Saturday, June 7, 2014

Chewy Hits A Homerun

I'm back with another Chewy review, but this one is a little different. Let me set the stage.
You all know my boy, Noah. Around here he's also known as Mr Mopey. Noah has had tummy problems for a very long time and we've worked with Dr B and the University to try and help him feel better.
Back in February we decided we had to do something different because Noah was losing a lot of weight. We all agreed that he showed distinct signs of colitis, so we decided to address it and see if we could help him. He takes an antibiotic twice a day and I cook all his food. Every three days since February, Rob and I mix a big batch of Noah's food, ground turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas and barley. It cooks and steams for hours. For treats Rob finds the biggest, fattest sweet potatoes, slices them, then bakes them for hours at 300 degrees, till they turn into crunchy chips.
Noah really likes his food and his symptoms have improved. Now he's working hard to gain back all the weight he lost. This new diet is working for him, but it's extremely time consuming. I have to plan my schedule around cooking for him so that he doesn't run out of his food.

A while ago I told Mr Andrew at Chewy about Noah's condition and the food I was fixing for him. Without being asked, Andrew has chosen treats that might work for Noah, but this time he was right on target. He suggested PureVita Sweet Potato treats.
There is only one ingredient, freeze dried sweet potatoes.
PureVita Sweet Potato Freeze-Dried Dog Treats
The makers of NutriSource proudly bring you PureVita Brand Pet Foods. PureVita's select pet formulas are carefully prepared using only the purest, all natural, holistic ingredients to support your pet's overall physical and emotional well-being and to maintain health and longevity. PureVita Sweet Potato Freeze-Dried Treats are a deliciously healthy, nutritious reward with a taste your dog will love!
Key Benefits
  • Made with a single ingredient: sweet potato
  • Great for dogs of all life stages
  • Grain-free, freeze-dried treats
  • Reclosable bag to lock in the freshness
  • Made in the USA!
And does Noah like them? See for yourself. Not only do they taste good, but they come out of a bag, just like the treats the other dogs get. Now he doesn't feel like an outsider.
But there's more! Andrew also pointed me toward some dry dog foods that have limited ingredients. The first one I looked at was turkey, and sweet potatoes, but it used rice rather than barley. Then I saw a couple others that looked like they might work for Noah. The one I chose to try has one protein source, in this case fish rather than turkey, but also has sweet potatoes, peas and barley. I ordered a bag and I'll very, very gradually start switching him to the new food. I'll continue to make the current diet that's working for him and mix them. I also plan to start feeding this combo to Fudge who is also having some tummy problems.

This should free up a lot of our time and help assure me that the boys are getting the nutrients they need. I'm so grateful to Andrew at Chewy for helping me find a possible solution to this situation that should benefit my boys. Noah isn't feeling so mopey now.


SissySees said...

We got that bag of treats from Chewy last week too, and had the same joyful reaction.

Do tell about the new kibble. It sounds Sissy-friendly.

scotsmad said...

That is wonderful. We have our paws crossed that the new food works and he can have food just like the rest of the pack!

XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui

Ruby said...

That Mr. Andrew sounds like one pawsome dude!!! I had colitis as a wee lass, and I still gets it from time to time, butts I am stable on a high fiber kibbles I get from the vettie, butts Ma suspects I might be allergic to something in it, cause of my frequent ear infections. Butts, it's the lesser of two evils.
Ma has been contemplating a raw diet butts, she's just not sure at this point. Oh, the trials of doggie problems!! BOL
I do have to say, that is one happy Noah!!! (Ma says she is secretly in loves with him...)
Ruby ♥

Jo's World said...

Such good stories from your house!
I have missed reading them during this computer crash time. Glad to hear everyone is OK and hope you and Rob are too.

Jo, Stella, & Zkhat

Mitch and Molly said...

You are looking so happy, Noah! We hope the new food works for you! We just love Chewy and Mr Andrew! He's the bestest!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Marjie said...

Noah looks really happy in that last photo! Andrew is really a gem, helping you with Noah's treat and food issues. You are indeed fortunate to have friends like him.

Nichole Burke said...

Woo hoo! Kudos to Chewy!