Not awful, but poorly. Last night he did something he never does - he woke me in the night, and all he wanted was a belly rub. His belly is noisy, and this morning his, er, Output was volcanic. I can judge his weight with a hand at this point, and he's lost a few ounces.
And, here's the infuriating thing - the only change in the regime was in the source of his chicken bits sprinkled on his Royal Canin special diet. The supermarket had boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale, and I thought wow, great chance to stock up. I boiled it as usual, changed nothing about the cooking process. He's had those chicken breasts on top of his dry food for three days, and by day two, Bad Things started, and by today, obvious. Yeah. I guess those are fit for me to eat, but not for the Delicate Dog. Tomorrow, I buy another expensive bag of those Perdue Perfect Portions. He was thriving on those, and I can tie his deterioration to switching chicken sources. Fortunately, we are talking 7.5 lb. dog here, so pricey chicken breasts do go a long way. But I never expected this, just by changing sources of boneless, skinless chicken. Who the hell knows what they put in those things we buy in the supermarket?
I gave him a small extra dose of Prednisone (he's already on a very, very low maintenance dose) tonight, and a teeny smidge of a Pepsid. He perked up and seemed happier. He's sleeping and seems very comfortable, so I guess the fury in his tummy has eased. But, DAMN. Tomorrow I will call Vet Boy and ask if I'm on the right track with my Mom Doctoring.
This is not a commercial for Perdue; I don't know them but for their commercials. But, seriously, I'm now re-thinking supermarket chicken.