|Barked: Sat Feb 9, '13 7:50am PST |
|This is how I start my dogs with raw. I follow the PMR principles:
My dog has an ideal adult weight of 50 lbs. I feed around a pound to 1.5 pounds of meat a day
Week 1 and 2: Chicken
I get whole organic, free-range chicken from the farmer's market weekly meet in my town. The chicken average 3.5 lbs. iI cut the chicken up like this: Cut off the leg and thigh (one piece). Cut out the wings. Separate the breast from the back.
Day 1: I start with a small, bone heavy meal. So I give the chicken back and the neck. This will help keep the stools firm in the transition. For a puppy, I divide this meal into 3 feedings per day. For an adult, I serve one meal a day.
Day 2 and 3: Chicken leg and thigh and a wing.
Day 4: Chicken breasts.
I save off the organs for later.
Then after that, I do the following schedule for the following 9 days:
1: chicken leg/thigh/wing/neck
2: half the chicken breast and half the back (or rather, one breast because the chicken comes with 2 lol)
3: half the chicken breast and half the back
Still saving organs for later.
So basically, I feed one whole chicken in 3-day meals.
At this time, the dog has become a pro at it. If I am getting consistent healthy stools, I add another meat source. I always serve the chicken for their bone content. I just lower the amount of chicken. I add red meat (no bone) on week 3 and 4. On week 5 and 6, I mix in a little bit of the organs I've been saving off - dividing one chicken's organs into 3-day meals. On week 7, I add fish (I feed whiting).
After this, I can play around with more exotic cuts - hearts, green tripe, tongue, tail, eggs, etc. And liver and kidneys from red meat animals. And more variety of protein - rabbits, deer, hog, lamb, turkey, fish, etc. I like protein sources where I can feed the entire carcass - like rabbits and birds.
Okay, if you notice, I don't feed beef bones in the meal. Beef bones are dense and could break dog tooth. I feed ox tails in meals - got some crunchy bone. Beef ribs and marrow and large pork neck cuts I use as chew treats/toys, not meals. So most of the 10% bone in my dog's food come from poultry or rabbit bones.
Hope this helps.
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