Duck Grind, Sardines, and Veggies

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve completely changed the way I feed my dogs. I no longer calculate the 80/10/5/5. Instead, I’ve opted to balance over time and it’s a lot easier.

This meal is an old time favorite for the dogs with something extra.

Raw Dog Food Ingredients:

  • Ground duck wings
  • Seasons canned sardines (in water, no salt added)
  • Organ blend*
  • Veggie mix (zucchini, squash, kale)
  • Cheese with turmeric from Answers Pet Food

So you’re probably looking at this and thinking “that isn’t a balanced meal!”  No, it’s not.  Because I don’t balance per meal anymore.  I balance over the week.  The dogs are doing great, it’s a lot easier to do, and I no longer spend my Sunday afternoons doing meal prep.

Why the change?

Because I wanted to incorporate more whole foods in my dogs’ diet and fewer supplements.  The dogs may get a meal of duck frames (this is the carcass of the duck, no wings, feet, neck, or head) and then I’ll follow up with a meal of ground whole meat and organs (no bones).

Instead of supplements, I’m adding more foods.  I feed raw eggs for their multivitamin, I alternate the fish oil with sardines (canned or raw), and I’m giving my dogs more foods that are high in glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health.

I will be posting a recipe a week (fingers crossed); hopefully, they’ll give you some ideas on what you can do with your dog’s meals.

Why Grind the Duck Wings?

Freezer space.  I leave duck necks whole because they dogs love them.  I grind the duck wings because freezer space is limited, even with two freezers.  Ground duck wings take up less space than whole duck wings.

*What’s in the Organ Blend?

I alternate between making my own organ blend and buying one through my local raw food co-op from

My organ blend includes heart (fed as a muscle meat), kidneys, and liver.

  • Heart: duck, turkey, or pork
  • Kidneys: pork
  • Liver: turkey, pork, or venison

  • Beef heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and pancreas with green tripe.



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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lindsay says:

    The cheese contains turmeric? My dogs like cheese as a snack. I balance over time because it’s hard to get everything into one meal with Matilda’ s tiny serving, which is typically 2-3 tablespoons.


    1. KimberlyGauthier says:

      Yep! They also have one with spirulina and one with ginger.


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