10-25-2017, 05:44 PM
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I'm going to try to arrange for someone to feed them daily. I just need to cover my bases and have a fallback plan.
Full disclosure. Both dogs are separated totally, from and rear patio with lots of space, cushions and doghouses. Very healthy, vaccinated, strong and resilient. We live in a coastal environment - never too hot or cold. They were both rescued off the streets, even then they had no ailments save for being underweight with some ticks(theyre on a long lasting anti tick tablet now).
The younger dog loves to bask in the sun, and after a year developed mild conjunctivitis and was treated. I ordered a pair of UV glasses for my dog a couple weeks ago, they just arrived today. He has not developed conjunctivitis again but does produce a fair amount of green eye gunk. So another concern is him being in the sun, should I leave the goggles on full time or leave them off? I will have to ask my vet, definitely.
I live in a Mexican border town, not rural, just in another country. I need my dogs at home to protect the home front, burglaries are not uncommon. I am not worried they will become ill, as I said they lived in the streets almost their whole life with no care and were ok.
My main concern is them gorging themselves! Since I have a month before I leave, I guess I can experiment and train with the feeder. It's supposed to be a good design, but free-fed, no electronics.
I was mainly wondering if anyone else had to train their dogs to not gorge themselves. On occasion, I have jobs for 2-5 days, 150 miles away and for this the feeder will also help.
All told, if I get the feeder I can likely have my friend check on the dogs every 3 days and take them to the vet should they appear to fall ill.
I love my dogs and I want them to be well, but I also need to provide adequately for them.