Sunday, March 10, 2013


Spring is here... and Maya started to itch again. Sigh...

Just like the vet predicted, Maya's symptoms show up earlier and earlier each year. Last year, it started around mid-March, this year, it moved up to late-February. 

Most of the time we can still distract her when she's itching, but we can't watch her 24/7. Within a few days, she started to lose hair around her muzzle again. She is also still obsessed with licking/chewing her paws.

We started to avoid the park and let her do her business at the fake grass area in front of a office building. We also started to keep our windows closed. (It took me a while to convince Maya's daddy that we won't all die if we keep the windows closed.) Between those changes, a new jar of local honey and some diet adjustments (more on that later), it seems like she's been doing better for the past week. 

Ah, spring... don't know whether I should love it or hate it.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Monthly Expenses: February 2013

February 2013
  • Food: $23
  • Treats & Chews: $32
TOTAL: $55


This month I have been experimenting with Turkey. Maya seems to be doing fine on raw turkey, so I've decided to test some premade turkey formula from SFRaw. For $4.6 per pound, it's way over what I usually would pay for, but since it's hard to get turkey organs on my own, this is the best option I got.

Treats & Chews

This month we stocked up on some treats and chews. We got a pack of "Zuke's Z-Bones Natural Edible Clean Cherry Berry Mini Dog Dental Chews" and "Zuke's Mini Naturals Dog Treats Fresh Peanut Butter Recipe". Maya likes the taste of both, but the dental chews won't even last for a minute.

I also got her a small pack of rawhide from Wholesome Hide. I know there's a debate on whether we should give dogs rawhide, but it's the only thing that's soft enough but can last for a while, and she never had any problems with it. It took me a while to find a brand with quality source, so I decided to give it a try.