|Barked: Sun Feb 17, '13 10:34am PST |
|Well I don't know a whole lot about raw diets other than prey model raw, but that diet looks to be lacking in red meat and organs other than liver. Red meat is much more nutrient rich than poultry, and liver is only half of the necessary organs. The carrots, bran, Jell-O, and rice all just seem unnecessary to me, but again, I don't know much about raw diets that use grains, vegetables, or fruits. Since dogs aren't really designed to digest plants, any veggies would need to be blended or cooked to break them down. If you're going to feed a diet that contains plant material, it's a good idea to keep it below 25% of the overall diet, with the rest being meat, with as much of the meat being red as possible.
Have you looked into prey model at all? 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ. I personally find it much easier and less confusing than other raw diets. No bran to worry about, no blending, no cooking, ect. As long as you can feed a few different proteins (beef, pork, chicken, ect.), prey model raw can be as easy as taking meals out of the freezer a few hours before feeding. Usually the most difficult part is finding secreting organs other than liver (kidney, spleen, thymus, ect.).
For most people, PMR is much cheaper than pre-mades. It's generally the most expensive when first starting out. As you go, you'll probably find more cost efficient ways to source meat. I don't imagine it would be too hard to feed a Bulldog on $50 a month.
By far the best guide I've seen on PMR is Chance's Beginner's Guide to Prey Model Raw. I would definitely recommend giving it a read through if you have any interest in PMR. It will seem like a lot to learn at first, but once you have the basic ideas down, it really is quite easy.
Edited by author Sun Feb 17, '13 10:49am PST
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