|Barked: Mon Sep 10, '12 8:16pm PST |
There are several ways to put together a raw diet, but most people on this forum choose to follow "prey model". It most closely models what wild canids would eat from nature, and is what domestic dogs' cousin, the grey wolf, naturally consumes.
Some people prefer to include fruits and veggies in the diet to replace organs, but they must be cooked and pureed so the dog can access the nutrients. Other dogs must have the veggies in place of organs due to diet restrictions, such as Dalmatians. Fruit and veggies in their whole, raw form, are not digestible by our carnivorous pets and therefore many people choose to omit them (but will often still use them as treats or snacks)!
Prey model is a rough ratio of 80% meat, 10% edible bone, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organs. Some people feed this ratio daily, others spread it out over a week, whatever works. The key is balance over time.
Pork and salmon are fine to feed- as long as the pork is from a good human quality source- Trichinosis is NOT a concern and has not been, in any good quaity, regulated agriculture, for some time now (but is still a concern in raw wild game). Avoid feeding raw salmon from the Pacific Northwest- any other types of salmon from elsewhere is fine. That includes farmed, if it's the only source you can get.
I recently switched over from prey model to whole prey, which is great if you can find it. I fed Farley prey model for almost 2 years with good results, though.
I also just wanted to add that a diet of mainly ground food does not provide the mental and physical workout that comes from feeding larger raw pieces. Ground raw meats will also have a higher bacteria count than unground meats will.
Edited by author Mon Sep 10, '12 8:21pm PST
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