It has been a while since I have talked much about my Mr. Marly here on the blog, so I thought I would update you all on what's been going on with him, in case you were also a crazy dog person like me ;) Marly had a great spring break in San Diego and loved getting to go on a big adventure. He got to go for hikes, play with my nephews who adore him, tag along for coffee dates, go to the beach, and play with one of his dog cousins. What more could a dog want?!
Unfortunately, with it being spring time and things being in bloom, he also got a bad reaction to allergens around the environment. A couple days before we headed home, he started incessantly scratching and licking himself, so much so that his lips and area around his mouth became raw and one of his paws became red and swollen. It was definitely a struggle for a few days trying to keep him from scratching or licking and to make him more comfortable. He would stay up at night licking himself because he was so bothered by what ever was irritating him. The only time he could be completely calm was if I was holding him. It was sad to see!
Once we got home, I took him to the vet and he was given a shot to help relieve the irritations, pills to take, a special medicated shampoo, wipes to clean him off with whenever he came back inside after taking a walk or playing in the grass, and strict orders to wear a cone for the next two weeks! After swallowing a hefty vet bill and tearing the house apart to wash everything to eliminate the allergens, we were both frazzled and tired.
This made for the perfect time for Marly to get something special in the mail: some new yummy treats from Chewy! These Merrick Backcountry Real Chicken Sausage treats have made Marly (and our Golden Retriever housemate, Messi!) very happy!
I have been giving them each a treat after I give Marly his meds or when I leave the house to head to work. Whenever they hear the bag, they just come running over to get in line for one! I really like these treats for my pup because they are all natural, protein packed, as well as grain and gluten free. Plus, the first ingredient is real chicken, which is always a good indicator of a high quality product! So, they are getting a yummy treat that I know is good for them, which is the best thing as a dog mama.
Marly has a follow-up vet appointment tomorrow and I am hoping he gets a clean bill of health. He is definitely doing and looking much better than he was two weeks ago, though he is still licking and scratching himself whenever I let him free from the cone. We shall see what happens, but I am just happy that he is on the mend and that we can do our best to keep his allergies under control!
One thing is for sure, though, during this tough time for Marly, these treats from Chewy have been a nice little thing for him to enjoy and look forward to! Thanks to Chewy for introducing us to another great product, and for just being the truly kind and awesome company you are :)
Does your dog have allergies? What kind of treats does your dog enjoy? Are you also concerned about ingredients?
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