|Barked: Wed Jun 6, '12 7:34am PST |
|Beef, ground, 85% lean meat, raw
36 ounce ABOUT 4.5 cups of raw
Beef liver, raw
4 ounce ABOUT 1/2 cup
Chicken, broilers or fryers, meat and skin, cooked, stewed
4.5 cup, chopped or diced
Egg, whole, raw, fresh
4.86 large eggs ABOUT a cup
Rice, white, long-grain, regular, cooked
3.0 x 1 cup (158g)
Vegetables, mixed, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt
2.5 measuring teaspoons
Would feed my 38 pound dog for 8 days on its own. Would feed him for 16 days if he ate half kibble. For your medium sized dog and toy breed pup it is right on target! If your medium sized dog eats about 600 calories a day like my Max then a full feed would be about 1.5 cups of this and your pup needs about .5 cups of this so for a half feed give about .75 cups and .1-.25 for the pup. Where you will run into trouble is the different ingredients may mix up into less than that. I REALLY love my accurate digital kitchen scale!
My dog really really needs lots of fat and protein. Raw has done amazing things for his condition. I know too much fat is very worrying but try to leave as much in the food as you can. Chicken skin is high in fat, I suspect the fat in skin keeps us land animals from dehydrating. Max's coat has changed dramatically on high fat raw from the previous low fat kibble.
Kibbles are very high in grains and other starchy foods like potato so putting it in your cooked food isn't all that great an idea so I cut it in half. Cutting it out entirely is possible. Be sure you cook it until a grain of it is easily squeezed flat between your fingers.
Dogs need meat, lots of it, I put in half chicken and half beef. Beef, pork or lamb is much higher in vitamins and minerals than chicken and I hope you can get at least half of the meat to be red meat. Of course your kibble mineral and vitamin mix should cover any deficits in this recipe if red meat isn't in the budget that week. Fish is low in minerals and vitamins too but fatty fish is rich in omega 3s, add a bit if you can find a can of it for a good enough price some weeks.
Veggies are mostly for fiber and taste so I cut it in half. Unless they are pureed or cooked until very soft you will likely see them in the dog's stool. Mixed veggies here are peas, carrots and corn. The corn won't be digested and its skin will be seen in the stool!
Liver is very very high in vitamin A but the reason I cut down the amount so drastically is that while beef liver is the best source of copper to the point it is difficult to get enough copper unless you feed it just a tiny bit is needed.
More egg shell was needed so there is more calcium than phosphorus in the food. If this was their only feed then food grade bone meal would be a better supplement as this food is low in phosphorus but as is it is fine.
Max got fat on home cooked food. The tiny amount he actually needed didn't look like enough for my best buddy and he ended up gaining 1/3 his body weight before I knew it. Remember there isn't any air in cooked mush so even though the mush may look the same volume as kibble and has lots of good water in it it is likely much higher in calories. Keep your hands on the dogs and cut back if they get chunky!!!!
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