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Each week, I change my dogs' food (the main protein), and going forward, I'll be sharing what I'm feeding my dogs. Here are the guidelines.I do not focus on balance; instead, I focus on nutrition. I don't believe that there is one way to feed a nutritious diet and I don't believe that anyone can tell us what “balance” is for all dogs and cats. I balance my dogs' diet over time, not in every meal. I'm feeding raw to five adult dogs. With puppies, you want to balance daily, if possible, which is why I prefer to feed puppies (6 weeks – 9 months) a diet of premade raw or have a diet formulated. All of the ingredients in the meals that I share can be swapped out for other things. It's up to you to figure out what you want to change. I will not be providing recipes outside of what I feed my dogs. Remember, we're always learning. I start with base of 80/10/10 (or close) and use a base mix by Dr. Harvey's (Paradigm or Raw Vibrance). I also make a veggie mix, ferment vegetables, feed raw eggs, fermented fish stock, bone broth, and supplements based on each of my dogs' individual needs. The recipes I share will not include supplements – that's something that you will have to figure out for your dog. I do meal prep in bulk for five big dogs. All of my recipes will be based on a bulk prep. The point of sharing these recipes is to give you an idea of what you can feed to your dog. If you have one dog, you can follow a recipe and it'll last longer (in the freezer) or you can do the math and reduce the recipe to a manageable amount. If you are reading this or come across one of my recipes, please note that this is NOT an attempt to tell you what to feed your dog nor am I trying to produce “balanced” recipes. This is a way to share information.
If you are new to raw feeding and you're still concerned about “complete and balanced,” I highly recommend that you have a meal formulated by an experienced raw feeder. Here is a list of options that I trust: Formulating Raw Dog Food Recipes
Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe with Ground Quail
Quail is a protein that all of my dogs can eat with no issues and I have a fantastic source. Quail is part of their diet at least one week per month when I can swing it. All of our dogs have varying levels of sensitivity to chicken and quail is a great alternative that fits within my budget.
Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe
- 32 lbs Ground Quail
- 5 lbs Green Beef Tripe
- 5 lbs Beef Organ Blend
- 5 lbs Pork Hearts
- 4 lbs Pork Liver
- 4 cups of Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm or Raw Vibrance (1 cup to every 4 pounds of ground quail)
In this recipe, I added pork hearts and liver to up the nutrient level this week. This is something I do once a month with my raw feeding recipes ever since learning that they were low on Vitamin B when I did a nutrient test.
I use 8-quart stainless steel bowls when mixing up raw – each bowl can easily hold 4 lbs of ground quail; mix the rest of the ingredients equally between the four stainless steel bowls.
- Add 1 cup of Dr. Harvey's base mix to each 8-quart bowl. Add enough hot water to cover the base mix by at least ½ an inch. I prefer closer to ¾ inch to make sure that the base mix is still a liquid when hydrated. However, if it’s not a liquid, I add more hot water and allow to sit to continue to hydrate.
- Once the base mix is hydrated, add all ingredients, equally mixed between each bowl. Mix thoroughly. Then transfer the mix to a freezer-safe container and store in the fridge or freezer.
Storing Raw Dog Food
I have five big dogs and the freezer-safe containers last in my fridge for two days (up to 4 days). I will store them in the freezer for up to three months. This time period doesn't reflect how long the food is good, we simply go through it that quickly.
I often get questions from readers who want to know which supplements to add to a raw food diet to make it “complete and balanced.” I don’t believe that a supplement (or group of supplements) exists that will make a diet balanced for all dogs. So, instead, I focus on creating a nutritious diet and I do this by adding the following foods:
- Pasture raised raw eggs every other day.
- Fermented fish stock every day to every other day (depending on what I have on hand).
- Salmon oil if I’m between orders on my fermented fish stock.
Each of my dogs get supplements based on their individual needs. Please note that not all dogs need the following supplements so please take a look at your dogs’ diet and health before buying a supplement.
- Senior dogs: WINPRO Mobility joint support
- Other dogs: Cosequin DS Plus MSM Advanced joint support
- Glandular Support by Mercola (there is a male and female version)
- Herbs by Kairos for Dogs (this is something new that I’m trying – review coming soon)