|Barked: Thu May 10, '12 7:18am PST |
|Sounds like a fine start!
It is all about ratios. Dogs need a lot more meat and less plant foods than we do to provide a lot more calcium, zinc, vitamin Bs and other minerals than we do per pound.
Are you planning for the meaty bones to provide all the calcium for the dogs so you don't need to put calcium into the cooked part of the food?
I would use liver, especially just a little beef or lamb liver. Chicken and pork is good for vitamin A and minerals but beef and lamb liver are the best source of copper. Just need about an ounce per pound of meat fed is all.
So for Max I could do a normal meal sized 10 ounce chicken bit 3x a week for calcium, tooth cleaning and protein with a mix of 50-75% ground beef with 25-50% mixed stuff that is at least half veggies and half oatmeal, rice or potato. I would add in 1 ounce of liver per pound of total meat fed and also offer up an additional 1-2 ounces of fatty fish like salmon, sardine or mackerel per pound of meat as an omega 3 source, canned is fine. See how I keep bumping up the meat content???
Any reason you don't want to go all out raw? Easier to deal with for sure and cheaper. Grains are cheap enough but veggies can cost as much or more than meat.
What is pushing you to feed fresh food? If it is for health reasons avoiding grains very often helps but I was very surprised at Sassy's improvement on a rice heavy diet, her anal sacs stopped being a constant but minor annoyance for both of us. It had nothing to do with stool firmness either.
This feeding plan makes sense to me. Read to the bottom and the links to the other pages on B-Naturals are broken, find each post on the main listing page.
and this site has all the readings you can want.
From there you might check out the recipes in the second post on this page.
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