Many of us are so used to giving our dogs the same thing day in and day out, that when we switch over to raw it’s difficult to think about variety. We have been brainwashed into the “complete and balanced” meal. But variety is a cornerstone of a well balanced diet.
When we feed a healthy raw diet we need to incorporate variety to make sure that no one ingredient is over fed or missed. Even the best commercially made raw foods won’t have everything your dog needs.
Some people put a lot of effort into making a perfect meal at home by spending hours measuring and grinding, mixing and freezing. I prefer to keep a menu on my fridge and let the balance come over time.
My menu incorporates everything my pet carnivores need by the end of the week rather than by the end of the day. This method allows me to let my dogs do the mixing and all I have to do is measure (by eye, now) and supply. My dogs grind most of their own food by chewing on raw meaty bones nearly every day. My menu includes one meal of tripe once a week, a meal of fish and eggs, and several meals of ground poultry with bone and organs. (This sample menu is available at Buddies.) My raw meaty bone selection is extensive so my dogs get a variety of proteins as well as a variety of tastes and textures.
I still keep the menu on my fridge so I know what to pull out of the freezer for the next meal. I also include one meal a week to skip. Fasting is an important part of keeping healthy.
I am not opposed to people measuring and mixing; there can be a lot of good feelings with nurturing our loved ones. I want people to know that it doesn’t need to be complicated or time consuming. And you are smart enough to feed your dog. You do not need to be a scientist, just supply a variety of species appropriate foods and the balance will come over time.
Written for Buddies Natural Pet Food Ltd.
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