This is only my second post here. I am so grateful for all the information here!! I have spent countless hours researching food for my Zoey. Her allergies were horrific. She scratched her face until it was bloody and chewed/licked her paws incessantly. She was on Science Diet when I got her. I slowly did the switch to 4 Health lamb and rice. I will be completely honest in saying that cost is a factor on food choice. She got even worse on this. I looked into Fromm and thought I would pass out at the price tag. I do know that you can't skimp on EB health so I wracked my brain for alternatives. I researched the raw diet and well I just could not bring myself to do it. In desperation, I hit my kitchen! I am now cooking her food and she loves it! She is getting meat (no chicken), an assortment of approved EB veggies, and pumpkin. Her face cleared up in just a few short days and she has yet to lick her paws today!! Her poos are normal. I was worried to death about dental health on the soft diet so her treats are now carrots. Loves them under close supervision. What do all you wonderfully knowledgeable EB lovers think? I am putting her on a MV as well so she isn't missing anything. I am at the point of even dreaming about all of this!! sheesh...I really am an OCD bully mom! Thanks for any insight!!
Sound like you r doing a great job! I also don't know about home cooking but you sound like you have figured out a lot. Kudos to you! Fromm is expensive, i agree but if you r thinking of maybe using it as a filler with your home cooking it would sure last much longer. Just a thought. Welcome by the way.
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Results speak for them selves, don't they??? Google dogaware, there's tons of good information about feeding home cooked dog food. Welcome!
Sounds like you're doing a great job! I agree about maybe adding half Fromm. We're not allowed to post links to other sites but google mr.chewy, it's a great website that sells treats and food for dogs. It's much cheaper then the price amazon sells it for!
I just ordered from that website and it is cheaper than amazon!
Thank you all so much! RiiSii thank you for the great site!!!
Yes I just started cooking in the past few months as well. I still give kibble too but Tidus did 'ring around the eye', the orangy color stuff I could not get rid of it. He had it for over a year. Never any other 'allergy' symptoms, and I tried EVERYTHING. He does not itch, has had 1 hot spot, no paw licking.... so the rings were more of a disturbance to me and not him. However, he did seem to have some colitis on occassion as well.
He still has a bit of rings but not the orange rust color, he is even shedding about 50% of what he was. No more squirty poo on occasion either. I only give him kibble if I have not made his pot of food. I did notice one thing, he improved a lot more when I reduced the amount of pasta/rice he was getting. Now I put 1/4 cup of dry rice or pasta in 2lbs of hamburger, instead of like 1 cup I was giving before.
Everyone gets it a few times a week as well, and if I keep seeing such wonderful results we may just go that route altogether eventually! Right now we are in 'beta' stages!
My MIL and niece are here visiting and I was making a pot of food. She came in and said, "Mmmmmmmm that looks delicious! What are we having?" I told her it was for the dogs, and she laughed. Then she looked at me and knew I was not kidding and was like "You are joking right?!"
Oh, and don't tell Chip I told you, but he always comes and eats about 10 big bites of it....
Now I had seriously thought about doing raw for him, but with 6 bullies and 4 kids, homeschool, EBN, ect. I just did not think it was for me at this moment in time. So this was the 'next best thing', and I have room in my refrigerator, my freezer.... not so much!
Here he is, looking the best he has in two years! But he still has some tear staining to rid of, but his white fur is glowing! And the food cooking on the stove, and a bowl cooling down after cooked.
Here is Tidus BEFORE the home cooking:
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Titus looks wonderful! And of course I had to taste some myself. The kids did too! It was quite good. I omit the grains/pasta completely for now just in case that was a trigger for her. Hubby says it took HIM getting an EB to get me in the kitchen. Sheesh...men
Why oh why do we listen to those gosh darn fella's? Jeesh. Good job on the home cooking, my recipe is 50% ground cooked beef, 25% cooked cooled oatmeal, 25% fresh veggies and fruit raw. Then I mix it with the kibble about 1/2 and 1/2 they love it and to top it off I add a table spoon of plain yogurt and a table spoon of raw plain pumpkin with liquid glucosemine on top , almost looks like a Sundae to them.
Lisa, very nice indeed.
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i dont home cook but kudos for you. i sometimes think maybe its the other things in kibble that affect our bullies. like preservatives and oils and such. @Saalwi is doing a blog of home cooking its in the blog section. sophie n schultz home cooking 101 i think its called. and @Twice has lots of home recipes. i think we have a section here of home recipes for english bulldogs you can look at. good luck and good for you
First off... welcome to EBN!!! Second post of many I hope
Good for you!! Home cooking has literally saved my girls life. I have a ton of recipes that were given to me by a certified nutritionist, modified by me then approved by 2 nutritionists and Abby's entire team of doctors. I love knowing that they are eating 100% human grade food and I know and understand every single ingredient in the bowl. I also love that I can tailor each meal based on Abby's latest test results. You can't do that by opening a bag or a can!
All of my babies eat home cooked meals now and they couldn't be healthier. I made a chili the other night that we ALL ate. My son loved it as much as my dogs.
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