ParrisHill Standard Poodles
How to Prepare the Raw Food Diet

 

There are two excellent websites that explain ways to prepare the raw food diet for your dog. One is on a breeder friend’s website. Go to http://www.ridgewoodpoodles.com http://www.ridgewoodpoodles.com and click on "RAW NATURAL DIET." Cathy explains in detail, with pictures, how to prepare the food. She also has great information on how to groom your poodle. Check it out.

Another site is http://www.touchmoon.com/dotters/raw/index.shtml. http://www.touchmoon.com/dotters/raw/index.shtml. Maria has a lot of information on preparing raw food for both dogs and cats including equipment reviews and where to purchase, plus lots more information about the raw diet and links to other reading material.

Now for what I do.....

When I have some time I’ll get a lot of fresh veggies, mostly greens of all types, some carrots, celery, squash, avoid the nightshades, occasionally I might add some fruit, but I don’t add much as poodles will often have yeasty ear infections and yeast is fed by sweets and starches. I’ll wash the veggies thoroughly, cut them up, and put batches into my Cuisinart and puree. I’ll fill a big bowl with the pureed veggies and then I’ll measure the puree into freezer containers, lb, 1 lb, and 2 lb since I’m feeding a lot of dogs. If I’m pressed for time and need to restock my veggie supply I’ll go to Costco and buy a 6 lb bag of frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, and a couple of 5 lb bags of green beans. Defrost these and puree in batches and put into a big bowl and mix. I might add a bag of spinach or some kale or collards, too or if I have any salad greens that are starting to go limp I’ll add those to the mix, too. Again, I’ll put the veggies into containers in the freezer for use later.

To prepare meals for the dogs, ground meat is the main ingredient, 70 to 75 % of the mix. Meat can be ground chicken or turkey or beef or lamb or pork or deer meat. My butcher grinds chicken necks and backs for me periodically so the bone is included. I have a Maverick grinder myself and if I have time will grind my own. A local deer processor, in season, takes all his scraps and grinds them for pet food, including some fat since deer meat is too lean. The dogs love this. They also love green tripe which is very stinky but very nutritious with all the predigested greens included. This you will have to get from Oma’s Pride www.omaspride.com or Bravo Raw Diet www.bravorawdiet.com as it can’t be sold in people stores. They only sell the white bleached tripe which has no nutritive value and smells of bleach.

Mix together in a big bowl or pot, I use a 16 qt stockpot, whatever type of meat or combination of meats you have with 25 to 30% of the prepared veggies that you have defrosted. To make a batch of food, I start with ten pounds of meat and 2 to 3 lbs of veggies. To that I’ll add about 4 large serving spoons of 4% fat yogurt, Stonyfields is a good brand, and a couple of large tablespoons of cottage cheese if I have some on hand. Into a blender I put about lb of chicken livers and puree for a few seconds. Pour that out over the meat/veggie/yogurt, etc, mix. Then put 6 large or extra large eggs, with the shells, into the blender, add about 9 good size garlic cloves, and blend until shells and garlic are liquified. If you’d like, you can add the chicken livers to the eggs and garlic and liquify everything. Pour over the mix and mix well. You will have about 15 lbs of food. Measure the food into freezer containers enough for one or two days and freeze for use later on. If you do this a couple of times a month with different meat ingredients, you’ll have enough food for lunches and dinners for a month.

Your pup will eat about 2 to 3% of it’s expected full grown body weight a day. A full grown female will weigh about 40 to 45 lbs and a male about 50 to 60 lbs so do the math. I feed my dogs about 8 to 10 oz of chicken necks, wings or backs in the morning, and about a pound of mixed food for dinner. Younger pups get about lb of mix for lunch and about lb of mix for dinner. As the pup gets older, increase the necks to 3/4 lb or even a pound if it’s a big male. Increase the lunch and dinner to 3/4 lb. Some days the pup will eat more and other days less. Don’t worry about it. It will balance out. A couple of times a week I’ll give the dogs some consumable bones instead of the dinner meal. Necks bones are good, either lamb, veal or pork, or now that’s it’s deer season, some of the processors have big bone barrels you can dig though.

When you put the lunch and dinner mix into the dog’s bowl add some salmon oil, essential for the Omega 3s, and a scoop of digestive enzymes to help the dog digest the food. This diet mimics the prey diet where the dog would eat the whole animal, for instance, a rabbit. The dog eats all the meat and bone and organs including the partially digested greens in the stomach and that includes digestive enzymes.

One of the sites uses flaxseeds ground up or else flaxseed oil to provide the Omega 3s. I have found that because it is derived from grains some dogs are allergic to it and it can cause itching. The salmon oil doesn’t seem to have that problem. You can also give the dog a fish oil capsule daily with food if you run out of salmon oil. Salmon oil is available from Oma’s Pride, www.omaspride.com, www.sitstay.com, www.cleanrun.com and some other health food websites. Some offer a pump type bottle that is convenient for measuring out the correct daily amount. Check to see if there is an antioxidant added to the salmon oil. If not, give your dog a 400 i.u. capsule of vitamin E with the meal.

Your pup will eat 3 times a day until it is about 6 months old, then you can cut back to just breakfast and dinner. Give the lunch and dinner amounts together in one meal at dinnertime. Don’t forget to count the snacks you give the dog during the day as part of it’s daily diet. Almost all raw fed dogs will self-regulate and will only eat enough food to maintain their proper weight. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an overweight raw fed dog. Try to avoid a lot of grain-based snacks. Freeze-dried liver is good for training snacks as is bits of cheese, or liver you have baked yourself with garlic powder until it is very dry and hard. Cut into pieces before fully cooked.

www.sitstay.com has a good selection of natural treats. They have macho sticks which the dogs love and which are safe to leave with the dogs in their crates as opposed to rawhides which should never be left with a dog when it is alone. They sell bags of macho stick trimmings which are good for a quick snack or treat. Rawhides get slimy when chewed and a large piece can get stuck in the dog’s throat. Macho sticks, also known as bully sticks, are also available from www.cleanrun.com and from www.bullysticks.com.

Any questions???? Call Marion Banta at 908-537-9146 or email msbanta@earthlink.net.

 

Revised February 2007

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