Wordless Wednesday – An Elk Antler a Day…

Luna loves to chew.  When she first rescued us, she would purloin various items out of my office with the intent to chew them into oblivion.  She was particularly fond of the mellow, aged 2009 Sharpie with a note of cherry. We wanted Luna to be able to use her energy on something substantial because she blows through bully sticks, and with her dietary restrictions, we didn’t want to give her something that could potentially upset her stomach.  Plus, we wanted her to focus chewing on her own things, and not ours (like my Vans).  Ultimately, we found split elk antler.

I had known about elk antlers, and had seen that the Rescue from where we got her gave them to their greyhounds.  Initially, I bought an uncut antler for Luna, and that was just a bust because she couldn’t get to the marrow.  Then, by happenstance, on one of our many trips to the pet store, I allowed Luna to pick out a “chewy”.  She picked the quartered elk antler, and from that day on, “Boney James” has made the top of the list as one of her favorite chewies.

elk antler for dogs

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Wordless Wednesday – Busted!

About once or twice a year, I make a treat that my kids and in-laws love:  Coconut Macaroons.  I’m not one to fuss over the recipe that calls for egg whites and is super complicated and finicky.  I do the quick and easy, three ingredient coconut macaroons, and they are scrumptious!

This year, someone else decided that she might like to try one:

greyhound eating macaroon

Unfortunately for Luna (and fortunately for her tummy) she wasn’t fast enough, despite me pausing to snap this picture.  She came <thiiiiiis> close though, and I ended up eating the one that she might have licked.

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Uh-oh, stomach pain

Luna wasn’t feeling well on Friday.

stomach pain

Dr. Kim thinks there are two things going on with her: 1) she probably has a strain/sprain in her hind end from when she was running that day, and 2) we may be dealing with Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome because of her stomach pain and other bathroom issues.  We’ve been dealing with the toileting issues for a while now, which we’ve been trying to manage with the vet’s help, but the stomach pain/tenderness is new.  She’s currently on Flagyl and Pepcid and on a sensitive stomach diet, but I’m not so sure it’s working.  This will apparently be a continuing saga.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing some research on Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and will have a post up shortly in Learning.  I’d love to hear your input if you’ve had the same or similar issues.

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