My little canine cancer patient was having a hard time eating and I didn’t have the luxury of time, waiting for the appetite stimulant drug to kick in. Rachel was already too skinny. Her palate is severely compromised and soft food is easier for her to ingest but I had run the gamut of available choices – different kinds of canned food, soups, baby food, turkey and beef burger, nothing seemed to interest her. She would take two licks and then her head would start a song and dance like a two-year old throwing a tantrum.
Out of ideas, I tried to think what she could like so much she couldn’t refuse. I went to work doing what I do best and here is what I came up for difficult dogs the world over. It’s healthy, nutritious and dog gourmet.
10 Chicken thighs
2 Large carrots, peeled
2 Celery ribs, cleaned
1 C Brown rice, slightly overcooked
- Place the chicken thighs and the vegetables in a pot with the vegetables and 8 to 10 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about two hours. Let cool and when cold, skim any excess of fat that might have formed over the surface.
- Remove the meat from the bones and, using a blender, puree about half of it with 1 cooked carrot, 1 cooked celery rib and 1/2 cup of rice. Proceed in the same manner with the rest of the ingredients.
- Feed it as is or add some kibble or other solid food to it.