|Barked: Tue Mar 27, '12 4:24pm PST |
|Right. They are called 'toppers' but any sensible dog would just eat the fresh stuff rather than the kibble if you didn't mix it in really well! I would be evil and dilute the pureed meat if it doesn't go far enough. Budgets are budgets after all!
It is fine to substitute up to about 25% fresh food calories for kibble calories. You can use any meat you find out there. Add some liver to the meat if you like but in small amounts, maybe an ounce or two of liver per pound of meat or so. Try hamburger, pork, turkey, fish - whatever you find in your budget. Just stew it up without salt and blend well into a meat gravy, my stick blender can handle cooked meat chunks but not raw ones.
Max gets raw for meals and eats either raw or scrambled egg scraped from the pan I cook my breakfast in. Try with and without milk, see how your dogs do with dairy. Some are fine, some aren't. Egg is rich stuff like liver so start slow, maybe split a single egg between all the dogs first day and work up to a couple a week for a medium sized dog.
Yes, fish oil is good stuff. Here is an article about how much to use per dog. http://www.dogaware.com/diet/supplements.html#fishoil
Or you can feed canned or fresh fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring or sardines every couple of days.
Here is an article about adding fresh food to kibble. There really aren't many foods to avoid. Since you are feeding kibble don't feed grains or starchy veggies, stick to protein rich food. I think kibble is far too low in fat for healthy dogs but do be aware that a sudden change in food, especially fatty ones can cause serious health issues so start slow with any new meat!
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