June 1, 2013
The last couple of batches of chicken stock didn’t actually “gel”. I didn’t really think that much of it, I just gave her more, as I considered it just more dilute than what I was making before. During that 2 week period I also backed off the amount of food I was giving her, as she gaining a bit more weight (I don’t need an obese dog with paw lesions!!) weeeelll, you can imagine where I’m going…..lip lesions came back…just a little, because we are rubbing on her (every day) to make sure there is nothing there, we found them with our fingers before they were visible!
So, we went back up on the protein: in this case, chicken! Also realized that both carrots and beets have amino acids in them–she already gets them as part of her diet, but had no idea they contained some of the amino acids that Zoe SO needs!
I also started looking for recipes to make better chicken stock and remembered that I had had success with leg/thigh quarters with back meat. Got that cooked up in the crockpot right away, just put the chicken quarters in the crockpot, covered with water and pulled the meat off after cooking on low about 6-8 hours and let the bones cook in the broth another 6-12 hours. At this point, it’s not scientific with the cooking times, but apparently, those “little bones” they make up the spine are REALLY important, ’cause when I strained the golden liquid off into glass jars and let in cool in the fridge at least 6 hours, it made great gelatin (the exact consistency as Jello!). I just let the fat rise to the top and scoop that off and I’m left with the golden goodness of the chicken stock!! I just warm it in the microwave and pour it over her food. (She also gets her eggs–2 of them twice a day with the egg whites cooked in the gelatin in the microwave). I use about 1/3 a cup of gelatin and separate the eggs, cooking the whites 1 minute and 25 seconds in the gelatin–make sure you cover the container or you’ll get the opportunity to clean your microwave afterward!
Zoe’s lip lesions are gone again and this time, NO paw involvement!