When they first thaw some Perfectly 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, 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!
50 lb dog: Breakfast Dinner
Monday 1/2lb Pro Energy 1/2lb Pro Energy, Chicken Back
Tuesday 1/2lb Pro Energy 1/2lb Pro Energy, 1/4lb pork ribs
Wednesday 1/2lb 4Pro Fish 1/2lb 4Pro Fish, 1/2 cup steamed broccoli
Thursday 1/2lb Pro Energy 1/2lb Pro Energy, Chicken Back
Friday 1/2lb Pro Energy 1/2lb Pro Energy, 1/4lb tripe
Saturday 1/2lb Turkey Dinner 1/2lb Turkey dinner, 2 turkey wings
Sunday 1/2lb Pro Energy 1/2lb Pro Energy, can sardines (not spiced)
Not every dog weighs 50 lbs, adjust the quantities appropriately. Every dog has a different metabolism, so again, you may need to adjust quantities based on that.
Never be afraid to add other meats into the mix, even freezer burnt items you forgot you had. You can add them to the above meals, or replace the items with similar weights of other meats. Just make sure wild game has been deep frozen a minimum of 3 weeks, and that no cut bones (t-bones, pork chops) are offered as they can present an unnaturally sharp shape that can be dangerous when broken and swallowed.
Exotic meats, like game, or things like kangaroo, lamb, goat, goose, etc, can all be safely fed, if they have been deep frozen first. Meats like hearts, gizzards, and green tripe (not the white tripe for human consumption) are loaded with extra nutrition, and other organ meats like kidneys, sweetbreads, spleens, etc, can be valuable additions to the 10% organ portion of the diet in addition to the standard liver.
Watching the poop is a great indicator of how your balance is working. Too hard a poop means too much bone, add some additional boneless ground meats or organs. Too soft a stool can mean too little bone, adding in ground lean meaty bones, or beef bones with the marrow removed can help with that. Pumpkin is another product that can help with stools, it seems to work both ways, by adding fibre into the mix.
Many raw feeders also add in vitamins and nutraceuticals. Things like multi-vitamin tablets, Co Q10, super greens, coconut oil, tumeric, blueberries and kefir to name a few. Each have their benefits, and can be very beneficial to pets with certain ailments and conditions. Consulting with a holistic vet about your pet’s health concerns might lead to them recommending one or more of these items to your pet’s diet.