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 with ground emu, fermented vegetables, beef organ blend, and raw goat's milk

Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe

Emu with Raw Goat's Milk

Ground emu

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.

Organ Blend

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.”

Fermented vegetables

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:

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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