|Barked: Fri Jan 27, '12 7:29am PST |
|Not going to work. Pet vitamins are meant to supplement a commercial diet when you are filling gaps in a home cooked diet. They add an even amount across the board when a diet of fresh foods will be great here and severely deficient there. Your diet probably has about 10% of the calcium and 80% of the phosphorus your dog needs for example. All the iron and probably half the zinc. Most of the rest of the Bs but half the B12.
Read the links we posted. Since I was too lazy to make a clicky you need to hunt for the space dogster puts in there, remove it and then cut/paste the address I posted.
If the stuff you make is a minimum of 50% meat/egg/fish/dairy, 25% veggies - both by raw weight and 25% well cooked grain then you are half way to a good diet.
Add in 1/2 measuring teaspoon of powdered egg shell per pound of that food [more is not better] and it is nearly there>>>> *CALCIUM*.
Use about 1 ounce of liver per pound of that 50% meat/egg/fish/dairy then you are just about there>>>> *B12*+OTHER MINERALS AND VITAMINS.
Use as much variety of meats and the rest as you can. Each protein has unique amino acids, vitamins and minerals to add to the diet. Red meats like the kangaroo, beef, pork and lamb are richer in minerals and vitamins than chicken and turkey though so I prefer red meats to poultry but do feed them as well.
Use 75% meat/fish/egg/dairy to 25% veggies and it is better yet>>>> *MORE PROTEIN, MORE MINERALS, MORE VITAMINS*.
Use 15% fatty fish like mackerel/sardine/salmon/anchovy/herring and it is even better>>>> *OMEGA 3 NATURALLY*. Canned or fresh is fine.
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