If you know that the freshest, most natural ingredients are what keep you healthiest, then you may feel odd pouring dry kibble of questionable origin (where, exactly, would you say a kibble grows?) for your dog day after day.
I’ve been experimenting with raw food diets for my dogs for about 10 years now, and I see a noticeable difference in the health of my dog. She tends to have less problems with itchy, dry skin, her teeth are cleaner, & her coat shinier so I always try to feed her as naturally as I can. This is a video I made at the beginning of my YouTube channel, but I still get tons of questions about! It’s a fairly easy raw dog food recipe to make in large amounts to freeze ahead of time to make feeding raw food convenient for you & your pup.
This recipe lasts 1 medium sized dog about 2 weeks – I sometimes make up to 20 lbs at a time to save time on preparation.
- 5 lbs ground meat – here I use beef with a low fat content. You can mix chicken and beef as well to even out the fat content.
- 1/2 lb organ meat – liver is the easiest to obtain usually. These, which your dog would consume in the wild if they caught their prey, are full of vitamins, & should be about 10% of their diet.
- 1 lb crushed, LIGHTLY steamed veggies (greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans. If you use canned, look for low sodium because they usually add sodium)
- 3.75 tsp minced garlic **** Look guys, I’ve gotten a trillion comments on this one. My vet approved this diet for my dog, but some say garlic isn’t good for dogs, and some say it’s toxic. Use at your own discretion and check out your dog’s diet with their vet. Never give garlic to cats. ****
- 3 1/3 tbs brewer’s yeast : The one I use in the video is here.
- a probiotic supplement – I use Nu Pro.
- My vet recommended adding raw bones (not cooked and especially never cooked poultry bones – hollow bones can splinter and harm dogs) with marrow to their diets as a snack. This is great for cleaning their teeth as well. I’ll do another article soon on the “pup-sicles” I make for Luca.
All the ingredients may be stirred together FIRST then add meat, except for the probiotic supplement. Since it is living, it shouldn’t be frozen, but sprinkled on or mixed in just before serving. Put in smaller freezer containers and take out to thaw as needed, then sprinkle on supplement.
How much should you give your dog?:
Feed 1 cup of food for every 25 lbs in weight. Each dog is different so try with this formula and adjust according to their needs.
A 50 lb dog eats 1 lb each day : 1 cup (1/2 lb) in morning and 1 cup (1/2 lb) in evening feeding
1 lb = 2 cups; half lb = 1 cup.
Let me know if you have any questions!!