Friday, February 17, 2012

Why I'm Fed Homemade

Hi all! Today I want to tell you all why I'm fed homemade food, why it works for us, answer some questions you all have asked me and I'd love to know what you all are fed.
As most of you know, I have really bad allergies to corn and soy. I break out in hives, scratch till I bled, get ear and eye nasties and am very lethargic and unhappy if I eat corn or soy.
My peeps tried so many brands of dog food, including Pedigree, Science Diet, Blue Buffalo, AvoDerm (this dry food worked best for me), Nature's Recipe and Natural Choice. It started to get really expensive and I still wasn't in top condition.
Where else to turn? Homemade! I'll admit, Mom was a little unsure of homemade at first. Is it nutritionally complete? Is it healthy for my Nola? Will she eat it? Will her teeth get dirty? Check, check, check and heck no!
Within the first week of eating homemade food my coat grew back sleek and shining, my skin completely healed, I had so much energy and my ears and eyes were great.
Why am I not fed raw you ask? Well, Mom doesn't know how the meat we use is raised, handled, fed or slaughtered so she's not taking chances.
My food, all ingredients easily identified.


Pros of homemade food:
If your dog has allergies you can easily (and cheaply) remove them from their food.
You know how the food is prepared and what goes into it.
If you like to cook like my Mom, you'll really enjoy it.
If you don't like to cook or don't know how, it's very simple to do. All that you cook is the meat.
Your dog get variety in her diet.
Your pet is in great condition.

There are a lot more benefits, but this post would be HUGE is I listed them all.

Cons of homemade food:
It's not as easy to travel with as commercial dog food.

How long does the food last? The food usually last about a week, but you could make a big batch and freeze some.
How to you store it? In an AIRTIGHT container in the fridge.
How much does each pup get? I, Nola, eat 3/4 of a cup a day. Boston and Auggie usually get 1 cup a day.
What about treats? Sometimes Mom makes our treats but we usually get corn/soy free, by product free treats.
What do you all eat?
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola
Strong, lean body with tucked up waist. Check out the muscle tone in my legs!

Gleaming coat. I get so many complements on my shiny furs.

Clear, bright eyes. Happy Doxie

Shining white teeth. I get my teeth brushed every night, but before we started that they were very clean

29 comments:

  1. Nola, I am so glad that your mom takes the time to feed you homemade. It is much better than some of the nasty kibble that's around! I feed my dogs raw. They usually get chicken legs or thighs, with some pork or fish thrown in here or there. I also give them frozen liver as a treat. I've written a few posts on my quest to feed raw, so if you're interested, check out my blog!

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  2. Hey Nola!
    Wow, you are such a lovely picture of perfect health! Obviously this is working wonders for you. I get some homemade and some Pedigree. I have the same recipes that Frankie has, Slammin' Salmon and Lovin' Liver. I really enjoy the taste of both. Thanks for sharing your diet with us!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

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  3. You are so lucky to have a Momma that loves you so much she'd do that for you to keep you healthy! I wish I would have tried that with my late basset Barney. He had so many allergies and the vet was always changing his food. It got quite expensive!

    You, Nola are the picture of health! :)

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  5. Nola your fur is so gorgeous you wouldn't even think you had allergies! You are a very special lucky little lady to have such an amazing diet, Morgana and Cassie would love to know how your mummy makes your very yummy looking food :)

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  6. As Sarge said Ernie and I get those two thingys and mom gets Chicken Breasts and cuts those up and Cooks them for 50 mins. with BARLEY and veggies and cut up apple. AND she sometimes does this same thingy with a Beef Roast. THEN when cool... she puts it in baggies and freezes fur us. We also always have DRY Kibble (Blue Buffalo mostly).. just to be SURE we are getting everythingy we need and are never hungry BOL BOL.

    PeeS.... thanks fur turnin off the super secret squiggle word thingy that one needed a secret decoder ring to work with. I, fur one, REALLY appreciate it!

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  7. Great post Nola! (I'm still sneaking out one night to come have dinner with you).

    I'm glad to see when you posted that first picture of your muscle toned leg's that you were not naked again! Phew.....

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle

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  8. That sounds so fancy Nola! We just switched Indiana from Salmon Grain and Gluten Free Nature's Variety to the Chicken flavor and he doesn't like it as much. But he's getting lots of yoghurt with his dry to try and keep his digestion going smoothly during the transition!

