Not to be outdone, Shea's ear allergies have gotten so bad that she's had to be sedated twice in the last three weeks so they can clean them and put in medication. We've tried many foods and it was getting expensive so we decided since we are having to already having to feed Chuy special heart food now, we might as well jump on the homemade dog food wagon for the other two dogs. I was worried about where I would find approved meat. The vet wanted us to use novelty foods, meaning foods that are not normally in dog food and thereby Shea would not have an allergy to it. I posted on FB and we were very blessed by the amount of response we got with folks offering us their old deer meat. So Wednesdy morning, I got to work making dog food.
It's pretty basic right now, and will be for the next month to make sure that Shea reacts well to it. We did 1 cup of deer meat to 3 cuts of peas/sweet potatoes with 1/2 cup white rice. I think next time I'll just put it all in a bag and measure when it's time to feed. I give them 1/4 cup every morning and night. We weighed the dogs to make sure they don't lose weight. We will weigh them again in a week.
About 3 days in, Shea developed this hacking cough and refused to eat. So we sent her home with Mom and Dad and they got her to the vet first thing Monday morning. Her constant ear infections seems to have caused an infection elsewhere. Her lungs sounded good but her trachea was irritated. So she now has 3 wks of two meds to take on top of the 5 that Chuy takes. Good thing I love these animals!