|Barked: Thu Mar 28, '13 9:27pm PST |
|If you start out at about 2% of her ideal body weight you will be in the ball park for calories. Oatmeal has about the same calories per ounce as a completely lean meat like lung. We are always adjusting how much the dogs get anyway, a bit more or less depending on how the ribs feel.
Mixing oatmeal with low protein premade is dropping that minimal protein level pretty low, good that you want to offer higher protein and fat raw. It is doing the job intended though, keeping the gut happy!
You could simply concoct a complete raw diet and feed maybe 2-4 meals of that each week spread out as you please and supplement with half the amount of premade and oatmeal they need as a complete feed. As in if I plan to feed Max 4-5 chicken wings, 3.5 ounces of liver and 3.5 ounces of kidney a week plus 3 pounds of beef [about 70 ounces a week] I could feed 2 chicken wings, a couple ounces of liver and kidney and 1.5 pounds of beef along with half the usual amount of premade and oatmeal to add up to 70 ounces a week. Some days she would get mostly premade, some days more raw. This sounds like trouble but if you keep a food diary you should be able to keep it all straight. I wouldn't be too concerned if kidney is hard to come by either as the premade should fill gaps nicely anyway.
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