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making my own dog food now
October 4, 2009

If you've ever owned a dog with allergies you know how frustrating it can be to go item by item trial and error give and take away things that may be possible triggers to get to the underlying cause.

So far in the short time I've had Plum I've tried 3 different diet changes, numerous antibiotics, prednisone, vetalog cortisone shots, Atopica pills, vet prescribed IVD dog food wet and dry, Wellness brand wet and dry (which is typically great for the majority of our pugs), twice weekly medicated baths, Antihistamine every 4 hours...and despite all this, she is still not where I want her to be. She still gets pink and itchy more than she should.

At this point I have to suspect an underlying systemic yeast condition may be at play and pursue treatment by eliminating any and all sources of yeast including any form of root vegetables. Up until now everything I've fed her has had yeast based items and given that it's nearly impossible to purchase dog food without yeast - I am now just making my own dog food for her so I can control the ingredients. She is now on a strict homemade raw diet flush to purge her system from the inside out for a good month or 2 in hopes that this will do the trick and then we can transition her over to a non yeast based dog food.

It's clear by looking at Plum that in her previous life (which I know nothing about) the one thing I can tell is that her medical needs were completely neglected so there will be years of damage I need to reverse.

I've consulted with a number of other pug rescue rehabilitators who have successfully rehabbed their pink sticky yeasty pugs, as well as two of my vets: both traditional and holistic DVM'S and they all agree this is the next best move for her so I am committed.

Ingredients

• Boneless chicken or Turkey (brown and white, some gizzards mixed in too are good)
• Brown rice
• Frozen vegetables (NOT ROOT VEGGIES like carrot, potato) green beans, spinach
• Frozen berries - blueberries, cranberries
• Bone meal - powder (very important to have the proper calcium/phosphorus ratio).
• Yogurt Plain
• Multivitamin
• Banana

I cook the rice first because it takes the longest and let it soak in water overnight to blow it up (the vet said to do this).

Next I boil the chicken, let it cool and grind it up finely in the food processor.

Grind frozen veggies in food processor.

Grind frozen berries in food processor.

Put the stopper in the sink and throw in all the ground ingredients:
I make sure the ratio is 40% meat 30% rice 30% veggies

Sprinkle 4 table spoons of bone meal over the ground ingredients in the sink and mix everything altogether:
plumfood2.jpg

Next I take out a bunch of zip lock freezer storage bags and spoon in enough for 2 meals per bag. I make enough for 14 bags or a 2 week supply at a time. Then just de-thaw one package per day.

With each meal I spoon out a teaspoon or two of the yogurt and add in a little banana + a few teaspoons of warm water to take out the chill. I then give her a multi-vitamin once a day to make up for the vitamins and minerals she doesn't get from processed dog food.

As well, because the new whole foods diet does not contain any oils it's essential to supplement with a good oil containing omega 3's - I use Grizzly Salmon Oil and add a few squirts to each of her meals.

It's a lot of work I won't lie... but I feel damn good doing it because I know this is the first time in Plum's little life that anyone has ever really cared enough to get to the bottom of her issues and do whatever it takes to fix her up.

Plus, if I ever decide to move to Vermont like Diane Keaton in Baby Boom, then I have already done my field work on how to make really awesome Gourmet baby dog food. That would be cool.

*Note* I am not a veterinarian or expert please consult your veterinarian before embarking on a home cooked diet for your own dog.

For reference this diet was based on the book I highly recommend by Dr. Pitcairn - Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

Posted by Lori on October 4, 2009 8:08 PM permalink Comments (4)

 

 

jan commented October 4, 2009 9:26 PM

omg, i LOVED that movie! that little elizabeth was the sweetest baby, and vermont, ohhhhhhhh, great memories of that flick, lori! i was a huge fan of funny farm, too, remember that one with chevy chase, and the dog he got from the pound, the one he took home, let out of the car, and it just kept running. can't beat those old movies, sure they were cheesy, but oh, so entertaining...

i've kicked around cooking for the girls, too, but they are eating merrick senior medley right now, it's a wet food, and they do well on it.

you're such a good woman, and yep, i'll be your fairy mil until the day comes... you're the BEST!!!! XOXOXO

 

 

2wildpugs commented October 4, 2009 9:32 PM

I keep thinking about doing this for my pugs. The people that I know who have gone home made also say that it is much easier to control pugs' weight without all of the fillers and etc. that are in other foods.

 

 

carla and Jessie commented October 5, 2009 9:59 AM

LORI,

GOOD TO SEE YOUR POST. I'M COOKING FOR MY PUG WHO HAS HAD RECURRENT ALLERGIES BUT ALSO BECAUSE I'M LIVING IN NIGERIA (WORKING HERE) AND FINDING GOOD OR GRAIN FREE FOOD IS IMPOSSIBLE. SO FAR I TOOK AWAY ANY FORM OF GRAIN AND CHICKEN, BUT I DON'T SEE A BIG IMPROVEMENT IS MY JESSIE'S CONDITIONS. WONDER ABOUT YOUR REFERENCE ON YEAST PROBLEMS AND ROOTS. COULD I CORRESPOND WITH YOU TO SEE IF SOEMTHING IM DOING WRONG AND TO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE? MY WORK EMAIL IS C.Brambilla@shell.com
APPRECIATE SOME HELP FROM YOU

 

 

Robin commented October 5, 2009 12:15 PM

This sounds wonderful...have you ever tried Avoderm? It is a great food for dogs with skin problems, it really worked well on one of my brother's dogs and one of mine...I think making the food yourself is a great thing and I am keeping a copy of your recipe! But just in case you might try Avoderm sometime.
On another note, I have lost 2 beloved elderly pugs in the last year -one to a horrible cancer in his nose and mouth. Reading what you have gone through with Sausage has been very comforting to me...you are an incredibly wonderful person! Robin

 



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