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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:26 PM

In a pinch and out of dog food?

My babies are being spoiled by some boiled chicken and rice tonight!

I forgot to pick up their dog food! YIKES!

What do you do when you are a lousy parent and forget?

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Reply In a pinch and out of dog food? (Original post)
Texasgal Jan 2013 OP
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #1
Texasgal Jan 2013 #2
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #7
Texasgal Jan 2013 #13
intheflow Jan 2013 #8
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2013 #28
Mr.Bill Jan 2013 #3
Texasgal Jan 2013 #4
Mr.Bill Jan 2013 #6
Texasgal Jan 2013 #11
Mr.Bill Jan 2013 #12
Honeycombe8 Feb 2013 #25
MADem Feb 2013 #34
Mr.Bill Feb 2013 #35
MADem Feb 2013 #36
2theleft Jan 2013 #5
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #9
2theleft Jan 2013 #18
Texasgal Jan 2013 #10
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #14
Texasgal Jan 2013 #15
2theleft Jan 2013 #19
2theleft Jan 2013 #17
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #22
glinda Jan 2013 #16
TorchTheWitch Feb 2013 #20
2theleft Feb 2013 #23
mopinko Feb 2013 #29
TorchTheWitch Feb 2013 #33
meti57b Feb 2013 #21
TexasTowelie Feb 2013 #26
pecwae Feb 2013 #24
mzteris Feb 2013 #27
mopinko Feb 2013 #30
2theleft Feb 2013 #31
mopinko Feb 2013 #32
retrogal Feb 2013 #37

Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:31 PM

1. How about couple of eggs?

That reminds me...I'm almost out. Gotta pick some up tomorrow.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:33 PM

2. How would you prepare the eggs?

Scrambled? Poached?

I feel so cruddy, I honestly forgot! My poor babies!

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:06 PM

7. Either one would do but I personally like scrambled...but keep them wet...not dry.

My dogs have all loved them. You could also make them french toast whenever you have some old bread and wonder what to do with it. I had some eggs that were older than what I wanted to eat...so I made french toast...soaked well and moist) with a little butter. Yum!

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:26 PM

13. Thank you!

I've done some "home cooking" for the pups but I've never done eggs.

Thanks for the update!

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:09 PM

8. I'd give eggs to them raw.

Great for the coat. Other choices: cottage cheese, peanut butter, a wee bit of oats, maybe. On occasion I'll give them raw chicken wings. Your choice of chicken and rice was good.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:28 AM

28. My pup likes them scrambled or soft boiled n/t

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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:33 PM

3. Chicken and rice is a good choice.

I have recently, because of the high price of dog treats, started buying cheap hot dogs and cutting them into little bits and using them as treats.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:46 PM

4. I've done that for medication

they seem to eat the pill if it's incased in a hotdog!

Treats ARE crazy expensive! Not only that but it's hard to find something not made in China that hasn't or has been recalled! UGH!

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:03 PM

6. I've hidden pills in cheese.

I buy one lb of chicken hot dogs at the dollar store. Walmart wants 12.99 for 23 or so ounces of puperoni. Small dogs, so I get about 20 treats out of one hot dog. My dogs love them. I buy about four or five lbs and throw them in the freezer.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:24 PM

11. Oh yeah, my crazies LOVE cheese

but I find their digestive system not too happy with it.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:25 PM

12. True, tiny amounts only. n/t

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:12 PM

25. Chicken & rice is excellent. I have used rice or oatmeal as filler to extend their kibble...

when I didn't have enough left in the bag to go around. Both rice & oatmeal (cooked of course) are healthy and safe for doggies. They love both. When I make the oatmeal I do use organic skimmed milk, but I cut it in half & use water (for both the dogs and myself), since milk can give dogs the runs sometimes.

I've also given them baked chicken, in a pinch.

I've tried eggs, but they don't like eggs.

Cheese is always a hit.

Beef is good, but I don't have it since I don't eat it myself.

Like another poster, I've used weenies as treats in a pinch (turkey weenies), but that's not good for their teeth, so I try not to do that.

Bits of bread/toast...they love that. I don't give that to them alone...I use to extend their dog food, if I don't have enough for that meal.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:37 AM

34. Baby carrots and dried sweet potato are good treat choices, too.

My dogs regard those treats like crack. Can't get enough of 'em.

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Response to MADem (Reply #34)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:40 AM

35. My dogs don't seem to be able to process carrots.

They just make little orange dots in their poop.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #35)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:54 AM

36. They are getting some fiber and vitamins, and the carrot is making it easier for them to poop.

The fiber helps things along--it also makes the poop stink less! And the carrot or chewy potato helps their teeth.

