The Crazy Suburban Mom: Lessons you learn from dog vomit

Friday, September 16, 2011

Lessons you learn from dog vomit

I once had a dog who was a marvel of digestive evolution. Sky was your typical junkyard Pit Bull  and looked every inch of it.  The fact that she would eat anything stopped surprising me soon enough but that she could pass anything, never did.

Her greatest food hits were an entire ice cream cake caught mid-air after it shot off the counter when I tried to cut it before it was soft enough, a box of uncooked Bisquick, a can of International Coffee...  And an area rug...

But the most amazing thing was the day she ate a tape dispenser - Complete with tape - And pooped it sans fanfare right there on the front lawn.

I never got used to stuff like that.

Cut to Ventura who is not a marvel of digestive evolution.  I read somewhere that a greyhound's lungs take up a lot of room so there's not much gut space.  That's in my own unscientific words and not the explanation I read but the gist is their bodies are heavy on all things muscle and respiratory because they are athletes. And that doesn't leave much room for anything else.... Here's a picture of him laying on a few dog beds that  shows what I mean....

ventura's new bed 1

The big circle is chest area, the small one is tummy...

Maybe because of this he doesn't digest things well. In fact - I'm still trying to find the right dog food for him.

 The first night I gave him a bone I thought  he would just chew... Wrong.  He glommed that thing down.

 A few hours later it came horrifyingly back up.  

I find Ventura about as cute as can be, I mean...  Look at him sitting with a toy on his head...

 But staring into what a seventy-five pound dog with weak digestion suddenly finds unpalatable was more then I could stand at one in the morning.  For real, I couldn't even stand cleaning up after Ben like that if he yakked up from bottles so this....  Well, you can imagine how I felt seeing two dinner size plates of undigested doggy vom.

My first thought oddly or not was I wish I had the forethought to buy that stuff, you know that stuff....  The stuff you just pour on vomit and it turns it to...  Well, not vomit.  I wasn't thinking clearly at that moment but that stuff restaurants have around.

The next day I figured it out, what I wanted is called a Sorbant... And why is isn't sold in stores, got me because who wouldn't want this stuff?  I found the company that made it and tweeted them  (Enpac on Twitter...)

And they heartily agreed with me and said  not only do they sell to companies - but to individuals.  Before I had a chance to Whoo-Hoo! They offered to send me some Ensorb !

They were not offended when I thanked them profusely but said I hoped I never needed it.  Actually they totally see their products as things you want to have always 'just in case' but hope you never have the occasion to use.

Ensorb is something I wish I had about a thousand times before because like all bad things you cross your fingers and hope for the best about, vomit happens...

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Lin 9/16/11, 10:33 AM  


Do you have to feed Ven smaller meals and in a bowl on legs? I wonder if that would help with digestion. And avoid that stomach-flippy thing that some big dogs get.

While your dog may hack up volume, nothing beats cats for shear regularity. Somebody's hacking ALL the time around here.

The worst is when they are doing that hacky noise on your bed in the middle of the night. I can shoot that cat off the bed (while still asleep)with one foot farther than NASA has shot any damn rocket.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 9/16/11, 2:27 PM  

Lin, Yes, he eats twice a day using a raised dish - I actually think he needs a higher dish then I first bought.

He also has to not run around right after he eats, well for quite some time after. He's not the first dog I was careful about bloat with, Maggie was part doberman and I watched her pretty carefully too - Although she wasn't as prone based on her body type.

And my cats used to yak up hairballs something awful - and that noise. I still hear it. sheesh


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