Back onto the topic of food--I've been feeding my dogs about 50% raw and 50% kibble for years now. They get raw for 2 days, followed by 2 days of kibble, and sometimes they get homecooked food (about once or twice a week). I rotate the kibble after every bag is finished--always different meat sources, so everything is always in rotation. It goes: chicken-red meat-fish-chicken-read meat-fish etc. I switch brands every bag, too. The whole idea that dogs should always be fed just ONE type of food all their lives is full of crap. Have you ever seen any wolf eat just one type of meat all its life? Even wild dogs; hell, even dogs from 50 years ago! Kibble is a man-made thing that only appeared less than half a century ago. My philosophy is that, the more exposed any animal is to as many things as possible when it's young, the better it is at adapting. (This is true for humans as well, especially in preventing allergies, but that is another topic all on its own)
Anyway, I always buy small bags of kibble (5 or 6lb bags) and they last for about a month or so. Been buying raw pre-made, always either ground beef, or ground mixed meat (beef, chicken, fish, mutton)... but I haven't been very happy with the quality of the food lately. It seems like they have added in lots of veggies because the dogs' poop is not very firm, and the packs of food look green instead of red. Have been wanting to make my own raw for a long time, but still haven't been able to convince myself to spend more than $500 (RM1500+) on a quality grinder. I can't feed them raw without grinding everything up because they take a zillion years to chew everything up. Cadence takes more than an hour to eat a meagre piece of chicken wing! Plus, it's so messy and all their fur gets bloody and icky. Yuck.
I've got my ratios and everything figured out already, and will be using chicken wings, necks, gizzards, liver, and beef for the meat. A decent grinder shouldn't have trouble grinding up chicken wing and neck bones pretty easily. Here's a grinder that was recommended to me by some friends:
I would probably have to make a month's worth of food each time, and then freeze everything and only take portions out to thaw whenever I need it.
Anyway, here's what the premade raw that I'm feeding used to look like:
See how red it is?? You can see how much meat is inside. Here's what it looks like now:
Gotta admit that it looks like there are more veggies inside than meat, don't you think? Pretty disappointed. There's supposed to be only 20% vegetables inside, but it sure looks way more than that. If I were to make my own, I would probably only add in 10% veggies, and the rest would be meat, bones, and organs. My plan is to feed 20% bones, 50% meat, 20% organs, and 10% veggies... variable, obviously, depending on how well the dogs do on what.
Anyway, am going to start hunting around for good grinders that hopefully don't cost an arm and a leg... and in the meantime, no choice but to keep feeding the premade raw! My mom cooks Chinese herbal soups every weekend, and she uses pork or chicken as the stock, so we always have leftover boiled chicken or pork... which the dogs LOVE. It's funny--they love it even more than raw meat, so what I do is, I shred the meat up and then make scrambled eggs to add into the meat.. voila, a meal that the dogs will happily gobble up.
Spoilt brat Cadence will carefully pick out the meat ONLY and refuse to eat the egg. GRR! So nowadays, he gets just plain meat. Don't worry--I don't feed this exclusively (I know it's not a balanced diet), so it's okay. I've also cut down the dogs' supplements to only fish oil and Vitamin E now. All the digestive supports and Evening Primrose Oil didn't do anything, so I figured, why waste money?
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