|06-20-2014 04:32 PM|
|Flutter||Yes, I do. He has pretty bad allergies so I get the ones that are only fruit or veggie puree. No added sugar/starch/binder of any kind. They can be difficult to find so I stock up if I can find them on sale. I'd make my own fruit and veggie mix but for right now this is so much easier. One jar lasts about a week.|
|06-20-2014 01:15 PM|
|06-20-2014 10:48 AM|
One of the reasons I'm cooking is because my dog has been vomiting up bone. Bone isn't exactly all that nutritious for dogs. It's main benefit is calcium (and phosphorous ) and some minerals. I did the math, worked out how much phosphorous my dog is getting from the meat and add an appropriate amount of calcium. I use ground eggshells. There's also a seaweed calcium supplement. To make up for the minerals that bone would contain I add kelp.
ETA: I save the liquid from cooking the meat and organ mix and feed this to my dog as well.
|06-20-2014 10:25 AM|
|DobbyDad||I was really interested in this post until it somehow turned to raw. Pretty sure in the second sentence the OP says they don't want to feed raw. I am thinking of doing something similar to the original post and was hoping for some advice that did not include raw.|
|06-20-2014 04:49 AM|
They can eat veggies. But they don't need them.
I like to recommend the simplest start possible, because people can be overwhelmed by raw.
Another really informative site.
|06-20-2014 04:47 AM|
At the same time though, Ellie, if you want to do a meat based diet, it is important that you somehow get all three meat components (muscle meat, bone, and organ) in or it will likely be very unbalanced.
|06-20-2014 04:42 AM|
Why Organ Meat Is Important For The Raw Fed Dog | Dogs Naturally Magazine
This page has a good explanation so I don't have to type it all out. But basically they are MUCH more nutrient dense than anything else.
|06-20-2014 04:40 AM|
They don't need vegetables.
All you need is some Feedsentials as a supplement, a little sunflower or coconut oil, and you are good to go.
All you have to do is compare a kibble fed dog's coat, teeth and smell to one that is raw fed to understand that they can assimilate the nutrients much better from real, raw food. Dogs were not designed to eat food that has been mixed with grains, dehydrated, and cooked at 600°.
You can go on YouTube and watch lots of dogs eating raw.
Those bones not only firm up the stool, but they empty the anal glands as the dog poops. In addition, they function as a fantastic toothbrush to keep your dog's teeth and gums very healthy.
There is a ton of info on the net, a lot of it confusing. Here is a site I found helpful.
|06-20-2014 04:36 AM|
|Ellimaybel||I'll admit that feeding raw bones goes against everything I've ever been told about dogs for the majority of 34 years I've been alive. That part makes me nervous. I didn't realize the organs and stuff would be so inexpensive. Why are the organs so important in this diet? What do they contain compared to kibble and the rest of the meat? I ask because this is all so new to me.|
|06-20-2014 04:14 AM|
|Pax8||Oh, I do see some people recommend you add a general multivitamin that includes trace minerals and/or a vitamin E supplement on a raw diet. But that will depend on personal preference. I don't, I just thought I'd mention it.|
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