|Barked: Sat Oct 1, '11 9:00am PST |
|Max gained 11 pounds on my home cooking. It is sure hard to tell if a fluffy dog is getting over weight!
Definitely cut out the rice. Replacing the fiber in the rice with pumpkin will help keep the bulk of the food high.
Max was a life long empty tummy bile vomiter so got 2 meals a day plus a bedtime snack. On high fat raw he rarely has bile vomits and the ones he produces are due to stress rather than morning empty tummy. Fat sates better than carbs. You may find leaving some of the fat on the meat works better than using a lot of pumpkin, green beans and other fillers to keep your dog's tummy happy. Raw is about 50-60% fat calories and kibble is more like 30% fat calories, see if you can get fat up to about 40% by calorie or about 20% by dry weight. Don't just dump globs in the food, try leaving a little more skin on the chicken every time you cook and watch the poop. Fat is terrific for dogs but the system needs to gear up to deal with it!
Senior dogs lose muscle as they age. Good muscle mass keeps the dog active and burning calories. I would emphasize protein in the food. Sassy was not just senior but geriatric and her muscle mass improved when I figured out how to increase the protein content from about 22% to about 29-30% protein calories. And senior Max didn't lose all of that 11 pounds, about half was retained as muscle once he was switched to a high protein raw diet.
Not writing to feed raw if you aren't comfortable doing it. Just suggesting to use a variety of meats, egg, organ, fish and dairy with only about 25% veggies as in these recipes.
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