From November 21st through 27th, you can save more on selected beef treats.
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Thanksgiving day is the day to thank family,friends, meal and the time to see the family traditions in activities,meals served etc.. and it is a great holiday to make and keep the memories together.
To thank all the great furry furriends and their mom and dad who have been using Yassy’s gourmet dog kitchen as “go-to” store for your furriends’ healthy treats,and toys, here are the great limited time deals for this year’s Thanksgiving day week.
** Nov 26th through 28th; You can get 20% off on your entire order with order over $40.00* ( Merchandise subtotal must be over $40.00) with the coupon code “TURKEY“
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If you follow my blog entries, you would notice that our Corgi “Palette” is on fresh food diet a.k.a. raw diet, and she eats all kinds of stuff.
She loves the fresh food menu very much. She always start her day by trotting to the kitchen,nose up in the air to sniff out what is for breakfast today. Then, when she knows it is her meal time, she waits “nice sit” at the spot where I normally place her food mat on.
She already learned her meal routine very well and, I do not need to call her for the meal time.
I, on the other hand, enjoy watching how much she loves her meal and I feel great knowing that I am providing the best menu possible for her for healthy,long,happy life.
It has been 7 years since her first raw diet menu.
I started off by introducing chicken menu without organ and then, introduced another protein one at a time.
She did pretty good on the menu except a few learning curves,where I learned that she has sensitive tummy for fat % in one sitting and I need to trim some fat from fatty protein source such as Duck or limit the amount of food served due to higher fat content in the menu such as lamb tongue.
Once I learned that, feeding became second nature to me and, I am being able to adjust to my own personal preferable way of feeding.
Personally, I Prefer to provide variety of protein source in shorter period of times as opposed to buying single protein source meat in bulk and feed through over a month or two months or more, and then switch to other protein source.
Therefore, you would find more than 10 variety of protein source in Palette’s freezer.
Yes, Palette does have her own freezer and,having freezer for storage for raw feeding is the great to stock up the various kinds of protein source at once.
For that personal purpose, what I did during the introductory phase of the diet was that, I wrote down I like to feed to her, and let her get used to the protein source one by one.
Then, after about 2-3 round of feeding following the list of items I wanted to feed, I started feeding mixed/match menu.
Therefore, sometimes, her meal is not just one protein source such as beef menu at AM, Turkey Menu for PM, and sometimes both breakfast and dinner are the same protein source but different menu. It all depends.
As I have been writing in many entries in the past, after switching her diet to the fresh food diet, I started learning more about overall health topics such as over vaccination, nutrition, along with dog treats,dog food matters and more..
One of my goals for this blog has always been trying to focus on educating readers by passing all of those information that I have learned over the years and, at the same time, I wanted to raise the awareness of healthy, nutritious fresh food diet for dogs, and encourage people to start trying to add fresh food diet menu in their doggy bowl, or start switching training treats or chews to healthier ones to start with; start switching what they get throughout the day via a small steps at a time for the sake of dog’s health.
Since I have started the series titled “Decoding kibble”, I am hoping that the series help people to understand what are in the kibble, how you can pick the better brands of kibble if fresh food diet was not their option.
If one was trying to switch their diet to fresh food diet a.k.a. raw diet like I did for Palette’s, then, I wanted to provide information how I feed her as fresh food diet guide so they can see what it is like to feed fresh food diet to dogs.
As you know,the good diet is the base of overall health.
When you go to human doctor, not many doctors would discourage you toeat fresh food, and they would not push you to include processed food inour diet. They do not have canned soup or frozen food for you to purchase to bring home to enjoy.They are more likely to tell you to eat fresh food for your over all health.
Processed food is convenient and quick and easy for you, but if you were on total processed food diet without fresh food, will you be healthy? Imagine your diet consists of canned soup, frozen food etc only,day in, day out.
Now, I cannot wrap my head around why so called “Medical expert” for animals should be pushing you or recommending you to feed the process food as opposed to encouraging you to feed fresh food for the overall health.
Even Rachael Ray,who is very passionate about bringing fresh food menu for school lunch is having her own line of kibble, pre-made wet food and I find there is a little discrepancy in the message she is sending to the public. I am sad about that.
If she were real passionate about dog diet as much as she does for kids’ lunch menu at school, then, she could have worked on freezer dried/dehydrated food instead of kibble or wet dog food; much simpler, less processed food, and she could promote healthy diet for dogs and cats as well.
I feel that medical expert on animal field is moving backward in stead of moving forward focusing more on dog’s health.
I strongly feel that vet is moving backward on the diet issue for animals especially because all of my cousins and neighbors who I grew up with fed fresh food all the time and, I had an impression back then that it was what dogs eat until I came to the states.
Raw diet menu for dogs, for example, is unique in a way that each menu is served fresh, without fillers, and offer quality of food and, it will leads to good overall health.
Ultimately, you can tweak the diet menu if problems arise accordingly. That is the virtue of this raw diet method. As you have noticed, I have started the new series on raw diet titled “Fresh food in the bowl”, where you get to sneak peek what Palette is eating.
Generally, Palette’s regular meal is consists of one meal with bone, and the other meal without bones.
Meal with bone can be portion cut poultry, 4 leg animal’s ribs, whole fish with poultry feet etc..
