Traveling Dog Lady: Changing Your Dog's Food

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Changing Your Dog's Food

This week, I returned from being away for a week in pet-friendly Rome, Italy. It's the annual "Yuletide" trip that my company, Passports Educational Travel, takes every year. While it was fun, it was also a lot of hard work, and I missed my pets something awful!

Me, at an Italian winery between Christmas and New Year's, 2016

I had stocked up on dog and cat food before I left, so that my pet sitter would have enough, and I'd have enough for my return, to avoid having to go the store as soon as I got back.

Yesterday, I opened a new bag of dog food, and when I tore off the strip at the top of the re-closable bag, I noticed something was stuck to it, and it looked like a dead bug.  When I tore open the rest of the top of the bag, inside were hundreds of bugs crawling around!  Gross!  I whipped open the back door and threw the bag outside. Charlie went after it, and I had to grab him and drag him back inside. I do not know what kind of insects they were, but it was disgusting. This was a small "extra" bag of food I had grabbed at the grocery store -- the same brand I have been feeding them (FreshPet Dry Grain-Free).  I also had a large, un-opened bag left over as well.  When I looked at the dates on the bags, they were a year old. I do not know why I didn't notice that before.  It said "Freshly packed on 1/26/2016" !!!

Not thinking, I threw everything in the trash, and of course my maintenance guy picked up my trash yesterday, so I have no lot numbers or bar codes or anything like that. I also threw out the receipts when I made the purchase.  I never keep those kind of receipts. It will be difficult to report the problem to the store, or FreshPet, but I will think of a way to inform them of the problem.

So, there I was, with no dog food!

I checked all the bags of cat food, and they seem fine. The insects did not get inside of anything else, thank goodness.

I do not think it was FreshPet's fault.... I think it was the fault of my local store for not clearing or rotating its shelves and stock. I will probably report this incident to them, but the problem is, I don't remember WHICH store I went to. There are two grocery stores near me, both carry the brand, and I did visit both of them before my trip. So, I have a pretty good idea which store it was, but I can't be 100% certain.  Since they are both the same franchise, I will probably speak to the managers at both locations.  One thing is for sure, I will not be shopping at either one of those stores until further notice!

I went to my local pet food store -- a family-owned business -- and bought dog food yesterday afternoon.  This store doesn't sell FreshPet, which is fine with me because I am a little turned off by them at the moment! So, I had to switch my dogs' food, something that should always be done with care and caution.  I decided to switch back to "Taste of the Wild", a product I had once fed to my dogs for quite a few years, based on the recommendation of my former veterinarian.  I stopped feeding TOTW because of a recall a few years ago.  Honestly, you can't win with manufactured dog food! If I had more time in life, I probably would feed raw. Maybe. I don't know. Maybe not. I'm lazy. I'll probably keep going to PetSmart or one of the other pet stores.

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Switching your dog's food is easy, but you have to be careful. Normally, I mix together some of the old food with the new, for three or four days. Up to a week, if possible. But this time, I had to toss the old food. I was not taking any chances with bugs! So, I took chances with the new food, Taste of the Wild.  It seemed the dogs really liked it, and they did not get "gassy" or anything like that. But I noticed Charlie burped a few times last night!

I will go outside and inspect their poop (yes, we dog people do that!) and see if there are any problems from that end!

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