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    I did find some recipes, including the allrecipe. That looks like a lot of flour to use, and I thought garlic was not good for our pets...hey I also am willing to try, boil liver and mix it with the doggie food I have and see if he will eat it.

    what about adding gravy to the dry food?? could someone tell me the yes or no on this? thanks.
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    Apple Crunch Pup Cakes
    Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
    • 2 3/4 cups water
    • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    • 4 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup dried apple chips ( you can also use fresh fruit)
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 egg, beaten slightly
    • 4 tablespoons honey
    Dog Food Recipe Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooling spray. Mix all wet
    ingredients thoroughly. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add wet to dry
    slowly , scraping well to make sure no dry mixture is left. Pour into muffin
    tins. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out
    dry. Store in a sealed container. Makes around 12-14 pupcakes.
    We hope your best friend enjoys
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    Archie Squares
    Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 cup powdered dry milk
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. brown sugar or honey
    • 6 tbs. meat or bacon drippings, cold right from refrigerator, not melted
    or soft!
    • 1 egg, slightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup Ice water
    Dog Food Recipe Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour, dry milk,
    garlic powder and sugar. Cut in meat drippings until mixture resembles corn
    meal. Mix in egg. Add enough water so that mixture forms a ball. Using your
    fingers, pat out dough onto cook sheet to 1/2" thick. Cut dough into squares
    appropriate for your dog size. Prick each cookie with fork. Bake 25-30 minutes.
    Remove from tray and cool on rack. Store in airtight container.
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    Alfie & Archie’s Garlic Flavored Dog Biscuits
    Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
    Yield: 1 batch
    • 2 1/2 c Flour, whole wheat
    • 1/2 c Powdered milk
    • 1/2 ts Salt
    • 1/2 ts Garlic powder
    • 1 ts Sugar, brown
    • 6 tb Meat drippings or
    margarine
    • 1 Eggs, beaten
    • 1/2 c Ice water
    Dog Food Recipe Directions:
    Preheat oven to 350. Lightly
    oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour, powdered milk, salt, garlic powder and sugar.
    Cut in meat drippings until mixture resembles corn meal. Mix in egg. Add enough
    water so that mixture forms a ball. Using your fingers, pat out dough onto
    cookie sheet to half inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter or knife and remove
    scraps. Scraps can be formed again and baked. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from
    tray and cool on rack.
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    these were from Blue Buffalo website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    As you can see, I have an English Bulldog named Peaches. She is a rescue and I was warned her had multiple problems. The first I noticed immediately, she smelled!!!!! After a bath, she wasn't any better. Trip to the vet, no REAL answer. Started reading up and discovered some breeds have a real issue with yeast, aggravated by common dog food products. Switched her to Blue Buffalo and all her yeast problems have cleared up. Now if I could just get her weight down!! LOL, but she's hungry!!
    A trick that works to take weight off of dogs, fairly easily. As you say - they are ALWAYS hungry. I have Boxers, I know.

    The best trick is to substitute 1 cup of dry dog food with 1 drained can of green beans. I usually add some beef or chicken broth to make it a tasty little meal. If you compare the calories of 1 cup of dog food versus 1 cup of green beans (65), it makes a big difference. But the green beans are bulky in size and being fiber which helps fill them up and keeps them satisfied.

    Our first Boxer developed bad knees by the time she was 3 1/2. We had to maintain her weight to help with her knees. And she was spoiled rotten. When I met my best friend, she told me about the green beans. So that started the new diet. And it did help maintain her at a good weight until near the end of her life.

    Sadie was 4 when we adopted Satin. So Satin never knew that dog food came without green beans. When we would visit my best friend's house - Aunt Eileen's - Satin would run to the kitchen to see what was in their food bowls. (Eileen free fed.) We could always hear her pushing the dry food out of the bowl and onto the tile floor looking for the green beans - her favorite part! I would ALWAYS have to yell "There were no beans at this house. Leave them alone." Every time she went to the house until the end of her life too.

    Hope this helps. I did Boxer Rescue for almost 20 years and have had to learn alot about dogs and cats with my rescue work. So if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
    Jane
    Physically in Maryland but heart is in Indianapolis.

