Oh no! Get well soon, Oliver!

posted by Jason Kottke Sep 09, 2003

Oh no! Get well soon, Oliver!.

Reader comments

tomcosgraveSep 09, 2003 at 4:09PM

It’ll be a special diet from now on – no more smoked pig ears, no more salami

Is this a joke, or was Oliver actually fed this stuff?
As a dog owner myself, I would never feed my dog something like this. It's simply not healthy, not even as a special treat. The digestive system in a dog isn't designed for stuff like that. Sure, the dog may love it, but that doesn't mean it's healthy.

Anyway, I'm glad he's okay, and I hope he gets better soon. He's such a sweet hound.

J.D. RothSep 09, 2003 at 4:25PM

My thoughts are with Dean and Oliver and their merry crew. Helping pets cope with illness, terminal or otherwise, can be wrenching. May Oliver have many more years of bounding goofiness!

Dean AllenSep 09, 2003 at 6:00PM

Fuck are you talking about, Cosgrave? Meat protein and fat is 'simply not healthy' for the digestive systems of dogs?

Er, okay, 'Air is not healthy in the passenger seats of cars'.

Papers, research, evidence. Fucking hell.

sosadSep 09, 2003 at 7:45PM

:( If there was a drug allowing pets to live forever with no side effects, I would be tempted to give it to my pets.

PierceSep 10, 2003 at 3:35AM

We shovelled everything from Pasta to Cornflakes into our dog for his entire life and he lived to the grand old age of 8. They were 8 happy years for him though.
Life expectancy doesn't mean much to a dog. God he loved pasta.

Dean AllenSep 10, 2003 at 6:38AM

Sorry for the tone of the above, Jason. I'm rather thin-skinned on the matter right now, but I simply won't abide someone availing themselves of my dog's misfortune in order to preen superior and cast baseless aspersions on his care.

tomcosgraveSep 10, 2003 at 6:46AM

Meat protein and fat

Sure Dean (Tom will do, by the way :-) ), but not when its in salami and pig ears - it's food for humans, not dogs. Would you eat dogfood on a regular basis? I reckon not, even though its basic ingredient would be something we'd eat in other forms :-)

You could try feeding him something more in a more natural form. Ask your vet. Ours said nothing overly processed for human digestive systems, which is where I'm coming from.

Anyway, I'm glad he's okay.

Dean AllenSep 10, 2003 at 7:49AM

...pig ears ... food for humans, not dogs

Any particular sauce you'd recommend? Side dish?

PierceSep 10, 2003 at 8:35AM

Are pigs ears processed?
Is dog food not processed?

I don't imagine that eating dogfood on a regular basis would do anyone much harm. You might have to cook it first, raw meat contains bacteria which is bad for humans, but not for dogs, obviously.

jkottkeSep 10, 2003 at 9:46AM

When I posted this, I didn't know it was going to turn into YADAPEVDF (Yet Another Discussion About Pigs Ears Versus Dog Food). I'm closing the thread to new comments and once again wishing for Oliver's speedy recovery.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.