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|Yay raw! Cookie has been on raw for 1 year and 1 month now!
It may be a poor example since are dogs are such different sizes, but Cookie weighs 8.5 lbs. and I use this calculator to find out what 2-3% of that is. http://reelrawdog.com/feeding-calculator
Then I round it to make it easier on me. I decided to aim for about 3 oz a day.
Figure out what 2-3% of your dogs weights are and write that down. It will only be a starting point, if the dogs get skinny or get fat, please adjust the amount.
After I figure out how much to feed a day.. I either eyeball what a tenth of that chunk of meat would be, and use that as a reference for how much bone content to feed a day, and how much organ (at least half liver) she needs a day.
or there is a thread here that states how much bone is in certain cuts of meat.. and you can calculate it.
However my dog would require such a small amount of bone everyday that she only gets 1 oz of bone every 2-3 days. and depending on what kind of cuts of meat you find, your dogs don't need to have 80, 10, 10 everyday, just as long as it's balanced over time.
chicken is the cheapest, but red meat is more nutritious. See if you can find, pork ribs, beef ribs, beef heart, beef cheek, and any red meat on sale.
And, when preparing meals, I hold 5 days worth of food in one container at a time, so five days of food is already in the fridge thawing at a time. It's much easier that way than packing and remembering to thaw one meal at a time! I was doing that for a while and it was way to much work preparing so many.
When you first start them, use skinnless bone-in chicken and don't worry so much about balancing, just feed them the bone-in chicken and see if they handle it well and if their poop looks normal and there's no problems, then you can introduce a new meat. But you have to take it slow, cause the dogs system has to change, the enzymes it's used to using on kibble will be ready to go, but won't work on raw meat. Sometimes it's good to give pro biotic.
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