A year in the life of our Miss Riley

Revamping the Plan

If at first you don’t succeed…

Yep, it was time to rethink what we’re doing for Riley’s colitis. I was already thinking that, but a disastrous morning involving black ice, several pratfalls, and a ruined shoe, I was determined Something Must Be Done. Dog-minded friends and family offered up a lot of suggestions and I discussed them all with the vet.

The plan we came up with involves none of that. Naturally.

I spent hours today researching other dog kibbles for something high fiber, low protein, low fat, low carb, low cal. We narrowed it down to two: Holistic Select (which was recommended by friends) Weight Control and Blue Freedom. The latter wins, mainly because it is readily available, but it also had a better fiber/protein/fat ratio (by a nose). The vet also wants to get Riley on some supplements — slippery elm powder, calcium, Standard Process Gastrex and Okra Pepsin — all of which will work to coat her GI tract (I knew that slime in okra was good for something!).

All of which I’ll run around for tomorrow. Today, my house was surrounded by ice and my car is completely coated in it. Riley and I are having a hard time even getting off the porch at all. The roads may be better, but I’m not cracking my skull open just trying to get to my car to thaw it out. As it is, I’m wearing a knee wrap today. Though there might be a wintry mix falling tonight, tomorrow, it’s supposed to reach the 40s so I should be easier able to get to my car, thaw it out, and get all the stuff for Riley.

Wish me luck…

Other than the incident this morning, Riley’s been pretty calm — she rested in the office with me today, and she’s settled beside me now.


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