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
Emu with Raw Goat's Milk
The emu I order is 100% meat so when I feed it to my dogs, I need to add bone, offal, and liver. Emu is lean, so I'm not worried about the meal being too fattening when I combine it with duck, which has more fat. And Rodrigo does well on emu, allowing me to add another red meat to my dogs' diet.
I have a hard time finding a good variety of organs (offal) so I add an organ blend from GreenTripe.com. The organ blend is a “freshly frozen blend of beef heart, lungs, liver, spleen, and pancreas with green tripe.”
I add fermented vegetables to my dogs' raw meals because they are a source of nutrients, cancer-fighting antioxidants, fiber, and probiotics for gut health. I usually mix the meats together into my dogs' meals; however, if I'm adding the vegetables per meal, I add 1 tablespoon to each dish.
Raw goat's milk
This week, I reduced the amount of food that I was feeding to the dogs and replaced what I took away with raw goat's milk. Because raw goat's milk is higher in calories due to the fat, I feed my dogs a couple of ounces less than they normally eat. I add the milk because the dogs love it and to give them a boost to their gut health. I noticed that Rodrigo was having more gas than usual and Scout's poop was softer than usual – so I fed a week of partial goat's milk to clear things up. And it works every time for my dogs.
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 from fish oil or phytoplankton
- Digestive supplement and probiotic
- Joint supplement
- Spirugreen from Mercola Pets
- Canine System Saver
- Organic ground kelp
- Herbsmith milk thistle
- Dr. Becker's Bites Veratrol Shake
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.