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What to Do if Your Dog is Sprayed by a Skunk

You’ll Need

  • A clean plastic bucket in which to mix the ingredients
  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (usually sold in pint bottles, so you’ll need two; use of other strengths is not recommended)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (do not use washing soda, which is much stronger and will burn your dog’s skin.)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid detergent (Softsoap and Ivory liquid are preferred)

How to Use It
Apply to dry dog, working well into the fur. Let stand for about five minutes, then rinse with tepid water; repeat if necessary. Do not store this mixture; it loses it effectiveness and more importantly, it releases oxygen gas and the container could explode. It may bleach the dog’s hair (but better that than the smell!). And remember, the sooner you deal with the skunking, the better, as over time, the smell sets and is harder to eliminate.

Source: Paul Krebaum, Chemical & Engineering News (1993)

 

Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Fifi's Fishy (or Chicky) Affair

Ingredients
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth
1 5.5 oz. can skinned and boned salmon or chicken, well drained**
4 Tbsp. dried parsley
1⁄4 cup fish, safflower or olive oil
1 tsp. iodized salt

Directions
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until a paste is formed.
Roll out mixture on a lightly floured cutting board until about 1⁄4 -inch thick. Cut sheet into approximately 80 pieces. Place pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use the center rack in an oven preheated to 300°F. Bake for 45 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the pieces dry out for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Remove and store in an airtight container.

**Cooked shredded chicken breast can be substituted for canned chicken. If substituting chicken breast, boil 1⁄2 lb. chicken breast until very tender (30-plus minutes), drain, cool and shred.

Yield: 80 pieces, which feeds a medium-size dog for about 5 days at 16 pieces per day.
Serving size: 8 pieces
Total cost: approximately $14
Cost per serving: $1.40
Daily cost: $2.80

Per Serving
Energy: 296 calories
Protein: 12 grams
Carbohydrates: 48 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Omega-3 fatty acids: 2 grams
Dietary fiber: 7 grams
Calcium: 72 mg
 

Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Puppy Stew

Ingredients
3 lbs. boneless chicken meat with skin (white or dark; skin may be too rich for some dogs, and its inclusion is optional)
2 cups brown rice or barley
6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
6 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium package (24 oz.) frozen peas or lima beans
56 fl. oz. diced tomatoes with juice
3 Tbsp. fresh parsley or oregano
1⁄2 cup fish, safflower or olive oil
1 tsp. iodized salt Water

Directions
Place all ingredients in a 3-gallon stockpot and add enough water to well cover. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover. Cook for two hours until all ingredients are soft and liquid is reduced, stirring occasionally. If needed, add small amounts of additional water to keep the mixture from going dry.

Yield: Approximately 32 cups, which feeds a medium-size dog for 8 days at 4 cups per day.
Serving size: 2 cups
Total cost: $18
Cost per serving: $1.12
Daily cost: $2.25

Per Serving
Energy: 342 calories
Protein: 23 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Fat: 14 grams
Omega-3 fatty acids: 1 gram
Dietary fiber: 7 grams
Calcium: 65 mg
 

Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Fido's Fricassee

Ingredients
1 lb. ground meat (beef or turkey with moderate fat content)
1 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, or 1.25 pounds fresh spinach leaves
1 cup cooked brown rice or barley
2 Tbsp. fish, safflower or olive oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 hard-boiled eggs, mashed
2 ripe papayas, peeled, cored, mashed (may substitute canned pumpkin if papaya is unavailable)
1 tsp. iodized salt

Directions
Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Line a 9" baking pan with waxed paper and put the mixture into the pan. Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for one hour. Cool before serving.

Yield: approximately 6 cups, which feeds a medium-sized dog for about 1.5 days at 4 cups per day.
Serving size: 2 cups
Total cost: approximately $9
Cost per serving: $3
Daily cost: $6

Per Serving
Energy: 730 calories
Protein: 52 grams
Carbohydrates: 58 grams
Fat: 32 grams
Omega-3 fatty acids: 1 gram
Dietary fiber: 14 grams
Calcium: 180 mg
 

Wellness: Recipes
Dog Food Recipes: Bow Wow Brunch

Ingredients
3 cups cooked oatmeal
2 cups active-culture plain yogurt
2 cups cottage cheese
2 Tbsp. safflower oil
1 banana, peeled and coarsely mashed
1 apple or pear, cored and chopped
1 cup ripe mashed mango

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate, do not freeze.

(Use caution if your pup has not been exposed to dairy.)

Yield: 8 cups, which feeds a medium-sized dog for about 2 days at 4 cups per day.
Serving size: 2 cups
Total cost: approximately $10
Cost per serving: $2.50
Daily cost: $5

Per Serving
Energy: 400 calories
Protein: 26 grams
Carbohydrates: 52 grams
Fat: 12 grams
Omega-3 fatty acids: 0.5 gram
Dietary fiber: 6 grams
Calcium: 324 mg
 

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