When I peel my veggies, I microwave the skins and any good parts, in microwaveable bowl. Use just enough water to cook thoroughly.
To them, I add a small amount of olive oil or cooked fat from meat, for a shiny coat.
I then pour it over the dry pet food and mix together. If it makes a large batch, put in sealable bag, save in refrigerator and use it for next meals.
Caution: don't use too much liquid or it will make dry food soggy. Make sure it is cool before serving to your pet!
Pets love it and it is "Umm Umm Good for them."
Editor's Note: This post originally suggested adding garlic. Feeding garlic to dogs and cats is prohibited by most vets but endorsed by some. Please discuss this issue with your pet's healthcare provider.
Feeding Onions/Garlic -
We do not recommend feeding garlic or onions to dogs or cats because there is a potentially serious downside. Onions and garlic contain an alkaloid disulfide compound that is toxic to red blood cell membranes and irreversibly denatures hemoglobin. This compound is toxic to several species including dogs and cats.
A Heinz body hemolytic anemia has been documented in dogs consuming relatively small amounts of raw, cooked and even dehydrated onions. Cat red blood cells develop Heinz bodies also after consuming onions. There have been reports of anemia, dermatitis and asthmatic attacks after the long term feeding of garlic and garlic extracts to dogs. The possibility of developing a Heinz body hemolytic anemia appears to be variable between pets, and it is not possible to predict which animals may or may not have such a reaction to onion or garlic.
1. ONIONS and GARLIC (Allium sp) can cause intravascular hemolysis with Heinz bodies, hemoglobinemia, hemoglobinuria, anisocytosis, poikilocytosis, reticulocytosis, and anemia. Supportive treatment with blood transfusions and fluids may be helpful.
Michael J. Murphy, DVM, PhD
Department of Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine, 1333 Gortner Ave, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN 55108.
wow! I didn't know that. Thanks. My little dog loves my leftover steamed veggies but from now on I'll take out the onions. However garlic has cured some sick kittens in the past.
P.S. it was vet approved
Is garlic powder is as bad as fresh garlic
I make up a big pot of cheap rice and mix in the peelings and add any extra fat from cooking like bacon or beef fat,Two cups of rice to 4 cups water or broth. I have to move really fast to get the food into their bowls they love this stuff. I don't use any onion peelings. I have 3 big dogs and one little dog, even one of the cats likes to get in on this.
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