|Barked: Tue Mar 13, '12 6:56am PST |
|You are not going to find many vets approving of a raw diet in the first place let alone for an ill dog but it is important for the caregiver to be comfortable with the diet. It is a big scary step to leave commercial balanced food behind and do it yourself. I did because those dog food recalls in 2007 kept getting closer and closer to Sassy's prescription diet and feeding her a quart of 'corn pops' a day just didn't seem right. And I still transitioned her same as I did between kibbles but it was much easier for some reason. She was a horror to switch kibbles but could handle new fresh foods much faster.
More links. Our own marvelous Sedona's thread on balancing homecooked food. Very advanced stuff but essential to making up your own recipes that you know will be complete. You could print it out and show the vet.
Dr. Fox's recipe. There is a HUGE error in it. Lists RAW rice, not cooked when cooked was meant. He says the recipe is about 1000 calories but a cup of raw rice is about 700 calories and it calls for 2 cups of raw rice plus a pound of meat. Far grainier than I like but it is a good enough jumping off point if you trust this guy.
Dr. Wynn's recipe. I love that the precise vitamin mineral supplement is listed.
Carol Doyle's way to feed your family and the dogs with the same foods. Just adjust the proportions!
Dr. Strombeck's book online! Balanced diets for special needs included.
A couple hints for recipes online. If a recipe doesn't have a source of calcium in it, pass. Dr. Pitcairn's Healthy Powder contains it, so if HP is mentioned then it should be okay. There should be at least 50% meat/fish/egg/dairy/organ by cooked weight. A recipe with 1 pound of chicken, pound of mixed veggies and 1 cup of raw rice would be 2 parts chicken, 2 parts veggie and 3 parts rice once cooked - on the bubble and I might pass. Red meat is far more nutritious than chicken, look at those more carefully. Liver is a powerhouse but easy to overdo, pass by recipes with mostly liver. Unless a recipe has lots of red meat and some liver it will need mineral supplements, the Strombeck and Wynn recipes include them. If you otherwise feel comfortable with a recipe you can always increase the red meat content and add a bit of liver of course.
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