|Barked: Wed Sep 19, '12 9:36pm PST |
|Conker where did you find the info about Honest Kitchen heating the food to 165?
If I can find the info about that, I can show that to the vet and ask if they think that is ok to feed... I may also contact Honest Kitchen and ask about whether I can heat up the food at home also?
Although their "complete" diets are also really expensive to feed on a regular basis as the sole diet to a large dog unfortunately; I remember from when I fed it after my last dog's bloat surgery for a short while, that you have to feed a lot so those 10 lb boxes do not last long, it's almost like buying a 10 lb bag of kibble even though they say on the packaging that it 'rehydrates to 30 lbs of food' or something like that, it doesn't really last as if it was 30 lbs.
I found the info for Freshpet too, that looks like an interesting one, I'm trying to see if I can find it locally.
I've been looking into home cooking also as an option (or possibly for part of the diet at least) but I had a few concerns with that... One is I am worried about using just regular grocery store meat (due to the quality, or being full of hormones/antibiotics) and organic and stuff like that is very expensive and also it is harder to find organ meats that are not chicken as I discovered after Bianca's surgery/blood loss when my vet recommended giving her raw organic liver, I could not find anything but chicken liver! I actually just found a source for organic lamb liver/other organs today but it's quite expensive. This is also a concern if I use Preference, the sourcing of the meat. I'm trying to look into options for that though. Unfortunately I don't have much freezer room either so I can't buy in bulk.
Another is that most of the dog cancer diet recipes I found had rice or other grains in them, and also they usually required a lot of extra supplements to be added and a lot of them also used chicken and sometimes use eggs/eggshells- although she may not be allergic to eggs I've read that chicken and egg allergies can go together.
I also do not currently have a working oven so if it requires an oven that could be a problem, I would say it would be fine when we get it fixed but it's been that way all summer. If it just uses the stove though, that works fine.
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