|Barked: Sat Jul 27, '13 1:36pm PST |
|Does the homemade food have lots of carbs or low calorie veggies and not much fat? Are you sure he was getting 1000 calories a day on raw?
I estimate Max needs 600 calories a day but he actually gets between 300-700 a day depending on how lean the meat is.
I know Sassy got 1000 calories a day but the actual amount of the main part of her diet varied between 18-24 ounces for 700 calories of 13% fat cooked chicken and rice. Low fat means I fed more than 2% her body weight.
Remember raw uses bone for bulk but that 10% bone isn't low calorie no nutrient stuff, it is 30% protein so does contribute quite a lot of protein and thus calories. If you are looking to make the low glycemic Lew Olson type cooked food that 25% veggie stuff isn't going to add a lot of calories and will add close to zero protein to the diet so it is likely you will need to feed more than 2%.
I'd just go for it and if he gets skinny then feed more food. He is going to pester you no matter what. That dog knows good stuff and wants more.
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