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RAW FEEDING THE WAY WE DO IT. BELOW ARE OTHER DIET MENU'S. YOU CANNOT MESS IT UP...... JUST DO IT!!! "Dogs are carnivores and as such lack the enzymes and are not designed to eat and digest cooked foods of any kind. Feeding boiled chicken and rice is something an omnivore would consider a bland diet but is actually much harder for a dog to digest cooked meat and GRAINS than a species appropriate RAW meat, bone and organ diet."
Raw is a carnavores ( dogs)natural diet. Kibble, canned or cooked is not. Then we wonder why the dog cannot deal with foods such as the canned, dry etc we keep feeding the poor things.... we are an INSTANT society, want things quick and easy.
Raw is not hard, just takes a little time reading about how to do it initially. Put the fear away and just do it. You will pay the money for a great diet or vet bills later for problems arrising from poor nutrition. WHY FEED ONCE A DAY..EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFO: PLEASE READ. www.k9joy.com/dogarticles/stomach.php
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT LINK, www.dogtorj.net/id51.html PLEASE READ, IT WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY A DOG NEEDS RAW.
Despite many changes over time, one thing that hasn’t changed through domestication is a dog’s digestive system and nutritional requirements. Domestication may have changed how your dog looks from the outside but his digestive system is derived from his ancestor, the wolf, and is the same today as it was then. Wolves are hunter-gatherers, thriving on a diet of prey, vegetation and berries. Your dog is certainly not the “hunter-gatherer” in your family, but like his ancestors, his short intestinal tract is designed to eat a raw, meat-based diet.
Finally, Horizon Pure offers guardians a raw dog food option that provides a balanced nutrient profile using high quality human grade meats and veggies, offal, chicken necks and balanced omega oils, all in easy to feed frozen patties. THIS COMPANY IS ONE OF MANY WHO PROVIDE RAW DIETS PRE PACKAGED. A CANADIAN BASED COMPANY, PURE MEATS AND HIGH QUALITY. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO GET THINGS YOURSELF. HORIZON PET FOODS.
FOR ME, MY DOGS ARE ALL DIFFERENT, WE HAVE OLD ONES AND YOUNG ONES AND PUPPIES TOO. I ADJUST AS I WATCH THEIR WEIGHT.... DO NOT LET EXACT AMOUNTS SCARE YOU..... JUST FORGET YOUR FEAR AND START. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL AND FELT THAT WAY TOO. ONE DAY I JUST THREW CAUTION TO THE WIND AND DID IT. NO REGRETS, NOT WHEN YOU SEE THE GORGEOUS COATS AND SPARK THEY HAVE TO THEM. MEAL TIME IS NOT A BATTLE TO TRY TO DOCTOR UP DRY FOOD TO TRICK THEM INTO EATING IT.... THEY LOOK FORWARD TO MEAL TIME AND EAT EVERY LAST BITE. BELOW IS WHAT I DO, OTHER THEORIES WILL BE LISTED, DEPENDS HOW MUCH TIME YOU WANT TO SPEND, I LOVE MY DOGS BUT DO NOT WANT TO BE TIED TO THE KITCHEN. WHAT I DO IS EASY AND COMPLETE.
Advertising companies are making a fortune convincing the General public of their clients good health food..... the percentage of nutrients on the bag are what is required to keep a dog ALIVE not THRIVE.... I am on the end here to meet people, and a good 1/2 or better have lost their beloved pet to degenerative disease or cancers etc. SOOOOO, I made the jump to total raw years ago and you cannot believe the difference, they look great, some who never filled out nice look great and there is no continual , excessive shedding. It is not hard and I am adding the info I have learned to the website. If you get past the part where you can't screw it up, you will be fine.
The dogs here get generally chicken 1/4's, breasts etc , ground beef several times a week, pork, turkey, basicaly any raw meat I can get. Plus raw eggs, yogurts, cottage cheese, chicken livers and gizzards, several times a week too., I get fresh fish, salmon if I can or Canned salmon to add ( prefer fresh). CARBS ARE NOT TOTALLY NECESSARY..... USE CAUTION NOT TO OVER DO CARBS TO PUT STRESS ON THE PANCREUS. It really is not hard and so much better. There is always some FDA probe into commercial dog foods...... it is just crap, simply put. Some just happen to be better than others but still baked to death..... so a dog never gets the enzymes he needs. They do in raw . It give them much needed digestive enzymes. Along with raw you still need fish oils, I use Salmon Oil. I have choosen to use NuVet supplements. They are made of all human grade ingredients in a special process as to not destroy the nutritional benifits.