Other half of the meal is whatever planned to feed in the menu list in order,and it is boneless meat along with organ such as liver with or without miscellaneous items such as a whole Egg.
I usually feed the same menu item two times per week and move on to the other menu except organ such as liver or poultry giblet such as gizzard.
The amount of food served is roughly around 10 oz to 12 oz per day. I consider her ideal weight is 30 lb since she is a tall corgi (14″ tall; 2″ taller than average Corgi).
Then,I go by 2 % of ideal weight to calculate her daily amount.
Calculation goes like this.
30 x 16 x 0.02= daily feeding amount 9.6 oz (roughly 10 oz)
With some menu items, it is not likely to be able to cut to the piece into exact amount that I would like to feed as her portion, so her daily amount can vary some.
Generally, dogs’ feeding amount guideline starts with 2% of ideal adult weight. If that daily feeding amount was too little, you would up the % to 3% , 4% ideal adult weight as needed.
To calculate your dog’s daily feeding amount fill the blank below
ideal weight of dog x 16 x 0.02 for 2 % = daily feeding amount
If you go by 3% of ideal weight,then fill the blank below
ideal weight of dog x 16 x 0.03 for 3% = daily feeding amount
By observing how your dogs do, up and down the percentage of ideal weight. Palette’s menu detail goes about 80% meat,10% bone, 10% organ.
When I have organ other than liver such as kidney, I feed 5% liver, 5% kidney a day but when I have only liver,I feed 10% liver a day.
I feed her 2 times a day on regular feeding time,and I feed 1 time a day when I feed her big meal once a month.
If you go by 80 % -10 % -10 % guideline exactly with Palette’s feeding amount, you will get 8 oz boneless meat, 1 oz bone, 1 oz organ, but as you can see, I feed her 2 times a day and when I portion cut her menu, often times, boneless meat is cut to about 4 oz wt, meat with bone such as portion cut chicken etc will be cut to about weighing around 5 oz to 7 oz, and organ portion gets chopped to about half an ounce and then I bag them in the zip bag and put those in the freezer bag to freeze them.
With my way, the amount of bone gets up and down depending on what you will feed. When fish meal day, the amount of bones are very low and when I feed neck or ribs as part of her daily menu, the amount of bones in the meal gets higher than fish meal day.
The week I took the picture of her meal was Turkey meal day.
What she got? Here is what she got on Turkey meal day.
AM&PM meal combined;Turkey Drumstick
I do not consider the Turkey drumstick big meal day menu, but one drumstick weighed about 14 oz,which is a little over Palette’s one day worth of meal amount. So, when I feed Turkey parts weighing that much,I feed Palette one item around 1-3 pm as brunch,if you will.
Parts like breast area would be able to cut into her portion for PM feeding amount,for example, and when I feed that, then, I would feed her two times a day with different protein source on the other side of the meal time.
*** Preparing the Turkey meal ***
Now and then, I find people asking how they can feed Turkey.
At the grocery store, with poultry items, you can get to have options of purchases;whether you buy parts by part vs whole bird.
If you simply look at price,then, parts by parts might look cheaper but, I would suggest you buy the whole bird because it will end up feeding your dog cheaper than you would with bony parts by parts items.
Chicken will be a good example for this. Lets say you would buy leg quarter. That would be ok for a couple of days on it but know that those items are bone heavy items and you would probably want to feed less bony parts like breast with rib bone area here and there if you feed once a day, or more boneless meat on the other side of the meal if you feed twice a day to balance out the bone amount over time,and to prevent them from getting constipated from too much bone in the meal.
Not only that, if you do buy a whole bird,your dog can eat various parts of bird over time, and more balanced in terms of bone amount and probably nutrition as well.
I personally buy a whole bird, and cut them into Palette’s portion.Then, bag them up in zip bag,put those in the freezer bag,store them and feed it through over time.
What I usually do for any poultry is that, I buy the whole bird,cut the bird along the spine,which makes the bird split into half.
From there, you can cut the half bird into your dog’s portion.If you look at the net weight on the label, it is easier for you to find out how many pieces you would want to cut the half the bird into for your dog. It does not have to be exact number,but you cut them into rough estimated size of the portion and you are good to go!
With big bird like Turkey, I do not bother to cut the leg or wing into portion size and just simply leave it “as is” for the day like today;brunch meal day.
When it comes to tools that I use to cut the bird, with Chicken,Pheasant,Duck,I find myself use Joyce Chen scissors more. With big bird like Turkey, I ted to use both Joyce Chen scissors plus clever.
The best time of the year to stick up the Turkey is the day after the Thanksgiving day. The price drops down and I normally get Turkey for her after the Thanksgiving day for that reason..One big Turkey gives Palette large number of meals.
In this entry, I would like to share Palette’s “Fresh food in the bowl; Turkey menu”.
For this entry, you would see her eating Turkey drumstick portion but,she is getting various parts of whole Turkey cut into her portion on other Turkey meal day. You can feed all parts of Turkey,although with itty bitty size dog like chihuahua, the bone itself might be harder than they could make dent to.
If you were not sure if your dog can eat the Turkey bone or not, you can give the meal and let them be for about 10-15 minutes and see if they can make any dent to it. If they could not make any dent to the bone during the time, then, the bone will be something they cannot eat on their own. I use this personal guideline to decide whether bone is edible for Palette or not.