    I can barely keep up with cooking for me and The Husband, so I hope you thank your mom properly for that labor of love!

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  9. Nola

    You look fantastic!! So happy your Mum found the right solution for you :)

    My Mum has been amazed to see the difference diet can make to allergies, her parents Dog had allergies for ages until she asked them if they'd tried the hypoallergenic food she used for her Goldens - Tah Dah!! Allergies all gone….

    We can't get that food here in the US, but Mum was determined to give me grain free food - I like Natures Domain from Costco….

    Mum hadn't even been aware until a year ago that people were making their own Dog Food, but she's too afraid of the nutrition requirements to try, and she's vegetarian so doesn't want to mess with meat, plus I'm doing pretty well right now - but it's great to hear about other options :)

    Have a fun weekend buddy

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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  10. Your teeth sure are white! You definitely make a very good case for homemade food.

    Your pal, Pip

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  11. I'm withs Lily....what time is dinner?

    Puddles

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  12. Well, you sure do look in good shape, Nola; so I say "hurray" for your momma for making sure you get what you need.

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  13. You look beautiful, so it is obviously the right food for you. We used to get raw food, but switched to kibble. I, Daisy, started itching and ear flapping, so we switched to a no-grain kibble. We can all eat that, though we have to have it sent out from Sydney. Oh, we also get stuff added to our kibble like vegies, occasionally sardines, chicken necks or wings. We pretty much eat anything....just not grain.

    xXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

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  14. You look great, Nola! We ended up feeding K homemade food for all the same reasons as you did. We tried every kind of commercial food imaginable when she was a pup but she had multiple allergies plus she has chronic problems with her pancreas. She does great with homemade food. In our case, a vet nutritionist at Angel Memorial Hospital designed K's diet. We make big batches and freeze them.

    Thanks for a great post!

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  15. Awesome looking teeth.

    Well, I don't know if this is considered homemade but Ginger, Coal, and Brother Dog are cooked for everyday. Although their main diet usually consist of rice, meat and carrots or some other vegetables, cooking is very time consuming as it has to be done everyday- for us. Now, we've switched to dog food and are hoping to get better results.

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee

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  16. Hey Nola, Jet here. Thanks so much for sharing. My BFF, Dixie, the mini doxie, has lots of gastro issues. I will share this post with her human Mom, my special friend, Miss Mary Ann. Maybe this will help.

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  17. It sounds like your mom knows what she's doing. :)
    Glacier and Roscoe eat a pre-made raw food called Natural Instinct. They do great on it; especially Roscoe who has mild allergies.

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  18. Your food looks very tasty. We eat grain free kibble with fresh food and home cooked toppers and supplements but mom is very lucky that we have no allergies

    Urban Hounds

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  19. Your homemade food looks very tasty Nola, I will have to get mum to make me some when we have found out what it is that doesn't agree with me... Deccy x

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  20. Woof! Woof! Totally understand. I got allergies too ... had to do lots of lots of elimination before mom figure it out what to do. We found a dog food that works. I get homemade food if I get only tummy ache cause I ate not sooo good stuff in my backyard. YUM!!! Happy Saturday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  21. Dear Nola,
    Your dinner looks YUMMY! Our Mommy cooks the hairy slobbery sisters foods. Bob has some allergies. When she was little - that was 11 years ago, it was very hard to find food for dogs that had allergies. Their favorite is lamb with rice and carrots and celery (and yeast and vitamins). Mommy makes up a big batch and then freezes it in a cupcake pan. When it is frozen she puts it into bags. They gets no grain, no chicken crunchies too!
    Yous is the picture of health!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  22. So this is a meat free dog food!? Would love to know the ingredients!

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  23. Sounds like home made food is going well for you. :)

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  24. The traveling part kind of rules out home made or raw for us. I need to convenience of kibble. Chester and Gretel only have mild allergies though. Chester gets itchy skin sometimes. I fed him Avoderm and that went away. Gretel gets weepy eyes and coughs sometimes. We are switching to grain-free kibble to see if that works (Acana Grasslands).

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  25. You gots a recipe for me to try? Mama is a vegetarian (I no has an understand why) and she hates buying the cans from the store that are full of... I no exactly sure what they is full of (but they is tasty). Daddy wants to make some food for me... what you puts in your delicious homemade foods?

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  26. What's the recipe so my mama can try it for me?

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