|Barked: Sat Jan 10, '09 10:57am PST |
|It is expensive per calorie. The minimum calories needed are about 20 times the dog's weight and protein should be a minimum of one gram per pound. Sassy needs at least 800 calories for her 40 pound build. A meat jar is about 60 calories and 8 grams of protein. Sassy would need a whole bunch of jars!
You could feed it. I guess if you were out of food in a place where the good dog food stores were closed go ahead and feed baby food without salt or onion added. MUCH better than a grocery store dog food. Another choice would be canned meat or fish. Some stores carry hard cooked egg. Difficulty is what the strange food would do to the digestive system and hard to get these with no salt added.
It would be fine in a pinch. Of course it isn't a balanced meal but a well fed dog would be fine for a couple of weeks on not enough calcium, other minerals and protein.
If you were traveling and had to buy food for the dog I would just ask the restaurant to cook up a couple eggs and meat patties with NO salt added. My dogs do fine on bread but could get unsalted rice and mix that in as well. You could buy some calcium tablets, even TUMS, and add one smashed up to a pound of food. Add a vitamin A rich vegetable if you cannot feed liver and there you go, a nice meal your dog will like a lot better than Purina. THAT would be a good baby food to buy on a trip for sure, vegetables must be cooked and well mushed up for dogs to get any nutrition from them so baby food is perfect!
Rule is mostly meat. Try hard to feed 75% meat, the rest vegetable and starchy stuff.
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