UPDATE: Today is December 06, 2018
I have added Coconut oil and Fish oil to help Scout with his skin problems. I have also eliminated the yogurt and substituted Goat's Milk which is easier on the digestive system.
The pups LOVE their new meal plan. They are officially 100% converted to raw food. They eagerly await their 2x daily meals. It seems to be the only time I can get them to sit side by side quietly for more than a few seconds.
On an unrelated note, the cat is eating her own food. Without the kibbles sitting out all day, she cannot eat the dog food any more. I'm guessing she isn't enjoying her patte. She seems to like shredded foods with chunks more, and hunting the best. Poor weather limits her hunts. Well Meow-Meow will have to settle with the patte until its gone and I can get her the chunky stuff.
Starting a raw food diet November 21, 2018
We are starting our dogs on a raw food diet to see if we can correct some of their physical ailments they have..... specifically skin problems, arthritis, inflammation, and urination. This transition will take the next couple of weeks to slowly integrate the raw diet and eliminating the kibbles (so that it won't upset their tummies). A transition example is displayed in the image below. We will be going slower because Scout has a sensitive belly.
I blended 18 eggs (whole) with chicken giblets and then added Blueberries, Carrots, Spinach, Peas, Greek Yogurt, fresh ginger root, Nutritional Yeast and Kelp. These ingredients totaled 4 lbs.
This gives us roughly the following formula:
80% meat with fats
10% organs (I used giblets)
10% vegetables, fruits, dairy and nutritional additions
Once the first ingredients are blended to a liquid, I poured it over the ground meats and mixed (wearing rubber gloves) until it was completely mixed. Looks yummy....... right?
A dog requires 2.5% of his body weight in food each day. For Scout who is 72lbs and slightly overweight, we have decided to ration his portion to the weight he should be which is about 68 lbs. That means he should be fed 1.70 lbs. Maggie is 58 lbs and is right on target so she will get 1.45 lbs daily. I weighed out the potions, bagged separately and stuck it all in the freezer. I can take out their daily portions each evening and put them in the fridge to defrost and be fed the next day. I have chosen to separate out their breakfast and dinner portions to make it easier to feed. I simply open the bag and dump it into their bowls.
Today was day one and they each got a small portion. Scout eat his almost in one gulp...... seriously, not kidding!!!! Maggie took her time and wasn't real sure about it, but she finished all of it. I had to stand and supervise so that Scout wouldn't take Maggie's. CHILDREN!!!!
If your pet has dry skin, you can add some oils (olive, hemp, fish, etc...). Ground flax seed is also another great addition for a soft coat and healthy skin. For pets with arthritis, adding some turmeric with a pinch of black pepper. Basil and Parsley are also great additions to your pets diet. I will be adding olive oil, turmeric with pepper, and ground flax seed to the next batch I make.
If you are interested in what herbs you should put into your pet's raw food diet, give me a ring and we can discuss it. In the mean time, happy mixing!!!!
14lbs of Meat
(Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Duck, Rabbit, Turkey, Fish) Mix and Match
[if using fish, freeze first to kill any possible parasites]
18 raw eggs (2 lbs)
(Giblets, Liver, Heart, Brain, Kidney, Spleen, Pancreas, Eyes) Mix and Match
2lbs Fruits, Vegetables and Supplements
(Blueberries, Carrots, Spinach, Peas, Greek Yogurt, Nutritional Yeast and Kelp)