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Old 06-17-2017, 10:33 AM   #1
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I have posted that Sir Moose has liver disease, refused toeat his Hepatic dog food, dropped from 112 to 81 pounds , all but starving. I decided to cook for him, researched found foods with low copper, or lower copper, etc. Some isn't so low, but we feed him what he will eat.

While in the hepatic kibble, he never came to check food bowl, never watched me in the kitchen, didn't pay much attention to the barking dogs around us. Now they I cook, he watches me in kitchen, ears perked, checks is bowl during the day, runs out when he hears dogs barking. His stomach was so shrunk tht he ate very little at a time. He eats more and more all the time. He may have put on a couple of pounds.

Breakfast typically a bowl of oatmeal that I cook with a tad of honey and some milk and one of the following meats--chopped boiled chicken, chopped roasted turkey breast, lean ground boiled turkey that I crumbled. After he eats his oatmeal, he gets a scrambled egg, sometimes a little more meat added. in the afternoon, about 1/2 cu of cottage cheese, and maybe one slice of bread with thin layer of peanut butter and 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil spread over it. Supper--rice boiled in the broth of the boiled chicken or turkey, or if out of it, low sodium beef or chicken broth. I add some chopped carrots and chopped apple. Last night I added some yellow squash. I cook that, then add just a little cheese and then the meat. It comes out to about 3 1/2 cups. He usually eats all but about 1/2 cup. I save it and about 10:00, pour a little milk on it and he finishes it off. Also I sometimes do him a fillet of cod (white meat fish is the fish he is suppose to eat) in the microwave and he loves it.

Now to the treats. With all the recalls on treats, etc, and not knowing for sure about them, I wanted to make him some treats that he would like. It has been routine to give him (and all previous dogs) two treats at bedtime. Had always given milk bones. Well, one of the ladies on the Pyr forum posted this recipe for me, I made it and Moose LOVES them

In larger pan (I used a 2 quart one) put 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice, 1 1/4 or so pounds of washed chicken livers, and about 4 1/2 cups of water. Bring to boil. reduce heat, cook til water is all absorbed. Mash,, mash, and mash until the livers are completely mashed and blended with the rice. I used a potato masher. Then add a 1 pound can of drained sweet potatoes and mash until all is well blended. Cool until it can be handled and then form balls about the size of walnuts and place on lightly greased (I used Pam spray) cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. The "dough" is sticky and gets all over your hand and fingers, but the end result is well worth it for our Sir Moose. And I ended up with two trays of them. She said they freeze well, so I divided them up into equal shares and put one in a small zip bag in fridge. Put the others divvied up into the zip bags and then placed them in larger freezer zip bag and put them in freezer. As he finishes ones, I can get another out for him. Organ food is not on the lsit of stuff he should eat, but no more than he gets in two treats a day and he LOVES them, well, I am willing to risk it.

AND get this. Hubby is a big chicken liver eater and the thought they looked and smelled so good he decided to taste one--ate the entire thing and wanted another. He said they are so good and made with food we eat allt he time--rice, chicken liver and sweet potatoes, nothing else. I am having a hard tiem keeping him out of Sir Moose's treats. When it comes down to it, all in all quality of life is more important than quantity of life for our beloved dogs.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:37 AM   #2
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So true I am so glad you found something Sir Moose likes!
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You are so very right, it's definitely quality over quantity. I'm so pleased he has got a bit of appetite back. It's so good hear he watching you cook to see what he is getting What ever you can get him to eat is good, and the fact it is all health food is a massive bonus.

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Definitely a ditto to the posts from techie and PMR. Glad Sir Moose is eating.
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Thank you all. He pulled a good one this morning. I normally cook his oatmeal with a tad of butter, and themed a little honey, milk and which ever meat I have cooked. He eats it and then I scramble him an egg with a little mean in it. Well, this morning I did the egg while the oatmeal was cooking. Called him to eat and he came, sniffed his food, looked at me and laid down by his bowl....watching me. I cooled the egg with a cube of ice (then tossed the ice) put it in his oatmeal and he ate every morsel. he loves eggs and he could smell that egg and didn't want to wait on it.
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I'm very glad to hear he is eating better and it sound like you came up with a very winning recipe for him.
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