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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
Why I Fast My Dogs Weekly
I fast my dogs because I don't think that it's healthy for their gut to always be processing food. I believe that their system needs a break and time to reset and a regular fast by feeding once a day or not feeding once a week is a great way to strengthen their gut and immune system.
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I fast my dogs once a week, but it's not a true fast. I feed them raw goat's milk (with kefir or egg) in the morning and evening (sometimes the evening meal is bone broth). Sometimes I'll feed them a heavier meal the night before the fast, but not always.
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Fasting Day Meals for Raw Fed Dogs
I usually fast my dogs on the weekend because it's convenient. A weekday is easier because I'm not tempted to give them a snack, but if Johan is home, he'll ruin the fast because he's worried that the dogs are starving. Picture me rolling my eyes. Our dogs are not hungry.
- Rodrigo and Scout, the more active of our dogs, get 7 ounces of raw goat's milk (or goat's milk mixed with kefir) and 1 raw egg each.
- Sydney and Zoey enjoy 5 ounces of raw goat's milk (or a milk/kefir mix) and 1 raw egg each.
And that's it. I came up with the amounts on my own; this isn't from a book or someone on Facebook. This is just what works for my dogs after some trial and error. And after breakfast, the dogs sleep, they play, they walk, they do everything like a normal day. At first, they used to look at me like “is that it
During the times of the year when the dogs are more active (playing, walking, etc.) I may add another meal of raw goat's milk (not as much milk as breakfast) or a recreational bone midday. Year round, they get a light dinner of raw goat's milk or bone broth (if I have it).
Some will say that this isn't really a fast, that's fine. This is what works for me and my dogs. My goal is to reduce the amount of food that my dogs are eating for the day, giving their gut a mini-vacation.
Sourcing for Raw Goat's Milk
I get my raw goat's milk from Answers Pet Food or from a local creamery. I get the kefir from Answers Pet Food (I suck at making it my own). And the eggs come from friends who are raising chickens or a local store that sells eggs from a local farm.
Getting Started on Fasting
You don't have to do what I do; there are many ways to fast your dog. This is just what has been working for my dogs. If you're interested in fasting, definitely do your homework and ask others about their experiences. Two groups that will give you a lot of resources include: