Thursday, December 29, 2011
Our new baby Kaylee was a shelter rescue, and we don't know her parentage, but from her looks and body type, we're thinking German Shepherd/Husky. We were told she was 8 weeks old when we got her, but at the most recent vet visit, we were told she is at least two weeks younger than we thought. She has been recovering from a Giardia infection that may have been passed from her mother, or may have come from the shelter - there's no way to know.
Anyway, the long and short of it is that she would hardly eat when we first got her. She wasn't gaining weight, and even lost some. We tried the dog food that the foster home had given her, canned specialty food from the vet, and some other types of puppy kibble, and she still wouldn't eat, even once the giardia had been treated. I finally cooked up some chicken, mixed it with brown rice and homemade chicken stock and VOILA! She ate. In fact, once I started cooking her meals, she ate like a little piggy! I started mixing in some eggs, and minced carrots and celery. She has almost doubled her weight since I started cooking for her. Her coat is smooth and sleek, and she has tons of energy.
My question is - does anyone have experience with cooking for a puppy? The vet keeps telling me I have to switch her to a large breed puppy food - that it's too hard to get her the nutrition she needs in homemade food. But Kaylee doesn't want to. I have tried three brands, and when I mix them in to her home cooked food, she just eats around the kibble and leaves it in the bowl. Am I that wrong? I get proper nutrition into two growing boys just fine - how much harder is it to do that for a growing dog?