Thursday, May 06, 2010

Eating Dog Food

I got home late that night and the girls told me that dh had eaten dog food for dinner.  Before you gag, you should know that I cook for my dog, and it isn't as bad as it sounds.  May I back up a bit?

Do NOT buy a Japanese Chin dog.   How I, a Great Dane and giant breed lover, ended up with an eight pound not to mention brachycephalic dog I'll never know.  Anna wanted a cat.  Dh balked - we already had two felines, albeit both moved in without our permission - but he might agree to a very small dog that was noted for it's catlike personality.  Enter Whitney, who came with her four month old baby.  Now who in their right might could resist a little four month old purebred puppy handed to you?  $400 in surgery later, I realized I should have been that person.  Whitney was fine, but Paris came with a hernia, an inverted chest, a very warped skeletal structure, problems with her eyes and ears, and on and on.  Now I know that this breed is prone to a host of problems.


Whitney, the mom, appeared to be healthier until she entered her eighth year.  She stopped eating, appeared in pain, and would not come out of her crate.  Diagnosed with a sluggish gall bladder, the vet recommended a high fiber diet, of course the commercial one that costs more than hormone free, organic beef steaks.  A little research turned up a miracle story on a homemade high fiber diet that cured one dog with a similar problem.  Worth a try, right?

Within a week, Whitney was practically doing back flips and was so animated that visitors echoed the quote from "When Harry Met Sally":  "I'll have what she's having".  She was not cured, for there is no cure short of removing the gall bladder which is rarely done in dogs, but at least the disease was managed.  Though I've changed the recipe (because I can't ever follow a recipe exactly, you know, unless it is my own), it makes a stew that is quite edible to humans:  turkey, lentils, rice and vegetables.  I flavor it with garlic, salt, pepper, and basil.  It smells quite nice.  So, when dh saw that dinner wasn't made and I was nowhere in sight, he ate it.  Luckily, I had not yet laced it with bone meal, lethicin, etc. He said he knew what he was doing, and that the dog food was very good.

The girls absolutely now will not eat lentils.  Lentils = dog food now.

As a side note, I made a batch in the crock pot just before leaving to care for my dad for a week.  I was out of vegetables and used some barley as the thickener instead of rice.  By the end of the week, Whitney was in sad, sad shape and clearly bloated and in pain.  On my return, I made the original batch and she's recovering. She looked greatly improved this morning and even went outside.

And as for the Whitney/Anna relationship, it for some reason, as sometimes happens in relationships, it never gelled.  And we eventually got her the cat.

4 comments:

lakeviewer said...

This is new to me, home-cooked dog food. Lucky guys.

pita-woman said...

Interesting about the garlic... I've heard mixed things about it.
Some people sprinkle it on their dogfood to ward off fleas, yet I've seen it listed on food items that are toxic for dogs.
Not sure what to believe.

Fatcat said...

I was going to comment on the garlic too. I've seen in on lists of foods that are toxic to dogs.

As to the barley, maybe she has celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

They're cute anyway. :-)

Junosmom said...

Fat Cat and Pita,
Thank you for the warning on garlic. From my reading, the toxicity is a relative thing. It is toxic in large quantities, but some reports say it is useful in smaller doses. A matter of degree. Of course, Whitney is very small and it wouldn't take much, and pet owners are often killing pets with kindness. Here is a reference from a natural diet source http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/garlic-for-dogs.html

And yes, Fat Cat, it very well could be the gluten. I had another person suggest that. I think it just might be! Researching that. That would explain why commercial dog food doesn't sit well with her.

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