Our dog Pickles, a Bichon Frise, turned 15 in May. She was overweight, although we only fed her prescription commercial dog food (to avoid any more urinary tract infections). This dog food was high in sodium, and Pickles drank a lot more water. I suppose the purpose of added salt was to increase water intake to help flush out the kidneys. The vet told us that formation of crystals in the urine can lead to bladder stones. We were told that “Nutrition plays an important role in the overall health and well being of your dog.”.
Pickles never ate more than her prescribed dose of dog food. She would often leave some in her bowl. We also fed her a daily Greenie, which we called “crack”. We were told that it would help to keep her teeth clean. Every day, at 6pm (the scheduled Greenie time), Pickles would whimper and whine until she was given her “crack”. She was definitely addicted to this.
We did not give any other commercial treats to Pickles. We only gave her vegetable scraps like carrots, broccoli stumps and other vegetables.
Pickles was overweight at 20.2 pounds. Her adult weight began at 13.4 pounds. Especially over the last year, Pickles would make a honking noise each time she played or became excited. “How old is she?”, people would ask when we walked her. After hearing Pickles was 15 years old, they would sadly tell us that their Bichon Frise was as old as 14, 15, 16 when he/she died. Each time our apprehensive groomer would say, “She won’t last much longer. It is her heart. This may be the last (grooming) time.”.
Our vet thought the honking noise was due to her trachea breaking down, common in smaller dogs. Our previous vet had not told us that a collar could damage the trachea of a small dog. We switched from a collar to a harness to avoid any potential for further damage. The honking continued.
Pickles also had lipomas, fatty growths under her skin which became larger and more numerous over the years. She also had red bumps/moles that were growing larger and becoming more visible through her, curly, fluffy white fur.
We had heard of some dogs who seamed to thrive on a whole food, plant based diet. We decided that at age 15, Pickles deserved a chance at a better quality of life.
Within a month pickles lost 5 pounds. It has been two months and Pickles is 1.5 pounds over her ideal weight. The honking has stopped. The lipomas are shrinking. The red bumps/moles on her skin are turning black and falling off.
She has more energy and can play for longer periods of time. People are remarking that our “puppy” is cute. She no longer begs for a Greenie, but continues to come running to the kitchen when she hears us cutting vegetables on the cutting board. We had to adjust her collar (which we use for ID & rabies tag) from the largest to the smallest fit! Also, the black tear stains she had since she was a puppy are gone!
I am not a vet or expert in dog nutrition. I add this supplement. This recipe is low in oxalates as Pickles has a history of urinary tract infections. Rather than needing to drink lots of water due to the huge amount of salt in the commercial, prescription UTI dog food, pickles gets lots of additional water from vegetables!
Pickles had no problem digesting or liking, ok she loooooves this food.
We feed 1 heaping cup daily, per Vet’s recommendation. Your pets caloric needs may be different. The book The Plant Powered Dog book can be helpful in determining caloric and nutrient needs for your dog. As always, you should consult with your veterinarian whenever making changes to your pets diet. I was advised to gradually, over a few days add in more of my home made food and phase out the original food. This recipe was created with the guidance of nutritional charts from The Plant-Powered Dog: Unleash the Healing Powers of a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet to Help Your Canine Companion Enjoy a Healthier, Longer Life by by Diana Laverdure-Dunetz MS Your dog’s needs may be different than mine. I recommend that you consult the book and your Veterinarian to develop a recipe that will benefit your dog.
Be Green With Amy Dog Food Recipe Ingredients
Be Green With Amy Dog Food Recipe Instructions
- In large saucepan, without oil, on medium Heat, add 2-3 cups water, and saute’ frozen ingredients till soft.
- Stir in remaining ingredients (except supplement) until combined.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Blend to a paste with immersion blender.
- Add additional reserved water as needed to make a paste consistency.
- After allowing to cool, I blend in a dog supplement.
- Refrigerate. Freezes well. You may freeze in individual serving sizes.
- We feed 1 heaping cup daily, per Vet’s recommendation. Your pets caloric needs may be different. The book The Plant Powered Dog book can be helpful:We feed 1 heaping cup daily, per Vet’s recommendation. Your pets caloric needs may be different. The book The Plant Powered Dog book can be helpful:
I must add that there is one “downfall” to this change in Pickle’s diet. She is now flexible, skinny and best of all, energetic enough to crawl under our privacy fence into the neighbors yard!
I hope you found this helpful. Please seek advice from a vet for your dog’s diet.
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