This week, my dogs are eating food from GreenTripe.com that is sourced through our raw food co-op).
Xkaliber is a blend of green tripe, beef muscle meat, beef heart, beef tongue, beef trachea/gullet, and ground bone (not bone meal). GreenTripe.com tells us that this blend is great for younger dogs and serious working dogs. It helps build muscle, bone and stamina. It is also excellent for older dogs if fed a couple of times a week.
I decided to order a case and add it to the rotation for two reasons:
- Scout and Zoey are young dogs.
- Although Scout isn’t a working dog, he’s very active and I want a food that supports his muscles and bones.
- Rodrigo and Sydney are turning 7 in March and will have them knocking on the door to being seniors.
The dogs love the Xkaliber. I don’t feed it as a full meal to Rodrigo and Scout because it’s a bit rich for them, so I’m blending it into a dehydrated raw meal from Addiction this week (we’re low on raw).
The food comes in a chub, pre-ground and ready to serve.
- 6 pounds (3 chubs) of Xkaliber
- 1 box of Addiction dehydrated raw (venison recipe)
- 2 pounds of vegetable mix
- frozen green beans (for the girls, their on a diet)
No equipment needed; everything can be added to each dog’s dish directly from the chub. The vegetable mixes are premade and the frozen green beans are thawed before served.
Stainless steel bowls Mixing spoons Blender Mixer (optional) Rubbermaid containers (I have several sets – these are amazing)
I hydrate the dehydrated raw based on the serving recommendation. I adjust Sydney and Zoey’s amount to account for their diet. Once fully hydrated, I mix in the Xkaliber until each dog’s dish is at the appropriate weight. I then add in vegetables and green beans.
This week, my dogs are eating pureed vegetables mixed into their raw because I didn’t have time to make their Veggie Mix.
This is a balanced raw diet for one week with four big dogs that range from 60 pounds to 75 pounds.
My dogs get the same supplements daily, but not all of my dogs get each of the following supplements. I’ve made slight changes to prior recipes based on my dogs’ needs. I add these to my dogs’ morning or evening meal:
- Digestive Supplement: FullBucket Daily Canine Powder or In Clover Optagest*
- Fish Oil: Bonnie & Clyde Pet Goods when I don’t feed raw sardines
- Raw Egg: fed as the multi-vitamin because raw eggs are full of nutrients
- Joint Supplement: In Clover Connectin Chews
- Golden Paste (recipe card below)
- Spirulina Powder
- Milk Thistle
- Raw Goats Milk or Milk Kefir (as a treat – but it’s good for them too)
- Bone broth (sometimes I add, sometimes I don’t)