|08-28-2013 12:54 PM|
I fed him some more suet this morning and just kind of mashed it in with some ground meat. On days that he eats whole MM like heart, I'll try grinding it. Thanks!
|08-28-2013 12:50 PM|
|Jax08||I think the "kind" of fat is important also. Jax isn't on grass fed except for wild game we get but her diet is fairly low in fat. Two hot dogs the night before at training jacked her pancreas level up by over 2000. My vet said dogs do not need a lot of fat in their diet. However, we all need SOME fat in there! So I would do as Lucia suggested and start with small pieces. Suet is very dry so you might want to grind it and add a bit of meat to it (or throw it all in a food processor).|
|08-28-2013 12:46 PM|
I'm not sure what the problem would be if I added it into his meat like Lucia suggested. What's the difference from feeding grain-fed beef with the higher fat content?
|08-28-2013 12:38 PM|
|Lauri & The Gang||
I would not feed straight fat as it could cause pancreatic problems.
Why not just increase the amount you feed? Or feed higher fat foods - like Pork.
|08-27-2013 11:32 PM|
Thanks, Lucia! I will start slowly as he's been on this new grass-fed diet for a few months, but I'm glad to hear that your dogs thrive with the higher-fat diet. I've read Monica Segal's Fueling the Performance Dog and realize how important fat is for a dog's diet. I was completely ignorant to the level of fat he has been consuming lately
Idk, Jax...good question.
|08-27-2013 11:26 PM|
|Jax08||The fat is in the egg yolk, right? Will increasing the whites help any other than adding calories?|
|08-27-2013 11:26 PM|
If the suet is from the grass-fed cow, it will be high in Omega 3's, and be a healthy fat.
When I get the bones and trimmings of deer and moose, a LOT of it is fat. I especially had a lot of fat trimmings in once when given the leftovers of a butchered buffalo, so when I'm feeding game, I'd say close to half of what I feed has a LOT of fat on it. My dogs just thrive. They always look their best and have the nicest, shinniest, cleanest-smelling coats over the winter due to the fall hunt haul I get. While other dogs (and people) really struggle with the extra dry air from our very cold winters with dry hairt and itchy skin, Gryff and Keeta are doing excellent.
If he is not used to fat, I'd just start slowly to build up. After that, not sure what to say for exact amounts, but from my experience, even generous amounts won't do any harm and will benefit.
|08-27-2013 11:17 PM|
No the suet is grass-fed as well, it's from the same place-same cows.
Yep, he gets cooked egg whites (can't have the yolk)- though I have to admit it has been less frequent lately. I'll increase the eggs. And he gets a lot of sardines.
Good idea about adding it like that! I'll probably do a little less since he does get some fat from the hearts, oils, and eggs. Thanks!
|08-27-2013 11:11 PM|
Grass fed is VERY low in fat. Even the hamburger has almost no fat.
If you add suet, you are basically taking away the benefits of the grassfed since that is most likely grain fed.
Eggs? Fatty fish like sardines/mackerel? Do you give any yogurt?
If you are going to add the suet, I would add it like a hamburger mix of 80/20 or 70/30. The hamburger we feed Banshee is 70/30 and we mix that 50/50 with hearts.
|08-27-2013 10:21 PM|
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