Our little poodle Charlie, is getting on a bit. He's getting on a lot actually. In the 8 or 9 years we've had him since finding him abandoned, with over-grown fur full of fleas, and an aversion to men with stick shaped things in their hands, he has calmed right down and become such a sweetie and much loved member of the family. Well, I love him, even though the cats seem to cast their spooky spell over the rest of the family...I digress.
Charlie has always been a bit scratchy, a bit inflamed on the ears and feet, and I realised early on that it was probably the dog food I was giving him. The vet agreed with me, but no matter what, Charlie would not eat the very-expensive-but-good-for-him dry food although he would quite happily scrump the cats' dry biscuit food.
So, after much consultation with vet/internet, I devised my own food for him: 40% chicken, 20% veg such as carrots/beans/peas and 40% rice and couscous, with a couple of spoons of powered eggshell for extra calcium, and he also gets a bit of sardine or mackerel when we have some for lunch. Sometimes I chuck on a couple of little biscuity things too, just for a bit of a change.
About once a month, I boil up chicken legs in the pressure cooker until the bones soften, pick off all the meat, add the veg, rice etc, and measure it out into foil containers - 180 grams a go - and then into the freezer. It costs me about a frugal 25 to 30 centimes a day, which can't be bad. I love doing it for Charlie because I love him, and he doesn't scratch his skin anymore.
Well, it would be win-win, but he has suddenly got bored with his food and has started scrumping the cats' dry stuff again. Sigh...
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