I think if you already feeding your dogs raw diet for a while and ifyou know your dogs do good on each items that you see in this entry, then, you can use Palette’s sample meal as example for the feeding.
However, if you were new to the raw diet, please do not feed variety of things all at once. During the introductory phase, each protein source menu must be introduced to your dogs one at a time,and keep the dogs on the protein source until your dogs do good on, and then, you can move on to the next protein source and as they get used to the menu, keep introducing new stuff slowly one at a time to be able to feed variety of items.
In the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 Part 21: Feeding Turkey“, I wrote about what to look for when you buy a whole Turkey,and the nutrition information for Turkey liver, and about what bones you should avoid feeding them etc…
It is good to read the entry if you were new to feeding Turkey to your dog.
By the way, I have seen the online retail store sells dehydrated Turkey neck and Dehydrated Turkey feet,but be careful for those.
I have fed raw Turkey neck,raw Turkey feet before,but bone in those parts are rather harder than other parts of the Turkey. I am not personally comfortable with the idea those hard parts of Turkey being dehydrated and offered as treats and I have not purchased it to try with Palette.
Good thing about poultry feet is that poultry feet is great natural source of glucosamine/chondroitin, and considering Palette’s past limping history, it is a good choice. I usually have raw/dehydrated Chicken feet or raw/dehydrated Duck feet to trade with big meal day also.
Here are some of the pictures and video on the Turkey meal day to share with you.
Pausing with my Turkey meal..
Close to da finish..
Soo good!Look at my wet nose…
Look at my pearly white teethy too!
Palette and turkey drumstick..
What fresh food did your dog get in their bowl today?
To me, “Family” is the place where you find happiness,laughter and love. Also share and overcome any difficulties together. It is where I find “the rock” in my life.
12 years ago, I came to the states via marriage and,after spending about 2 years ourselves alone, we started thinking about starting a family. We both love kids and, we wanted the kids who would call us “mom” and “dad”.
Unfortunately, doctor has found the toxic fluid for babies in one of the tubes and the other tube was closed , plus I had the wall in heart shaped uterus (bicornate uterus). Therefore, both tubes had to be removed.
Since my uterus had so little space for the babies to grow, our first doctor told us that our option for our dream of life will be achieved via surrogate program,which runs up 60,000 dollars.
I had a chance to connect with one who had used surrogacy program and she told me how the expense is assigned.
According to the program she used, for the medical fee, the price can vary depending on the decision whether you will use your own egg or not. I do not know how the price would run when the egg was donors,but I was told..
$20,000- compensation to the surrogate mother
$5,000- in extra expenses to her ($500 maternity clothing, $200 per month in an allowance to reimburse her for mileage/childcare, $500 for the embryo transfer fee, $200 for a life insurance policy, and some to compensate for the missing work to go to the appointments with the IVF clinic.)
$4,000- legal fees
$3,500-matching fee- to the matching agents to match you with a surrogate
$3,000- to the surrogate’s attorney.
Hearing this, we thought having a little one;our long long dream, is going to be so far far away or it looked like impossible dream for our own.
Since we wanted our own kids, it was so hard to accept the fact that our dream might be impossible dream.
However, when we went to the fertility clinic to talk about option in detail, we were told that the another doctor could perform the surgery to remove the wall in my uterus so the babies can grow, and that I could carry my own baby via IVF as option.
We were really lucky to find the doctor who could help us to have a little one that way. Otherwise, we would still be thinking that our option is only the surrogacy..
Fast forward for 10 years since the day we were told our option to our dream is via surrogacy, we have a son who would call us “mom” and “dad”:Liam, who came to meet us against all the odds.I have carried my own son and in July this year, he finally came to meet us.
Needless to say,it was the happiest day of my life. He is the joy of our life.
Our son “Liam” smiling, now age 3 months old..
This “Yassy’s note” series is where you get to read about IVF, my pregnancy, parenting,and things that I liked to use during my pregnancy time and the things that I Liked when raising our little son “Liam”.
Through this series, I wanted to share our IVF story with you so I can give others who are in the same situation to ours hope to their own dream.
Stay tuned to read more about how he came about,and more. He is the strong little guy who came to meet us against all the odds and, he gives us smile each and every day.
If you have been reading food/cooking entries from the past, you would notice that I love to cook/bake and, I like to make pizza/bread now and then.
Since I was a pregnant,then became mother to a newborn son, I have been busy and rarely have time to make things like bread but, I do love bread baking.
For me, bread baking is like comforting in many ways from kneading the dough, aroma while bread is being proofed or being baked,sound of crust when you slice into the bread.. There is something about bread baking that makes the whole experience special.
When I started baking bread,I got myself a book for bread baking,and I tried one type of recipe for French bread (Baguette) over and over until I get satisfied result from making one. I made so many French bread to learn the basic technique,and get to know more about bread baking in general.
I find that making artisan bread has depth in learning and more technique,and I have got a lot more to learn about it.
In the past, I have made a Clover dinner roll.This one is without pre-fermented dough or sponge. It came out good; buttery,soft roll and it was good. So, I thought I would share how to make it with you.
