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Welcome to Raw Foodie Friday where I'll be sharing recipes of what I feed to my dogs. Every week, I receive an email from someone who wants me to give them a balanced raw food recipe. I've attempted to do this many times in the past, and I found that I didn't have the experience; especially back when all of my raw meals were made with a base mix. Today, I make raw meals on the fly daily, and my dogs are thriving, and I'm excited to share those meals with others who need inspiration.
I no longer focus on balance per meal. Instead, I balance over time which allows me more flexibility. If I'm running low on an ingredient, I don't panic because my dogs' raw meals will be out of balance. Instead, I add something else and adjust their diet later in the week or the following week.
Ask yourself – do you eat a balanced diet each meal or per day?
So here is a recent recipe…please feel free to ask questions in the comments.
Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe
Ground Emu with Turkey Bone Broth
I source everything through a local raw food co-op except oysters, which I buy in the can from Walmart.
I love feeding emu because it allows me to add another red meat to my dogs' diet. Rodrigo has trouble with beef, so I feed it sparingly. The emu I order is ground meat only so I have to add organ meat and bone to my dogs' diet to cover all of the bases.
Grass fed ground beef
I had a 5 pound chub of ground grass fed beef from a local farm so I added it to the mix. This is also meat only, no organs or bone.
Ground beef organ blend
The beef organ blend is from GreenTripe.com, also sourced through a local raw food co-op. It contains beef heart, tongue, lungs, liver, spleen, and pancreas with green tripe. I've learned that my dogs need a little bit more nutrients so I now also add pork heart or a Vitamin B supplement to reach balance.
I alternate between a veggie mix, fermented vegetables, and a base mix by Dr. Harvey's. I like to add vegetables because it's a great source of fiber and anti-oxidants. Fermented vegetables add natural probiotics to the diet.
I remember the first time I ordered a case of duck feet and realized they were raw. I'm freaked a little and then sold them to other raw feeders who were only too happy to take them off my hand. I laugh every time I place an order today. My dogs LOVE duck feet and they're a great part of their diet. They add glucosamine and chondroitin to the diet. And I love the crunch when the dogs are eating. I tend to alternate the duck feet with duck necks and rabbit feet.
I add raw eggs to my dogs' dish every other day. Raw eggs are considered
Kefir from Answers Pet Food
And I top the meal off with yummy kefir. The dogs go crazy for it. And I love being able to give them something that is so great for their gut and over all health
Raw Dog Food Ingredients
I make everything in big batches because I'm feeding four big dogs and this is easiest for me. So my ingredients are based on a big batch of food.
- 15 pounds of ground emu
- 5 pounds of ground beef
- 4 pounds of ground organ blend
- 3 pounds of fermented vegetables
When I'm serving the dogs, I add each of the following to the dishes:
- 1 raw egg each
- 2 duck feet each
- I add supplements based on each dog's needs, you can see my list on my Supplements Page.