|Barked: Wed Mar 27, '13 5:29pm PST |
I'm doing all of my research before transitioning to raw. This spreadsheet is very, very helpful. I'm sure it will be even more so when I figure it all out and actually start feeding. Thank you to the developers for putting this together.
I have a few questions that I hope someone can help with. First, I will be feeding an 8 year old St. Bernard (Dreyfus) and an 8 month Great Dane puppy (Daxter). We are concerned with the puppy, he has had runny pooh since we got him. He has been checked multiple times for giardia and it always comes back negative. We feed Honest Kitchen and have overall been very happy with it for Dreyfus, but it just isn't working out for Dax.
So, I want to focus on the Great Dane's diet. I'm estimating Dax's adult weight at 150lbs. So for 2% of his ideal weight, he should be fed 3 lbs a day. 2.4 lbs Muscle Meat, .30 lbs of Bone, and .3 lbs of Organ. I understand how to calculate the muscle meat and organ meat (just weigh a boneless chicken breast and chicken liver to the correct amount, for example). So far I think I'm okay with this.
My confusion lies with the bone/day. Since you are supposed to feed the bone with meat on the bone, how do you calculate the bone weight? Is that where the bone percentage comes in? For example, leg quarter (to start with) has 27% bone. Average leg quarter is 16oz, so at 27% bone, the bone weight would be 4.32oz (I think I'm figuring this out as I ask.) This amount is just under his daily bone intake requirement.
Okay, so since he needs three pounds a day, the leg quarter would be 1lb, we would need to have muscle meat of 2 additional pounds in order to meet the 80-10-10 ratio, correct?
Another question, on the second tab of the spreadsheet with sample nutrition, the 1/2 chicken breast, beef (composite) and pork shoulder, are with the bone, correct?
I'm sure I will have more questions later, but if someone can confirm these, it would be extremely helpful.
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