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
I order the rabbit for my dogs from The Thogersen Family Farm. I switched to this supplier earlier this year because I wanted to feed
I thought feeding
- Better Digestion – because a dog is taking the extra time to chew through meat and bone, it slows the time it takes for the food to hit the gut, allowing their body to prepare for digestion.
- Cleaner Teeth – crunching on the bone scraps plaque from the teeth, keeping them clean. Plus chewing is natural to dogs so feeding whole raw satisfies their chew drive.
- Hearing the Crunch – this is purely a selfish thing. When I hear my dogs crunching on bones, I feel like I'm Winning at the raw feeding thing. Especially since I was terrified to feed whole raw for the first couple of years.
I source the green tripe from GreenTripe.com through our local raw food co-op. I feed green tripe because it's an equal balance of calcium and phosphorous, it's a great source of choline (great for metabolism and more), and the dogs love it. You may be surprised that I didn't say that green tripe is great for digestive health; I'm not convinced that this is the case. I believe that green tripe doesn't contain enough digestive enzymes to support good gut health in my dogs (thinking mostly of Rodrigo, my dog with a history of gut issues).
Raw Dog Food Ingredients
Only my girls eat this much green tripe and because it's a higher fat meal, I add a little less than when I feed other proteins.
- 5.5 ounces of green tripe
- 4 ounces of raw, whole rabbit
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 (when not feeding fish)
- 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.
- Shop Through a Raw Food Co-Op to Save on Raw Dog Food
- How to Start a Raw Food Co-Op (I Think)
- 4 Examples of Craigslists Ads for Raw Feeders
- 21 Ways to Save Money on Raw Dog Food