I know, none of this is especially interesting, I'm getting there, I'm getting there-you needed this background information! Well my dog, as many of you know sheds like a MoFo...and for those of you who don't know, it's bad y'all. My mom calls him a walking christmas tree because he sheds like a real tree sheds needles. You can tell where he has been by the trail of fur he leaves behind. She was talking with one of her friends about him and they suggested I add fish oil to his diet.
Me, being me, started Googling about dog food brands, shedding, etc. until I found a brand of food that they sell at the local tree-hugger-pet-friendly-we-carry-a-little-bit-of-everything-store which I have never been to because I didn't know they sold pet food (their front sign is misleading, and they have furniture in the window, so really, not all my fault.) Off I went with my list in hand, ready to get food until I got to the isle. Holy overwhelming. I stood there like a kid asked to read Mandarin in front of the school until the dog food guy came over to my rescue. He was super helpful and we talked about his shedding issue, what I had found online, etc. Here is a paraphrased conversation that followed:
Me: Well he sheds a lot. Like, a whole lot and brushing doesn't seem to help.
DFG: What breed is he? Is he supposed to shed?
Me: A terrier mutt. Nothing that should shed like he does.
DFG: Does he scratch a lot?
Me: Yeah, I mean not constantly but he scratches.
DFG: Is his belly always really pink. Not like pale pink, but really pink?
Me: Um, yes.
DFG: Does he sneeze often?
Me: Um, yes. (feeling slightly creeped out that the DFG has got to be spying on my house)
DFG: It sounds like he has allergies.
Me: Allergies? What kind of allergies?
DFG: Most likely to his food. Odds are he's allergic to corn...and probably wheat...but definitely corn. It's actually very common in dogs, and changing his food should help a lot.
Now, I inappropriately started laughing, which just made me look like an ass but I couldn't help it. No worries, I explained it to DFG and he laughed too. My dog is allergic to his food. Specifically he is allergic to corn and (probably) wheat. I told my roommate this when I got home, she also inappropriately laughed and said, "Could your dog be any more perfect for you?" I called my mom and she too laughed inappropriately. I overheard her tell my dad-who is apparently the only person I know with a heart because he didn't laugh and said, "Poor little guy!"
So now we are trying out two samples-it will come down to Lamb and Rice or Venison and Sweet Potato...stay tuned to the riveting ending of this story, hopefully with less shedding, sneezing and scratching!