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Monday Mischief: Feeding Time @ the DogDaz Zoo

MM 6.15 Feeding Time

I am a certifibly crazy pet parent, especially around feeding time:  6 animals – 7 different foods

The Food

Food 1 and 2: Louise, with her autoimmune issues, gets Hill’s prescription Z/D (wet and dry). She has been doing really well on it and sadly, I can not find any cheaper alternatives.  I feed her in a ‘slow bowl,’ which really works too. (Thanks for the slow bowl idea, Eko.)

Food 3 and 4: Sofie, eats Natural Balance Venison and Sweet Potato (wet and dry).  I used to feed it to both dogs before I found that Louise could not tolerate most foods.  The dogs also get unsalted veggies with each meal, or pumpkin, depending on what I have in the pantry.

Food 5: Noel eats Friskies wet food.  All the cats used to be on this but Nine and Stella started to dislike it (as well as most dry foods), so now only Noel is on it.  Wet is my choice and I add a good amount of water.  (Dr. L says they would normally eat 4 mice a day, which would be meat and water mostly, so that is what I try for.)

Food 6: Nine and Stella don’t like any wet anymore (no matter how hard I try), so they are on Solid Gold – Indigo dry.

Food 7: The baby, Mini Cooper (who is not a kitten anymore), is on Blue Healthy Gourmet pate (wet only).  She does not like Friskies.  I haven’t moved Noel to the Blue because it is very expensive and if I can save a few bucks…

The Process

I have feeding down to a science. I open all dog food cans.  I make Louise’s food first because I want the fork to be free from contamination of other food. (Yes fork vs spoon, because Lulu’s food is very solid and it helps break it up more.) I mix the wet, dry, and veggies with water.  She then licks the fork.

Then it is whinny Sofie’s turn.  I mix her dry, wet, and veggies with water and then she licks the fork.  Sometimes I make them sit and give them an extra veggie or 2.

I take their food to the dog mat, they say their prayers (really they do) and chow down.

Now that they are busy I move to the counter to feed the cats. I open the cat cans. Mini first because she is a huge pest if I don’t.  Then Nine on the other side of the counter, followed by Noel, the patient, in her herb window.  The cats have to eat ‘up’ to keep food away from dogs.

The dogs are still busy when I go down the hall to Stella’s room and feed her (she is behind closed doors all the time so she is easy).

Back to the kitchen to make sure Sofie does not cat bowl surf the counter (which she does) and that Mini and Noel don’t gang up on Nine, who is a slower eater, because they do. They sit there and stare him down if I don’t watch.

This routine may explain why it is really hard to get anyone else in the family to help at feeding time.  I actually accomplish all this in a matter of minutes, but I have a plan (you have to have a plan at 5 am).

I don’t mind the different foods, it is just the cost that is killing me, and the need to shop at multiple pet stores because the foods are special and only sold at specific places (Z/D at a PetSmart with a Banfield Vet or at a Vet) and Natural Balance at Petco or a specialty store. But I got smart this month, I went on the internet and ordered things direct.  Maybe that will make life a little less crazy around pet food.

Feeding time at the Zoo!  Oh yeah, I repeat this again around 4:30 in the afternoon. No wonder I am always tired.

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Cats, Dogs

 

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DogDaz Warning: DEET In Dog Jerky Treats

I am sure that most of you have heard about the animals that have become sick and died because of contaminated dog and cat food from China. Since 2007, they have found MELAMINE in pet food and treats. Were you aware however, that since then the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported over 4,800 complaints and 1,000+ dogs, 24 cats, and at least 3 people have died?  Most of this has been linked to Chicken JERKY TREATS.

jerky According to an article in The Capital newspaper (Tuesday, June 17, 2014) by Dr, Francine Rattner, a veterinarian at South Arundel Animal Hospital in Maryland, samples were taken by the FDA recently of chicken jerky treats from veterinarians across the United States who treated dogs that became ill after eating them.  It is shocking to find that the chemical analysis shows the treats contain two really bad things – the insect repellent DEET and the drug AMANTADINE.

