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Saving Broth for Dog Food

I have 2 nice, healthy, middle-aged best friends who usually are fed dry dog food, with a little something extra. Whenever I cook, I save bones from meat, extra broth, etc. and simmer it on the stove for a nice flavorful broth to pour over the dogs' dry dog food.

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Sometimes, I make stock for use in our own foods then boil the bones yet again to get more flavor out for the dogs. I strain it, so no little bones get into their dishes. If you refrigerate the bones between uses, you can sometimes get even a third-time broth out of them.

Another thing they love over their food is water you've cooked pasta in. I try not to feed them fatty and oily things, only the good juices from cooking. This saves spending money on canned dog food (except for a treat, LOL) because it makes dry dog food a little extra special. Also I don't buy the most expensive brands, because I feel like I'm giving them good nourishment with the broths.

By Jayne

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May 10, 20100 found this helpful

Sounds like a wonderful idea to use healthy broth for your furry 4 legged family. However, the quality of the dry dog food is of great importance as well because even though you are giving healthy broth and adding to dry food the "poisons" in some dry foods are what shortens the lives of far too many our beloved pets! Good Luck!

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June 19, 20110 found this helpful

I don't think that any of the Purina dry pet foods have ever been on recall because they never use any additive from China. If I'm wrong, please feel free to correct me.

We never use any pet food except one made by Purina for our cats or dogs. Purina is somewhere in the middle of the pricing schedule. They are not the least expensive, nor are they anywhere close to costing what some of those designer foods costs.

Our dogs will eat leftover vegetables too. Green beans and carrots, sweet potatoes, even squash go into their dry foods. Cats get tuna and salmon liquids even when I mix some water in. Dogs like the fish liquids too, but the cats just beg for it every time I use the can opener.

In addition to the meat broths you are using, consider using broth from vegetables as well for the dogs' dry foods. Better than letting it go down the sink and you can see the difference in energy levels of all your pets.

When we dump out any leftover dry cat food, it goes into the fish pond. The goldfish love it.

Suziq9

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

Just as a matter of record and because I have already been chewed up by those who advocate high priced name brand dog foods my dogs live on cheap dog food with broths and veggie scraps and the live a ripe old age of 20 + years and for a working dog that is a long life span. This lady is doing a good job and keeping her dogs healthy and you advise her to change it . No one dog food is better than another These expensive brands are all made in china and So is Purina, research it and you can feed whatever you want. Just feed the animals, period. When you stop in the woods to check on an animal, dogs, cat, chickens you don't ever know what you'll find because it just might have been there a month or so and when you see a small dog that was thrown out and now is filled with maggots eating it to death you won't be so vocal about what someone feeds them, just that they feed them.

Coming from a hard pressed area with no animal control you just want someone to feed their animal not to just throw it out in the country to die and that is the cruel reality of a lot more places than here. When her dogs go to the vet I guarantee you she will get good reports and that is what tells her she is a good pet owner, even if it is only one day a year.

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January 8, 20120 found this helpful

I'm with Fuzzy on this. The only thing I did differently when cooking for my dogs when I had them was that I didn't give them anything containing salts, other seasonings, onions, tomatoes, or any of the other human foods that aren't good for dogs.

And I strongly suspect Jayne does the same, and simply forgot to mention that when she was writing her tip.

BTW, I lost my 13 year old neutered male Boxer thanks to the Chinese contamination. I'd been feeding him kibble with homemade stock over it, and was horrified when he went down; the vet finally identified the killer as the Gravy Train kibble I'd bought the week before he got sick-first time, and it killed him:

http://puppybuzz.com/pet-food-recall-food-brand-list/

Scroll down-you'll see several of the so-called premium and considered outstanding dog kibbles listed as having been recalled.

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January 8, 20120 found this helpful

Google euthanized pets in dog food. No grocery store pet food aisle foods. The poison used to euthanize does not cook out. China has been trying to feed us their chicken.

While not allowed for human consumption, it is coming in and killing our pets. Latest is chicken jerkey strips. I called around, especially Costco to ask the Chinese chicken strips be removed. Manager was very concerned. Chinese jerkey not removed 2 weeks later. Order has to come from corporate and they were very slow.

I am furious as Costco seemed to be leaning more towards healthy foods, organics and clean food. Food for your dog is lots less expensive if you feed healthy and stay away from Purina and the like. Part raw diet with veggies and fruits (NO grapes or raisens). Cook a big pot of good food and store portions. Boil a sweet potato for instance. Dogs love them and they are a health food. Brown rice, lentils (washed), meat, veggies (some raw), kale.

Google home made dog food. Never any corn, wheat or soy. They are all immune busters. Build immune system. Don't vaccinate, it ruins the immune system as it contains mercury,antifreeze, formaldehyde and the like. Vaclib.org has some really good info with much being written by doctors who have delved into the question. What you have in a pet is a bundle of love and devotion. Best friend. Family.

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January 8, 20120 found this helpful

Same or better price decent kibble is at your farm supply, your groomers, pet supply or specialty store. Diamond lamb and rice. First ingredient, meat. No corn wheat or soy. Better but more expensive is EVO or California naturals. I don't do chicken for me or my pets. Arsenic is used to make chickens fat faster. I don't like that in foods. Even your beef now has arsenic as chicken scrapings from the floor are now put in cattle food. All documented. Sorry to sound like doomsday is near, however all of what i write is true. I choose to be aware and eat clean as i can.

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