|Barked: Mon Oct 29, '12 5:19pm PST |
|Since commercial foods have more than enough calcium and phosphorus it would be a bad idea to put it in a supplement meant to be mixed with commercial food.
See Sedona's thread on balancing homecooking for information on how to figure out how much calcium and phosphorus. Your supplement is unlikely to do the whole job but don't worry about it, it would take months for a deficiency to develop so you have plenty of time to learn how to get any missing bits and pieces into the diet.
Also see dogaware's page on home cooked food. It is awesome.
If Max had to have cooked food I hope I could feed something like this.
Basical ly 3/4 meat-organ-egg-fish and 1/4 low calorie veggies like celery/zucchini/broccoli/cabbage. Feed mostly red meat as it is higher in minerals and vitamins than chicken [lean ground beef is super easy], have about 1 ounce of liver per pound of meaty stuff and 2 ounces of fatty fish per pound of meat as well. Then I would add 900 mg of human grade bone meal for calcium and phosphorus per pound of how many pounds of raw ingredients. Egg shell is fine in a pinch but lacks phosphorus which is an essential nutrient. Even though meaty stuff is very high in phosphorus I cannot make up a recipe high enough without bone meal. I would tweak the recipe to meet my dog's nutritional and calorie needs. If he needed fewer calories then I might need to add a bit more calcium for instance.
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