Have you been wanting to say goodbye to feeding your dogs mystery meats and hard-to-pronounce ingredients? You think you’d like to feed raw? But don’t know how to start or feel intimidated by the process?
You don’t have to be rich to feed a raw diet to your dog, or be near a specialty shop. Look no further than your local grocery store.
Before heading out, here are some things to think about.
Potential benefits of feeding a raw diet to your dog include:
- Shinier coats
- Healthier skin
- Cleaner teeth
- Higher energy levels
- Smaller stools
- Less gas
Potential risks include:
- Threats to human and dog health from bacteria in meat
- Extended periods of unbalanced diets can damage dog health
- Potential for whole bones to choke an animal, break teeth, or cause an internal puncture
Dogs that should not be on a raw diet:
- Dogs on chemotherapy or suffering immunosuppressive diseases
- Dogs with pancreatitis or other digestive tract diseases start with cooked, homemade diet
Still sound like something you would like to try? Doggytread is here to help.
A raw diet consists of:
- Muscle meat, often still on the bone
- Bones, either whole or ground up
- Organ meats such as liver or kidneys
- Raw eggs
- Vegetable like broccoli, spinach and celery
- Apples or other fruit
- Some dairy, such as yogurt
Without further ado, here we go!
DoggyTread DIY Raw Dog Food Recipe
This is the do-it-yourself alternative to purchasing pre-made pet food from the store.
This recipe is not for the faint of heart, as it involves cutting and chopping of raw meat and bone. But you can rest assured that this process makes the highest quality dog food.
This is intended for dogs who are capable of crushing or chewing raw poultry bones in their mouth. A healthy dog over 30 pounds, give or take, should be capable of this. Use your best discretion as a pet owner.
Current Doggytread mascot Tito Puente, a Rottweiler, consumed two whole turkeys, with the exception of the largest leg shanks, at the age of three months. He required no assistance, no coaching, and simply left those shanks uneaten.
A natural prey diet consists of:
- 80% meat (60% meat / 20% fat)
- 10% bone
- 10% organ
Doggytread slightly modifies those ratios, adding an additional 10% organ meat.
Using that modified ratio, prey will be recreated at the supermarket and supplemented with fish oil and kelp.
- 10 pounds whole turkey or chicken (raw)
- 2 pounds beef liver
- Fish oil (capsules or liquid)
- Organic kelp meal
Using a whole bird ensures an ideal meat-to-bone ratio for proper absorption of calcium, in particular.
Raw poultry bones and connective tissue are also excellent bio-available sources of glucosamine and chondroitin. Never feed cooked bones of any kind to your dogs.
What else do you need to make your own dog food?
Minimal tools are required, and you may already have them in your home.
- A large cleaver or hatchet
- A sharp, non-serrated knife
- A knife sharpener
- Leather gloves
- Safety glasses (optional)
- An extra “dog food” refrigerator located outside your primary kitchen (optional)
Leather gloves are your friend. Wear them.
Leather gloves protect your hands from un-intended strokes of a blade and the point ends of bones while prepping food for your dog.