Fishy Smell, Kibble, Fiber and Dogs

Abby, “Mom, is my breakfast ready?”

About a month or two ago, I noticed that Abby smelled a bit fishy so I took her to the vet to have her anal glands expressed, and I took that opportunity to ask questions about what to do in order to prevent this from happening again.  What was the answer?  This, “Nothing.  Just bringer over whenever she needs to get her anal glands expressed.”  Well, that was the last time I took Abby to Banfield.  When I work with pet parents and their dogs, I give them not only the tools and knowledge they need to get a balanced dog, but more important I give them a long list of the things they need to do and avoid in order to prevent unwanted behavior before it happens.

Abby’s breakfast.

Fiber, for a dog like Abby, is very important and so with that in mind this is what she had for breakfast:

  • 1/2 cup of kibble.  This is the only amount of kibble she eats for the entire day
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon of oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of egg shell.  I washed and dried egg shells and then used a blender to make it into powder.  Excellent source of calcium
  • 8 blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of apple.  You can substitute this with 1/3 of a small banana

Since I started to feed Abby more human food than kibble: her cute butt doesn’t smell anymore; her #2 is firm and she does it either once or twice a day; she no longer licks her butt; and she has lost weight.  But when Abby had to eat more kibble than human food her fishy smell and butt licking returns.

Abby, “Yay! Breakfast.”

I started to give Abby human food in very small portions over the last couple of months and I like the changes I see in her.  By the way, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind: the recipe in this post is for a dog of 35 to 40lbs; provide plenty of water for your dog; and make sure to exercise your furry kid.  Enjoy your weekend.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. hdemare says:

    Mongo’s #2 varies with the type of kibble he eats. His kibble is always mixed with green beans, broccoli stalk, or kale veins, “Kale bones” to him. And he gets eggshells too. Thanks to him, we have almost no food waste in the house! And he eats whatever he finds on walks, It’s green apple season in Washington State, so that’s his latest favorite walking around snack. He just waits for them to fall off the trees.

    1. Marcela says:

      Lol. What a way to get snacks. Your Mongo is very funny. I just started to feed Abby broccoli, but just a little bit till she gets used to it. You are doing a great job feeding your furry kid. Same here regarding almost no food waste:-)

  2. says:

    I love cooking for my dog and I teach cooking for dogs workshops so owners learn about ingredients and how simply they can put good food together. Thank you for the lovely post. I also like homeopathic silica for maintaining anal glands

    1. Marcela says:

      You do? so cool. Thanks for the tip:-)

      1. says:

        My pleasure…I grew up in Massachusetts so like reading about the places you go

      2. Marcela says:

        That’s amazing. Small world:-) Yes, I’ll continue to post about places we go to, food, behavior, etc. Have a great week.

  3. Love Abby’s breakfast. You can fix one for me ANY old time. 🙂

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