My dear wife Karen took our cherished rescue mutt Ellie B to the vet last week for her scheduled shots, check-up and nail clipping.
I had a late meeting at the library, but managed to squeeze into the examination room before it was all over.
Yes, despite my increased walking routine in the park and blocks surrounding the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, aka Dogamous Pyle still tipped the step-on scale at 80 pounds exactly. So Dr. D devised a change-her-food diet.
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We are feeding our dog a new brand. They sold us a four-pound bag right then and there. Price: $16. Yeesh. That’s more expensive than the old brand, which we bought in the 23-pound-bag size at PetSmart because the $53 cost was less averaged out over the long run. Hell, this new stuff is more expensive than some of the meat I eat.
We shopped around for this less calorie-dense, grain-free Hills food. Grained food makes Ellie B’s skin break out, you see.
Supermarkets, no. BJ’s wholesale, no. PetSmart, Bingo. Price: $49.99 for a 21-pound bag. Just about the same as the Blue Wilderness. These gourmet dog food companies must be in cahoots.
Anyway, she gobbles up the new stuff, if you were wondering. Twice a day, half-cup portions each time. And still stick her nose up my … plate every time I’m eating.
This new diet better work. The next step Dr. D suggests would be a blood test, price $350, to check Dogamous Pyle’s organ functions. That’s a worry and cost we don’t want or need.
What type of food do you feed your pet? Have you ever had to put your pet on a special diet? How much does your pet food cost these days?