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    anne in apex
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:30 am Groupie
    | Pitiful doggie

    Our dog is on Predisone for a liver issue. Last time, she gained a lot of weight, and we're trying to avoid that this time. But the meds make her sooooo hungry! The vet says to "just say no", but the poor thing checks her food bowl frequently, just to see if there is any smell she hasn't licked off. She scours the kitchen floor for anything dropped. I feel so bad for her!

    I'd like to make some sort of treat that maybe helps the hungries a little, but won't add to her weight gain. I assume that things like peanut butter are out, so I was wondering if you have any good recipes that I could whip up?

    Thanks, from a really guilty dog mommy.
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:39 am
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    Awww. Poor Lady. icon_cry.gif

    I've heard of dogs that like raw carrots. icon_confused.gif I've tried giving them to Jar, and he takes them. Then he drops them and looks at me like I've insulted him. icon_rolleyes.gif

    However, what if you, say, sliced some carrots up and cooked them in broth? He may not like RAW carrots, but Jar goes nuts for the carrots I fish out of stock when I make it. I don't know how low-cal they'd be, though - but they're CARROTS. icon_wink.gif
    anne in apex
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:19 pm Groupie
    Yeah, she doesn't understand what she's supposed to do with a raw carrot. But you've given me an idea. Maybe if I grated up some carrots or zucchini and cooked it till it's fairly unrecognizable. Added to her food, it would provide some more bulk without additional calories. According to the USDA, 1/2 cup cooked carrots or zucchini is only about 25 calories.

    If I added that to her bowl, I could take out some of the dry food and space that out over the course of the day so she eats more often. She currently gets chicken, rice, an egg, and some Science Diet (for more balanced nutrients. It's worth a shot!

    I'm still open to treats, too, just because she's such a Very Good Girl about all this medicine stuff. icon_biggrin.gif
    anne in apex
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:29 pm Groupie
    UPDATE: As an experiment, I shredded half a carrot really fine, cooked it for a few minutes in a couple of spoonfuls of the broth from her chicken. Added a handful of her rice.

    *snarff snuffle snuflle gulp slurp*

    All gone. I think when I cook her chicken weekly I'll throw in a bunch of carrots. Cooked to mush, they'll go right down.

    I feel like I'm cooking for my grandmother. icon_lol.gif
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:35 pm
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    What if you hold back some her chicken from her meal, and use it as treats? That's what I do on Kong night - I hold back 1/3 cup of kibble, because he's getting it later.

    Or. . . what about using something like Jar's Death Star with her kibble portion? Only probably a smaller size. icon_wink.gif It'd take longer for her to eat her meal, you know?

    And seriously, I use carrots during Treat Time - the cat seldom falls for "carrots as a treat," so she gets chicken, but the Jar is perfectly happy with chicken-enhanced carrot chunks. icon_biggrin.gif
    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:21 pm
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    My dog Madison has always had a voracious appetite and always looked so pathetic when I fed her an appropriate amount of food. I'm fiendish about keeping them in shape so I started pureeing 5# bags of mixed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots to add to her food. I feed her approximately 25% vegetables and she has been thriving on it these past 5 years.

    I guess because they do eat vegetables they loved green beans, asparagus and carrots as treats. They also love Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs

    Hope your baby gets better soon!
    anne in apex
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:52 pm Groupie
    Kris ~ she's never been a chew toy kinda girl, although these days anything with food in it is fair game! I won't have any trouble getting her to eat her kibble, I'll just give it to her later in the evening so it lasts her a little longer.

    K9 ~ Thanks for the input on the veggies. I'm glad to know that works, I'll give it a try. Kinda like hiding the kid's veggies in their spaghetti sauce.icon_lol.gif
    I like the sweet potato chew recipe, too, although I personally detest sweet potatoes.

    Funny, I'm vegetarian but I cook chicken for my dog. I hate sweet potatoes, but I'll cook them for my dog. Who belongs to whom, here? icon_rolleyes.gif
    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:06 pm
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    anne in apex wrote:

    Funny, I'm vegetarian but I cook chicken for my dog. I hate sweet potatoes, but I'll cook them for my dog. Who belongs to whom, here? icon_rolleyes.gif

    I come by my nickname honestly. icon_wink.gif
    Connie Lea
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:53 am Groupie
    I've been making dog food to supplement our dog's dry food for about three years - Dog Food for Normal, Fussy, Fat, Thin and Diabetic Dogs. Our vet says it's the barley and vegetables in it that make it lower calorie. They love it. I only add 1/4 cup to their dry food at night as they are all little. I'm going to try cooking carrot slices in broth for treats. I only have one who likes raw carrots, but I bet all of them would love the cooked carrots. Thanks for the idea Kris. Anne hope your little girl gets better real soon. I bet my girls would love the sweet potato chews too. Thanks K9.
    anne in apex
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:11 am Groupie
    Thanks, Connie, I'll add that to the list. It looks like I need to make chicken and barley soup for her. I had some turkey veg soup from a friend. It had been in her freezer too long, so she donated it to the dog. The dog loved it!
    K9 Owned
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:25 am
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    anne in apex wrote:
    Thanks, Connie, I'll add that to the list. It looks like I need to make chicken and barley soup for her. I had some turkey veg soup from a friend. It had been in her freezer too long, so she donated it to the dog. The dog loved it!

    Just a heads up Annie.. make sure the soup wasn't made with onions - they are toxic to dogs.
    anne in apex
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:55 am Groupie
    Yep, I know about the onions. I asked that, and she didn't use onions. Can't take extra chances with a faulty liver.
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:43 am
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    Anne, the death star isn't really a chew toy - Jar rolls it around with his nose, and the kibble sort of falls out of it randomly. It's the funniest thing to watch him just wandering around the house, scooting the thing around, hoping for a stray bit of kibble to drop out of it. icon_biggrin.gif

    Well, until he gets tired of being patient and he picks the whole thing up and starts shaking it! icon_lol.gif
    anne in apex
    Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:55 pm Groupie
    I'm pretty sure my old girl would find that way too much like hard work. She's rather sit and look pitiful, or push her empty bowl around the floor until someone put something in it. icon_lol.gif
    Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:53 pm
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    Anne, having exactly zero experience feeding dogs I can't offer any tips (cats...that's another but I certainly hope that your precious girl is feeling better very soon! The cats send some healing purrs and gentle head bonks to help her feel better.
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