|Barked: Wed Aug 1, '12 8:23pm PST |
|I've been feeding Zeppelin raw since January and my whole pack has been raw fed since mid-May. Zeppelin's health has improved dramatically and he is a much happier dog now. Yay!
Layla and Jagger are also benefiting greatly from raw.
I'm looking for tips on how to prepare their meals more efficiently. It's just taking up SO much time, I feel like there's gotta be a better way.
I feed chicken, turkey, beef, pork, mackerel, sardines, some lamb and raw meaty bones. I get some items from a local raw dog food company ( http://www.totallyrawdogfood.com/ ), but most of it I get from butchers or the grocery store. When I get beef meat, heart, tongue, I cut it up myself and freeze it in chunks. When I get my ground organ mix, I make 2-3 oz portions (large spoonfull) and freeze those on trays, then put them bags. I freeze chicken hearts, gizzards on trays and put them in a big bag so they are easy to separate. I do the same for turkey necks, chicken backs, pork ribs, RMB, etc.
So now my doggy freezer is full with a variety of raw meat. Each week, I make a list of what/how much each dog should eat that week (80/10/10) based on what I have in the freezer (i.e. maybe out of turkey necks, but have extra chicken backs). Sometimes I weigh everything for the week and package it in large ziplocs labelled for that week. Lately I just take out what they need for 2 days and check it off my list as I go.
Packaging and weighing is taking several hours each week. And that doesn't include the time it takes to chop up meat when I get a batch from the butcher... How do you guys do it?
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