|Barked: Fri Apr 13, '12 1:56pm PST |
|Chloe, if you even roughly adhere to the 80/10/5/5 ratios (80% muscle meat, 10% bones, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ - it doesn't have to be exact, just close, that's just a rough starting point and you can waver by a few percentage points - it is VERY difficult for a dog to wind up with nutritional deficiencies, so long as you are sourcing those ratios from at least three different protein sources (at least one should be a red meat, white meats are less nutrient dense).
Right now my dog is basically JUST getting beef and chicken, and I'm not too worried. It's only two protein sources but he's still getting a meat/bone/organ ratio and one of them is a red meat.
The big problems with feeding raw are the people who wind up hearing about it and think it means giving their pet boneless chicken breasts - not only are you leaving out bones and organs, chicken is a very nutrient-sparse meat source compared to other meat types.
And we're talking about on the order of months that it would take for most nutritional deficiencies to even show signs of (unless we're talking a growing creature). When most people start raw, they spend the first 3-4 weeks just feeding chicken leg quarters (or some type of bone-in chicken).
Edited by author Fri Apr 13, '12 1:58pm PST
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