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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.
Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe
Rabbit and Green Tripe
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.
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.
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:
- Omega-3 fatty acids – provided with the sardines above
- Digestive supplement and probiotic
- Joint supplement
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.