Clover dinner roll…
Ingredients for Clover Dinner roll
1C milk 4tbs butter 1/8C white sugar 1 /2 whole egg lightly beaten 2 tsp active dry yeast 4/3tsp salt 1 3/8C unbleached all purpose flour 1 3/8C unbleached bread flour
0. Preheat the oven at 200F and when it reached to 200F,turn the oven off
1. In the sauce pan, pour 1C milk and let it come to luke warm (110F-115F)
2. Remove the sauce pan from the heat and mix in the 4 tbs butter, 1/8C sugar and stir until melted
3. Pour the milk mixture into a large bowl
4. Add lightly beaten 1/2 whole egg and 2 tsp dry yeast ,1 3/8C unbleached all purpose flour,3/4tsp salt, and mix
** If you use jar of dry yeast, make sure the yeast is at room temperature. Cold yeast would not make your dough rise properly.
** Milk temperature to rise the dough (proof the dough) should be at 110F-115F. Lower temperature milk would not proof the dough properly, and higher temperature Milk would kill the yeast and would not proof the dough
5. Add 1 3/8C unbleached bread flour and mix well 6. When dough came together,sprinkle some flour on the counter and transfer the dough to the counter to begin kneading the dough until the dough is smooth,elastic dough about 6-8 minutes
** Using silpat mat is easy to work with
7.You can test your dough to see if you knead it more. Do the Windowpane test.
What is windowpane test??
Windowpane test is the test the gluten development in the dough.
What you do is to cut off small piece of dough,and gently stretch out/pulling to see if it will hold a paper-thin membrane.If it tore apart,you would knead a bit more and do the test again.
8. When dough becomes supple,smooth,elastic dough, drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto empty bowl and smear it around side and inside bottom to make easy for you to take the dough out later
9. Place the dough into the bowl,drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the dough and smear the olive oil all around the dough
10. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place the dough in the oven,set the timer for 90 minutes
11. 90 minutes later, dough will be larger size in volume
12. Once the dough gets nearly double in volume, take the dough out from the bowl onto the silpat mat/slightly floured surface
13. Divide the dough into 18 small round pieces of the dough and form the dough into small ball
** How to make round dinner roll shape**
1. Swift off any flour left on the counter and swipe the counter with wet cloth for the better frisction
2. For your hand into a cup,holding the small piece of dough,and flip your hand over so the roll is under your hand
3. Firmly press the dough onto the counter while you are rotating your hand in the circular motion over the counter
We live in rural Maine and are surrounded by literally thousands of acres of woodlands. My malamute, Lakoda Raven, and I walk these woods every day, except during the winter when he either runs the trails with me while I cross country ski or pulls me in a kick sled.
Lakoda playing with the water..
He is energetic, adventurous, and always hoping that he will be able to cajole me into following him into new territory and that I will oblige him. Sometimes he gets his way but usually I pick him up at a rendezvous spot some distance from the house.
If I don’t do that he will race back to the house, and while I’m happy that he’s anxious to return home, I worry about his crossing the road in front of the house and continuing up another road where he visits with two other dogs at neighboring properties.
Now he turns to watch me as we approach the rendezvous spot and he waits there, smiling and with tail wagging, for me to catch up and give him the jerky. Sometimes he dances while I take it from my fanny pack.
As soon as he finishes the piece he turns for home and connected to our life line, the leash, we start back together, but not without my giving him a big bear hug and receiving a face licking in return.
Thanks, Yassy, for producing these treats for us. We are both grateful for them. I am happiest when my little beast is happy, and I love to see the fire in his eyes when he knows he is about to receive something wonderful!
One thing I am passionate about is to provide my family and our furriends healthy meals/snacks. I cook for my family everyday, and I make lunch for my husband to bring to work, and we barely have process food on our plate/in his lunch box.
For our stumpy little dog “Palette” the Corgi,we have switched her diet to fresh food diet a.k.a. raw diet 7 years ago, and you would not find processed food items on her feeding mat on her meal time.
First lady Michelle Obama has started organic garden at the White house, and hope to encourage people to eat fresh food more. According to cbs news article (For the full article, please click here), the organic garden has 55 kinds of vegetable,berries,and herbs.
I have grown sweet peppers,herbs etc and,I must say that sweet peppers right off the plant tastes much better than the one you will get at grocery stores.
I think that bringing the fresh food more on our plate is good thing,and better for our health. Less preservatives, less sodium, less sugar, less additives..all of these benefit for our health.
As you already know, I am expecting our little son to be born in this summer, and we recently visited a few pediatricians to be ready to be seen when little Liam (That is his name to be) is born.
Both small practices,which I like because our little Liam would not see bunch of different doctors and doctors would get to know him better and Liam will get to know the doctor better and we were looking for the small practice.
The first one turned us down because they were swamped,and we were told they were not accepting new patients at the moment. They gave us list of other pediatricians in the area to try, but none did not sound good to us.
After all, just recently, visited another pediatrician,who we think she is very unique in the field.
Why? She believes that the key to keeping kids healthy is to teach the kids how to eat good healthy food. Therefore, she tries to teach not only kids but also their parents how to cook the healthy food and eat better, and also how to shop smarter. Yes,she has back yard garden,and own kitchen right next to the examination room:-)
Then, each exam room is named after vegetables; newborn baby room is called sweet pea room, toddler exam room is blueberry room, and other examine room had carrot room etc..
