This week, my dogs are eating rabbit and a green tripe/organ blend by GreenTripe.com.
The rabbit is sourced from a local farm (through our raw food co-op) and the cost is at the higher range for proteins. I like it because it’s considered an exotic meat for my dogs and none of them have an allergy. I just wish I could get a different grind; it’s finely ground, making it very thick and sticky, a texture that I don’t care for in raw food.
My dogs love it and I’ve found a way to make it less sticky and easier to manage. And after a stretch without rabbit the dogs are enjoying the variety.
I can buy whole rabbit and grind it myself (it’s less expensive), but I’m too much of a coward to deal with whole.
- 12 pounds of ground whole rabbit
- 2 pounds of green tripe/organ blend (beef heart, lungs, liver, spleen and pancreas with green tripe)
- 2 pounds of vegetable mix (optional)
- Stainless steel bowls
- Mixing spoons
- Wire masher
- Rubbermaid containers (I have several sets – these are amazing)
I prefer to feed my dogs ground raw dog food; it’s easy to feed ground raw from their dog dishes and leaves less of a mess.
I grind all of the meat and mix them in several huge stainless steel bowls. Once mixed, I transfer the ingredients into Rubbermaid containers and into the fridge and freezer.
The rabbit and green tripe blend is preground. I can feed rabbit and veggies only, however, I decided to add the green tripe/organ blend to give the dogs something new to eat. I use a masher because of the rabbit is very hard to mix otherwise; adding water, vegetables and the green tripe blend makes it a little easier to mix.
This time around, I didn’t have vegetables available so I added a vitamin supplement by WellyTails.
The vegetable mix can be added while mixing all of the meat or to each meal as you feed your dogs. I do both depending on what I have on hand (and what I remember to do). This week, my dogs are eating pureed vegetables mixed into their raw because I didn’t have time to make their Veggie Mix.
The above ingredients do not represent a balanced meal; I took the meal out of balance when I added the green tripe blend. Although it would be nice to feed a balanced raw meal daily, it’s not always realistic, so I strive for balance over time.
My dogs get the same supplements daily, but not all of my dogs get each of the following supplements. 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)