Testimonial: “I foster dogs for the French Bulldog Rescue Network (FBRN). I would like to share the story of one of my recent foster dogs, Mambo.
Mambo was surrendered to FBRN in a vet’s parking lot, suffering from his second rectal prolapse in three weeks. The poor little mite, only a year old, was hunched over in agony. A 3-inch section of tissue protruded from his bottom, and every few moments, he strained and screamed in pain. Unfortunately, about 1-1/2 inches of his rectum was gangrenous, and had to be amputated. He underwent the necessary surgery and I took him home the next day.
For the first two weeks after surgery, Mambo had to eat a bland, canned diet, and was on antibiotics and medication to keep his poops liquid so that he wouldn’t tear his sutures. After four weeks, I began to experiment with his diet, to see if I could get him on a more manageable potty schedule. I tried a high-quality, grain-free kibble — It didn’t go well. I tried canned food — he gained weight, but he still pooped 8-12 times per day, including during the night, and there was a great deal of straining involved. I also tried a dehydrated formula, but it was very high in carbs, mostly potato, and this boy was an active one-year-old, and needed to put on lean muscle.
Finally, my thoughts turned to raw. I had several criteria in mind as I searched for a suitable product. The food could not contain ingredients which the allergy test indicated that Mambo might be sensitive to (including pumpkin). It had to contain high-quality, preferably human-grade proteins, organs, fish oils for omega-3 fatty acids, and vegetables and flaxseed for fiber. It had to be reasonably priced. Finally, It had to be easy to use — no frozen chubs that required power tools to cut into meal-sized portions. My quest led me to Steve’s Real Food. I bought a 5-lb bag of the Turducken formula, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.
I was not disappointed. Mambo loved it. More importantly, I noticed that almost immediately, his poops improved in diameter, frequency and consistency, and he had an easier time passing them. Because of his special needs due to the fact that he had very little rectum remaining, I added a few things to his meals – a little baked sweet potato and extra ground flaxseed for additional fiber, and goat milk yogurt for probiotics. It was not long before Mambo had improved to the point that he could be adopted.
Three-and-a half months after his horrendous ordeal, a happy, healthy Mambo headed off into the sunset with his forever family, a bag full of his favorite toys, and a styrofoam cooler full of Steve’s Real Food.”