Sadly, many of the victims of Coronavirus will be the pets.
A lot of people have large energetic dogs that need plenty of food and exercise. Animal food in supermarkets is already in short supply as people grab everything off the shelves, so Charities are going to be inundated with unwanted pets over the next few months.
If you genuinely can’t afford to keep your animals any more, either because you can’t feed them or because you can’t get out to exercise them, don’t just dump them on your local Charities who will be bursting at the seams and struggling to survive!
Call to make an appointment and ask them what you can contribute to help them. Take any food with you, not just pet food, but maybe a couple of tins of beans for the volunteers’s lunch. And blankets, duvets, newspaper etc are always needed. And of course, financial donations are desperately needed.
Just think, if they all get desperate and too overloaded to survive, they will be forced to put some of the animals to sleep.
We adopted (or we were adopted by them!) two dogs and a cat when we lived in Spain. They were a wonderful part of our family.
There weren’t any shops selling tins of pet food where we lived, in fact they didn’t sell many tins at all.
Our animals ate what we ate, and loved it. Their favourites were spaghetti Bolognese and paella or rice dishes. They loved a Sunday roast. We’d chop it all up and mix it with gravy.
Don’t give your pets any chicken bones as they can stick in their throats, and of course, no chilli or curry.
If you have a meat bone, boil it first to get the flavour out, then you can mix vegetables into the liquid. And the dog can chew the bone.
See Coping With Coronavirus 1 for using up your chicken.
Cook soups until all the liquid is absorbed, and you can mix in broken-up bread to pad it out. The bread will have all the flavour of the food.
When you boil vegetables, don’t drain them. Save the liquid, for a soup for you, or for your animals, or both.
The liquid will be full of vitamins. And of course, you can freeze it.
Here are a couple of recipes for dog biscuits.
Home-Made Dog Treats
- Serves: 18
- 250g (9 oz) wholemeal flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 275g (10 oz) unsalted natural peanut butter
- 225ml (8 fl oz) skimmed milk
Prep:15min › Cook:20min › Ready in:35min
- Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Grease baking trays. Stir together the flour and baking powder; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and milk. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll out to 1cm thickness and cut into shapes using biscuit cutters. Place 2cm apart onto the prepared baking trays.
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks.
- 300gPlain wholemeal flour (substitute for oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
- 1 tspSalt
- 1Egg(s) (free range)
- 1Stock (beef, Chicken or fish stock cube. Customise to your dog’s taste)
- 150mlWater (hot)
- Preheat oven to 170 °C (150 °C for Fan Assisted Oven)
- Dissolve the stock cube of your choice in hot water.
- Add remaining ingredients
- Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
- Roll dough until ½ cm thick.
- Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
- Place dough pieces on baking paper
- Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Our pets do live a pampered life, but don’t worry, they’ll be fine; in fact, they’ll probably be a lot healthier on a fresh diet!