This week, my dogs are eating ground quail from Columbia River. One 2-pound chub contains ground quail, heart, liver, and bone – not a balanced raw diet. But that’s okay. Although I don’t know the percentages in this food, I balance my dogs’ diet over time. I’ve added one thing to the quail blend to make it more nutritious for my dogs.
- 12 pounds (6 chubs) of ground quail blend from Columbia River
- 4 pounds of green tripe/organ blend (beef heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and pancreas with green tripe)
- 8 quarts of vegetable mix (optional)
- Stainless steel bowls
- Mixing spoons
- Wire masher (makes it easy to break up the quail and mix with other ingredients)
- 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 quail and green tripe blend is preground. I can feed quail 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 sometimes preground raw can be difficult to mix otherwise; adding water, vegetables and the green tripe blend makes it a little easier to mix.
If I don’t have vegetables on hand (forgot to stop by the store) I will add 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 raw meal. 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)