|Barked: Tue Jan 18, '11 11:22am PST |
|Hi Bonnie, hope this works better than raw for you. You need to feed veggies for the bulk missing when you aren't feeding bone. Lew Olson, who writes for B-Naturals.com, prefers to use 25% veggies to 75% meat/organ/fish/dairy/eggs if feeding cooked food. That is what I would try if I was forced kicking and screaming to feed Max cooked food. As well as B-Naturals newsletters, read dogaware.com for amazing information.
If you gently steam/simmer meat and use the broth as well the nutrient loss is not much. I wouldn't worry about it, don't tell anybody but I roll my eyes when raw feeders get all hot and bothered about it.
Calcium is easy. Feed the dog eggs. Save the shells, dry them and pulverize to a powder. 900 mg calcium carbonate per 1/2 tsp! Often phosphorus will be a bit low in a cooked recipe without bone so mixing a bit of bone meal or dicalcium phosphate with the egg shell might be better.
Another way is to cook chicken in a slow cooker or pressure cooker until the bones get soft, the way that Merrick makes some of the canned food with whole wings or thighs I think. Mush up the bones, toss the ones that aren't cooked and the food is 3 times higher in calcium than needed. Add twice the amount of gently cooked meat/fish/egg/organ/dairy and the balance is about right for phosphorus and calcium. Pretty nifty but I haven't ever done it. Don't cook all the meat like that as it is really hard on vitamins and possibly some amino acids but 2 parts carefully cooked meat and 1 part over done meat ought to be okay.
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