Every now and then, the doctor hold cooking class inviting all the patients (kids) and parents. Therefore, not only we get to learn healthy eating there, but also we get to mingle with others and kids can make friends there as well.
The practice is run by a single doctor so, we know Liam will get to see her every time we come so, we liked that part as well.
I thought her philosophy behind the practice and my own belief for both human and for dogs click and we decided to have her as Liam’s pediatrician.
I think it will be great to see more doctor like her in the medical field for human.
For doctors for animals, we should be getting doctors who push the fresh food diet as opposed to process food because I believe that whether it is for human or animals, the base of the good diet effects overall health and I do not see that highly processed food be any good for animals’ health.
It is sad to see that animal doctors are not promoting real issue that largely effect animal’s health; importance of the fresh food in the diet.
Through the raw feeding 911 series on this blog, I have shared many of the topics you might find it interesting to read from the basic of raw feeding such as what to feed,how much to feed,where you can get the food etc… to other specific topic such as how to feed fish to your dog etc.
In this entry, I would like to focus on Green Tripe.
If you have started feeding raw diet, you would have heard of the term “Green Tripe” and some of you already got them in your freezer and feeding it to your dogs.
What are they? And Are there any benefit to feed them to your dogs?
Palette;What is that? What is that? Is it my Favorite Tripe??
What is Green tripe?
When you start shopping for fresh food menu for your furriends, many of the stuff to be on their plate can be found at the grocery store. However,there is one thing you would not find at regular grocery stores.
That is green tripe. It is unwashed stomach from ruminants (who graze grasses) such as cow and lamb. Ruminants animals have 4 stomachs; rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum.
According to greentripe.com website, when animals swallow grass, the grass goes to rumen and reticulum, and grass gets regurgitated,chewed,and regurgitated grass goes down to 3rd,4th chamber,namely, omasum and abomasum. There,grass gets broke down with gastric juice,enzyme,and amino acid.
To read more on green tripe at greentripe.com website,please click here.
You may find the scalded,deodorized white colored tripe at grocery store, but it is not what we raw feeders would feed to our dogs.
The one we feed is unwashed,unprocessed tripe, and it cannot be sold as human consumption. You would never find those at grocery stores near you.
The color of the tripe is brown/grey and sometimes it has green tint from grass cow has eaten.
You can get them through raw feeding vendors or your local co-op in your area.
With Green tripe, you can get them in 2 forms;ground or unground,uncut.
Green tripe in ground form..
Green tripe unground, whole cut into Palette’s portion..
If I feed the ground form of green tripe,I usually feed them as side dish about size of ice cube. It is just my preference. When you feed the small sized green tripe, its smell is minimized.
The tripe smells like .. barn in the hot humid summer. Since I feed small sized tripe, it gets gobbled it up by Palette in a blink of an eye and I barely smell the tripe. I usually cut the ground form one into ice cube size when it is about 20% thaw when we receive it in the tube and then, bag them up to freeze.
When I get the whole unground,uncut Green tripe, I cut them into Palette’s portion and feed it as part of regular meal,not side dish. The whole tripe looks like well used rug.
I find that ground tripe smell more than hunk of tripe. Therefore, I usually get unground,uncut Green Tripe for Palette.
With hunk of tripe, it does not get eaten right away and I find her chew,chew,chew to eat it but the smell is much less compared to the ground form of green tripe and I do not smell as much.
With tripe, people might find a little offensive odor but for dogs, it is their favorite menu in the world, waiting for it to be served with their tail wagging,huge smile on their face:-)
Many dogs loves them very much.
Now you may be wondering what are so good about these smelly things. Do you know why?
What are the benefit of feeding tripe?
Good thing about green tripe is that it still has enzyme in the tripe and it helps your dogs to digest their food easier. It also has good bacteria for guts (lactic acid bacteria),which you would often find in yogurt or probiotics.
These good bacteria can support the good immune system and keep the bad bacteria such as e-coli,salmonella in check in the gut.
Besides probiotic effect in the gut, the green tripe is said to have 1:1 ratio of calcium : phosphorus.
Also, Green tripe has good ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids ( linolenic acid ) and Omega 6 fatty acids ( linoleic acids ).
However, as with any food items, more is not always better. As I understand it, green tripe lacks in tyrosine (amino acid), which you can find a lot in the red meat. So, even if you will feed the green tripe, you will still need the variety of food on their menu. Do not feed Green tripe exclusively.
Is Tripe being fed as organ?
This is the very question that I had when I started feeding raw green tripe. I was not sure if it fed tiny amount as organ or if it can be fed the same amount to regular boneless meat menu.
Turned out, tripe can be fed as regular meal,not organ.Palette did not have any digestive problems when I fed the same amount that I normally feed the boneless meat in her combo meal;She gets 2 meals a day usually,and one meal is bone-in,m the other meal is boneless meal.
Therefore, when I have unground,uncut, portion cut Green tripe, her menu with green tripe would look like this.
AM:Green beef tripe, beef liver
PM: portion cut chicken
Canned green tripe vs raw frozen tripe..
