It’s been about six months since we’ve added The Farmer’s Dog DIY home cooked food into our rotation. The system provides the guaranteed nutrients you add to one of about 8 different recipe options, with at least 4 protein choices. While I’d love to “just” cook without adding synthetic vitamins, I’m still not comfortable with the idea, though maybe I will someday. I plan to take a certification course in canine functional nutrition.
But for now, I am thrilled with these easy recipe plans and the fact that one packet of nutrition mix ensures the girls get everything they need.
If you ignore their love of rabbit poop, Phoebe and Scout have rather sophisticated food tastes. It’s hard to please them both. But this? They love.
Have you tried the DIY version of @thefarmersdog ? If you’re interested in cooking for your pup, we highly recommend. (And no, we aren’t affiliated and this isn’t a paid ad). We just really believe in the idea and we love knowing precisely how fresh and organic the food is. We want to do everything possible to ensure a long health span for these two.
I am so grateful to everyone for picking up a copy of my first book- a story of a woman (me), who spent her life thinking small dogs didn’t really qualify as dogs. And then discovered they not only qualify as dogs, but they have superpowers packed in their little frames.
Awarded the highest rating by International Review of Books and holding a 4.8 review score on Amazon, Downward Sizing Dog is a book all dog lovers will enjoy. It’s full of transformational stories and the science that prove small dogs rule. Pick up your copy today. On Amazon, on my website, and everywhere books are sold.
For my first hand experience with both human and veterinary malpractice, read the whole blog post. But if you want just an overview, read on:
Prevalence of Veterinary Malpractice: Veterinary malpractice is a significant concern, with studies showing that such incidents have considerable impact on pet health. Medication errors are surprisingly common, and small dogs can be particularly vulnerable, given their unique metabolism.
Stress in the Veterinary Profession: Modern veterinarians and vet techs face intense pressure every day. Working conditions can contribute to poor mental health and the profession has much higher suicide rates than others. Even for vets not in crisis, the fast pace and staffing challenges contribute to the likelihood of human errors.
Rudeness from Clients Significant Factor: Mistreatment by clients, whose worries over finances or feelings of guilt often spill over into misdirected anger, negatively impacts veterinary staff.
Guardian Involvement in Prevention: Pet parents are essential in mitigating the risk of veterinary malpractice. We need to be knowledgeable, listen carefully, ask questions, and actively participate in checking and double-checking treatment instructions.
Strategies for Error Prevention: Awareness of common medication errors and proactive communication with veterinary professionals are key strategies we can use to protect our small pups from potential harm. Put simply, we’re all in this together, and we have to support our vets and vet techs.
In fact, I wouldn’t even be talking about little dogs if it weren’t for all the big dogs who came first in my life. Yet, although big dogs might be right for some of us, small dogs are probably best for many of our modern lives. As we explore throughout this book, downward sizing our dogs can be a smart thing for us and for our dogs. It’s not settling for less, and small dogs are not some inferior creatures, destined to come in a distant second to powerful sporting or working breeds. Fortunately, many of us are realizing that, as did I, one fall morning nearly eight years ago:
I smile at the man, who, under other circumstances, would be someone I’d rather not encounter in a dark alley. It’s a blustery but warm late autumn morning, perfect for a seaside walk, and I slow my pace as I near him. He’s leaning against the Narragansett sea wall in worn jeans, his black T-shirt gracing the ink on his weathered arms. His muscled frame ends in biker boots—a subtle communication to strangers that he’s not to be messed with.
But that doesn’t stop me.
A director casting him in a B movie would predictably round out his character with a typecast pittie, or perhaps some type of police dog—a German shepherd or Doberman. Instead, the man is cradling a soft, beige ball, shielding the bundle from the whipping sand that swirls around us in baby tornadoes.
A sudden lull in the wind creates a calm.
A curious snout appears, and then eyes peer out from the protective crook of the man’s tatted arm.
“Do you catch a lot of grief over that little thing?” I give a head-nod to his pint-sized Yorkie as I stop and wait for his reply.
He grins, nodding “yes” as he skritches the top of his miniature companion’s head. I ask permission and then reach out to ruffle the hair under her chin, receiving a friendly lick from her tiny pink tongue in return for my regard. …
From Downward Sizing Dog by Karen Lena Izzo. Available on my website and everywhere books are sold. 4.8 star rating on Amazon. Grab your copy today if you haven’t already 💕🐶💕