Sometimes the dogs will eat baby carrots and some other veggies, be careful of too many veggies with a higher sugar impact.... Just stay clear of the junk stuff, treats and processed stuff , including raw hydes and pig ears. We get fresh beef butcher bones for the dogs, the marrow is excellent and if you can get cartilage, even better... just not ones with too much fat globs .
It is recommended to feed raw only, but if you still can't pull away from commercial dry, do it separate, using a grain free 6 star food. Raw digests quicker than all the fillers in dry, so do it separate, then get brave and go total raw. Some might have a problem with giving chicken bones ( NEVER GIVE COOKED ONLY RAW) .... just cut them in pieces and if you have a good blender.... blend them down or purchase a small meat gringer, Cabella's has them and other places online, google it . I do this for puppies. Add some water and some cut up chicken quarters and blend. The adult dogs, I give them the whole quarters, wings, drumsticks etc and they chomp the bone. DOGS KNOW WHAT TO DO TO EAT RAW!!! You would never know it was bone when you see them pass it out , they digest it and you don't see bones in the poop. Less mess to clean up too, since their bodies use more of the food and no fillers like in dry dog food.
Just an example.
One of the year to two year old dogs will get....
1 large chicken quarter or 2 if scrawny or if I do not have that a couple wings or maybe 2 drumsticks for the poultry portion.
Hamburger, maybe a 1/2 lb or Pork chops, 2 or three along with the chicken. Somedays I use all the variety of meats. Depends on what I have.
Turkey breast or ground from the store. If I use a turkey drumstick or wing, then I do not use chicken that day..... be careful not to use too much bone. use approx80% meat, 10 % or so bone and 10 % organ meats. Do not let exact amount scare you off......estimate.
A raw egg..... I swear by eggs, so many good things in them, shells and all.
Some days I have yogurt or cottage cheese.
Organ meat is necessary but smaller ratios, only about 10% of the diet is to be organ meats.
A couple times a week I use fish, many varieties, I prefer Salmon if I can get it. I have used canned salmon to get a little extra fish oil.
Daily I use the NuVet supplements.
It looks harder than it is. It might take you a couple weeks to get onto it. Hang with it, it is worth the extra effort. Once you get a feel for it, it is easy and not alot of thought. Watch starting out with the chicken skins. I pulled them off for about 4 days totally, was a bit more effort, then after about 4 more days, I pulled 1/2 off and left 1/2 on. By 1.5 weeks into it, I was just giving them all the chicken quarters, wings or drumsticks with skin all on. Everyone is doing fine!! I feel it is the very best I can do. Natural and no worry about recalls etc. Think outside the commercial pet food industry box....... it is so worth it. Dogs really need and can eat bones...... raw bones. IF YOU COOK BONES THEY SPLINTER...... so NO cooked steak bones or chicken. RAW is the only way to feed bones.
WE WILL OFFER INFO ON FEEDING RAW ON THIS LINK. THEN TELL YOU WHAT WE DO HERE, THERE ARE MANY IDEAS. Here is one idea. This is more complicated than I do. Still another idea.
NATURAL RAW DOG BASIC MENU PLAN
OFFAL/ORGAN MEAT: Feed 20% organ meat. Some examples include brain, eyes, heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, spleen, etceteras.
RAW MEATY BONE (RMB): Feed 40% if there is plenty of meat on the bone. Otherwise, feed no more than 20% bone (depending on the dog)
and increase the muscle portion of the diet. Some examples include beef, chicken, deer, duck, emu, goat, lamb, ostrich, pork, quail, turkey,
See the notes section for more information regarding the specifics of RMB’s verses recreational bones (REC bones).
MEAT: Feed 40% beef, chicken, deer, duck, emu, goat, lamb, ostrich, pork, quail, turkey, etceteras. Cut it up if mixing with veggies and sups.
Or feed as a 1-2 pound hunk of beef (fun to chew), pork, goat, etceteras. Because so much of the RMB content people tend to feed is poultry
use a red meat for the whole meat/organ meal or meat/veggie mix.
VEGETABLES: These are an optional item. Reduce the meat or RMB portion of the meal by 1-5% and replace with juiced or pre-frozenvegetables. Some examples include red/white clover, collard/mustard/turnip greens, dandelion, romaine lettuce, cabbage, spinach, etceteras.
Do not feed below-ground vegetables such as potatoes or carrots for the vegetable portion. See the notes section for more informationregarding the use of vegetables.
