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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 04:39 PM
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I am making dog food for the dogs
Pippi has the WORST farts, and I am hoping homemade food with yogurt on top will help. I'm hoping the food I'm making will last out most of the week.

I am putting in 5 cups of brown rice, a pound of steak, half a can of chicken broth (which was leftover in the fridge), and I got some frozen carrot/green bean/corn/pea mix vegetables.

Will this plus a little yogurt be healthy, or should I mix it up with other things? :shrug:

If so, what else should I feed them? :shrug:

(It's so weird cooking for the dogs. This food seems really bland, but I know the dogs don't really care about stuff like onions, sage, or black pepper. :P )
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 04:44 PM
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1. Dogs can't digest corn, so I wouldn't bother even putting that in there.
And never put onions in dog food, or feed them leftovers that have any kind of onion in them. No onion powder, onion soup, broth made with onion, no onions in any form, because it causes hemolytic anemia in dogs and can kill them, or at the least make them very sick.

I'm interested in this topic...I've got to do something with the dog we just adopted. He was fed nothing but tablescraps mixed with a low-quality dogfood. And since he's been with us, I upped him to a better dogfood and cut the tablescraps, but he's losing weight.

I've been reading up on a raw diet called "satin balls," which some people feed their dogs...I will keep an eye on this thread to see what kinds of suggestions you get.

Good topic.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 04:51 PM
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3. Thanks for the response
Out last dog died of hemolytic anemia, and I knew onions were dangerous, but I didn't know how dangerous.

The veggies I got were just a cheap mixed bag of frozen this-and-that. I actually think it's the corn in the dog food that's giving Pippi trouble, but whole corn should be less of a "challenge" for her, I hope. :poopcorn:

I know people who feed raw food, but feeding the dogs raw hamburger sounds gross and dangerous. Especially after being in the fridge most of the week. :o
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 04:50 PM
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2. You could add some garlic. Keeps the fleas away.
Also, dogs *love* nutritional yeast.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 04:52 PM
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4. Thanks!
So this sounds pretty good, for the most part? :shrug:
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 04:59 PM
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5. The yogurt may not be great for him.
Dairy and dogs oftentimes doesn't mix well. Otherwise, that's a smart meal. I cook veggies in garlic (as mentioned above) and ginger. I'll also scramble some eggs (instead of meat) with it.

Also, in your last sentence you mentioned onions. Onions are a big no-no to dogs.

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China_cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:12 PM
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6. Cultured dairy works wonders on gaseous dogs.
Yogurt needs to have active cultures. You can also use cottage cheese or buttermilk. But it's not the whole or even a big part of the meal. A tablespoonful 3 times a week unless it's a truly paint peeling situation, then a tablespoon once a day. Believe me, you don't live in a household with 3 Bouviers without learning how to breathe without gas masks.

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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:13 PM
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7. Have you tried an acidophilus supplement?
I've used that many times with great success. Just another idea.
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China_cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:36 PM
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8. Cottage cheese is cheaper.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:40 PM
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12. Pippi is usually a little farty
but in the last couple days, it's been BAD. :o
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:38 PM
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11. I wasn't saying I added onions
I was saying it was weird to cook a dish like that with NO spices, ya know? :shrug:
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:36 PM
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9. add the contents of a cod liver oil cap and maybe some brewers yeast plus some calcium
- you can wash and dry (bake at 300 for 10 min) a couple eggshells then grind them - use a pinch

Also get this book: Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

Changed my views on pet food completely. Most allergies are FOOD allergies. Try this guy's basic diet for a month and see what happens. You will be amazed. No more skin, eye, ear problems.

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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:43 PM
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14. Yeah, I read some recipes on the internets
and the most common responses were about calcium and omega-threes. I crushed up some calcium tablets, broke open a few fish oil caplets (!), and just for chuckles, threw in a couple teaspoons of some old supplement we had hanging around.

They should LOVE the fish oil... smells just like a dead salmon washed up on the riverbank. :P
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 06:00 PM
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17. yeah don't get it on your hands
:puke:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:37 PM
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10. Department of Redundancy Department
Who/what else would you make 'dog food' for?
;-)
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:44 PM
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15. .
:P
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:40 PM
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13. Nope! Our dog has the WORST farts
They were so bad on one roadtrip that even the dead skunks in the middle of the road smelled better.
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 05:53 PM
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16. I have made food for my doggies before.
They love kidneys and liver and every kind of meat, of course. But I mixed it up with oatmeal, rice, pasta, broccoli,celery, carrots, beans. there really is no end to what they will eat mixed up with meat. But onions are not good for them, or so I hear. The carrots seem to not digest and come out just as they went in.

You have lucky dogs.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-28-08 06:01 PM
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18. I need to get my doggie pilot-light system finished
a small contained open flame at all times will prevent much stink, but there might be few signed hairs. And don't ask me about the house burning down when the dog farted on the couch. That never happened.
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