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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-16-2014, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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I am having a time finding organ meat where I live, especially since my dog can't have chicken (otherwise we'd be gold. Anyone live in SE WA and want a bunch of freezer-burned chicken parts?). Beef liver is easy to come by, but the store that had other things like kidney and sweatbread stopped carrying it. So I am wondering what nutrients could be missing from Gypsy's diet if we only have beef liver and heart to feed. I checked what nutrients other organ meats are supposed to have, and it looks like we could get away with feeding more eggs and fish and it would be fine. She currently gets a raw egg twice a week and 9 oz of mackerel chubs once a week. But I am not an expert at this...so...What do? I am not opposed to feeding supplements or veggies if that's what we need to do.

Her current diet is 2 oz liver, 12 oz raw meaty bones, 20 oz muscle meat per day. Mix of pork, beef, lamb, moose, and turkey. Plus eggs and fish twice a week. We also add salmon oil.

Also they have this canned green tripe at Petco. Is that any good? How often should I feed it if it is?

When the farmer's market starts I will be making the rounds asking for offal. So far I have not had any luck contacting local meat processors and ethnic food stores.


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I don't think that heart is considered an organ meat because I believe it falls under as a muscle. Green tripe is good for them, I believe that you can feed it to them maybe every other day or just mix it in with other meats but be careful on the amount you give them. I am not sure about the green tripe from a can though and how much you can feed them with that! But, if it's just green tripe then I assume that you can just feed it to them as I said.

This information I'm giving you is from what I have read and researched about raw feeding!

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green tripe The Stink On Tripe | Dogs Naturally Magazine

check your local raw food resellers in the area that you live in .

they should have the variety that you are after .

raw tripe , frozen should be available in cubes or deli-containers at select pet food stores.

think about the quality of what you are feeding . A "tripe" from a feed lot beef , especially one that has been finished (grained) for a final burst of weight gain , is not the same as a pasture fed organically raised source . Of course you look at hormone and anti biotic free meat source .

there are other ways to introduce digestive enzymes and probiotics
there are other ways to provide the vitamins you would with liver and such .

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