|Barked: Thu Apr 4, '13 9:21am PST |
|All that conflicting information is because dogs can do fine on nearly any odd bits of food they get!
I have fed good enough kibble [back before the super powered no grain ones], home cooked grainy food and raw and I do think fresh food is amazing. I didn't think Max had any issues with food but on high fat, high protein raw his fur is twice as long and thicker, his eye goobers are gone if he hasn't gotten into any grainy stuff lately and it goes on. Sassy had life long anal sac build ups that nearly ceased when she was on home cooked chicken and rice. Both dogs never turned down a meal but you can plainly see they would rather have nice smelly wet fresh food.
Here is some reading for you.
Practically a book there already and there are links to further reading and book reviews. And if you are already feeding kibble there is a section on how to add fresh food to kibble. Just mixing a little scrambled egg and ground beef into kibble not only makes it super yummy but probably always improves its nutrition profile.
If I was forced to stop feeding Max raw I would like to feed this sort of thing. 3/4 meat, fish, egg, organ with 1/4 pureed low calorie veggies plus calcium. Loads of information about feeding puppies there too.
And our own marvelous Sedona worked up a great how to balance a diet perfectly if feeding bits and pieces at first is intimidating, it sure was for me. Some browsers work better for nutritiondata.com than others. I just use Firefox and there are a couple of glitches but nothing serious.
I know I would simply balance the diet and feed the same amount my pup would get as an adult. I would be sure to get the calcium and phosphorus right which likely means using a combination of bone meal and egg shell rather than just the often suggested egg shell alone. I would split that food into as many meals as necessary for pup to be able to digest well it and stay lean but not too ribby.
Advanced technique - Don't get stuck on a single recipe. Get pup on one combination of foods and once that is good make up the next recipe using maybe 25% of something different, pork instead of beef, broccoli instead of carrots. That way you can take advantage of what is on sale rather than scrambling to find THE veggy off season. While different foods do have differing nutrient profiles you can expand Sedona's method and make up a super recipe with all the foods you offer to see if there are any gaps overall to fill. For example while raw fed Max often eats zinc rich beef and manganese rich tripe if I put the amounts in a master recipe he is still short so I supplement zinc and manganese even when he is getting beef and tripe.
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