|Barked: Tue Mar 19, '13 5:52pm PST |
|-Nibbles is no more than 50 lbs. So theoretically, she only needs 1 lb of meat per day? Really? If I go back to the raw regimen, should I cut out the oatmeal?
-What is the conventional wisdom on feeding oatmeal and rice as a supplement to the meat?
Thereabouts. Every animal is different - my girls weigh about 45 and 50 lbs, but my little girl is so active and my big girl so lazy they eat about .85lb and .75lb respectively.
Oatmeal (or rice) is irrelevant to a raw diet. That said, you can feed it, if you want to balance it in as more of a "deconstructed kibble" type diet - which I have done at times to cut costs. I prefer to avoid grains entirely and went with low-glycemic legumes instead. Carbs can also help keep weight on extremely active working dogs.
-If I was using the legs and oatmeal diet (as some of my friends continue to do), how would you best supplement it? Fish oil? Liver? I can get those, but chicken hearts, brains, etc are harder to find.
-How would you supplement the ground chicken/bone food source (besides the liver and fish oil)?
Chicken and oatmeal is an inherently flawed diet. Supplementation can't fix it.
-Can I give too much bone/calcium? I've fed necks alot lately cause I've got a cat who also likes them. I imagine feeding chicken legs as the meat source runs into the same issue.
Absolutely. Calcium needs to be balanced against phosphorus. Feeding too much bone can also significantly increase the odds of intestinal impaction or bowel perforation.
-Can I feed gizzards as a meal? I can't find any info online on whether too many gizzards can be hazardous.
Yes, but I wouldn't do it often. Gizzards aren't really an organ, but aren't really a meat... They contain a lot of good stuff, but not everything, and when I looked them up for my own interest (they're delicious stir-fried in garlic) I found they actually have an arsenic content.
-I've read that the organs should come from the same meat source? Is that scripture around here, or is that contested?
Generally doesn't matter. Some dogs will get stomach upset from too many meat sources in one meal, although organs are different than muscle meat anyway so I haven't found it to be a big deal.
-What is likely more bang for my buck---ground beef chuck at 4$ a lb or chicken tenderloin at 2.80 lb?
I personally wouldn't pay more than 70 cents/lb for chicken. If you really want to get each part of the chicken in your diet, buy whole chickens instead of individual parts.
If you're in the grocery store, ground beef isn't so great either... Look for sales on pot roasts, shoulder steaks, and whole beef chuck. Typically you can get them $3/lb and they aren't so processed.
-How important is it to feed more than one meat? Does one of the sources need to be red meat?
Variation is less important than balance. You can not balance a diet without red meat.
-I give Nibbles an average of 1 carrot a day, sometimes 2. She occasionally gets a little lettuce. What other vegetables should she be getting?
Neither accounts for anything unless they are cooked or pureed. I personally add veggies for some extra fiber but otherwise they are not a vital part of a raw diet and it doesn't really matter which ones you feed. Some veggies and fruits can aggravate health problems (tomatoes, citrus are extremely acidic, etc) which is something to be aware of if your animals have any existing conditions.
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