How's My Diet?

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Fergus TT

mmm... feet.
Barked: Mon Sep 30, '13 9:58am PST 
I've been trying to use Nutrition Data to analyze Ferg's diet. Not only am I having technical issues with the site itself (anyone else getting repeated internal service errors?), but some values aren't hitting the mark.

Anyway, he gets 2% and weighs 35 lbs. Here's his typical weekly diet:

80% Muscle Meat
- beef heart (10% or 7.8 oz)
- boneless pork shoulder (32.2 oz) rotated with boneless beef round roast (3 weeks pork, 1 week beef)

10% Bone
- chicken quarters (approx. 26 oz)
- whole mackerel (approx. 4 oz)

10% Organs
- liver: mixture of beef, pork, and chicken
- kidney: mixture of beef and pork

- vitamin E once a week (300 IU, I think. I stupidly threw out the bottle)
- 2000 mg wild salmon oil daily
- 3 eggs/week
- he occasionally gets turkey when it's on sale during Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
- for treats throughout the week (training on walks, etc), I use Acana grain-free kibble

I appreciate any critiques and help, as after trying to analyze his diet, I'm concerned that my attitude of hoping for the best may not be ok...

Play hard, sleep- well.
Barked: Mon Sep 30, '13 12:09pm PST 
Overall, I'd say it's pretty good. I would rotate the variety of meat whenever you can, just so that he is getting a variety of nutrients.

I'm triple- superior MAD- now!
Barked: Mon Sep 30, '13 2:05pm PST 
Let me guess. Low in zinc, magnesium and manganese? You are doing fine as is.

You could add a grind of sunflower seed for the magnesium and manganese and try a tiny bit of oysters for zinc. Two ounces of canned oysters a week takes care of Max's bit of a deficiency of zinc and two ounces of ground sunflower seeds a day does the other. My guy doesn't do well with sunflower seeds and he not only dislikes oysters but I forget to give them to him so I use a multimineral and a zinc supplement instead. There are other ways to get those low minerals in like some kinds of kelp but the iodine thing worries me too. I have tried dropping this and he really is better on the stuff.

A vet is doing her own informal study on feeding prey model raw with meat/bone/organ grind and not seeing any issues even though a few numbers aren't perfect.
http://dramyrawdogfoodresearch.com/RawDogFoodResearch/Does _Raw_Pet_Food_Warrant_Unique_Set_of_Nutrient_Requirements_%28copy_of _my_article-some_%22food_for_thought%22%29.html

ND was giving me trouble, turned out I had more than one tab of ND open. Closed one and it is working better now.