I have a dog who is a mostly - vegetarian owing to liver disease (she's old, a rescue, she was headed for the needle, I had to step in...!) and she does real well on those foods, as well as rice, oatmeal and pasta and vegetables/vegetarian dog food. Every once in a blue moon she gets a little white fish, but she enjoys the hell out of her food and the vet says she's in good shape (she takes milk thistle and sam-e every day too).

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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:00 PM

5. scrambled eggs

in a little olive oil.

green beans. chicken, rice. mine also like peanut butter sandwiches

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:11 PM

9. Peanut butter sandwiches!

I never thought of that. I love that idea. They could be cut up into small cubes and used for treats in case you run out. I'm going to try that. Thanks for the idea.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:42 PM

18. I cook for my dogs...

My boxer has a very sensitive tummy. Doesn't matter what brand of high quality dog food I feed her...horrid gas, non-solid stools. She does awesome on a home cooked diet. Her "brother", the 120 lb dobie/hound mix benefits from her sensitive tummy as he gets to eat what she does...

They eat all kinds of veggies, ground turkey or chicken, lean beef, fish on occassion, brown rice...and the two of them split a peanut butter sandwich in the evening for a little snack. Wheat bread. They are rotten.

I will also make their treats - there are tons of recipes on the net, but their fave is a hard peanut butter "cookie"... simple ingredients - peanut butter, tiny bit of molasses, wheat flour. Mix up, roll out, cut into little squares, bake until they are hard. They love them. And I know they are safe.

I did worry about their nutrition when I first started doing it, but the vet says they are the picture of health, so it seems to be working for them. And I don't get run out of the room by the noxious gas from the boxer!

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:22 PM

10. Green beans?

Really... hmm that's interesting! I wonder if my kids would like that.

How do you prepare them? Blanched? Boiled?

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:29 PM

14. I read frozen green beans make a healthy treat.

I never tried it but it sounds like a good idea.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:32 PM

15. Hmmm.. I may have to try!

Thanks for the idea!

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:45 PM

19. Very healthy treat...and, if your dog has a weight problem,

you can cut back on their food and use green beans as a "filler" so they are not starving. I used to have a chocolate lab years ago who was a little piggie and was constantly trying to maintain her girlish figure. My vet told me about adding green beans to her food as I cut back because the poor thing acted like she was half starved to death when cutting back her calories. Green beans filled her up and her and my other dog LOVED them.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:34 PM

17. Yes. Green Beans. They will eat them any old way...

boiled, blanched, frozen, straight out of the can. They cannot get enough of them. Same with carrots. And sweet potatoes.

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:46 AM

22. I hadn't thought of giving them canned vegetables...good idea!

However, frozen or crunchy vegetables help clean their teeth according to my vet. They also take them a little longer to chew...rather than gone or swallowed in a second. lol

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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:51 PM

16. Add a little Safflower oil, a very small pinch of salt, dark greens, maybe a little parsley

and it should be yummy. Eat a bowl also!

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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:26 AM

20. I do pretty much the same thing

Though my beast much prefers potatoes rather than rice. I usually also open up a can of regular chicken noodle soup and add a wee bit just to give it some flavor.

Tuna fish mixed with some chicken soup or beef stew I've done before, too. I hate the idea of all that salt, but in a pinch for just one meal I figure it's better than nothing.

I've never actually forgotten to get dog food but once or twice, but there's been a few times I had to switch dog foods because of there being a problem with one (like that Iams salmonella poisoning - a POX on crap dog food companies!) and that time that Kato ate soap and was barfing up soap bubbles and had to have just plain chicken and rice for a week. I've never had bar soap in my house again after that and became a strict liquid soap user (I always hated that yucky soap build up in the soap dish from bar soap anyway). I never realized a dog could be so dumb as to want to eat a bar of soap until him... thank goodness it was one of those tiny decorative type soap bars and not a whole big regular bar of soap because he would have eaten the whole thing.

He'd eat anything. He actually ate an entire grapefruit once - the peel the seeds and everything. I also used to have to hide banana peels in the freezer because he LOVED them (though they always made him sick) and put them out with the trash on trash day. I'm still accustomed to hiding the bunch of bananas in a dish on top of the fridge even though he passed away years and years ago and neither Boo nor Yoshi liked/like bananas. It also took me a really long time to get out of the habit of taking the roll of toilet paper off the spindle and hiding it before taking a shower because there's nothing Kato liked better than sneaking in the bathroom while I was in the shower and stringing up the whole house with the entire roll.

