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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 and Green Tripe
Last year, Raw Feeding Miami reached out to me and offered to send me some food to try. I wasn't expecting much. I get these offers all the time and I usually turn people down because I don't want to feel obligated to write about the food and I don't like using my dogs as guinea pigs.
But this is Raw Feeding Miami! A brand that I've been hearing about for years in the raw feeding community, so I said HELL YEAH (in a professional way) and not long after I received a huge box of food. Wow! I'm still blown away by their generosity.
In this post, I'm going to share a couple of things that I fed to my dogs and my thoughts.
I began feeding emu to my dogs because Rodrigo has trouble with beef and I've always believed that feeding red meat is important for dogs. Initially, I believed that I needed to feed red meat because wolves don't eat much poultry, dogs have more intolerances to white meat (based on my singular experience), and red meat has more zinc than white meat. I learned this in the raw feeding community and never questioned what I learned.
Today, I feed a variety of proteins, mostly red meat because Rodrigo has a sensitivity to chicken, turkey, and pheasant. He does great on duck and quail; but I'm not sure if quail is considered red meat or white meat. It's all still very confusing to me.
I feed green tripe because my dogs love it. When I first began feeding raw, green tripe was considered a “super food” and people fed it to their dogs to balance a diet and improve gut health. All these years later, I don't believe green tripe balances a raw diet nor do I believe that it supports gut health. There just aren't enough viable enzymes, in my opinion, to boost gut health.
Each of my dogs gets a raw egg in the morning at least 4 days each week. I get my eggs from friends who have chickens and I buy pasture raised/certified organic eggs from a local store. I got eggs through the Facebook marketing place once and that was a bust. Several eggs in the dozen were rotten.
Raw Dog Food Ingredients
- Ground Emu
- Ground Green Tripe
- Raw Egg
Each of my dogs eats a different amount of food based on their weight. I start with a raw food calculator and then adjusted how much I fed based on if they were gaining/losing weight.