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katdog5911 06-05-2014 01:18 PM

Progressing from pre made to "I actually have to think about this" raw diet
It's been several months since I started Stella on raw. We got through the initial bile throwing up, constant poop watching, first turkey neck meal, chicken back meal, Bravo recall, etc....without having a heart attack! I started out with the pre made raw and am trying to add "regular" meat to help defray some of the cost! I have to confess that the premade is so nice and easy....everything all ready to eat but pretty expensive. I want to continue with raw but need to look at alternatives. I found a butcher recently and was able to get turkey necks and chicken backs considerably cheaper.

I kind of feel like I am back to square one because I am not sure just what to feed on a daily basis. Stella is 80-85 lbs and almost 3 yrs old. I figure about 2 lbs is about what she should be eating. I don't have a scale so everything is a guess on my part. Does this sound about right for her daily food.....
1 chicken back and/or 1 turkey neck, 1 lb premade, and about 1 lb of meat (so far I have used chicken breast and beef kabobs) I have been giving her dehydrated liver treats as these count as the 5% organ meat? Or do I need to get some liver from the store? How big of a piece of liver do I give? Oh and I throw in some sardines a couple of times a week and eggs every now and again.

I know this is long but I am worried about my girl's nutrition. My family thinks I am nuts feeding raw.....

lalachka 06-05-2014 01:37 PM

Progressing from pre made to "I actually have to think about this" raw diet
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The % I'm going by is 5% liver and another 5 of organ meat. And the dehydrated liver does count but you need to account for the water when you factor it in.

Maybe someone can tell you how to do that, not my strength lol. I don't worry about being exact, it all evens out in the long run.

You're not nuts, it's amazing how fast dog food became the only accepted way to feed dogs.

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I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO 06-05-2014 06:26 PM

According to the USDA site, beef liver is approximately 70% moisture. So I'd imagine if you fed 1 ounce of liver a day, you'd only have to feed 0.3 ounces of dried liver.

A girl and her dog 06-13-2014 12:36 AM

The way I understand the organ meat to work out is this: 5% secreting organ, 5% muscle organ. Secreting organs would be liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas, muscle organs would be heart, gizzard, trachea/esophagus, stomach may fall into that category as well. Think in terms of the function of that organ.

lalachka 06-13-2014 01:12 AM

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I've been told that liver has to be 5%. The other 5 are non muscle organs. Muscle organs are counted as meat.

But there are diff schools on this

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I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO 06-13-2014 06:58 AM

It is 5% liver and 5% other organ (secreting organs like kidney or spleen). Non-secreting organs like heart are actually fed like muscle meat.

I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO 06-13-2014 07:10 AM

I should add that some people go by 5% total organ meat, but that is just secreting organs. Muscular organs are muscle meat.

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