Dog Food Run Out?

The madness continues. The request was for dog food, but the shelves are empty. Cat food, too.

Dogs will eat cat food, but cats will not touch dog food.

What to do?

I have a recipe for dog food, a basic one that I’ve used and adapted for each dog and its individual needs (age, arthritis, pancreatitis, etc.).

Basic Dog Food Recipe:
Over-cooked rice (these recipes have all come from dogs with illnesses, so digestion means overcooking foods so it doesn’t swell in the stomach causing indigestion – which can kill dogs);
Meat, minced or chopped up small (not too much liver or similar – too much is not so good, regardless of what the dog says);
Vegetables, overcooked – I use pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato (check to see what’s safe and what’s available);
Cheese – I know what you’re going to say, but if the dog is fussy, old, geriatric, etc. then cheese is the tempter and not much is needed. You can save a tiny piece to put on top of the food in the bowl.

The Method:
Simple. Cook the rice and all the vegies (not in the same pot at the same time). Rinse the rice thoroughly (you can read up why, but rice should be cooked in too much water, rapid boiled, and rinsed thoroughly after cooking [unless it’s sludge – it happens, all right!]).
Dry-fry the meat. Cook thoroughly. Keep the juices.
When all are cooked, mix together thoroughly. Add the bits of cheese so it doesn’t melt.
Store in the fridge in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

Dry Food:
Cut pieces of meat into slivers. Dry in a low oven until springy-crisp. Don’t feed this as the only food. Dogs are omnivores and need more than meat.

Cat Recipes?

As all my cats are now on the far side of the Rainbow, I don’t have anything in my memory banks for cooking up fresh or dry food.

Do you have any recipes to share with pet owners so they don’t have to panic-buy?

It would be appreciated. By all dog and cat owners, everywhere in the world – thank you; woof-roof; miaow.

30 thoughts on “Dog Food Run Out?

  1. Martha Stewart dog treat –

    Makes about 5 dozen – could share them with friends and neighbours

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    1/4 cup wheat germ

    1/4 cup brewer’s yeast

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil

    1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

    2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

    3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog’s size.)

    4. If desired, you can spell out your dog’s name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won’t stick).

    5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

    6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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    • I’m not being picky on this, but this recipe has a couple of things not recommended for older dogs (or sicko-dogs):
      Wheat-germ and flour can cause problems with some dogs – I’d recommending testing with a single biscuit and waiting to see if the farts commence! If yes, change the flour to rice flour.
      Brewers yeast can be catastrophic if not activated for long enough prior to using as an ingredient. It took the death of a dog to learn this.
      Canola oil – the best fats for dogs is lard or butter – the fart test is recommended for this, too, and the diarrhea from vegetable oils can also be caused by some other fats. Caution req’d.
      I don’t use canned stock; it’s easy enough to make a stock without onions or other alliums (onions, garlic, etc.). Alliums can cause serious liver damage and it’s cumulative.
      We are only recently learning of the dangers of some foods to dogs, especially pulses and grains, because they will eat anything. Anything.


  2. We have two cats but no dogs, Cage. This recipe looks interesting. I have heard dogs like cheese which is a bit strange to me, but there you go. I haven’t noticed panic buying here of dog and cat food, although our shelves are striped of masks and hand sanitizer.

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    • Some of my neighbours are sharing food from their gardens and trees.
      I’ve always been in the habit of buying and cooking and freezing for a 3 month stint (habit from living in the country).
      Unfortunately, the sales of freezers and similar stockpiling goods have depleted stocks there, too.
      It’s crazy, there are no shortages of the things that are being hoarded. People who can’t hang around in queues are missing out because they can’t nip up to the shops every ten minutes, or get the bus to the country town to buy them out.
      We have friends distributing fresh produce to people we know can’t get around. I hope others do it.

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      • It’s good to know that people are sharing, helping, considering others. A shame such neighbourliness isn’t seen in towns. I see heart-rending images of our healthworkers staring at row upon row of empty shelves.

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      • Sowed a stack of lettuce, herbs, leeks etc a couple of weeks ago when the scope of this virus began to emerge. Hope to have fresh lettuce that no one else has touched in a few weeks.

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      • I have some wild Goldfields lettuce popping up wherever it likes – and it’s lovely!
        The garden hasn’t been kept up due to my problem with ambulatory abilities (lack thereof).


      • Many of my herbs are self-sown ‘volunteers’ as well. I figure that means parts of my garden are healthy and thriving.
        Just checked this morning and it looks as if the celery is already 1 inch above the ground. No sign of the leeks or lettuce yet, but they’ll come. I’ll try and take a pic of how they’re growing.

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  3. Very timely post, Cage! I stocked up on a bit of cat food but not enough. My cats eat pet meat and don’t mind chicken if I run out but…I like chicken too. 😉 Home deliveries are up in the air at the moment, but Woolworths are looking to restrict their deliveries to the most vulnerable so I signed up today. Will be 2 days before I hear back.
    This isn’t really a recipe but if people have small dogs – mine is a chihuahua/shitzu cross – cutting off the ends of raw drumsticks is great for their teeth and digestion, plus it’s a treat my dog loves. The rest of the drumstick is mine, precious, mine…-cough-

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    • The last few days in the supermarket, the meat section has been emptied! The butcher, though, was willing to help out with a few off-cuts – with the promise it wasn’t for human consumption!


      • Ouch. This insanity has to stop. I can understand people being fearful and trying to protect their own, but the blackmarketeers? Grrrr….

        Btw, not sure if this is available in SA but Woolworths has setup a Priority Assistance scheme where people on age pensions, disability, compromised immunity etc can register for home deliveries. I’ve just registered. The blurb says it will take 48 toconfirm. I hope I can buy stuff online, esp. cat food and milk, before my supplies run out.

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      • I’m okay – better half does shops for several oldies and people living alone, so we get by. And there are also a lot of people with back-yard gardens, chooks, etc. so that gets distributed as well. Lots of figs at the moment.


      • So glad to hear you have resources. The hail stripped most of my late ripening fruit so I have just one, solitary quince left. I check it daily. On the other hand, the rain over Feb. has made my fejoia trees burst into flower. Fingers crossed that crop will be generous.

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      • Loooooooove fejoia!!! But the birds here come in when it flowers and eat them all – they’re like drunks at happy hour!
        It means they leave the other guava fruits alone, though (this year, small but delicious), so a little sacrifice. We also gave the birds full access to the apple and pear trees this year (scald from early spring 40deg days and no rain), and the almonds (the tree is dying from the orange fungus).


      • I’ve seen galahs in NSW but don’t think I’ve seen them here. The damn cocky’s are bad enough. My magpies are putting up a valiant effort to protect their territory, but they’re severely outnumbered. I do my best to help, but my aim ain’t great. Mostly I just yell a lot.

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  4. Reading this and more recent headlines, I am glad we bought Maggie an extra 2 bags of dried food when it was on special offer last month. She has enough for at least 3 months, but if this keeps up, I will have to replace the current bag when used so as to keep up stock for her.

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