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I give Susie Bragg’s ACV and no problem with mosquitoes. Also, we live in L.A. so there is not a whole lot of mosquitoes and she spends most of her time indoors or at the park.
I have come across essential oils DIY sprays to repel them. Oils like Citronella, Geranium, Eucalyptus. In my personal experience, I have easier (and cheaper) access to Eucalyptus oil at my local Target and/or Wal-Mart.
I hope this helps and good luck!
Today was Susie’s best day ever. I got her a rib bone and she did a very good job. There is still some potential on that bone, but her dad and I think she needs to take a break from the chewing for a couple of hours. How do we store the bone meanwhile? Just in the fridge? or is it ok to be on the counter as there is no meat left on it?
Thank you beforehand!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I just placed an order for THK’s Pro-Bloom Goat Milk with probiotics and enzymes. I’ll share my experience when time comes.
Oh hey BCNut
I did my lower division college work at Rio Hondo College in Whittier before transferring to a 4-year uni. So, while I was going to school there, I spent a lot of time in DT Whittier meeting up for school projects and such.
I swear by Orijen – although with a lot of legumes, it made my pooch’s skin reddish and paws itchy. But that was her. We are moving into raw/homecooked, using THK mixes.
By the way, THK is launching two new base mixes this summer.
I like Burt’s Bee Buttermilk. Her fur is shiny, and my boyfriend says that the smell of her fur is simply fresh (I have anosmia so I cannot account for that).
We’ve never had issues with any residue. If you do, I’d do a rinse with a bit of ACV – I do that to my own hair to eliminate residue!
I live in the middle of L.A. County. Nothing but a conglomeration of suburbish cities and freeways. Not many nature-anything. What can I ask the butchers at my local Stater Bros. supermarket for Susie to chew on? This will be her very first bone!
Susie was horrendously gassy when I had her on Wellness Puppy. Maybe because of the rice and barley? The food was obviously not agreeing with her. So perhaps finding ingredients in your dogs diet that could be causing some chaos internally.
She is also a gulper, so I got her a busy buddy squirrel (the kong “beehive-looking ” toy dispensed the kibbles too fast. The Busy Buddy squirrel has some tabs to have the dog actually work for his/her food.
Los Angeles County 🙂
Refined coconut oil has been bleached, and deodorized. Unrefined is extracted from fresh coconut meat rather than dried. Unrefined has the most phytonutrients or phytochemicals ( chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants), I personally do not use Refined CO.
What do you guys feed your dogs when you have to be away for several days?
I’ve been hesitant to start Susie off on any homemade diet, yet. We are traveling for 2 weeks in the summer and she will stay in a local pet resort.
Sorry. I am just jumping in to ask a specific question to my situation that has nothing to do with the original author’s.
I have been feeding Susie ( 9 m.o. chimix) Orijen puppy. I had to get her off Wellness Puppy because she was gassy and bloated.
Orijen eliminated that but now she is always munching on her paws.
Could this be the legumes? Could anyone advise me on what to complement Orijen with to deter the effects of possibly too much legumes on this food?
I am a grad student, therefore I have no time for a hobby 🙁
My dog has been thriving on Orijen Puppy. We did try a couple before Orijen, and she has been doing better on it.
It’s a bit pricey for some but because its rich, Susie doesn’t eat much. She’s a 20 lb. 9 m.o. chimix and eats aprox 1.5 cups a day. Sometimes not even that. She is in excellent shape and is very athletic.
Hope this helps. I printed a list of 5-star foods from this website and started researching it one by one. I settled for Orijen and Acana (I’ve heard it is good to rotate foods so dogs take advantages or the benefits and aren’t as prone to develop allergies to certain ingredients).
I hope this helps.
I hope to feed her 100% raw at one point. I am still learning about it.
dchassett, what is your opinion on The Honest Kitchen food as an alternative to 100% homemade raw?
I do not like the ingredients on greenies, I rather giving Susie some mint to chew on to freshen up her stinky breath. But, I do my best to brush my sharkface’s teeth every night.
I bought this awesome bone shaped ice trays from safemade pet. They fit perfectly in the stuffing octopus (from the same brand). I do not own a Kong stuffing toy but I’d figure this could work.
I think it’d be a good idea to grind up her raws and some veggies and freeze them?
I love this product for stuffing toys, it is long and narrow and the molds are made with safe silicone. You can freeze it or put it in the oven!
If you do not trust the link just google: safemadepet and go to products for dogs, the treat tray is on the second page 🙂
Aleksandra, I have seen some information on nutmeg being toxic for pooches. Mostly, I remember this warning during thanksgiving (warning not to feed them pumpkin pie). How are your dogs reacting to it?
I do not make any treats with any flour for my dog — although I tried to use garbanzo (chickpea) flour because it allegedly has high protein and it is very cheap. But I am a horrible baker and couldn’t make the concoction work for me.
What I do for treats is buy different fruits and veggies on season and sale. Soak them on water and vinegar and rinse them, throw them in the blender and then freeze the. Susie loves to munch on these.
I also make bone broth. I simmer a whole organic fresh raw chicken with filtered water and a tablespoons of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) for 24-48 hours. I freeze the broth into ice cubes and give them to Susie whenever she’s not feeling to hot about eating (it seems to open her appetite) or when it’s hot out. She loves those things too.
I hope this help. BTW, lesson learned on the bone broth. I went old-school and did it stove top.. Susie’s father and I had to take turns to watch the pot boil (literally). I am buying a crock pot soon.
Chewy and Amazon.
Chewy’s free shipping services have gotten a bit… slow.
Harness. Collar is just for ID purposes, but we leash her from the harness. My pup is a chimix, thus, prone to collapsed trachea – an irreversible condition.
I’m doing 100% dry until she’s 2 y.o. after that I’d do raw homemade (unless I am dazzled by THK). I do not buy Susie treats, instead I give her frozen liquefied fruits and veggies and bone broth.
I take Susie to the local dog park, on Sundays there is always a lot of non-regulars. One day this woman comes in the park with a huge bowl full of dry dog food that was a “leftover”, when she sees the horror on my face, she tries to reassure me that everything is OK as the food is “beneful and good quality” I went bananas, grabbed Susie and as we were walking away I told her that she cannot feed stranger’s dogs and especially cardboard food.
Needless to say, I do not go to the dog park on the weekends anymore.
I find good quality CO at Sprouts here in the West Coast — I live in Los Angeles— My understanding is to simply find unrefined organic virgin coconut oil. The jar is about $5. Nutriva (sp?) is a bit pricier than store brands such as Sprouts. I do not buy the CO that I use for my family and my pup on the cosmetic section.
Susie eats a tablespoon of CO, she loves that stuff and I’d like to think her coat is shiny and fab because of it!
I’m curious to find out good human consumption grade Bone Meal to use to raw-feed my pup. Any suggestions?
Wow. I had to laugh! Especially at “That, like our bodies, they can better digest processed foods”. Where did she go to school?
I mean, I do not know a lot about nutrition and I merely have a half-way-done MA in Education but, c’mon!
I have the safemade pet stuffing octopus that I stuff with frozen treats from their treat tray bone shape. Susie likes to munch on frozen organic pumpkin puree, mashed blueberries and raspberries, greek yogurt with green bean puree, and shredded and pureed carrots.
From time to time, I stuff some DOGsbutter peanut butter.