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  • DogFoodie

    Hi michellestatham,

    Wellness actually had several that would be appropriate. Take a look at this link from the forum side:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/dry-dog-food-with-low-salt-and-low-fat/

    A poster, Gina, shared the sodium levels from a number of foods that she researched.

  • michellestatham

    Jazzy has early heart failure she is on Natures Variety but I was wanting to change her diet up to find a dog food with Taurine and less salt . I am looking at the wellness line as they have Taurine but have no idea the salt . I was going to put her on Royal Canin early cardiac and actually had her vet order it then while looking for a wet to top it with I came across a site with 194 recent complaints and reading some of then the theme seems to say a recall is down the road . So back to the drawing board .

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Just noticed Welly Tails is now making pre-mixes:

    http://www.wellytails-store.com/Dog-Food-Made-At-Home_c_13.html

  • theBCnut

    That was fun!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    haha #33…most clever costume ever.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jonpremosch/dog-halloween

  • SandyandMila

    Thank you, I appreciate it.

  • Dahlia Estrada Whatley

    I’m so sorry my heart and prayers are with you

  • SandyandMila

    She fell ill so quickly and it was such a shocker because she usually she doesn’t get sick. Her lungs swelled up to almost double the size after the blood transfusion and she couldn’t breathe on her own without oxygen. They were fearing that the swelling was possibly hiding cancer. It was the best decision for her to end her suffering but we’re still hurt and feel guilty wishing we could have done more. :(

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’m sorry Sandy. It’s hard to make the decision to put an animal down but sometimes it’s the right thing to do. :(

  • Crazy4cats

    Nothing warms the heart like two new adorable playful kittens! They sure helped heal our broken hearts a few years ago anyway! Best wishes to you, Sandy and family, at this tough time.

  • SandyandMila

    When we’re off at work and Mila is home alone is when it’ll be especially tough. It hurts just to think about it. We hope to rescue a cat from a local shelter, but it’s just too soon.

  • Dori

    I some times think the other animals in the family feel it more than we do. It’s sad on them too and, of course, there’s no way to tell them where their friend went. : (

  • SandyandMila

    Aww thanks for thinking of me. We’re sad obviously, Mila is down in the dumps today as well. With all the great love and support we’ll get through it.

  • Dori

    Hi Sandy, how are you doing today? Just thinking of you.

  • Crazy4cats

    ;(

  • Dori

    I was just this moment thinking of you and your family and wondering how you are all coping. I’m glad you posted and will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you well. It’s the most difficult of decisions to have to make for our companion animals. Just know you were being unselfish and thinking of her needs and she’s at rest now and no longer suffering.

  • DogFoodie

    I’m so sorry, Sandy. You’ve had to make a very painful, but very humane, decision to end her suffering. It’s so hard. I’m so sorry.

  • SandyandMila

    Thanks everyone for your kind words, your support is very comforting. It was a rough day having to say goodbye and we really wish we could’ve brought her home, but as heartbreaking it was we made the best choice for her. :'(

  • Cyndi

    Hey HDM, if you come on here any time soon, could you give this woman some advice over in the forum section on her great puppy she rescued?

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/new-advice-now-on-how-to-feed-a-starved-puppy/#post-55594

  • Cyndi

    Awww, I’m so sorry Sandy! I’ll be thinking of you today and keeping you and your baby in my prayers.

  • Crazy4cats

    They really don’t show their pain very well, do they? I’m so sad for you. I’ll be thinking of you today.

  • theBCnut

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this. It’s so hard when they are suffering. You are doing the right thing. Please take care of yourself as you go through this difficult time. And know we are thinking of and praying for both of you.

  • SandyandMila

    Sorry to report such sad news but we are going to have to put our cat to sleep today. We brought her in last night and they gave her a blood transfusion because she was severely anemic and that helped her red blood cell count go up but her lungs and heart are now filled with fluid and she’s having a hard time breathing. They can try other treatments but not with certainty because she is so frail and weak. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She’s been putting on a brave face for us while she’s been suffering it’ll be hard to put on a brave face for her as we say goodbye. :(

  • SandyandMila

    That’s my birthday! Hopefully it’ll be a special day for you as well!! :)

  • SandyandMila

    Here’s a natural, herbal recipe for homemade toothpaste for that stinky doggy breath. :D http://www.k9instinct.com/blog/homemade-dog-toothpaste-recipe

  • Melissaandcrew

    Congrats!!!!

  • Shawna

    VERY exciting!!! Congratulations HDM!!!!

  • Cyndi

    No doubt in my mind you’ll get accepted! ;)

  • theBCnut

    Oh, that’s just normal for me.

