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07-24-2014 11:38 AM
Linda1270 I use to substitute Gerber Baby Rice Flakes instead of cooked rice whenever my old Lab use to get sick. For some reason he didn't like the boiled rice and chicken so I substitute boiled hamburg and mixed in Gerber Baby Rice Flakes and he inhaled it. He would jump around in anticipation whenever I would begin to boil the hamburg.

Not sure how it would be for long term feeding, but for a 3 day fast when sick, it worked wonders.
07-03-2014 04:54 PM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO What will you be doing for calcium if you are deboning? I'd suggest raw too, once his stomach is back to normal.

I feed raw but in the winter I'll occasionally make pressure cooker meals (put whole rabbit, turkey, chicken, or whatever else in the pressure cooker until the bones are can be mushed with a spoon, add in green leafy veggies and sweet potatoes and whatever else you want). No need t skin, rinse, or debone anything. Just make sure that the bones are cooked until soft!
07-03-2014 04:24 PM
Ellimaybel I appreciate the input from everyone. I just need to find a way to manage my time for this. As far as supplements, he will be getting more nutrients once I can start reintroducing, which is going to start today. I wound up sleeping HARD last night. Have tonight's food done and tomorrow's will be cooked and in the fridge for me to puree tomorrow. Tonight I'll cook some sweet potatoes to add in. Please, keep tips coming! I have a feeling this is going to be my life lol.
07-03-2014 09:53 AM
Pawsed We cook for our dogs, once every 2 weeks. Obviously, we cook a large amount at once and parcel it out into individual serving sizes and freeze most of those. At feeding time, we take out one container for each dog and warm it in the microwave, then add whatever supplements the dog needs. It takes a couple or 3 hours to make an entire batch, but then the work is done for a couple of weeks. It works well for us and our dogs.
07-03-2014 09:48 AM
Heidigsd I cook for Nikki and it is a lot of work and dirty dishes

I boil her pork tenderloin and bake her sweet potatoes...I make enough for four days. I divide her meat & potatoes in containers so I don't have to weigh her food for every meal.

I have been cooking for her for almost three years and you get used to it after a while.

Besides the rice and chicken are you giving him supplements to balance his diet?

As far as the "arsenic" in rice there is a great post over on K9 Kitchen from a veterinary toxicologist you might want to read (you have to join the group). It's message# 101513 but basically feeding rice is not an issue.
07-03-2014 09:13 AM
GSDAlphaMom I just resolved an issue I had (my thread title is 7 month old with no weight gain...or something like that). THree weeks of loose stool, did the ck/rice for 3 days, cut all supplements except the probiotic, reintroduced raw (am), kibble (pm) ADDED Bilex and he now has perfect stools (I should add parasites/worms/IBD/EPI were all ruled out).

I learned most probiotics are plant based. The Bilex has bovine in it. It helps with nutrient absorbtion. People with gallbladders removed use it to break down fats. I am very please with it. You may want to look into it.
07-03-2014 09:04 AM
qbchottu Get a large pressure cooker, throw in a whole chicken and a couple sweet potatoes. It should mash down into a convenient purée. Plus makes several servings worth.

I visited a kennel a few months back - they had a coccidia outbreak and passed to my dogs. I cooked for 9 dogs for a week without breaking my back or giving up my day job

Make things simple. Bland now, but once stomach issues resolve, he needs to get on a complete raw diet or a good quality kibble.
07-03-2014 06:33 AM
Sunflowers Oh, goodness. Give yourself a break and the dog more nutrients.

Try raw. He doesn't need the rice, on the contrary, the majority of rice contains arsenic.
07-03-2014 06:10 AM
counter Do you have to cook the food for it to "work"? Our 4 dogs are on an exclusively raw diet, and I don't cook anything. I just put all of the small stuff, like supplement oils and powders and organ meats, etc into a bowl and mix it up, and then give them a separate meal of the big chunks of meat and bone. They eat it all and have about as solid of stools as you can ever get. I see a lot of people who cook food for their dogs, but I'm under the assumption that, when you cook it, you're cooking out all of the good stuff. I've even read where people are cooking a "raw" diet for their dogs. It's not raw if it's cooked. Haha! Not that you're doing or calling it that. Just funny though.
07-03-2014 02:03 AM
Ellimaybel For a couple of days, yes. But if it turns out I'm going to be doing this for the rest of my dog's life, I think I need a cauldron over a fire outside.
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