|Barked: Mon Mar 14, '11 1:42pm PST |
|Yup! The problem is only that you don't know how much more organ to add to the diet. Max adores organs so I probably would just assume it has about half the organ needed and buy more.
You will feed bony stuff for stool control, calcium and phosphorus. Chicken, turkey, duck, pork, rabbit and lamb are animals that have easily eaten to mostly edible bone. Remember the bony meats aren't optional they are necessary. A 50 pound dog needs more calcium than an adult woman. When about 10% bone is eaten it provides just about that amount of calcium.
Usually dogs start on bony chicken. It might be skinned, defatted backs or leg quarters with the skin on or tiny bits of Cornish Game Hen depending on how fragile the dog's gut is and how large the dog. Once the gut is used to the new food we introduce a little of a new protein.
No matter how wonderful a food source is we prefer to feed a variety of meats and organs as well. Beef is really good but other meats offer different ratios of the nutrients dogs need. I would love to feed this meat source and might even feed it for most of the boneless meat but I would want to offer pork, lamb, venison, rabbit, ostrich, emu, llama and any other red meat in my price range as well.
One example of why mixing up proteins is important is beef liver. It is high in copper. Feeding only beef liver would overload the dog on copper which messes up zinc and iron absorption. I need to feed beef liver but feed only half beef liver.
Are you getting this from the SF coop? That place has loads of other completely wonderful meats to choose from. Start out with chicken and work to include the beef after at least a week but work on including other meats into the diet as well.
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