Gets his Turkey for Thanksgiving
This year I decided that Hutch should have real turkey for Thanksgiving. In putting the recipe together, I found that many of the homemade DIY dog food recipes that include turkey are lacking the calcium. The ones that include calcium use bone meal, which is hard to find, and said to be often of questionable quality. So, what to do? I’m no vet nor pet nutritionist, but I found a webpage where a clever person described using eggshell for the calcium. There were admonitions on the page, about how difficult it is to get the proportion of calcium to meat just exactly right. Too little calcium, and the dog may get osteoporosis. Too much calcium, and the poor pooch may get bladder or kidney stones. The ratio is so hard to get right, that most vets tell pet owners to leave the mixing to the dog food manufacturers. So, I took a stab at a value, based on a couple more pages I read, and don’t know if it’s wrong or if it’s right. But, Hutch DID get his thanksgiving dinner.
This is my recipe:
- One pound organic ground Turkey (breast)
- Two cans organic dog food
- Three organic eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon ground egg shell (from organic eggs)
- 1/4 cup finely diced organic string beans
- 1/4 cup small organic blueberries
If you do your own T-Day DIY food for your pooch, don’t take my recipe as necessarily being a good one. I don’t know for certain if it’ll give my dog osteoporosis or kidney stones, but I guess it’s OK for just a single T-Day meal. Maybe I’ll start making every day a T-Day for Hutch. There is so much bad press about commercial dog food. Perhaps I should just take a chance on my DIY version of dog-food, to give to Hutch in the future.
I used organic eggs for the eggshell. It was written that some eggs from commercial eggeries are washed in pretty horrible chemicals. I don’t know if organics are completely clean, so once again I am taking my chances. I wash each shell and then boil the shells in a saucepan of water. Then, I briefly bake them so that they are moisture free. Finally, I use a coffee grinder to make a powder of the egg shells. I store the powder in a glass container in the fridge. I’m careful not to breath the dust of the eggshell, as I’ve heard it’s not terribly good for you. I used two percent fat ground turkey, but don’t know if that’s an optimal value or not.
Too much calcium can cause calcification of joints, arthritis, and other problems … or so I have read. It seems that DIY is a procedure that may be a bit like walking on eggs (there’s a little egg humor for your turkey day). But, Hutch is almost eleven years old now. The old boy needs to get off of the commercial stuff, IMO. We’ll see how it goes.
Final synopsis? I let Hutchy make the determination of that: He said Wuf Wuf Woof ( Yes!!!! )
Final note: this page is not veterinary advice. I’m not responsible for any problems that result from the included recipe(s). I’m not a veterinarian, nor am I a pet nutritionist. This page describes what I’ve done this thanksgiving, to give my senior dog a little something special. Consult your vet before you DIY your own version of dog food!