DEET is a common insect repellent and pesticide.  Amantadine is a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease, some types of flu viruses, and for pain management in dogs.  Dr Rattner supposes that maybe the poultry farmers were using it to prevent avian influenza in their chickens, though it is not legal to use that drug on poultry in the US.

There is no direct proof that the contaminants in the jerky treats are responsible for the problems, so the FDA has not recalled the Chinese-made treats and many stores still sell them.

I thought that I was being smart by avoiding treats labeled “Made in China,” but, what I learned was that packages can be labeled “Made in the USA,” even if they include ingredients sourced from other countries (since it is put together here).  The only way that you can actually know where the ingredients come from is to contact the maker of the product, and if you are lucky enough to get the right person, they can tell you where their source is.

Bottom line: If you want to feed your dog jerky treats, make them yourself or do without.

Louise asks Why?

PLZ, DON”T CHANCE GETTING ME SICK!

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Cats, Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Pet Store in the Jerusalem Shuk

As I was going through my people pictures of Israel, I saw that I forgot to post the few I took of a pet store in the open air market in Jerusalem (called ‘The Shuk‘ in Hebrew).  I found it interesting that they sold pet food by the scoop.  I added some picture of spices and fruit just so you can get the flavor of the market.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo.

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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Dogs

 

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Massive Pet Food Recall

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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Dogs

 

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9.9.12 Snack Time at the Zoo

Note to my Readers:  Sorry for the rant, but sometimes, I just have to get it off my chest.

Sometimes when I look down and realize that we currently have 5 cats, I worry that I am someday going to be called the crazy rescue lady.  I wish I could say that everyone gets along, but lately, with Muffin really getting on in years, and Kitty, losing her mind and peeing everywhere, the multi-cat (multi-animal) household, is not working as calmly as it used to.  Over the last 30 year I have always had multiple cats: it went from Rosie & Eddy, add Babydoll & Wussy, subtract Eddy (breast cancer), subtract Wussy (kidney), add Alice & Gertrude, subtract Babydoll (cancer), subtract Rosie (old age), add The Muffin Man, Zackary, & Cuddles, subtract Alice (kidney), subtract Gertrude (old age), subtract Zackary (kidney), add Nine & Stella, subtract Cuddles (brain tumor), and here we are. And then the dogs went from Nikki, add Squash, lose Nikki, add Louise, lose Squash, add Sofie.  

With 7 animals, someone is always crying that they are hungry and because Muffin wants to eat all the time (he is down to about 3 or 4 lbs), we feed the cats pretty often.   The cost to keep the zoo in dog and cat food is killing me!  We just switched the cats to 1/2 commercial brand (9 Lives at $.43 per can) because the good stuff (Wellness $1.65 per can) is so expensive.  I am switching the dogs to something different too, but it is harder for them (they are more tummy sensitive).  Currently I am moving them from Prescription Hills ID to VeRUS, Lamb and Brown Rice (not cheaper but maybe I will use less in the long run). You almost need a Ph.D. in animal science to figure out the best animal foods at this point, and when you do, you can’t afford them. Oh my!

I will need to take a loan out of the bank to keep up with the 7 animal’s appetites at this point.  Whose idea was all these animals anyway?  Good thing that I don’t eat much (but how come they always want whatever I am eating too?).  

Oh, don’t get me started on the cost of dog treats these days…….

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2012 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Tainted Dog Food Now Getting People Sick Too!

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Follow up: Tainted Dog Food…Now Getting People Sick Too

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Tainted Dog Food Sickens 14 People.

Food safety News, Mary Rothschild

At least 14 people have been sickened with Salmonella Infantis infections in a 9-state outbreak linked to dog food.  At least nine of the individuals have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC reported Thursday that… Read more »

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Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Dogs

 

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