Because of the popularity of green tripe, now pet food industries start offering more variety in the tripe products.
There are canned version of green tripe, but canned items whether they are canned soup or canned anything, it is cooked with heat. This means, enzyme may be destroyed and nutrient might be less than the amount your furry friends can get through raw green tripe.
According to the article written by Sally Fallon Morell with Mary G. Enig, PhD on real milk website, all enzymes are deactivated at a wet-heat temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and a dry-heat temperature of about 150 degrees.
You can read the full article written by Sally Fallon Morell with Mary G. Enig, PhD here.
Not only that, with canned tripe, the tripe is not the only ingredient.
Too much garlic can cause anemia in dogs, and when you have choice of getting the plain raw green tripe, why do you choose processed tripe?
I noticed some of the canned tripe has fish oil in it as well, but as I understand it, supplement like Fish oil gets effected by heat,light,and air. So, I wonder if the fish oil in the tripe does not get effected by the heat during the production process.
I would,personally prefer to give omega3 fatty acids by “real” fresh oily fish (sardine,mackerel,salmon) or give fish body oil capsule.
Green tripe treats..
Again,because of the popularity of green tripe, now you find variety of tripe treats as well.However, take a time to read the ingredients list before purchasing them. Some of the treats are not worth the money to pay for because too much fillers (extra ingredients) are in them to keep them price down.
For example, I found this Bison tripe treats. Look at the ingredients list; Green Bison Tripe, Chicken, Potato, Beet Syrup, Pure Vegetable Glycerin, Sea Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Potassium Sorbate, Garlic
If I wanted to offer tripe treats, only ingredient I would use will be Bison tripe. The one simple ingredients would be enough for the dogs to love the treats. There will be no need for makers to add flavor enhancer such as syrup or liquid smoke.
If you simply look at the front of the bag “Bison tripe”, you would find it unique and might buy them but it got chicken too! Also, I do not understand why they need vegetables and sweetener,natural smoke flavor (liquid smoke), and salt (to preserve longer?) etc..
What I am trying to say is that, take the time and read the ingredient so you know what you are getting.
Our k9 restaurant “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” carry tripe treats as followings. All treats are single ingredients and they do not contain extras/fillers.
I love Greek Food from Gyros, souviaki, Spanakopita (Greek Spinach pie) to green beans simmered in the tomato sauce etc… They are very delicious.
Back home in Japan, I had never had Greek food. It is something I have tried here in the states and came to like them.
Very first Greek dish I have tried making was Spanakopita.
Spanakopita is the pie made with spinach and feta cheese filling and, they are wrapped by phyllo dough and , shaped into triangle shape or crescent shape and baked in the oven.
Handling the phyllo dough was a little intimidating, but once you learn how to handle such a delicate phyllo dough, I could handle the delicate phyllo dough better.
Unfortunately, since I am an expecting mom, I cannot make them now, but I really like these.
Once I tried making them myself and done good, I have made it again for my in law family gathering and they loved them too.
Therefore, I thought I will share the recipe with you here. My version has 2 kinds of cheese; fresh feta cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. Traditionally, only feta cheese is used.
Before going in to the detail of how to make the dish, it is best to learn the important handling tips on delicate phyllo dough.
Phyllo dough handling tips..
** A day before you plan to make this dish, take the phyllo dough box out from the freezer and thaw it in the fridge.
** I also find that if you take the thawed phyllo dough box on the counter when you are making the filling to come to room temperature, it bakes well.
** Also, when you are not ready to wrap the filling, and still making the filling, then, it is wise to keep the box closed so the phyllo dough would not dried out while you are making the filling.
** Personally, I like to make my working section and, I like to unroll the phyllo dough on far left, and I like to place silpat mat to work on the shaping the filled phyllo dough and I like to place big clean dry plate on my far right so I can put wrapped pie on them. I like to cover the shaped pie under the wet cloth as well while working on filling,wrapping,shaping to make the pie so it would not dried out.
** Unlike other type of dough such as pastry dough, these phyllo dough is paper thin dough and, when it gets dried out, it gets broken very easily and, you would want to cover the unused phyllo dough under the wet clean cloth to keep them moist,preventing them from drying out.
** Another thing is that, the dough gets dried out very quickly, you would want to cover the unused dough under the wet cloth every time you take one phyllo dough from the pile.
** Once all the pies are made and if you had leftover phyllo dough, roll it up right away and, I usually like to wrap the roll with plastic wrap to make sure it is air tight in the box.
Spanakopita (Greek Spinach pie)..
Ingredients for Spanakopita;
1/8C chopped green onion 4 oz feta cheese crumbled (I like seasoned one too) 4 oz Chopped steamed fresh spinach 1 whole egg lightly beaten 1 tbs chopped fresh dill 2 oz low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese pinch of ground black pepper Extra virgin olive oil Melted butter 8 sheets Phyllo dough (1 sheet per pie)
1. In the medium size bowl, add 1/8C chopped green onion, 4 oz feta cheese crumbled (I like seasoned one too), Chopped steamed fresh spinach 4 oz, 1 whole egg lightly beaten, 1 tbs chopped fresh dill, 2 oz low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese, pinch of ground black pepper and stir
** Make sure to squeeze out the water from the steamed spinach very well
2. Wrap the filling with phyllo dough and shape it into triangle as the picture shows.
** How to shape the pie into triangle shape
1. Unroll the phyllo dough
2. Cover the dough with wet cloth
3. Place silpat to work on the wrapping the filing, and shaping
4. Place the clean large dry plate on your right so you can put the filled pie there. Make sure to cover the wrapped pie under the wet cloth so it would not dry out
5. Take 1 sheet of phyllo dough from the pile and brush the dough gently with Extra virgin olive oil and then, fold them into half to make rectangle shape,and rotate it so the most closest part of the phyllo dough is short side.
