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Hi, all. I know that this subject has been touched upon before, but I need some help (thanks again, shewolf and epski!):

My mom has 2 chihuahuas and she is very into the organic/ fresh foods thing. One of them has some skin issues and she is interested in looking into feeding them homemade food. My Mom is not veg*n, but IS very concerned with the organic movement, and also doesn't eat much meat.

Can those of you who actually DO feed homemade help here?

Additionally, I, too, would be interested in feeding my dogs homemade food. It would probably bother me to have to handle meat to feed them. I have 4 chihuahuas myself.

Anyway - any and all suggestions would be SO great. Thanks!
 

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I'm definitely going to do this. In fact, I have started already. I do have a charity case chihuahua that had to have all of her teeth removed (what was left of them), but since she can grind up small kibble, I am assuming that she'll be able to eat this stuff, too. Does anyone have a toothless dog that they feed home made dog food?

I will convert them all over to homemade food after we come back from a 2 week vacation. While we are gone, my dogs stay at my vets, who loves them and is good to them, but is pretty old fashioned and probably wouldn't be interested in dealing with homemade food. After I get the thing down to a science, I'll be able to get it worked out before we board them again.

I fed my dogs some leftoever steamed rice, some leftoever eggdrop soup, some leftover green beans and an egg ( I even broke up half of the shell and fed it to them, as one of the b.a.r.f. sites recommended.) they really liked it, and it wasn't hard at all.

I'll look into the rest. Thanks for the posts.
 

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Thanks, Herself. Have you done this before? If I did the freezer thing, would you do it in indivdual portions or what. Would you let it thaw or just feed it to them frozen (it's HOT here in San Antonio right now). That seems like a better solution to handling meat all of the time. What enzymes do you suggest? Does a person need to feed a vitamin?

I have a large chest freezer which would make that easy. I hate handling raw meat.

If I also feed the cat this diet, would that work? I'll research b.a.r.f. for cats.
 

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I find that a very interesting idea, however, my thoughts are to move away from the chemicals, processing and packaging produced by commercial dog food.

One of the sites had some very interesting ideas on how to feed cheaply:

pulp from stores that juice for the veggie part

chicken heads, feet, necks etc. - either given free or very cheaply

etc.

A friend of mine said that Fuddruckers's - a local burger place - cuts and grinds their own meat, and will sell meaty bones very cheaply.

I'm going to look into these ideas and I'll report back.
 
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