  • Dori

    Doesn’t matter HDM. You’ve been accepted for an interview. That is BIG!!!!!

  • Dori

    Don’t forget to cross your eyes too!!!!

  • Dori

    OMG! So proud of you! You are going to be the star of your class. YES!!!!!!!!! As hard as you work, for sure, we are all going to seek you out when you will be known as “the go to vet”. Wow! Excellent HDM. So happy and excited for me. As someone else said on the thread….we will all be able to say we knew you when you were a poster on DFA. Now, don’t forget us girl. So happy for you. You will go far.

  • theBCnut

    The first step on the journey is still on the journey. We’ll have fingers and toes crossed for you.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yes, vets can become board certified in nutrition. It’s definitely something I’d be interested in, but I’ll just have to see where my schooling takes me. I’ll be exposed to a lot of things so my interests could change. I mean this summer I interned with a large animal vet and I ended up enjoying it much more than any of the small animal stuff I’ve done so who knows what I’ll end up doing. :)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Well, I haven’t gotten accepted yet so we all still have to keep our fingers crossed. :)

  • Crazy4cats

    Good luck and congratulations!

  • theBCnut

    I think Disqus doesn’t allow it except if you go back and edit, depending on what you are using. I think I get paragraph breaks on my iThingy, but not on my laptop.

  • theBCnut

    WooHoo!!! Way to go girl!!

  • Cyndi

    Congratulations!! So happy for you!! We can all say ‘We knew you when…’! Lol!!

  • aquariangt

    is your long term plan to focus on nutrition of some sort? If that’s even a things for vets to focus on (mostly comparing to human medical because I don’t know the whole system there)

    I’m glad you have the where with all to focus and do that :) I always wanted to go into the animal sciences but found myself too restless with school to go for anything that long. Dealing with the clientele I have now, I certainly regret that decision from time to time :)
    Edit: Why can’t I ever get paragraph spacing down on disqus…

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Thanks :)

    No, there’s really no such thing as a “pre-veterinary medicine” undergrad degree. Although, most students who apply to vet school do tend to major in animal science, biology or chemistry you can major in anything you want as long as you complete the prerequisite coursework.

    I actually have an undergrad degree in global supply chain management. I’m just back in school finishing my prereqs now, I am taking some vet tech classes because the school I’m at now has a tech program but I’m doing those more just for fun and to “fluff” my schedule up to full time status. Doing vet tech or anything like that won’t help you get into vet school.

  • aquariangt

    congratulations! Is your undergrad in veterinary medicine of some sort as well? I’m sure you’ll do a great job, you certainly have plenty of knowledge to be successful in the field

  • aimee

    Awesome HDM. So excited for you.

  • DogFoodie

    You go girl!!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Wanted to let everyone know I got my first vet school interview invite today for Midwestern. It’s scheduled for November 20th. I’m pretty excited. :)

  • DogFoodie

    Awesome Cyndi!!

  • theBCnut

    That’s great!! I hope we hear from a bunch of people around Cleveland!!

  • Cyndi

    I hope there are a lot of new visitors on DFA from the Cleveland area. There was a big article about doing good by your dog in the local Cleveland area paper yesterday and they mentioned checking out your dog’s food on dog food advisor. I was so happy to see that. I design local business ads for a local coupon book and every month we find interesting facts to put in between ads, and a few times I wrote something up about DFA and put the website in one of those spots. I hope more and more people continue to find this site and it helps them as much as it’s helped me! :)

  • sharron

    will diluting store bought chicken broth reduce the sodium content which is 7% – also i’m not into making my own – thanks

  • Cyndi

    Absolutely!

  • theBCnut

    Now I really am LMAO!!! Those would be perfect! And if I wore them, I really could say “My eyes are up here.” Oh wait, most of them were extremely high heels, so my eyes probably would end up somewhere near the floor. It would be my feet up there.

  • Ferallike
  • theBCnut

    Well, it is breast cancer awareness month, and I do wear pink…

  • DogFoodie

    Blue Footed Booby was what I thought of every time I logged on. I found it amusing. : )

  • DogFoodie

    LOL! See, that’s funny stuff isn’t it!?

  • Cyndi

    Aww, Come on!! I want to call you Booby!! Ha ha! Just kidding. I just thought of that corny saying, “You can call me anything, just don’t call me late for dinner” LOL!

  • theBCnut

    I prefer BFB.

  • Cyndi

    I can’t look at that picture without Lmao!!! It’s just too funny! I’m calling you Blue Footed Booby from now on…..or just Booby for short! LOL!

  • theBCnut

    YES!! Perfect!