Earlier this year, I stopped doing meal prep and began feeding my dogs what I pulled from the freezer. I made this change because I found that balancing overtime was a lot easier than balancing per meal. And it makes mealtime more interesting for the dogs.
I don’t offer exact measurements because each meal is weighed for each of my dog’s needs. For instance, one dog may get 1/2 pound of green tripe, while another dog will get 1/4 pound. Or, I may only have 3 thawed duck necks so two dogs will get a full duck neck and the other two will share one.
- ground emu
- whole duck necks
- raw sardines
- green tripe/organ blend (beef heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and pancreas with green tripe)
- vegetable mix (spinach, parsley, celery, kale, brown mushrooms, bone broth, golden paste)
- Stainless steel dog dishes
- Kitchen scale
- Serving spoon(s)
I add the duck necks to the meals first, then the sardines – I then build a meal around those two ingredients until I reach each dog’s weight.
Currently, the dogs’ meals are as follows; my girls are on a diet, which you can read about on Keep the Tail Wagging:
- Rodrigo: 1 lb 2 oz
- Sydney: 9 oz with added vegetables to reach 11-12 oz
- Scout: 15 oz
- Zoey: 9 oz with added vegetables to reach 11-12 oz
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 prefer to balance over time because it’s easier to plan, easier to feed, and more interesting to for the dogs.
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; I add the goat’s milk and kefir to a meal or as a treat separate from the 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)
* In Clover Optagest is, in my opinion, best for dogs with a healthy gut. If your dog has any gut issues, I highly recommend FullBucket. You can either use them together or only use FullBucket.
Please note: I do not feed my dogs beef (except for green tripe), chicken, or turkey, however, you can substitute those proteins in any of my meals if that’s your preference.