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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:15 AM

23. Kato sounds like my chocolate lab I had

She one day managed to dig out the Goop Off, pry the lid off and eat it. Came home to bubbling puke. I FREAKED out, called poison control. Luckily, nothing too harmful in it for her, and a call to my vet told me to do what you did with the diet.

The best part was because of the gritty stuff in it, her "voice" was hoarse from where it irritated her throat. I started calling her Demi Moore after that. Poor thing. SWEETEST dog ever, but not the brightest bulb.

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:34 PM

29. i had a mutt that did stuff like that.

knocked a jar of peanut butter off the counter, and licked the broken glass clean. yeah. blood everywhere. we used to say- she has a big heart, it just isn't pumping enough blood to her brain.

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 07:49 PM

33. soap bubble barf smells pretty, but it's the freakiest thing to see come out of a dog

I totally know what you mean about freaking out over soap bubble barf... I mean, WHAT the HELL??? The dog barfing jasmine and gardenia scented BUBBLES???


OMG, I forgot to mention the time he ate poison ivy! Kato didn't like me watching him when he pooped, so when he'd get ready to go, I'd turn my back on him, and when he was done he'd walk up beside me and nudge me to let me know he was finished and I could do the poopy scoopy bit. One time I was walking him in a wooded area, he gave me the signal that he was going to poop, so I turned my back like usual... and waited, and waited... finally, I turned around to see what the hell was taking him so long, and the doofus was cheerfully snacking on poison ivy that I hadn't even noticed was there. I totally panicked and called the vet the second we got home to ask them if a dog could get poison ivy... um... on the inside. LOL! Nothing happened to him from eating it, but it totally freaked me out, and was just one of a loooooong list of panicked calls to the vet having to confess something completely outrageous that he ate.

That dog would eat the most crazy stuff, but OF COURSE he was sooooo picky about his dog food. I must have tried every brand out there, and he liked all of them for about a week until the novelty of something knew to eat wore off. For most of his life I had to doctor his dog food with something tasty like tuna fish water or soup bullion or whatever leftover stuff I had in the fridge to convince him to eat it. But he'd happily eat tree bark, rocks, dirt, weeds, road kill and all manner of unidentifiable stuff he found on the ground.

Seems like all Akitas can be incredibly brilliant in all kinds of ways yet be epically stupid in all kinds of other ways. All of mine have done all kinds of things that are crazy smart and other things that are unbearably idiotic.


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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:35 AM

21. You pooch folks are lucky! If that was a kitteh, you would be getting: .....

"scuze me, but I think there's been a mistake here, ... this isn't what I ordered".

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Response to meti57b (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:51 PM

26. Excuse me,

I thought the kitteh would be getting cheezburger!

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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:49 PM

24. I've been cooking for my poochie-pies

for a year now. I get chicken gizzards and ground turkey when they go on sale. Add some chicken and beef livers, fry it up in olive oil, put it through the food processor. Then I add some organic oatmeal, brewers yeast and liquid MSM. I freeze in quart zipbags. I usually only have to cook once every two weeks. Since they've been eating home cooking their desire for dry kibble has decreased immensely. Their needs seem to be getting met without it although I keep some Hill's on hand.

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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:57 PM

27. Green beans.

We used it as a supplement to help our big dog lose weight and learn to eat less at the advice of our vet.

Occasionally the kid wil forget to tell me we're out of dog food, so some green beans are great in a pinch. Doesn't upset the doggies gastric system and they're filling.

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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:35 PM

30. great thread.

since i have a dog with 17 allergies, half of them food, running out of dog food is a big deal around here. some great ideas for next time.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #30)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:41 PM

31. A guy I work with has a dog with huge allergies

Sweet potatoes are a hit with his dog.

She eats prescription food, but they have started dehydrating sweet potatoes for a snack/treat. I haven't tried it yet, but am going to. He said she is VERY interested in the process and comes into the kitchen to check the progress.

Mine watch very intently when I start making their food. They seem to know when it's for them vs. when I'm cooking dinner for the family. It's hysterical.

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Response to 2theleft (Reply #31)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:46 PM

32. sadly potatoes, both regular and sweet, are on his list.

makes it really hard to find a dog food. so many corn free ones have potatoes. he loves sweet potatoes, and every other food that has ever passed his nose.
we are doing the desensitization treatments, as many of his allergies are just everywhere in his world.

super drag for him.

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Response to Texasgal (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:08 PM

37. Thanks for this thread!

It has given me a lot of ideas for my dog

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