|Barked: Fri Jul 22, '11 2:55pm PST |
|Another balanced calcium-phosphorus supplement is dicalcium phosphate but that is sold in huge bags for livestock supplementing! Unless you use really high phosphorus grains it is hard to get enough phosphorus into a cooked diet. Weird after all the years I worked to reduce it in Sassy's cooked food!
Thanks for the link Adam, got it bookmarked now. So not a fan of healthy powder though, not sure why dogs need lecithin and yeast. Here is one link that has the recipe.
If Max had to eat cooked food I hope I would be able to feed this sort of thing. I would use bone meal instead of egg shell or possibly some of each though.
Mostly red meat like pork, beef and lamb, a little fatty fish, a little liver and cooked mushy veggies for the bulk.
Up to you. Grain is cheaper than veggies and meat. Many dogs do fine with grains.
The right amount to feed is difficult to figure out. Lew Olson suggests starting with 2% the dog's ideal adult weight same as for raw, that would be about 2 cups for a 50 pound dog. With Sassy I started with 20 calories per pound of dog and fed more when that wasn't enough. Max needs about 18 calories per pound, she needed 23 calories per pound! Small dogs generally need more per pound, just put your hands on your dog and judge how the ribs feel.
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