but he's really a wolf in sheep's clothing! :o)