We have two Maltese. One has an immune problem. At the age of three she nearly died. After a year of heavy steroids, she pulled through. The specialist told me her life expectancy may be half of the normal span. After the dog food scare, I decided to look into making my own. That was 4 years ago and she is doing very well. Here is my recipe for two small dogs for nearly a month:
6 cups water, 2 cans low sodium chicken broth
1 2-lb bag boneless chicken breasts AND 4 drum sticks with skin and bone)
1 small head BOK CHOY-green only (OR 1 bag spinach)
1 lg sweet potato
3 garlic cloves
2 cups brown rice
1 cup barley
2 envelopes of knox gelatin
Bring water and broth to boil, add bag of chicken breasts and drum sticks. Simmer. In processor, chop fine all vegetables, set aside. Remove chicken breasts after about 10-15 minutes, dice and set aside. Leave drum sticks in broth to continue to cook and add the brown rice and barley. Simmer for about 30 minutes with lid. Add chopped veggies, stir, cover and cook additional 30 minutes. Remove drumsticks, debone and remove skin, add meat back to pot with diced chicken breast. Add gelatin and simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
I pack the food into SNACK size ziplocks, (about 8 heaping TBS) and split a half bag in the am between them and the other half between them in pm. They also get a handful of “WELLNESS” dry each day that they share throughout the day. This dry food guarantees quality ingredients, and I order it through the internet. I fill almost 30 snack bags with remaining home made food and put them in gallon bags and into the freezer. My dogs are very healthy and not over weight. The Vet is amazed how well they are doing. I have used ground beef instead of chicken, and sometimes I will use chicken gizzards and hearts along with the breasts.
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