    Rescued Boxers are adoptable love. Please consider a homeless/rescued pet when adding to your family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychomomquilter View Post
    I did find some recipes, including the allrecipe. That looks like a lot of flour to use, and I thought garlic was not good for our pets...hey I also am willing to try, boil liver and mix it with the doggie food I have and see if he will eat it.

    what about adding gravy to the dry food?? could someone tell me the yes or no on this? thanks.
    Garlic is really GOOD for the dogs. Same benefits as for people. Dogs cannot have ONIONS. Especially cooked onions. Something about the chemicals that make us cry can be deadly for them.

    When you add gravy to dry food, you are adding a LOT of flour. I always use broth - chicken or beef. And broth is also good when they are not feeling well. It has electrolytes and things and the salt in it actually makes them thristy-er.

    In case anyone needs it, I do have a recipe for 'Satin Balls'. This is a recipe that was developed by the Vet School at Ohio State University. It is designed to be completely balanced nutritionally balanced and has a VERY low residue. That means that 93-95% of the food is actually absorbed into the body. It is used for dog's that are under doctor's care - it was developed for dogs going through chemo for cancer (Satin died of mast cell cancer in her lymph system).

    I passed the recipe onto an owner in our town in North Carolina that had a Boxer with HUGE medical issues. I won't go into them, but she was skin and bones and was not able to absorb nutrients correctly. Most of her nutrients were given to her IV. I introduced them to the Satin Balls and they started using them exclusively. They even made baby balls and froze them and those were Roxie's favorite treat. They said that it was a huge difference because she was actually asking to eat. When we left NC, and when we have visited, we always check on Roxie. When I saw her 3 months ago, she weighed 48lbs. and her weight had been stable for over a year. When we met her, if she went for a short (3-4 block) walk with her family, she would have to be carried home. Now, they had to get an invisible fence because she would wander into town and someone would call and say that she was at the school (3 MILES away). The vet has said that they were sure that she would not live to be 2 years old, but now she is almost 6 and going strong.

    Sorry for the book, but Roxie is a miracle, at least to me and her family.
    Jane
    Physically in Maryland but heart is in Indianapolis.

    Rescued Boxers are adoptable love. Please consider a homeless/rescued pet when adding to your family.

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    The main problem I see with this is the wheat as third ingredient. I was told to stay away with dog food from wheat and corn because of allergens. When they describe the food it list chicken and rice but when you read the ingredients wheat is the third ingredient. This is often a problem for allergies for many dogs.


    Quote Originally Posted by sparkys_mom View Post
    I do not make my own pet food for a variety of reasons. First is time. Second is that I want my dog to get the nutrients he requires and it is more than just throwing a handful of hamburger and rice into his bowl. I have purchased from www.FlintRiver.Com for many years. Their prices are good, their quality is good, and they have NEVER had a recall. They sell dog and cat food and you can purchase small samples if you want to see how your pet likes the food. My dog loves it.

    Something else I really like is they deliver to my door. I never have to worry about running to the store or lugging in a 20 pound bag of kibble. Delivery is fast and is included in the price of the food. I am not associated with this company in any way other than being a loyal customer.
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    I have been feeding a raw/cooked diet to my 4 hounds for almost 4 years now. The vet always raves about how healthy my hounds are and how great their coats look and feel. I have 2 hounds that are 10 years old, one who was diagnosed as diabetic the beginning of the year, a 6 year old and 5 year old. The 2 younger hounds could lose a couple of pounds but the seniors are perfect weight. I grind a variety of raw vegetables and fruit depending on what is in season and they get this with either raw meat or cooked meat. They love meaty short ribs of any variety of beast and eat the bone and all with the exception of beef bones which are harder. I also cook chicken livers, hearts and gizzards and calf or veal heart along wth eggs for their organ meats and 3 pounds of ground chicken or turkey which I also cook. They also get a can of sardines and either canned salmon or mackeral each week. I also add a spoon of yogurt or cottage cheese to their ground veg. I also sub in whatever left over cooked meat I have from feeding the humans. They also get marrow bones to chew a couple times per week. The only supplements I add for the seniors is Vetri Science Disc. Huggie Bear had back issues last year and Xandy Bear is a little stiff sometimes.
    A dog is not "almost human" and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.

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