Tuesday, September 7, 2010

If not commercial dog food, than what???

How about brown rice chicken stew?


6 boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast, trimmed of excess fat, about 2 pounds total
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 carrots, cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch slices, plus 1/4 cup coarsely chopped carrot
1/4 cup coarsely chopped celery plus 2 stalks celery, cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch slices
6 cups chicken broth [I like home made, but you can get low sodium canned... I suppose]
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen green beans
1 cup brown rice


Brown the chicken in the oil.

Add carrots celery, broth.

Bring the broth to a simmer, add everything else, cover and cook for 12 minutes.

Voila`. Yes it is delicious and yes you can taste it... I said taste it! I did not say you can help yourself. Put it back!!!! [2leggeds!]

Please, let it cool a little before you serve it up.

And yes you can make it once a week or make it and freeze portions. I like variety, so I don't get bored. Serve it a couple of times a week and we will all be happy.

PS.... It has NEVER been recalled. EVER.



Mommy, I'm Home said...

I might have to try this for Chica! She's on that special stuff to prevent bladder stones, but I might be able to slip her some of this every other day...

silvieon4 said...

What kind of stones???? Because some types of stones are completely unaffected by diet...

silvieon4 said...

This month's [3/31/2010] Whole Dog Journal is about Struvite stones and it says: DIET HAS NO EFFECT ON CURING OR PREVENTING STRUVITES.

From the article:

All of the following statements are believed by many veterinarians and their clients.

1. Urinary struvite crystals represent disease and require treatment. FALSE!

2. Struvite crystals require a change in diet, usually to a prescription diet like c/d, u/d or s/d. FALSE!

3. Dogs prone to forming struvite stones should be kept on a special diet for life. FALSE!

4. The most important treatment for dogs with a history of struvite stones is a low protein diet. FALSE!

Here is an interesting quote from the article:
If your veterinarian finds struvite crystals in the urine and suggests a diet change, you'd be well advised to find a new vet. You have to wonder how many other things he or she is misinformed about. It isn't just a case of not keeping up with newer research; this recommendation is just plain wrong!

Auntie Robin said...

If a dog has a history of calcium oxalate stones, this recipe can be tweaked to consist of all low and medium oxalate foods.

Delete the celery (high oxalate)and switch to white rice (brown rice is high oxalate), Add some broccoli, cauliflower or zucchini (all low/med. oxalate veggies). You will need to add individual daily supplements (no additional vitamin C or D for oxalate dogs, so multi-vitamins aren't given).

silvieon4 said...

:) Great advice, great advice from our own "RESIDENT EXPERT on all things BICHON"