Homemade remedy: Chicken and fish prove cure for Zoe’s rash
COLIN and Corrie Hayer noticed their border collie Zoe had a rash on her hips that looked like dandruff.
She also had a strong "doggie" smell and needed to be washed at least once every four days.
Creams from the vet didn't help but some advice from a friend changed Zoe's rash, smell and diet.
"Zoe is allergic to meat," Mrs Hayer said.
"Once we changed her food she didn't smell and the rash disappeared."
For several years now she has cooked Zoe meals of chicken and vegetable pasta or fish and vegetable rice.
She likes to cook her meals every four days because she likes it to be fresh.
The couple spend around $35 a week on food for their 14-year-old dog.
"She goes through a kilogram of chicken breast a week and a kilogram of flake. The veggies are about $5 a bag," she said.
"It's not a cheap as pet food but you can spend it on food or spend it on the vet. The creams weren't working and there is nothing wrong with her now and she is an old girl."
Zoe joined the family when she was six-weeks-old and was supposed to be their daughter's but has remained at the family home in Calliope.
In her old age, Zoe is still mobile which her owners believe has something to do with her diet.
"We walk her every day, rain hail or shine and she is fine," Mrs Hayer said.
"She decides how far she walks though. She can just turn around and head home when she has had enough."
She's the official boss of the house and does sometimes get her lips on some meat. "Zoe will sneak past and steal some scraps out of the cats bowl but not enough to harm her," Mr Hayer said. "The cat gets normal pet food."
The couple help with the Friends of the RSPCA and have another dog called Harley they adopted more than a year ago.
Harley is 15 and has taken to the new menu albeit reluctantly.
"He eats the chicken and meat meals," Mr Hayer said. "He didn't like the fish meals. He doesn't get dog food though."