Dog Food Alternative

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by mtnscout, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. mtnscout

    mtnscout Active Member

    This might be a strange way to start a post but do you know anything about dalmatians?
    I knew someone who had one and besides being deaf from inbreeding for the spots, the dog had severe digestive problems. The solution for that was all the dog ate was rice, sometimes with peas in it for a treat. And the dog thrived on it.

    Other people have listed storing dog food and being worried about having enough put by, well stretching it with rice would make it last a long time. If you're worried about feeding fido then buying an extra couple of bags of rice would be a cheap fix.

    Just an idea.
  2. vikx

    vikx Active Member

    Great idea and would work for people too!

  3. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

    Just don't forget to buy the "WOK your dog book" to add to your survival library.:D
  4. sailaway

    sailaway Well-Known Member

    I have the compendium, Wok your cat.:D Then there's my pet fish Eric.:D I haven't swallowed goldfish since college.:eek: I also ate the worm at the bottom of the tequila bottle,:eek: that's probably why I've been in a 12 step recovery program the last 25 years.:surrender:;) For an especially savory meal my yellow labs prefer road kill, something like a squirel or bunny with a tire pattern in it.:D

    On a more serious note, I would make sure the rice I put away for them and myself was brown rice, it has the nutrients in it, white rice doesn't.;)
  5. TechAdmin

    TechAdmin Administrator Staff Member

    Good point on the rice.
  6. Jason

    Jason I am a little teapot

    I eat brown rice pretty much every day. IMHO, it tastes an awful lot better than white rice, let alone all the nutritional benefits. Definately the way to go.
  7. Freyadog

    Freyadog Member

    Besides dry dog food during the winter months I fix my rotty and g. pyrenees oatmeal with rice and add a tad of beef or chicken bouillion. Since I store homemade beef and chicken broth I sometimes add that.
  8. Turtle

    Turtle Well-Known Member

    Ha! My mom has a Rotty and a Great Pyrenese! Both great dogs.
  9. mrghostwalker

    mrghostwalker Well-Known Member

    Brown rice is a good extender for dogs.
    One of the great things about dogs is that they will eat almost anything. Dogs don't care if their food is $3.99 a bag or $15.99.
    When I was growing up on the farm my mom would cook up any table scraps and throw in a handful of dry dog food. They always ate it and they were the healthiest dogs I ever saw.
  10. mosquitomountainman

    mosquitomountainman I invented the internet. :rofl:

    You can presure cook fish then mix in some grains like rice, oats, corn, etc. We make ours using fish and 3-Way with Molasses (livestock feed). The dogs and cats love it. Throw the whole fish in and pressure cook it. The bones turn soft that way. Add the other ingredients and stir. You'll need to freeze large batches.

    We get lake trout from fishermen. Fish and Game recommends that people don't consume the large ones due to possible mercury contamination so we use them for dog food.
  11. zorro

    zorro Well-Known Member

    I don't know about dalmatian's specific needs.

    But I used to have a labrador dog during a bad financial period of my life. I would often feed him a lot of "human food", along with some regular dog pellets. He really seemed to like: rice, all kinds of broth (and also homemade soup I would share with him), cabbage (would give him a quarter of the head at a time, we both ate a lot of it during these times), peppers (including hot peppers), oatmeal, many kind of culinary herbs during winter (herbs contain a lot of minerals and vitamins). During a hot summer day, as a treat, I would give him a small whole watermelon from my garden and watch the show! He also was crazy about corn on the knob (toasted on the barbecue without removing the husk, then cooled enough to prevent burns). He would eat it just like us, eating the kernels first, then he would also eat the heart. I would give him some olive or canola oil during winter (as recommended by my veterinarian).
    Finally, he would also get some food by himself when I walked him to a field or a wood and let him go. He would catch mice (even under snow), ground hogs, small fish, ducks and he even tried a skunk :cry: and a deer (but couldn't get it).

    Some veterinarian say that eating cereals may cause digestive problems in dogs. However, I worked for two weeks in a dog and cat food processing plant of a very big company a couple of years ago and I can tell you most of the brands contain a lot of cereals :confused: , vegetables and unfortunately bad fats (just like us, dogs get sick when they eat only junk food).

