Last week, the dogs ate rabbit. This week, they’re eating ground duck wings.
Raw feeding at my house has gotten infinitely easier which will be reflected in my blog posts this year. In 2017, I embraced the “balance over time” theory of raw feeding and stopped worrying about calculating bone percentages. I no longer buy into the 80/10/10 – while I do believe that this is a great starting point, I don’t think that’s the end of the story. Instead, I do strive for a semblance of balance by making sure my dogs are getting muscle meat, bone, liver and offal in their diet. My dogs also get raw eggs, raw sardines, boiled oysters, grass-fed butter, fermented vegetables, kefir, and goats milk.
- Duck wings (ground)*
- Duck necks (I feed these whole)
- DIY Organ Blend (pork heart*, venison liver, pork kidneys)
- Fermented Vegetables
- Kefir or Raw Goats Milk
- Raw Eggs
- Raw Sardines or Canned Oysters
*I grind the wings because when I fed them whole, I saw big pieces of bone in my dogs’ poop. I wasn’t okay with that and decided to grind the wings and feed the necks whole.
*I do know that pork heart is fed as muscle meat; I add it to my organ mix because it’s rich, like other organs.
- Cabela’s 3/4 HP meat grinder
- Stainless steel dog dishes
- Digital kitchen scale; this is the one I use: http://amzn.to/2D4sXT7 (aff)
I no longer mix everything together like I used to; instead, I keep everything in separate containers and spoon an amount (I eyeball everything) into each dog’s dish. I base how much I feed on a set amount (ounces) of what each dog eats per meal (my dogs eat twice daily).
Sydney and Zoey are on a diet, so I’ve decreased their meal sizes and 20% of their meal is healthy animal fat (grass-fed butter, raw goats milk, ghee).
I invested in a home scale for the dogs (http://amzn.to/2FngMT5 – aff) and I use that to track their weight. I increase and decrease how much I feed them based on their activity level, their individual weight, and their goal weights.
I include everything in the weight of the food I feed; nothing is fed as a “meal topper” unless it’s truly marketed as such. This is a change I made about a year ago. The amount of meat/organs I give to my dogs depends on their size; the following are the amounts of whole food supplements I give to each dog:
- One raw egg per dog, every other day. I feed raw eggs about 4 days a week. I don’t feed the shell because my dogs won’t eat them.
- Three raw sardines per dog, weekly. I source my raw sardines from OC Raw. There are approximately 12 in a bag and I thaw out one bag every week or every other week. I alternate the sardines with fish oil and oysters.
- One 8 ounce can of boiled oysters (boiled in water, never smoked). I split the can between each dog equally.
- Raw goats milk and kefir; 4 tablespoons of raw goats milk or kefir three or four days a week.
- I give each dog a tablespoon of fermented vegetables once or twice daily, at least five days a week.
For more information about the supplements, I add to my dogs’ raw meals, check out this blog post: https://keepthetailwagging.com/dog-supplements-2018/