Thinking about making Puck's food and I need some help

Hi guys,

As many of you know, Puck suffers from really bad allergies. We've been trying everything. He is on a wheat free, corn free, gluten free diet (including special treats). It is still not working and Puck has now been chewing sores on his back legs as well as his front. The vet is stumpted and so are we. We've tried every pill out there. We've only found one that has worked, but he can't be on it long term because of the side effects. I have heard that a lot of puggies with bad food allergies get better after they get on a simple home made diet. I'm in college and can't really afford to buy him raw food or the duck that my vet reccomended he eat.

After seeing his new sores this morning though, I've been thinking maybe we could try a cheaper raw diet. I have a lot of chicken in the freezer that we rarely eat. I feed him chicken and rice when he has an upset tummy and he loves it, but could chicken and rice be a regular meal? Would it give him the nutrition he needs? The other question I have is how much would I feed him a day? I don't have any idea how to measure chicken and rice for a pug. Right now he's on a 1/2 cup of dry food twice a day. I know that seems like a lot for a pug, but Puck is very hyper and burns a lot of callories. He weighs about 16-17 lbs. Our vet said when he calms down in a few years we can lessen his food, but right now he's in great shape.

So I guess my questions are has anyone started making their puggies food before? Has it helped their allergies? What is a cheap raw diet I could try ( I can afford chicken and ground beef as well as rice and potatoes. Stuff like that)? How much do I feed him? Also, do I have to make it fresh every night? Or could I make a bunch and freeze it, then thaw it right before meal time?

Thanks for the help guys! I'm really hoping this works!

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KatB (over 6 years ago)

I am not really up on the food thing. But cooking for Puck mit be your best bet. I would ask Carol(rosenmikeysmom) and RedRoss. And also look on the web for recipes for this diet. Also depending on when you changed the food, have to give time for it to start working. I changed Rosie over and it took about a month to start really seeing the change.

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KatB (over 6 years ago)

PS. I wanted to add this. Maybe some of you have bird feeders in your yards??? I did and had to move them out of the back fenced in dog area. Rose was goin over and eating the corn and grains off the ground from the feeders and it was causing problems HA! Everytime she did this I could see her start having problems. Just something to add.

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cathym (over 6 years ago)

Kat makes a very good point. Those birds leave dropping when they are feeding and we all know how unhealthy that is. I feed my girls only "quote" people food. They eat once a day. they either get chicken breasts, ground beef, ground turkey, calves liver and now I also started using chicken liver. I always cook my food and I either mix my protein with either green beans or peas, carrots and beets. The girls love their beets. I wait for the split chicken breasts with the skin to go on sale and then I buy a ton of the stuff. (like .98 cents a pound) Once a month I spend a weekend and it usually takes the whole weekend and I cook a months worth. The girls split one breast between them. But you only have one dog so you get two meals out of one breast. And all these ingredients are really are inexpensive. I have never tried to feed my puggies a raw diet, first I don't think they would eat it the meat anyway and secondly I don't see how it could be safe with out cooking out the bacteria. The girls do also get brown rice but only about once every one to two weeks. It seems to bind them up. And as far as treats go I also wait till the skinless breasts go on sale and then I slice them thinly and them put them in a food dehydrator and turn them into jerky. I put nothing on them just the chicken. I make a big batch of these and then stick some in the fridge and the rest in the freezer and pull a handful out when I need. One hundred percent natural and Puck will go crazy for them. cathy and Olivia and Sophia

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Puglover0625 (over 6 years ago)

Thank you guys! I will try that.

Cathym: How do you cook your chicken? Do you boil it or put it in the oven?

KatB: We don't have any bird feeders around here. We do have a lot of squirells. I know they knock berries and stuff out of the trees. Would that matter?

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cathym (over 6 years ago)

I leave the skin on and bake it. No spices added though. Then when it cools down I pull the skin off and cut up in bite size pieces throw it in a sandwich baggie and put them in the freezer. And pull one out as needed. really quite easy just time consuming. But well worth it, so far my girls have not had any of the problems I have read about. I don't know if it is because of the food or that I found a really good breeder. Either way I feel good knowing that I know what they are eating. I just have to watch Papa on Sunday mornings when he likes to slip them bacon(haha)

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Zuji (13 days ago)

~ When Zuji dined on millet from the bird feeder he became ill, losing his stomach content.