    I know a lady who owns two dogs (they are 8 and 10 years old) and feed them the same thing as the rest of the family, all the time. But she cooks every single meal only from basic ingredients (no junk food at all). The dogs have a nice shiny fur, plenty of energy and look great.

    I also know 4 different people who feed their dogs only raw meat, all the time. But their dogs are allowed to forage for greens on their properties. All dogs (10 in all) are doing well.
  12. Jaspar

    Jaspar Well-Known Member

    Our dogs have both had pancreatitis (sp?) and were restricted to rice and small amounts of grilled chicken for a week. Our friend is a vet, so this was a free diagnosis and treatment.

    Dogs love rice.

    Our dogs also love green beans, apples and carrots.
  13. SaskBound

    SaskBound Well-Known Member

    My grandma fed her dogs on porridge and table scraps. She had this beat up old pot that sat on the back of the stove and got meat scraps, potato peelings, the tops and tails off the beans, and whatever leftovers that there weren't enough of to put in the fridge. Oh, and pan drippings or gravy, wilted greens, and on and on...

    In the evening, after supper, grandma would add a double handful of rolled oats to the pot, plus some water, and maybe a pat of butter or slop of cream, and boil it up for the dog(s). They wolfed it down...loved it! All of her dogs lived long healthy lives. I feed my pooches porridge regularly, so that if the time comes that porridge is the only option, they will already be used to it. They love the stuff...
  14. lanahi

    lanahi Well-Known Member

    Brown rice turns rancid quickly and is not a good storage grain. I don't suppose that anything rancid is good for dogs either.
    I think I will ease into serving my dog rice dishes...good idea!
  15. Aemilia

    Aemilia Zookeeper

    The more I think about this the better it sounds. I used to feed my dogs a rice & bean diet from this book: Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (9781579549732): Richard H. Pitcairn…

    I have been thinking of two other advantages of rice/beans for fido, especially in my situation: I have 2 older dogs on a raw meat diet. So we don't use commercial dog food.
    1. Can store a smaller amount of dogfood and stretch it out, good for us because we don't use much dogfood.
    2. Heaven forbid something happen to my dogs (11yo & 10yo), I'd rather have extra rice/beans than extra dogfood.

    So I just wanted to say thanks to the OP for a good idea.
  16. kogneto

    kogneto The Skeptic

    don't know if this helps, but my mom has had her golden retriever on the green bean diet to help reduce her weight. Basically you give them a helping of those green beans that come in the super can, in the morning to tide them over till later in the afternoon.

    my mother-in-law does a variant to make their food tastier, by mixing in a scoop of green beans with their dinner, but just giving them that much less dog food

    it fills their bellies, tastes delicious to them, and helps stretch that dog food supply
  17. tmike

    tmike New Member

    A good survival food for pets and people (eaten in many cultures around the world) is dried grasshoppers. Pick them off the plants in your organic garden in the summer and dry them in a dehydrator or on a screen in a window. When brittle, grind them up and they store well indefinitely until needed in a sealed jar or zipper baggie. Add hot water and your pet has a delicious, protein-filled survival meal.
  18. HarleyRider

    HarleyRider Comic Relief Member

    No matter what food I have on hand, and it's several years worth, my dog will eat before I do; next to my wife, she's my best friend and part of my family. :):):)
  19. Knotted

    Knotted Member

    I dont know about dog food but my friend has an English Bull terrier which when wet you can see the black (dalmation) spots. I learnt this was due to the dogs being crossed between dalmations and the original English Bull Terrier.

    The problems they have is that they have to constantly put sun cream on the dog as there skin is sensitive so Im guessing this would be the same for dalmations... In regards to the food they have more problems putting it down without getting their hand chewed off than what to feed him :)
  20. Sonnyjim

    Sonnyjim Prepping

    I don't want to beat a dead horse, but when my golden is sick I feed her rice and fish or potato and fish. Her normal dog food is a fish and potato food so it's easy to go over to the rice or potato. I can fish in the river behind my house and catch 10lbs of catfish and bass in less than an hour so I fillet them up and throw them in with the rice(most of the time). In a survival situation rice is good to store and potatos are easy to grow and if you're in an area with good fishing then you're good to go. She likes the catfish more than the bass because of the texture and taste but she'll eat anything.