Thursday, December 30, 2010

No, I have the best cookies...

Both Abbey and I are allergic to gluten. You find gluten mainly in wheat, rye, barley, and other related grains. From my personal experience I avoid gluten at any cost, as I know the consequences. Although, at times it can be tricky to ensure I avoid products containing gluten, it's much harder to keep on top of what Abbey eats when she's out and about. 


At home we're very careful what we feed Abbey. Our preferred brand of kibble is called Taste of the Wild which is wheat free and agrees with her sensitive stomach. We like to have a variety of dogs treats to be used when we're training. Whenever we come across a new brand of dog treats, we're careful to check the ingredients in order to be sure they're suitable for Abbey. We look for treats that are as natural as possible. Lots of commercial brands are full of meat by-products, fillers (wheat, soy or corn), artificial flavors, harmful additives (i.e. propylene glycol), colorings or sugar. My rule of the thumb is, if you don't understand the ingredients or they don't explain how it's derived, I just leave it and move on to some other product. I don't want to carry a dictionary around in order for me to understand the ingredients. If I see anything man made as the first ingredient than I move on.


One of favorite brand for treats is by Zuke's. We also use dried liver, freshly cooked chicken or just Taste of the Wild kibble. There was a time when Abbey would do anything for a piece of carrot, but she's acquired a more sophisticated pallet, probably from us spoiling her with tastier treats.  



This is more expensive treat, but Abbey would do anything for it.

Our homemade peanut butter cookies. They are so good! All organic and human grade ingredients... so good that  we keep some to ourselves. 

When we take Abbey to her weekly training class she seems to be great at finding free food on the floor. All it takes is just one "bad" cookie to upset her stomach (the consequence being  bloated together with diarrhea). The training takes place at a local park. During the training class we move around a lot and it's impossible not to drop cookies on the way. Abbey enjoys the challenge of finding all the treats dropped by other people (unfortunately not many treats are gluten free). 


Occasionally while we're out walking Abbey will pick up tasty treats off the floor and left over food on the floor. Even though Abbey's good at the leave it and drop it command, I don't always see what's she's picking up. She loves the food that people leave out for feral cats. All of these things give her bad stomach, I only wish she knew how bad it is for her.


It usually takes three days to get the junk food out of her system.  We try to help her by supplement her with organic pumpkin puree and organic plain white yogurt with her food. 


It appears that the more we cut gluten out of her diet her sensitivity to gluten increases. 



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