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|You cannot feed mostly fish. Some kinds contain thiaminase that destroys thiamin and your dogs will get a serious life threatening deficiency plus none of them have enough of certain essential minerals unless the whole fish is fed and maybe not even then - I haven't seen any analysis of whole fish.
You can make up a good cooked diet with fish. And feeding a mixed diet with cooked fish and raw chicken and red meat is just fine, really. You would need to determine what is low in a fish heavy diet and supplement though. I know Max's mostly red meat diet is low in a couple of minerals as he doesn't get a lot of food and he is better if I get those minerals into him.
Chicken feet have to be included as an important part of my dogs' diets. 1.5 chicken feet meets Max's calcium requirement for instance. Heads are great, I figure they are about 30% bone so Max would eat about 3 ounces of heads for his bone content a day.
With a diet of bony chicken and fish, heads and feet, heart, lung, muscle meat, liver and kidney 10 ounce a day I would prefer to feed Max this -
3 meals of 2 chicken feet or 2 chicken heads or 1 foot and one head plus 1/2 ounce of liver and 1/2 ounce of kidney filled out with heart/lung/muscle meat.
1 meal of whole 10 ounce fatty fish
2 meals of half bony chicken, 1 ounce liver, heart/lung/muscle to fill the ounces up
1 meal of 3-5 ounce Fish head, egg, heart/lung/muscle
Fish and chicken head counts as part of the other organ, whole fish is a complete meal in itself but possibly light on bone.
He wouldn't need to have fish oil if the fish was mackerel, salmon, sardine, anchovy or other omega 3 rich fish. He would need vitamin E and additional zinc, manganese and magnesium and perhaps some other minerals, I would have to work up the diet. Heart and lung are so rich in iron it could be a problem if too much fed. I don't know what the problem would be exactly though!
Hope your dogs will eat fish. They may have preferences, fatty sardine is tastier than lean tilapia for instance. Oh, lean fish is so very low in calories you would need to feed a lot more of it or get some beef, goat or lamb fat to add to the diet.
Edited by author Sun Dec 1, '13 9:21am PST
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