Balance Over Time
One common concern with raw feeding is that it's not "complete and balanced"
This isn't true for two reasons.
First. nobody knows what complete and balanced is, so it's difficult to make this claim.
Second, balanced can occur over time.... every meal doesn't need to be completely balanced.
As long as your dog's nutritional needs are met over the course of a few days or weeks, you're good. You don't calculate the exact percentages of protein and carbohydrates...or the exact amount of vitamins and minerals in each of your family's meal.
You don't have to do it with your dog's meal either. So, you don't have to follow these rules for every meal.
So we have to start from somewhere right?
In the coming Blogs, we'll go over what I have learnt on my journey of feeding raw to my 4 mini schnauzers over the course of 2 years.
Muscle Meat is The Foundation
Once you get your meaty bones and organs in place, the rest of your dog's diet should be nice lean meat.
That means half to a third of his total food, depending on how much organ meat you can get your hands on.
These are the protein-rich component of your dog's diet. Dogs need proteins to build strong tissues. and it supports the hormones and enzymes they need to survive and thrive. Good choices for muscle meat include:
Beef (mince, cheek meat, stewing beef)
Beef heart (but not more than 5% of the diet as it's very rich)
Turkey (ground turkey, boneless thighs, breast meat, tenderloin)
Lamb (stewing lamb, ground lamb, shoulder or breast meat)
Chicken (boneless thighs, breast meat)