The food is going over really well! There’s no stomach upset, and no change in their need to go out to do their business, but they’ve only been fed the new recipe for two days. Time will tell. I’m optimistic, though!
There’s no evidence of them being overly hungry. I wondered if the fact that I’m feeding somewhat smaller portions would go over like a lead balloon, but by weight, the new food is much heavier than the kibble was. Granted, there’s more water in it, but it’s nice to know that they’re getting real pieces of chicken and eggs. It’s feels good to have seen the meat they’re eating. I cooked it. I chopped it up. For their entire lives so far, I’ve trusted animal food companies with that part of my dogs’ diets, and I wonder what I’ve actually even given them over the years. I shudder when I think about it, actually.
That brings me to another thought. Bags of dog food always list “crude protein” on the back. I, obviously, need to know what that means. Does it mean digestible protein? Also listed are “crude fat,” “crude fiber” and “moisture.” If all of these items add up to less than HALF of the whole bag, what the heck is the rest of what I was feeding. It must be fillers, right? But what does that mean, and what does it consist of?
My next thought about this whole process is how do I know I’m giving the right amount of everything in what I’m feeding? I did the math and realized that the food I made is something like 65%, not-so-crude protein, 25% fiber and 5% veggies, I also supplemented fats and vitamins and the moisture just came naturally in the process by cooking the rice.
There’s going to be some trial and error, and I’ll have to pay very close attention to how they’re doing. I’ve decided I’m going to email my vet to tell her that I’m doing this new thing. I read somewhere that veterinarians get very little schooling on nutrition. In the course of their learning, I think it’s like one semester. Vets, correct me if I’m wrong. But my vets are really amazing women who are really sensitive to the issues I’ve had with Tripper and Spritzer, so I’m willing to bet they’ll be cheering me on from the sidelines.
That’s about it for now. It’s a cold, April night and I’ve started a fire in the wood furnace and am ready to call it a night. I did all kinds of weeding and cleaning out the gardens today, assisted for a while by my friend Hyla and her awesome son, Connor who disappeared into the woods and returned with a deer antler, a liquor bottle, an old shovel head and some wire fencing.
but I digress… Hyla and I exposed all kinds of new spring growth when we removed all the old, dead stuff, but the forecast I heard this evening is calling for sleet and snow tomorrow morning. We have long winters in Maine, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else on earth.
Thanks for taking the time to read! Please offer any tips, hints, suggestions if you have them?