6. Brush the dough with extra virgin olive oil and,place the filling on the very bottom of the rectangle sheet and wrap it up as followings.
Fold the left corner over the filling..
fold it up..
Fold it to side..
Fold it up..
Fold it to side..
7. Place all the filled pie on the non stick foil lined baking sheet
8. Brush the melted butter on the each pie
9. Bake the pie at 375F for 20-25 minutes or until top gets golden
Makes: 8 pies with the amount of filling. Use 1 phyllo dough sheet per pie.
Dogs are just like people and, they can develop stones in bladder and kidney.
The rock-like bladder stone is more common than kidney stone in dogs,and there are two forms. One is called “Calcium oxalate bladder stone” and the other is called “struvite stone”.
When dogs have stones, it is not always the case where the vet has to remove the stones.Hoewever, if you did not know which types of stones your dog got, your vet would not know what type of approach he/she should take to get your dogs feel better, how to prevent it to happen again..
Therefore, often times, surgically removed stones are sent to lab to analyze it.
In this entry, I would like to write about calcium Oxalate bladder stone in dogs.
According to VCAhospital website, normal dog’s urine is slightly acidic and contains waste products from metabolism including dissolved mineral salt. These mineral salts will be remain dissolved in the urine.
The current research shows that urine high in calcium,citrate, or oxalate is acidic and predisposed them to develop calcium oxalate crystals and stones.
Also, diet that causes high urine acidity (urine PH <6.5) may predispose the dog to form the calcium oxalate bladder stone.
Interesting thing they write is that, the dogs on antibiotic too much,too long may reduce the number of intestinal bacteria Oxalobacter formigenes,which has sole nutrient of oxalate.
In dogs with low number of intestinal bacteria “Oxalobacter formigenes”, the excess oxalate will be secreted in urine and increase the high possibility of calcium oxalate crystals stones can form if the urine is highly concentrated or acidic.
Another point to note is that the dog with Cushing’s disease produce more cortisol (cortisone) and predispose them to develop the calcium oxalate stone.
According toveterinarypartner website ,cortisone increases calcium excretion in urine,and extra calcium in urine promote the formation of the stone.
What are the symptoms for calcium oxalate stone?
Typically, you may see blood in urine, straining to urinate, frequent urination.
What can you do to prevent them to develop calcium oxalate stone in the future?
With this type of bladder stone, you can feed them customized meal to control the likelihood of developing another calcium oxalate stone.
It is very helpful if you know which food has most/least calcium oxalate in it to provide the diet that makes their urine less acidic.
Often times, grain, vegetables are high in oxalate, and since many kibble is made from grain and vegetables as the base, switching their diet to homemade diet or raw diet might help.
If you were not ready to switch their diet to homemade diet or raw diet, you can switch them to canned food to start. The canned food has more protein than dry kibble and it got more moisture in the food compared to the dry kibble.
To read the full article at vcahospital website,please clickhere.
To read the full article on calcium oxalate at ceterinarypartner website,please click here.
Foods/supplements known to have high level of calcium oxalate ..
Spinach, beets, eggplants,asparagus,sweet potato,okra,green beans,collard green,kale, beans, berries,nuts such as peanuts are some of the few known for having high level of oxalate,but you can check the chart designed for people who has developed oxalate bladder stone and use that chart to make your dog’s customized meal.
Often times, leafy green vegetables such as spinach,kale,collard green etc are high in oxalate amount.
Here are a few websites you can check the food high in oxalate.
Chart from ohf website here.It will open with pdf form.
List of oxalate amount found in various food in chart. The chart is from Childre’s Medical Center of Dayton here.This document also open as pdf form.
Another helpful read..
** 2nd chance website article on calcium oxalate stone here.
** Dogaware website article on oxalate stone here.
If your dog is prone to form the calcium oxalate stone, it is always a good idea to make sure they are getting plenty of water and, getting customized food if possible made with low oxalate in the ingredients.
I love seafood. I do not eat lobster frequently, but I like them a lot.When the summer comes around the corner,I get excited for the restaurant’s menu such as lobster rolls.
It is something that I had never eaten before back home in Japan.It is something that came to love here in the states and I love them very much.
Last month, my father came visit us in the states and, since Japan does not have “lobster”,I thought I would make Lobster roll for him to enjoy. He told me he would love to eat something he would not be able to eat back home. Therefore, lobster dish was the perfect choice for me to serve and let him try with.
He loved the roll and commented that the crunch in the filling from onion and celery are real good and lobster tastes so good and, he was eating with big smile and, I was very happy with it.
Therefore, I thought I will share the recipe with you here.
If you love lobster, you would also like the recipes I have shared with you in the past.
