This is used as a supplement if you have to hand-raise, given to the bitch during whelping process as well as given to puppies who are being weaned. I mix it with baby rice or oatmeal cereals as the first meal. I have also used it to boost milk production by cutting it 50/50 with water and giving it to the mom. This recipe was given to me by Lydia Laycook of Von Rhinegold Kees Kennels who obtained it from [I believe] Michigan State Veterinary University. It is suppose to be as close to bitch milk as possible and produce superior puppies. If you can find fresh goat's milk (not the powdered or canned versions), you can use that instead of the canned milk for the very best milk recipe. I have used this recipe since my first litter and continue to use it now. I can only say: my dogs have wonderful bone, I've had no sick puppies and my pups are vigorous!MIX IN BLENDER:
DISSOLVE ON STOVE:2 Packages Knox (brand) unflavored gelatin
Combine all above together. Add one more can of water. Blend well. Refrigerate. The stuff turns to a "pudding" state, but melts when warmed. I like to use up a batch within four days, otherwise I worry about it spoiling.NOTE: If you are concerned about the honey in this formula, don't be. Honey is only a problem for human children (as the botulinum spores can be absored into infant's immature digestive tract). A puppy's digestive system is much different than that of a human infant, and there is no risk feeding honey to a puppy.
This recipe was originally obtained from Peter & Holly Colcord of the infamous YanKee kees kennel of NH. It was used on "Chrissy" [Ch. YanKee Starkist, one of the top keeshond bitches in history] while she was being campaigned. It has since been adapted and changed according to what I have learned about nutrition. I have raised puppies on it, fed it to brood bitches, stud dogs and as road food for show dogs and any dogs we have traveling with us. It is highly digestible, leaving very little stool volume and no loose stools.3# meat (chicken*, turkey* or beef*)
Cook rice and lentils together before mixing into the batter. In a food processor, mulch up vegetables, garlic, eggs, meat. Mix all ingredients together. Spoon into lightly oiled oversized-cupcake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Freeze what you are not going to use in 5 days. This makes about 4 dozen larger-size cupcakes.
If making the cupcakes for puppies (under 6mos of age), I put the dry oatmeal into the food processor and make oatflour out of it before adding it into the mix. I put the cooked rice and lentils into the food processor and process well and then add it to the mix. This makes the cupcakes highly digestible for puppies.
* NOTE: If you use ground chicken, turkey or beef, there is no need to precook the meat. If you use chicken or turkey parts, I do precook the meat and debone after it is cooked. If the recipe is for older kees (over 6mos) I hand shread the poultry parts. If it is for puppies (under 6mos of age) I will put the meat into a food processor and make a paste out of it before adding to the mix. If you use beef of any kind, there is no need to precook it. Just shread it by cutting it up with a sharp knife if it is not ground beef.
This recipe was developed as a way to get away from canned dog food mixers. The first step away was Campbell's soups, of which "Chicken & Stars" was the A*starz dog's favorite flavor. Ha Ha.3# meat (chicken, turkey cooked or lean beef)
Bake the non-raw meats along with any dry vegetables, such as split peas. (If you are using beef, there is no need to cook, just use it raw.) Debone the meat and shred pieces by hand. In a food processor, mulch up raw meats. Cook the brown rice and lentils together. In a food processor, mulch up vegetables and garlic. Mix all together and spoon into containers for freezing.
Take concentrated stew, add some water and heat in microwave until warm. Mix in with dry dog food and serve.
When cooking for the dogs, a food processor is invaluable. I use mine for everything. It mulches the meat, purees the vegetables and mixes things together nicely and evenly.
I refrigerate all the raw ingredients, including flours. We have a spare refrigerator, so that comes in handy in holding all the stuff as you keep cooking naturally. Labels are very important to keep on stuff in progress in case you have a batch of batter and haven't had the time to cook it yet. It is helpful to know what it is and when it was prepared! Gee, what is that stuff in the orange tupperware with the green lid? Sometimes it seems like our fridge holds more dog food than people food. I guess the main thing to remember is "it ain't dog food until a dog eats it" so it is fair game for anyone.
Because I don't want to spend all my time in the kitchen for the dogs, I will most often multiply the recipes and freeze the finish products in Zip Lock freezer bags (one of the greatest inventions of our time!) It is important to note that these recipes don't keep more than a week in the refrigerator, so freeze what you aren't going to use in that time and yank it out when you need it. It is a real chore trying to juggle the contents, cook the rice and bake the chicken, etc. They all may have different cooking times. I will have separate ingredients cooking when I have the time to and then use them when I put the batch together. It is a pain, but I feel I'm getting healthier dogs and the long term affects will be worth it. I have been cooking for the dogs since February 1991. We'll see who wins, the dogs or my perseverance and time. Maybe some will think I'm crazy, but that won't be a new observation! In the meantime, I'm always looking for easy AND good things to feed the dogs.
Bon Appetite! Bark Bark