|Barked: Tue Jul 30, '13 12:31pm PST |
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1. How much do I feed a 52 lb highly active dog?
Whatever keeps them in good body condition, 1.5-3% ideal body weight is the usual ration for a medium sized dog. That would be somewhere between 12 and 24 ounces. Ginger has been on raw for 2 weeks. She now has a waist but it is because she hasn't all the kibble starch in her gut, she is still quite a chunky girl yet. Her ribs and shoulders have quite a layer of fat over them as does her tail area. I am able to feel her keel bone a little though. Hoping she is losing fat....
2. Is it OK to feed once a day?
Sure, if the poop is fine on that much food then go for it. Some even do gorge-fast where the dog eats something really big a couple times a week. That is advanced raw feeding and needs to be worked up up.
Max ate once a day for 5 years but this summer has been so cool I want to walk twice a day. He and Ginger will have loose stool during the second walk if I do that so am trying to condition them into counting on a meal after a walk instead of eating in the middle of the day. Part of that may be age as Max is 13 years old, part may be that Ginger is new to raw, only had her for 2 weeks. Feed after the main excitement of the day is done, whatever that may be.
3. How much is too much bone?
If poop is hard when it comes out and turns white when dry she doesn't need as much bone as he is getting.
Your dog is still new to raw. After all the usual proteins and organs are fine then try to slowly reduce the bone fed. If you feed about half whole chicken and half red meat then you are in the ball park at about 15% bone. Whole chicken, not just necks or backs as those are super bony. I had a lot of trouble with this part as Max does better with a fairly uniform diet. Using small whole fish [might contain 20% of his daily bone need] and chicken feet [about 75% of his bone need per day] as small bone items on alternating days with the usual bony meat that was really more than he should get on the other days got both of us over that hump. It turned out feeding his meager 20 ounces in 12 ounce bony/organy meals and 8 ounce meat only meals worked well. He generally gets about 1/4 chicken ribs cut from bone in chicken breasts we humans buy for ourselves and 3/4 red meat/organ/egg/fish now.
4. Are you feeding vegetables?
No. If the meat/bone/organ diet produced poops that were difficult to produce even with only the 10% bone needed for nutrition then I can see a need to add a bit of veggy mush to increase pooping comfort though.
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