Post by thystledown on Nov 29, 2017 14:54:37 GMT -5
Sitting here watching the canner. We now make dog food for our dog and can it. She got lyme disease and the first round of doxy didn't cure her and she broke out in a rash on the second round, so it was discontinued. The rash healed and we thought we were fine. This fall she started scratching. She also got afraid of playing with the big male, climbing stairs, and jumping into the car or off the deck. Pretty sure pain was involved. So we started feeding her homemade dog food. The scratching stopped. Now, 2 months or so later, we have a new dog--or at least she acts like a new dog. She's working stock better again and listening to me. She got pretty stupid for a while with all this too--would not listen or work well. But now she's sleek, glossy, not scratching, full of energy. So I'm doing this icky job today. We boiled down all the venison bones from a deer this time (we also use the bones from the steer we slaughtered, others we get from the butcher--even used our steers head and feet). We boil it for a couple days then remove the bones. I then add rice and boil that. Mom grinds any big chunks of meat, but I just mix all the pieces together and find it shreds up pretty easy. So this meat, bone broth, fat and rice gets put in quart canning jars and canned with a pressure canner (or two or three). Mom uses a commercial vitamin mix on top her the food when she feeds her dog. I just add raw eggs from our hens or kifer or yogurt to her diet. I will add raw milk or clabber when the cow freshens soon. Anyway, don't like the work, but do love the results we've seen in the dog. Mom's dog too. Her's gets itchy with all commercial dog food, so she started doing this first by feeding up a road kill deer that she cut up and froze. But not so much freezer space and a need for more convenience got us doing this. And I like making something out of essentially nothing too. dog food is pretty expensive, so I technically am making money by not buying dog food. I have the time. I would not be making money doing something else, so I don't count the labor costs. I think a raw diet might be even better, but I just don't have the freezer space--and besides, I think my raw milk and eggs adds makes up for that. I know it does for the cat (neutered male on cheap cat food, raw milk and mice--no urinary tract problems). Sorry for the ramble, but thought this might be useful to someone else.