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1/29/17 5:40 P

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Laurie - Glad we could help! Hope Blue feels better, and that the new thyroid test is much improved!!

Phoenix wasn't so old when the whole Blue Buffalo catastrophe occurred, but it surely DID age him considerably! Since then he has had frequent gastro -intestinal issues that have aged him even more. It's hard to feel good when your innards are in turmoil all the time.

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1/29/17 10:36 A

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Thanks all for the ideas!

Kathy, I did talk to Meags on facebook. She gave me all the details. It sounds like you guys went through hell and back with Phoenix. Poor guy :-( This aging pet stuff just sucks :-(

Right now we are feeding just the one boy (Blue, 12 years now!) a mix of chicken, brown rice, green beans, carrots and peas. My goal right now is to get food in his belly and get him to stop losing weight. He has a thyroid issue that he's now on meds for, which need adjusting, and he's had weakness in his hips and rear end for a couple of months now. The refusal to eat just started during the med adjustment period for the thyroid, maybe two weeks ago. Since he started eating the new diet, he is actually eating (!) and will eat some of the kibble mixed in with the homemade stuff. He seems much happier, bouncier, and moves a little easier. Poor boy was half starved!

We go back to the vet on Tuesday for another thyroid check, and I plan to talk to him about the need for supplements if I'm going to keep him on this diet for any length of time.

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1/29/17 6:52 A

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I use taste of wild bison

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1/25/17 11:51 P

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Laurie - The biggest problem with homemade dog food is ensuring that it is nutritionally balanced, and getting the right quantity for your particular animal.

After Blue Buffalo nearly killed Phoenix we tried several other foods before ending up making our own - using recipes designed by a lady with a Masters Degree in Animal Nutrition, someone recommended very highly by one of our vets..

We eventually ended up cooking for all 3 of the beasties briefly before deciding that it was neither cost effective, nor "physically" effective either. To make 35 days worth of food for the 3 guys took Meaganne nearly 4 days worth of chopping, measuring, weighing, cooking and then weighing again to get the correct portion sizes for each of them..... plus it cost me in the $400 range, and we were NOT using the recommended supplement.

Meaganne says that if you send a message on FaceBook NOT spark (she doesn't ever come here anymore) she'll give you all the details of the whole process we went through before, during and after the Blue Buffalo problem.

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if you have a tractor supply near you...their brand..4Health is one of the top rated on dog food advisor. really reasonable..i get the grain free and my picky newf loves it. when i was showing every weekend..and i had several that were top ten in the country, i made the same kind of "soup" described below. EVERYTHING got tossed in. i startred with a "ground scrap blend" my butcher made. tossed it in a big pot and filled with water. EVERYTHING went in. leftover vegs. egg shells. back then onions and onion skins were ok but do NOT put them in they are harmful.
it stayed on the back of the woodstove in the winter and you just added more water when needed..and every day each dog got a ladle on their food. they LOVED it...just make sure pieces are small...

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1/25/17 10:56 A

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Hi Gourmet dogs are a challenge to feed. There are many things you can try. Try cooking "gravy" to mix with kibble. I cook ground beef with carrot,green beans, red bell pepper, bok choy,etc. The veg are buzzed in the food processor. Then cooked with ground beef. Sort of like soup. A big spoon full moistens and flavors the kibble. I keep this in the fridg and heat up a small amount as needed. High quality kibble is expensive because the quality ingredients cost more. The amount of food needed is less than the cheep stuff. It is easier to digest, less shedding of coat, and stool is smaller. Bonus! You can try using a mix of cheaper kibble and expensive kibble. Check out the Dog food Adviser for impartial reviews of kibble. Perhaps you can find kibble that picky dog likes but doesn't cost an outrageous amount. I find cooking meals for them WAY too much work. I experimented with different brands over time. I feed Acana (Canadian) and/or Merrick (USA) with homemade "gravy". Clean bowls here! Also the quantity of kibble fed is about 1/3 less. A bag lasts them longer so not crazy expensive. There are many different recipes for making dog food on line. I just want to make sure mine get all the nutrients they need for optimal health. Like anything , you get what you pay for. I hope this helps.

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1/25/17 7:37 A

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This topic has probably been posted before but I can't find it.

One of my three dogs has up and decided he will no longer eat his usual kibble. He has oddball health issues, nothing serious, just weird stuff that the vet scratches his head about. He agreed I should switch all of them to a better quality diet, but a commercial diet would cost me upwards of $300 a month.

I want to make my own at home, but I am a seriously lazy cook so I need really simple recipes with no more than 5 ingredients that won't break the bank.

Ideas?

Thanks!

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