|Barked: Sat Oct 1, '11 9:37am PST |
|Get an easy to use scale and use it. Real food in the portions your dogs need doesn't look like enough food. Max only needed 8 ounces of my cooked food. That is a half can of dog food sized portion. My analog scale with 1/16" ounce markings was of little use. He got fat. Happy but fat.
Start with 2-3% of their ***ideal*** body weight in raw ingredients minus rice, oats or any other dry grain. A 50 pound dog would get from 16-24 ounces a day. If Huck should be about 75 pounds then start by feeding him only 24-36 ounces weighed out on your handy scale. I would be cooking the meals in different pots just so you don't overfeed the smaller dog as it would be a pain to do the ratio and weigh out the cooked food for each dog. Your choice though.
Try pouring warm water around the food to fill them up. Use mostly meat in variety without taking off the hard to remove fat so there is a good amount of fat. Fat sates and protein builds calorie burning muscle. Make sure you feed about 2 ounces of liver for each pound of meat fed as it has lots of vitamins and minerals you just cannot get elsewhere. Your dogs are large enough you might just cook and use but I cooked, cut in daily bits and froze to combine with the food cooked daily. Use at least half meats and other proteins and use more fiber rich veggies than potatoes, peas and grains.
Variety is good but introduce new stuff a bit at a time just in case. Sassy always was super fun to switch kibbles but changing a food only 10% at a time she was able to eat chicken, pork, beef, lamb, rice, pasta, potato, sweet potato, tapioca, zucchini, celery, pumpkin, carrots, broccoli in any combination that came up after each was fine and dandy with her gut.
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