Posts Tagged ‘Hills’

Ernie Dog is Happy

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Ernie Nelson is one of my very favorite dogs.  In fact, as you probably know, because you probably know Ernie…Ernie is EVERYONE’S favorite dog.

Recently, Ernie ran out of treats.

It was a sad day.

Ernie will ONLY eat the jerky treats that Hill’s Pet Nutrition had recently discontinued.  Omaha has officially run out of Ernie’s treats, which I know because Mom and Dad checked EVERYWHERE for them, and they are GONE.

I know the people at Hill’s Pet Nutrition are very kind.  I also knew they could probably help me.  So I sent out this SOS tweet on behalf of Ernie:

Please help us find your former jerky treats for Mom & Dad’s Ernie Dog @HillsVet Look how sad he is without them!

And SOMEONE at Hill’s tweeted back…

@Finch93 We don’t want him sad! Check the DM we just sent! #NoSadPuppies

And next thing I know, there are TWENTY ONE bags of the only treats in the whole wide world that Ernie will eat right on our doorstep!


According to my veterinary nutritional calculations, that should last a four pound dog…forever.


They were sent as a gift by an anonymous person at Hill’s.  So I set out to blow her cover, which she probably was using to do all sorts of kind things, and found out that the person responsible for getting Ernie his treats was Nancy McKenzie.


Then I said…

Thank you @HillsVet for finding Ernie Dog’s favorite treats! That was SO nice of you! That’d be a good story :) #ComingSoon #RileyAndJames

And she said…

@Finch93 Just glad we can help – a great way to start a Monday! #HappyPets

And it was.


Thank you Nancy!  You made my week, you made Mom and Dad’s week and you definitely made Ernie’s week!

Here are pictures of Ernie getting his treats after going DAYS without them…

Whatcha got?

Ernie always counts his treats before he eats them.


Ernie says “Thank you!”




A Very Boring Nutritional Case Study

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

…and thank goodness!  Because, as you know, Ebony is MY dog.  I was trying to write a dramatic nutritional case study, but by their very nature, nutritional case studies ARE boring

Problems take months or years to develop and resolve, and (here is the upside of boring) dog and cat nutrition is SO excellent these days, that we do not have most of the dramatic health issues we had in the past.

So read this if you are having trouble sleeping…otherwise, just be thankful we have such excellent nutritional choices for our pets, and that problems like nutritional hyperparathyroidism and feline taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy are so rare anymore, that we usually only get to read about them in medical journals!

Nutritional Case Study

Ebony:  nine-year-old 70 lbs. spayed female Labrador Retriever mix

Ebony presented as a four-month-old puppy, thin (body condition score two) and healthy.  She ran and walked regularly and was fed Science Diet Puppy at one cup per ten pounds per day divided into three meals. At six months of age, she was switched from three meals a day to two meals a day.  At one year of age, Ebony was transitioned to Science Diet Adult, and her daily amount of food was decreased to one cup of food per twenty pounds, due to her decreased rate of growth.  At about this time, her body condition score increased from two (thin) to three (normal).

At three years of age, Ebony decreased her exercise from running and leash walks to leash walks only.  Her diet remained the same.  Over a period of several months, her body condition score increased from three (normal) to four (overweight).  Hypothyroidism, a common contributor to excess weight gain in dogs, was ruled out with blood work. She was switched to Science Diet Light and returned to a body condition score of three.

At seven years of age, Ebony was switched to Science Diet Senior.  Between lower fat and higher fiber in the senior diet and some age related muscle atrophy, Ebony, now age nine, has remained at a body condition score of two (thin) for the past two years.

She has recently developed osteoarthritis diagnosed by clinical signs, physical examination and hip radiographs taken under anesthesia.  She has done well on non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Rimadyl, carprofen).  Her diet has not been changed, as she is at an ideal weight (body condition score two, thin) and an adequate nutritional level.

Pets have advantages over humans in reaching and maintaining nutritional goals.  Willpower is a much smaller consideration.  The caretaker has control over the amount and type of food a pet eats, as well as his or her exercise schedule.  It is often easier to be objective about someone else’s nutritional and health needs than our own.

Another advantage pets have over humans is the widespread availability of complete balanced nutrition in a single food source.  No similar product to dog food or cat food exists for humans.  Only a few decades ago, very serious nutrition-related diseases were commonly seen in pets that are rare today. The range of available pet foods continues to be expanded and improved by veterinary nutritionists and other professionals in many excellent organizations working to promote health and longevity in our dogs and cats and even pocket pets, birds and exotic pets.

Though nutrition cases today are inherently less dramatic and slower to develop and resolve than other veterinary cases, nutrition and body condition scores are central to the health and longevity of our pets.