Err, Silas, that is.
I know you all are on pins and needles, right?
So am I.
The gold standard for a food introduction is twelve weeks. If you can get through twelve weeks with no issues, then you can consider that food to be safe.
We’re officially at the end of week 12 with pork. So, party!!
Something isn’t quite right.
I have been having misery getting Silas to eat since we came back from seeing my parents. I hope that this is just because I overfed him while we were there. (I didn’t take my scale.) We’ve also been going through a lot of treats since we came home, what with the counterconditioning. Silas is not a dog who loves food enough to overeat. I don’t know, though. Is his stomach just bothering him? I don’t think so–I think he just prefers treats to his food. It’s also reinforcing for him. I can’t let him skip eating, because it makes him throw up. The more I stand on my head, the more he expects me to. I’ve cut his meals down to 5oz each to see if being a little hungrier is all it takes.
He’s also thrown up three times in the last four weeks. Not consistently enough to raise my allergy red flags, and with some extenuating circumstance, but still.
In the past when I’ve tried to talk myself into a food being okay it hasn’t ended well. Since we got through at least two months with the pork, though, I’m hesitant to give it up. Instead, we’ve given up everything else as of the 13th. No grains, no eggs, no nibbles off my plate. We’ve gotten sloppy after eight months of this. I’ve got my fingers crossed. If he throws up one time or less from now until the end of February, I’ll call pork a success.