I make my own
dog food. Here are pictures (below) of today's offering.
The 2 Border Collies are fed 3-5 times each day (so stomach doesn't get
Diesel had a blood panel determined today-look at all the normal
values!!! Blood Panel
And Annie (Diesel's sister, same litter) just had her blood panel
determined later this same week.
Again, look at all the normal blood values!!! Blood Panel
The first picture below shows broccoli, peas, beef roast, hamburger,
sardines and pasta sauce before mixing.
Some of this is from leftovers. The second picture shows the
ingredients mixed together.
I never balance
their daily diet. But I know over a 7-day week, they eat all the
various nutrients they need.
I have been so busy this semester that I have not made weekly posts
(like I usually do)
of all the great pets that we have observed in my classes. So I made a
compiled video that includes most of them from the past 60 days.. I am
missing a few because of blurry pictures.
Outside today the high was about 90 F.
The image below shows what temps were found inside my work van during
the past 24 hours.
The low was 70 F (probably late last night)
The high was 142 F (probably late this afternoon-it was sunny)
The current temp was 90 F (at 9 p.m. when I took the picture)
So this thermometer records low and high from past 24 hours
and also displays the current temperature.
It also records those 3 numbers for humidity.
My opinion-peas, lentils, legume seeds, and potatoes should never be
the main ingredients in any dog food.
I make my own dog food and I use peas to a small extent (with
meat by far the main ingredient-always).
the below picture to see what I fed yesterday for one of the 4 daily
feedings my Border Collies got. I feed 4 times daily so the stomach
doesn't get stretched out. The other 3 meals would not contain peas. Do
you know that regular dog kibble expands 100%
when it gets to the canine stomach. You can do a little experiment to
verify my statement. The below meal
contained chicken (from drumsticks that were 79 cents a pound), peas
and carrots. The peas and carrots were uncooked.
believe that this problem with certain dog foods involves the "Web of
Causation" disease model. Where many factors interact to bring about
the DCM. If enough factors are not present, then the disease
hand-held infrared thermometer is reading 169 degrees F. Is this dog
(my Onyx, 180# Newfie) in danger of developing hyperthermia? The
answer: not at all-not possible.
Take home lesson---unless you know about thermoregulation and
thermodynamics, stay on the porch and keep your mouth shut.
In the U.S., about 3-4 people per year die from rabies. But worldwide,
that figure is about 60,000 deaths.
Many of the worldwide deaths (about 99%) are due to feral dog bites.
Almost all human deaths
caused by rabies occur in Asia and Africa.
The below link goes to a recent, good article in the Washington Post.
During my Spring course-Environmental
Physiology of Domestic Animals, we spend about
one week on carbon monoxide (CO). I always suggest having one or two CO
in every home, even if the house does not use fossil fuels. The
detectors should have
a digital readout (in ppm) so you can see realtime levels. When I
travel, I always carry an industrial grade CO detector with
me because I know some motels/hotels have no idea of the danger.
Recently, my detector read 15 ppm in a motel (usually the reading
should be between 0 and 10).
That level is not an "alarm" level, but it made me question the source.
Most household CO detectors will
not make an alarm sound until 50 or 100 ppm. Too high for my comfort.
This recent article motivated me to make this post: