Dave, yes it is a big commitment and I've been accused of cooking more for Gucci than I do my family, lol..partially true, partially not. I've gotten into the habit of cooking 2-3 days worth of food at a time, so really, I only cook 2-3 times a week for her and I usually work it into the same time as I'm making dinner for the family, if the timing works out. But I do feed her canned if I don't have time to cook, or we travel, I still want her to know that canned is okay and part of her diet so she gets it once every week or two (she likes the venison) which is hard to find at the butcher here.
I also think its a big myth or exaggeration that kibble is so much better for dog's teeth. IMO, some people neglect taking care of their pet's teeth because they *think* the kibble is knocking off the tarter, which isn't totally true..even my vet admitted it that they still have to do lots of dental cleanings on dogs on kibble.
She hates the petzlife. I'm giving her the leba which I think is pretty much the same thing and she likes the taste of it better, BUT....its more expensive. I also scrape some tarter off with a pic every now and then but that's something that I started doing when she was a puppy..probably the only reason she semi tolerates it.
I'm always amazed when I dog sit how much water that kibble fed dogs drink, egads..
Oh I agree Kara. This is something anyone can do ,if you put your mind to it. I discussed it with Gwen, and there would be times where it would be no problem making a months supply ahead of time. It's just whether we can do it on a consistent basis. I should probably get my ass off this laptop and "Get er Done" like the Cable Guy says. I told Sabine , someday I might take her up on her offer. Maybe this being a New Year , it could be my resolution. Funny how you thought kibble fed dogs drink more. When Molly was on kibble ,I always thought she wasn't drinking enough. I would coax and remind her to drink, LOL. And when Sabine sent me this article, I kind of agreed with it. Here is what is says. "Pets who eat mostly canned food or a home prepared diet automatically take in more moisture
than those eating kibble, so they do not need to compensate as much by drinking and
excrete less concentrated urine. Contrary to what many people think and pet food companies
claim, dogs (and cats even more so) do not instinctively know how much extra water they
have to drink to make up for what is lacking in dry food.
A greater incidence of bladder diseases and stones/crystals in animals eating dry food is one
result. An increasing number of American Veterinary Medical Association members, including
board-certified veterinary nutritionists, are now strongly recommending the feeding of canned
food only instead of dry kibble to cats, but the issue has not been officially addressed in dogs,
since they have a slightly better ability to compensate by drinking from their water bowl."
But the moisture content is very important for sure. So thanks for reminding me how easy this is to do. We've been lazy , me especially. I think it's time to make the change. Will discuss this with the boss, and I'll tell her how you said its' so easy to do. Thanks for the encouragement Kara.