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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 this week's menu…please feel free to ask questions in the comments.

Mixing Up a Bowl of Ground Rabbit and Fermented Vegetables for My Raw Fed Dogs

Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe

Rabbit and Green Tripe

Ground rabbit

My dogs eat whole ground rabbit that I source locally from a local farm.  The rabbit meats the 80/10/5/5 standard if you choose to feed this way because it is the entire rabbit including bones, organs, some fur, and minus the guts.  I switch suppliers after I had to toss out more than 20 pounds of rabbit sourced from another supplier that had gone bad.  I was told by several people that rabbit naturally smelled like spoiled meat – ummmm, yeah, I didn't buy that line.  I have been a customer of this farm for more than six months, and I haven't received one bad, smelly batch of rabbit.  It smells fantastic.

I buy 50 pounds every couple of months (as soon as there is space in my wallet and my freezer).  I chose rabbit because of Rodrigo's history of protein sensitivities.  He does well on this protein, and it's locally sourced from a supplier I trust.

Green beef tripe

I remember when I started feeding raw, I kept hearing about the wonders of green tripe.  For my dogs, green tripe is hit and miss.  The girls can eat up to a full meal of tripe.  My boys get diarrhea if they eat more than a 1/4 cup of green tripe.  I feed green tripe because it's a great source of calcium and phosphorus (making it great if you're feeding a meat only meal) and tripe is loaded with healthy enzymes that promote gut health.

I prefer fresh (received frozen) green tripe to canned tripe because it hasn't gone through processing beyond packaging and freezing.  I source my green tripe from GreenTripe.com; buying it buy the case.

Fermented vegetables

When I do meal prep, I thaw several packages of the protein of the week and mix it with fermented vegetables.  I feed fermented vegetables instead of a standard vegetable mix because I'm not only getting the antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber, I'm also getting a natural source of probiotics which helps to promote a healthy gut biome.  Many of the longest living pets are credited with having a healthy gut biome so that is my main focus when feeding my dogs.

Meal Prep for Raw Fed Dogs - Ground Rabbit and Fermented Vegetables

Raw Dog Food Ingredients

  • 10 pounds of ground rabbit
  • 1-2 containers of fermented vegetables
  • I add green tripe as I'm feeding the dogs.  Rodrigo and Scout get a small amount (less than 1/4 cup) of green tripe.  Sydney and Zoey can eat up to a full meal of green tripe, however, for this recipe, I keep the amount fed to them at 4-5 ounces each.

Supplements for DIY Raw Feeding

I believe that we should supplement our dogs' meals based on their individual needs so no two of my dogs get the same set of supplements.  However, I do believe that all of my dogs need the following:

Supplements can be purchased or they can be provided through whole food sources.  For instance, I can buy a joint supplement or I can support my dogs' joints by adding more duck feet, beef trachea, and other foods high in glucosamine.  I tend to add both.

Sourcing for Raw Meat for My Dogs

I purchase everything for my dogs through a local raw food co-op.

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