1 steamed lobster (20 oz wt) or 6 oz cooked lobster meat 2 oz chopped red onion 1 oz chopped Celery 2 tsp chopped chive 1/4C mayonnaise 1 tsp horse radish mustard 2 tsp prepared horseradish 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/8 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tbs butter 1 boston lettuce leaf per roll New England roll 1 Lemon wedge per roll
<Zesty Lobster roll>
0. Purchase steamed lobster,and remove all the meat from the shell.
** 20 oz wt lobster yield 6 oz lobster meat
1. In the large bowl, mix 6 oz cooked lobster meat, 2 oz chopped red onion, 1 oz chopped Celery, 2 tsp chopped chive, 1/4C mayonnaise, 1 tsp horse radish mustard, 2 tsp prepared horseradish,1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice and mix well
2. Melt 1 tbs butter in the measuring cup in the microwave (15-20 seconds)
3. Brush the butter on the outside of the New England roll
4. In the skillet on medium heat, place the buttered New England roll to brown the both sides
5. When browned a bit, open the roll in the middle, lay one Boston lettuce leaf, put the lobster salad (filling), and serve with lemon wedge
In the previous entry titled “How to introduce the newborn baby to your dog“, I wrote that I would like to spend time to learn more about how you can introduce your newborn baby to your dog in the house. Then, if there were something we can practice before our little son will come join us, I thought, it will be great to have practice time with Palette.
In it, I also wrote that once baby can move around, of course, as always, supervision is important but also it is important to teach your baby how to interact with/approach to your dog.
Not only dog needs to learn to interact with baby, baby also needs to learn how to interact/approach to the dog.
Kids sometimes do what dogs do not appreciate;pulling fur, step on the tail, hugging etc and no matter how calm,gentle dog you have, there will be a threshold and dog could snap at the kids and it may end up with injury.
In another entry titled “Kids vs dogs;How to prevent the dog bite“, I wrote it is important for people to look for the cause and realize what trigger the act of biting and prevent that to happen again.
It is not always the dogs that should be blamed for the incident.Unsupervised kids can do things that could trigger the incident. Therefore, if you have a kid in the house, from the early age, you should teach them how to interact with your dog and learn the manner. And you should make it a habit to be with the kids when they interact with the dog,not sitting 10-20 feet away from the kids.
To understand why the biting happen, you should see things through their point of view,not ours.
When dogs interact with kids, they have to tolerate all the strange, unpredictable behavior, and we should not expect them to react the way we human do and, we should not expect them to understand how they should react to kids’ behavior.We need to teach them as we should teach the kids.
In this entry, I would like to write about effect of having a pet on kids.
Palette says “Lets go for walkie!”
Kids grew up with a pet vs kids who did not grew up with a pet, do you think there would be something kids without a pet missing out something that they could have learn from having a pet?
I myself grew up with various pet;hamster.parakeet, rabbit,gold fish… although we did not have a cat or dog. I loved animals, and loved to visit zoo, aquarium etc.. as well.
Having a pet was not what parents set us up for better/positive effect on us but rather, I wanted to have a pet. It was me that begged them to have a pet. The very first time I was about having a pet, mother asked me what pet I was thinking of. Well, I wanted “parrot” and told her about it but, we were told that kids cannot take care of big bird like that and we were suggested to have a smaller bird “parakeet” instead. So, our first pet was parakeet.
Just recently, I came across interesting articles regarding effect of having a dog on kids, and I thought I would share it with you.
Effect dogs have on kids..
According to petplace website, Robert Bierer Ph.D. found out through his study on effect dogs have on kids was positive one on emotional and physical benefit from pet ownership.
I can see that the dogs require exercise and they love to play and the kids with dogs might be more motivated to go out and play and might be more active than the kids without dogs.
For the emotional positive effects,the study showed that most positive effect dog have on kids were with kids age between 10-12. His findings are..
1. Unconditional love comes from a dog that allowed the children to feel valued in the unique way, and the kids can become the dog’s parent and they can take care of many of things dogs need.
In a way, the kids learn to have a sense of responsibility and respect for others. In return, dogs depends on the kids for love and attention.
Therefore, kids learn to read the dog’s body language and become sensitive to the dog’s emotion,which leads to #2 finding
2. Kids will learn to be aware of the feelings of others (empathy)
In conclusion, the study found that kids grew up with pet has more self esteem,empathy.
To read the full article at the petplace website,please click here.
3. Another website optimum website writes that the researchers found that the kids who grew up with a dog for their first year are less allergic later in life. They find that early exposure to pets are associated with reduced risk of asthma and other allergies.
You can see the study page at ncbi website here.It shows how the study was curried as well as the finding.
Besides all of the emotional, physical effect on kids, there are more benefit of having pets at home.
According to the article written by Shannon Emmanuel at wolfweb website, looking through therapy dogs’ effect on kids also show the positive effect especially on improved social and reading skills.
Obviously, dogs cannot teach them how to read the book, but kids will be more calmed without the presence of pressure from teachers and friends and kids can read to the dogs, and “reading to the dog” improved the skill of reading.
You can read Shannon’s full article on effect dogs have on kids here.
Many of you would have grown up with a pet. What life lesson did your pet teach you?