I have one dog that is a picky eater, he sometimes needs a little encouragement so we were cooking 2 chickens a week in the new kitchen toy "set it & forget it". We would mix in some of the chicken with his food and this enticed him to eat. Well you can't do for one without doing for the others as well.
When the dogs went off on the road with my handler we sent off 4 cooked chickens all deboned and packed in seal-a-meal bags. She must have given more with each meal than we do or she also treated her own dogs as well because it didn't last very long. She continued using chicken to entice my male to eat but instead of cooking a fresh chicken twice a week she purchased canned chicken from Sam's Club or one of the other warehouse type stores. I picked up some this weekend but I am concerned about the sodium contents. it is said to be real chicken chunks, packed in water, 200 mg of sodium and the only other ingrediance are modified food starch and sodium phosphates.
Can someone tell me if I should be concerned about the sodium contents in the canned chicken and keep cooking twice a week or if the canned chicken is ok for them. They do seem to like it.
The only ingrediance are chicken breast meat, water, chicken broth for natural flavor, modified food starch and sodium phosphates. Unless the food starchor sodium phosphates are preservatives there are no other ingrediance listed on the can
i doubt those are harmful like nitrates, but if i was feeding my dog. i always opt for more natural. i have had success with that. now canned chicken IMO is more nutritious than any dog kibble you can feed. that is an opinion and i am sure others will argue that point. but it is an opinion i formed not just cause i read it on the net. i thought my wife was crazy for wanting to try an all natural diet. but i gave in after feeding all the dog foods i could get., we would feed this for few months and get problems and then feed that. the only thing i found that gives me substanial signs that it is doing my dogs well is an all natural diet. so if you feed the canned chicken, it is not like feeding your dog twinkies.
I have never had a problem cooking 2 chickens a week especially with the set-it & forget-it the biggest part of anything that is anything like work is deboning and packing it in bags (like that is any kind of work). Of course the handler was taking the easiest route. I was just courous what others thought.
Well I use the canned chicken because like you said if you do for one you have to do for all. Having 3 and just mentioning chicken they nearly do cart wheels, its just easier. I mix it in their other canned food, and just divide a large can 3 ways. Max is so picky to get him to eat so he can have his shot in the morning I buy him the little Gerber chicken sticks. Sometimes the turkey and meat sticks. But that is all he will eat early in the morning with a piece of wheat toast.
Renorey, I don't feed my child anything canned so I am now applying the same rule to my dogs. Do you remember how the early Americans worked on farms even in the heat? Skin cancer was not very common back in the day. Why? Food I say. We didn't have all these pre-made foods. If your food has words you can hardly pronounce or spell, I say dump it. My husband is a vegetarian and he avoids anything processed and he is very healthy. I gave my dogs a natural diet 4 yrs ago and I did notice a dramatic change. It became overwhelming so I switched back to dry food. I know I probably took a few years off my dog's life. Well, now I am back to the natural diet. Wish me luck. I hope I don't get lazy again.
I also have two finicky eaters and I feed them cooked chicken. I buy frozen bags of breast pieces or tenders (whatever is on sale) and we cook it up two to three times a week and shred it into their kibble. If I had more than two dogs, I probably wouldn't be able to do it because it does get costly, but they love it. An all natural diet sounds really great but I have been told by many informed people that there are particular vitamins and nutrients designed for healthy doggies that are manufactured in kibble. So, it is great to give them natural food, but it is good to also mix it with high quality dog kibble so that they get all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need.
We have decided that we will continue cooking fresh chicken for them twice a week. I never did feed the canned chicken, it was my handler who did that after she finished the chicken we sent with them. I did purchase a can to see what was in it and as I stated earlier I don't see any preservatives listed, but, we will not change what we have been doing all along. They will probably get canned chicken when they go back to the handler again but I won't worry about that after reading the label of ingrediance but we have decided to stay with the natural.
By the way it is just a little added to their dog food as an inticement to eat.
i saw in the grocery store for the first time ground chicken breast ...... just like ground beef but it was chicken. i bought a package of it and browned it in a frying pan just like you would the ground beef. that might be a tad easier for you to do then cooking a whole chicken twice a week.
there was ground chicken and ground chicken breast meat .... i bought the ground chicken breast. it was in the section where the ground beef and ground turkey is.