This is Oreo the local Miniature Schnauzer!
This precious pooch has a lot of allergies and her poor Mom has to constantly keep up with her yo-yo allergies that change from time to time. Right now she can only eat raw chicken–no beef (raw or cooked!), no duck, no papaya or carrots, and of course, no processed kibble or canned.
‘Hi! My name is Oreo. What can I do for you today??’
How does a sweet silver schnauzer get named ‘Oreo’? Well…here’s why!
When Oreo first met her family! See how dark she was as a puppy–you can hardly recognize that it’s the same Schnauzer!
As Oreo grew, her coat simply lightened. 😉
This is her today!
Oreo has tried different types of dog kibble as a puppy and has suffered many episodes of the runs and allergy flare ups since she was 12 weeks old. These meant regular trips to the vet (not that she minds the least bit) every 10-12 days. Can you imagine the work her poor Mom had to put in?
At 18 months (that’s really young by the way!), Oreo had to be warded in the hospital for pancreatits and her hospitalization bills skyrocketed to over a few thousand dollars.
After she recovered, she was placed on a consistent raw diet and now she’s doing incredibly well! Her Mom can’t imagine what would have been if Oreo had been put continuously on a processed diet.
This is what happens when Oreo’s allergies flare up. Red, itchy rashes all over, and sometimes her paws would even swell up. Now that she’s on raw, the allergies are more manageable. They still pop up from time to time, but at least they are not as severe as before. This is a good reminder for readers that whatever you read online, raw food isn’t a one-stop-cure-all magical approach!
In addition to managing poor Oreo’s allergies with a variety of raw foods, her Mom also uses traditional medicine such as ling zhi (Ganoderma lucidum or Reishi mushroom) and aromatherapy oils such as peppermint and chamomile. This topic on homeopathy and holistic approach to pet health care warrants a whole post (or many posts!) to itself, so please stay tuned!
This was prescribed by Oreo’s vet, so please do not go to the nearest Guardian/Watsons and buy lingzhi powder for your pet. If your pet is ill, please take him/her to a proper doctor.
Here’s a picture of Oreo working hard at her dinner: a whole chicken! But of course being a small dog she can’t finish a whole chicken, so…
Here’s Oreo crunching on the dehydrated rabbit ears that her Mom got her. She loves the snack to bits! Each rabbit ear lasts her about three crunches before it’s gone.
Despite her multiple allergies, Oreo is a feisty, happy little dog full of enthusiasm for life! We can all learn quite a bit from her.
Oreo’s Mom is now a resident guest blogger (dog) at TRE! Stay tuned for her posts!