The above percentages are merely guidelines for your use and are not set in stone. Some people feed 90% RMB and some feed 20%. Some
feed 70% OFFAL, others feed 5%. Let your dog tell you what is right for them. It is important to watch your dog as each dog handles his and
her food differently. However, what she or he has difficulty handling or coping with in the beginning of their raw diet career may be very
well equipped to handle it perfectly fine the following year. In the beginning you may want to keep the percentage of ORGAN MEAT down as
it is a rich food and can cause diarrhea if the dogs system is not yet used to such rich foods. Simply increase the amount over time. Fat is also
rich and can give dogs’ diarrhea if given in too large of a quantity in the beginning. So, work your way up on this also. Your goal is to create
your own little prey animal in your kitchen with the appropriate percentages of meat, organ, and bone that would be found in a “real” prey
animal. On smaller prey like hens and rabbits you are able to feed the entire prey. However, you may not feed it in one sitting depending on
the size of your dog. This is perfectly acceptable as balance-over-time is what is necessary. Balance in one meal is not.
Any bone that is crunched easily by your dog is considered a RMB. Weight bearing bones of large mammals are not a part of the RMB portion
of your dog’s diet. These bones are not RMB’s and are considered REC bones for our purposes. Further, some dogs do not do well with turkey
wings or legs. However, this does depend on the age of the bird. The older/larger birds often have hard/brittle and difficult to digest bones for
some dogs. But, many dogs handle them with ease. Weight bearing bones from large mammals are REC bones. Knuckle, shin, femur bones
and beef ribs large enough so that your dog cannot simply crunch and swallow, bones that must be gnawed on (the dog must “work” the
bone) can be used for recreation. REC bones are not considered RMB’s in the context of this menu plan, they are solely recreation bones. Rule
of thumb; KNOW AND WATCH YOUR DOG!
Regarding the use of vegetables, below-ground vegetables can cause inflammation of the skin and joints in many dogs. Fruits can do this
also. This happens because these foods convert to sugars in the body which in turn feed yeasts in the dog. The result is itchiness and often
times infection of the eyes, ears and skin. Further, they simply just do not need them. If you just must include vegetables to stick to grasses or
green leafy ones only. For your dog to utilize them they must be juiced or frozen to mash or break the cell walls of the plant. If this is not
done prior to feeding, the dog gains no benefit what-so-ever from them. Simply whipping them up in a blender or chopping them into small
pieces does not break the cell wall and you are wasting your time and effort. Juice or freeze vegetables prior to feeding.
You should feed 2%-3% of your dogs desired body weight. How much depends on the dog’s age, metabolism and activity level. For smaller
dogs and young puppies the percent amount can be 10% or higher. What it really comes down to is WATCH YOUR DOG! If they are thin give
then more. If they are fat give them less. WATCH YOUR DOG!
On a NRD your dog should be fed once a day. Some feed twice a day but this is absolutely not necessary. There are also benefits for your dog
of feeding once a day which include meal satisfaction and rest of the digestive tract. However, very young puppies should be fed at least 4 or
more times per day and absolutely no fasting.
Organs, muscle meat, and RMB's should be fed from the same type of prey animal in one meal. Don't mix, for example, chicken and beef
together. Not only is it an unnatural way to feed in some dogs this can cause digestive upsets.
If your dogs stool is too hard increase the muscle meat and organ portion of the diet and decrease the RMB portion. If their stool is too soft
increase the RMB portion and decrease the muscle meat organ portion. Remember that RMB meals tend to produce a firmer stool than a
muscle/organ meal would. What goes in must come out and how it comes out depends on the meals proportion of meat to bone ratio.
Because each dog is so unique and individual the diet can be tailored specifically for his or her needs. None of the above is written in stone.
Watch and observe your pet to determine what is best for them. Consider joining the Natural Raw Dog discussion group. Visit the home page
at http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/NaturalRawDog for help getting started on feeding your dog their Natural Raw Diet (NRD).
IMPORTANT LINKS TO READ ON RAW DIETS.
1/22/2011 . http://www.rawlearning.com/
SAMPLE WEEKLY MENU
MONDAY PM: Optional Fast Day
TUESDAY PM: Beef muscle meat, liver, intestine, kidney and tongue.
WEDNESDAY PM: Big hunk of lamb attached to neck bone, heart and liver.
THURSDAY PM: Turkey plus, neck, feet, liver and gizzard.
FRIDAY PM: Pork , liver, kidney, pancreas and muscle.
SATURDAY (not time specific): Whole chicken or Cornish hen including heart, liver, and gizzard.
SUNDAY (not time specific): Goat neck and ribs, muscle, kidney, liver heart and brain.
Prepared by: Margaret M. Bradley; [email protected]
Update: October 1, 2008; Copyright 2000-2009;