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Old 01-28-2009, 09:34 PM   #11
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You don't need to buy a supplement for calcium. Simply add some cottage cheese or yogurt to the mix. She should enjoy that. On a quick note make sure if you feed egg that you cook it first. There is an enzyme called avidin in the egg that blocks the absorbtion of B vitamins.

I still cook for my three dogs and two cats every week. They love their food and their weight and fur is excellent. I have lots of recipes to share if you are interested in giving your girl some variety.


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Old 01-28-2009, 09:46 PM   #12
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You don't need to buy a supplement for calcium. Simply add some cottage cheese or yogurt to the mix. She should enjoy that. On a quick note make sure if you feed egg that you cook it first. There is an enzyme called avidin in the egg that blocks the absorbtion of B vitamins.

I still cook for my three dogs and two cats every week. They love their food and their weight and fur is excellent. I have lots of recipes to share if you are interested in giving your girl some variety.


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Judy: I would LOVE more recipes, she is such a fussy eater and I am sure she will start refusing this soon lol. I need all the help I can get. I don't care what it is or the cost, I just want to do what is best for her and keep her healthy and happy. Hugs Susan & Lexcee
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:22 PM   #13
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Vets generally will not help with homemade diets,
I know mine won't. She does not believe in them.
I would research on the internet and get a recipe
that includes the supplements if you are interested
in this method of feeding.
I am feeding homemade but I also feed dry making sure
the total amount of food in a day is not too much.
Tia gets 1/2 cup and Casey gets 1 cup of the mixture.
As treats, my dogs get peeled and cored apples and baby carrots
as well as just about any fruit that I buy, keeping in mind the
forbidden ones for dogs of course.

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Adopted by: Casey the Cocker 8 yrs
and Tia the ShihTzu 6 months
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:30 PM   #14
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Turf have you tried mixing moist food into the kibble? When Junior doesn't want to eat thats what I do and then slowly start weening him off the moist food.

I second the yogurt idea, not only might it help in supplying some extra nutrients but the cultures in it might be beneficial to Lexcee's digestive system.

I wouldn't recommend the egg idea, especially not raw, the risk of poisoning is always there.

You know, I was thinking that maybe you can add a little bit of kibble to this diet that you are currently feeding her. This way you do two things: the first is that you actually might get Lexcee to eat the kibble and the second is that you don't have to worry so much about not giving her enough nutrients because the kibble is especially formulated for that purpose. If she eats everything successfully you might also be able to ween her off the other food and go back to kibble, unless you want to keep the home made diet. The other posibility to this idea is that she will eat everything BUT the kibble.lol.

Lastly, if possible (I know it isn't always possible) instead of getting your vet's point of view about nutrition, talk to a specialist that deals specifically with dog nutrition or a holistic vet.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:14 PM   #15
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Thanks guys, Jr. yes I have tried but she just leaves it behind but I am going to keep doing it so maybe she might just eat some I hope lol.
I have tried the cottage cheese on her too and she does seem to like it. It is just that she is so fussy, but I am standing firm and I put it down if she does not eat it comes up and I do that every few hours. I think she is finally getting the picture that I am alpha here not her lol.
Thanks again for all the input, it makes me feel so much better.
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Thanks guys, Jr. yes I have tried but she just leaves it behind but I am going to keep doing it so maybe she might just eat some I hope lol.
I have tried the cottage cheese on her too and she does seem to like it. It is just that she is so fussy, but I am standing firm and I put it down if she does not eat it comes up and I do that every few hours. I think she is finally getting the picture that I am alpha here not her lol.
Thanks again for all the input, it makes me feel so much better.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:31 PM   #17
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If your worried about 'pack leader', a simple solution is to have her do a trick before you hand her the food.
Do you mean before I feed her I make her sit or something?
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:35 PM   #18
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Do you mean before I feed her I make her sit or something?
Exactly! Have her sit, speak, spin or anything. But if you make her sit, verbally praise her and then give her the food, don't expect her to stay seated throughout the whole meal.lol. It's just a way for her to 'earn' the food, teaches her that you are in control of the situation/food
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:18 AM   #19
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I would also give her some probiotics and enzymes at first according to my vet until she gets used to it. Also, fish oil. Yogurt is good and hard boiled eggs. But only a couple of times a week. There are powders that can help too. My dogs have een on Oma's pride turkey mix where they grind the bones, organs, and meat together with vegetables. My dog with allergies does not have any now. Good luck.

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I would also give her some probiotics and enzymes at first according to my vet until she gets used to it. Also, fish oil. Yogurt is good and hard boiled eggs. But only a couple of times a week. There are powders that can help too. My dogs have een on Oma's pride turkey mix where they grind the bones, organs, and meat together with vegetables. My dog with allergies does not have any now. Good luck.

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I agree Both pro & pre -biotics are good
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