MEAL PLANS

When they first thaw our raw pet foods, many people comment  “This looks like people food”.  Well, it is.  And it is dog food too.  Those little brown pellets we’ve been taught is “pet food” really isn’t what pets were meant to eat.  They are cheap and convenient, and won’t kill your dog quickly, but they are far from optimum nutrition. 

Now that you’ve decided to feed your pet a species appropriate diet, here are a few meal ideas for you.  Who thought feeding a pet could be this much fun!


 

Pet Menus:

Meal planning for variety:

We recommend not just different proteins, but different manufacturers of foods to give you the best long term balance in your pet’s diet. 

By mixing it up, you give the pet a maximum opportunity to find the nutrients it needs among the different food offerings, in a way they are best able to utilize them. 

Here are some examples of how to get variety without breaking the bank.

If you are using 1lb/day: (50 lbs of dog)

Day 1 – 2 bricks Pro Energy

Day 2 – 1 brick Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 3 – 1 brick Pro Energy, 1/2 block of Special Blend

Day 4 – 1 brick Pro Energy, the other 1/2 block of Special Blend

Day 5 - 1 brick Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 6 – 2 bricks Pro Energy

Day 7 – 1 brick Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

This will net you an averaged cost of about $80/month

 

If you are using 2lb/day: (100 lbs of dog)

Day 1 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 2 – 2 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 3 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 4 – 2 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 5 - 3 bricks Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 6 – 2 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 7 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

This will net you an averaged cost of about $160/month

 

If you are using 3lb/day: (150 lbs of dog)

Day 1 – 4 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 2 – 4 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 3 – 4 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 4 – 4 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 5 – 4 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 6 – 4 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 7 – 4 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

This will net you an averaged cost of about $240/month

 

If you are using 1/2lb/day: (25 lbs of dog)

Day 1 – 1 brick Pro Energy

Day 2 – 1 patty Carnivora (either the 4lb sleeve of one protein, or from the 25lb Variety Pack)

Day 3 – 1/2 block of Special Blend

Day 4 –the other 1/2 block of Special Blend

Day 5 - 1 brick Pro Energy

Day 6 – 1 patty Carnivora (either the 4lb sleeve of one protein, or from the 25lb Variety Pack)

Day 7 – 1 brick Pro Energy

This will net you an averaged cost of about $60/month

 

If you are using 1.5lb/day: (75 lbs of dog)

Day 1 – 2 bricks Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 2 – 1 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 3 – 2 bricks Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 4 – 1 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 5 - 2 bricks Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 6 – 1 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 7 – 2 bricks Pro Energy, 1 patty from a Carnivora Variety Pack

This will net you an averaged cost of about $130/month

 

If you are using 2.5lb/day: (125 lbs of dog)

Day 1 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 2 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 3 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 4 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 5 - 3 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 6 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 7 – 3 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

This will net you an averaged cost of about $210/month

 

If you are using 3.5lb/day: (175 lbs of dog)

Day 1 – 5 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 2 – 5 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 3 – 5 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 4 – 5 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 5 – 5 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 6 – 5 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 7 – 5 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

This will net you an averaged cost of about $270/month

 

If you are using 4lb/day: (200 lbs of dog)

Day 1 – 5 bricks Pro Energy, 3 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 2 – 6 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 3 – 6 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 4 – 6 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 5 - 5 bricks Pro Energy, 3 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

Day 6 – 6 bricks Pro Energy, 1 block of Special Blend

Day 7 – 6 bricks Pro Energy, 2 patties from a Carnivora Variety Pack

This will net you an averaged cost of about $310/month


You can modify these plans to your needs, or ask us and we can make a meal plan up for your assortment of pets.  Try substituting a Red Dog Blue Kat “No Frills” for the Special Blend in these recipes, they have 3 different varieties, and an assorted box as well.  A few dollars more, but a great for additional variety.


This is my column from the Canstar Newspapers on nutritional balance through variety...

Balanced nutrition.  We hear that term every day.  Whether it is about our diet, or our pets.  It is something that we strive for, something no one debates as being essential for healthy living.

We get balance in our diet through variety.  We have food pyramids and nutritionists that tell us we need x, y and z in our diet, and if we aren’t getting those in our regular foods, what foods we can supplement with to get that, or even what shake, pill, gummy or whatever we can take to fill in those gaps.

For some reason, we have been programmed that our pets get should get balance a different way.  By eating the same “balanced” diet day in and day out, for their entire life.  Every little brown pebble has everything your pet needs. 

Let’s look at that idea.  Sure, pet food companies employ nutritionists that study both the ingredients and supplements that they use in their foods, and how the pet utilizes them.  They study the way processing affects the ingredients and strive to ensure that a pet can utilize the nutrition as it comes out of the bag.  They do lab tests and feeding trials to make sure the foods perform as promised.

So that’s great.  But is being balanced enough?  If we ate the exact same “balanced” meals every day, every meal, would that be a good way of getting balance?  I don’t think any nutritionist would ever suggest that we eat the exact same meals every day, and I don’t think we’d want to, especially for the boredom factor.

Wouldn’t that be true for our pets as well?  Wouldn’t it be better and more enjoyable for them to have something different?  If not every meal, maybe every bag change things up?   And not just different flavours, but different manufacturers.  I have customers that have 3 or 4 different small bags going at any time, and the dogs love it.  And cats, well, we know how finicky they can be, and this can help.

Every company uses a different formulation process, a different cooking/processing procedure, and use different ingredients/supplements.  While each may be “balanced”, they achieve that balance in different ways.  Our pets might do better with one company’s supplements, but another company’s processing, and maybe a third company’s ingredients.  By mixing and matching, you can make sure that they get a better balance though variety.  I’m not saying that there is not a perfect food for your pet out there, that will be the perfect nutrition for the life of your animal, but I don’t like the chances of finding that perfect food. 

Same with raw foods, each different protein has a different nutritional profile, and each manufacturer uses different ingredients from different sources.  Some might use pork organs in their mixes, other beef, and still others may use the same organs as the main protein.  Some use parts to make up the meal, others grind the whole animal, with nothing else added.   By offering foods that are made from different animals and made by different companies, I believe you can more likely achieve a nutritional balance through variety. 

If you want, you can also add in foods that have properties that you think will help your furry companion.  No reason, whether you feed dry or raw, that you can’t add in some sardines, or some kale, or an egg, or some goats milk kefir, or any other healthy foods (stay away from empty carbs, please).  Supplements like turmeric, or probiotics, or Omega 3 oils can address certain problems your pet may be having. 

Feeding our pets doesn’t have to be rocket science, but we all know, variety is the spice of life.

(Originally published in Canstar News papers, Lance, Metro, Herald, et al.)



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