Let me start by saying I am a certified veterinarian assistant and took extra courses to specialize in canine health and nutrition. I have worked with most breeds of dogs some my first in at age 14 to apprentice as a groomer and obedience training. After being a trainer for over 40 years I have found most humans needing training more than their companion….lol Check with your veterinarian before using the suggestions below to make sure it is ok to give to your familiar/pet. Lady Beltane and Coven Life are not responsible for any adverse effects these suggestions might have on your familiar/pet.
Now that the Northern Hemisphere is warming up any mammal you have as a pet and/or is your familiar just like us they need more water. But getting them to drink it is not easy. So years ago I came up with Pupciles. Now before I get comments and emails from vegetarian and vegan let me say to have a healthy canine or feline they have to have real meat in their diet without the nutrients near gives their body they will become sick. Felines and canines are carnivores not herbivores.
So if you do not eat meat or poultry ask someone you who eats meat to save you the juices in the pan after the meat has cooked, unless it was fried. You can buy ready made Chicken Broth but make absolutely certain it is Low Sodium. Never use any type of bullion or soup base mix as they are all extremely high in sodium. To much sodium for a feline or canine can cause kidney failure.
How to make Pupciles
For Warm Weather – For each 1 ounce/29.6 ml of the meat or poultry juice use 2 ounces/59 no of water. Stir well then put into an ice cube tray or a small containers that hold approximately 1/2 ounce/15 ml. Then place them into your freezer. Once they are fully frozen take them out of the ice cube tray or other container and store them in a zip lock freezer bag or other contains durable for the freezer. Then use your own judgement to give them a Pupcile. If you live in a hot climate or anytime I see your dog or cat panting in the heat give them one. The size measurements are for small dogs under about 20 pounds/600 grams. Do not adjust the ratio of 1 part meat juice to 2 parts of water. Felines and canines only sweat through their tongue by panting. In the warm weather you need to watch for signs of them over heating and economy dehydrated. The most common signs are heavy panting, being lathgic, If I up their top lip if the gums are light pink to white this means your pet/familiar is getting dehydrated which means their entire body is over heating. Just like humans any mammal can get heat exhaustion or have a heat stroke. If you think this is happening within fur baby call you veterinarian immediately. Also move the animal to a cooler place, place a towel that is wet will room temperature water, and offer them cool not icy cold water. Upon reaching your vet explain in detail what is going on with you fur baby and what steps you have taken to help cool it.
For Cold Weather – Make the Pickles as above. When I come in from a walk or your familiar has been outside playing just put one or two Pupciles in the microwave for about 20 seconds or until the melted as time will vary because of Pupcile size and/or microwave strength. For those who prefer not to use a microwave I suggest you take 2 servings of Pupcile out of the freezer place them in a bowl to melt and then warm them to approximately 99 degrees F/ 37 degrees C. Make sure to check theirs eats and the pads of the feet for any discoloration as it cold be the start of frost bite. If you see this call your vet immediately explain in detail how long your fur baby was outside, the location where the discoloration is, the color and size of it. What to can do until you talk to your vet is wrap your fur baby in a warm blanket and off it something warm to drink such as melted Pupciles. Take one or two of the premade ice cubes out, place them in a microwave-safe bowl most microwaves can be set between 20 and 30 seconds for the ice cubes to melt. Make sure the liquid will not burn your beloved familiar’s mouth and then give it to them to drink.