2nd October 2013, 05:18 AM
homemade raw recipes?
We are considering making homemade food for our cavaliers. Does anyone have any recipes that are properly balanced? Do you suggest feeding raw homemade or cooked homemade? I just started them on instinct raw bites lamb and they love it.
2nd October 2013, 06:00 AM
I don't feed raw, but I know many here do and can offer personal experience. Here is a good place to start:
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2nd October 2013, 03:40 PM
2nd October 2013, 04:08 PM
Okay, that makes sense. I told my boyfriend that it is really hard to properly balance a homemade diet, but he wants to try. What specifically do you guys feed? If kibble is so bad, which i can understand because it is so highly processed, what should be the main source of nutrients for them? I can supplement the raw or dry with vegetables. What else should i do? is there a certain kibble you personally find to be less worse than the rest? I just want to give my dogs the best possible diet for their long term health, and there are so many controversies right now about it that i am having a hard time deciding what to do. Thanks!
2nd October 2013, 06:35 PM
I have wanted to go raw for a couple years now but I afraid I won't be able to give them everything they need so I opt to stay on dry food. But a few times a year I think about it again. I have feed my picky eater satin balls a few times during the year and I feed all the dogs raw egg yolks once a week. I also give them raw meat scrapes when I cook dinner. I think for me getting the mix right is what stops me from going RAW.
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3rd October 2013, 02:18 AM
I would LOVE to feed a homemade raw diet however, I simply do not know enough to be able to make the jump. I come across recipes and it sounds pretty balanced based on what I have learned so far but in reality its missing something I think is important. Again, I thought I have no problem learning everything I should about being a wonderful doggie Mommy this nutrition stuff is just over my head. I have came up with a feed menu that I believe is kind of the next best thing. I feed Fletcher Wellness Core kibble and Merrick wet food. Both are grain free. Again you will have 100 opinions about kibble vs wet, brands and what is "best" I also do not buy any commercial treats. I feed raw fruits and veggies only. I think the kibble is good for him because it is a bulk of his meals, the wet food adds favor and some extra water, and the fresh veggies and fruits do not add empty calories, its a good healthy treat. Some of his favs are baby carrots, green beans (frozen), melons, blueberries, strawberries. As extra special treats I freeze blocks of ice with berries, he loved ice!
I feel with the mix of what I choose to feed Fletcher I know he is getting a more balanced diet that I could make on my own. He eats with NO problems and his coat is nice.
"If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life."
3rd October 2013, 02:37 AM
I raw feed my boys.
I just give them raw bones and meat and the organs.
They occasionally get veggies, but Koda isn't a huge fan of the fruits and veggies. Deniki on the other hand will eat them all day
I took this leap because i had ben contemplating it for a while, and because my dogs just weren't going well on kible.
They were on a variety of things, each one tried and no improvement. They had taste of the wild and ziwipeak, which were our best successes. But Koda was still lacking colour in his coat and it was dry, even with daily fish oil tablets. And Deniki had the grossest ears.
Just dirty and smelly.
But now on raw, they have been on it for two much, the improvement is remarkable!
I am so glad i took the plunge. Kokoda isn't scratchy, and denikis ears are clear and smell free. No ear infections, unlike previously
Their coats are SO soft and shiny, and their teeth are so clean.
I joined a group on facebook "Raw feeding friends" to help me get started and I am not looking back.
Here is a photo of Kokoda, this is the day i started raw on the right, and on the left is after 2 months of feeding raw.
I started on premade raw, but deniki didn't like it (fussy boy!), so i just dived in and give them bones, meat and organs, and occasional veggies.
They also like eggs
- Ruby - DOB 26/02/2011, Deniki
- Tricolour - DOB 17/02/2013 and RIPAnzac
3rd October 2013, 02:43 AM
wow that is quite the difference on Kokoda. He looks so shiny!! Was it hard to get started? I think I will look up your facebook group.
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3rd October 2013, 10:59 AM
I'm always interested in threads about food! especially raw feeding. I'd love to be in a position to feed a raw meat and bones diet with confidence; but I cannot. I live on a tiny island; we have two vets both of whom say 'no' to bones, and only a tentative 'yes' to raw beef and rabbit/chicken. I respect their views, and certainly I'm very afraid of feeding bones, so I do not. I don't feed any kind of kibble any longer, but have for the last year or so been feeding organically certified dehydrated food in venison and chicken; occasionally I will vary their diet and add eggs/fish and some raw beef mince so they do get plenty of different things to eat. I only buy tripe sticks/bully sticks and chicken necks for treats. I just don't think I can better what I am currently doing given my circumstances - by the way they do really well! lovely shiny coats, good teeth and never any ear problems....I pray that their good health and eating may continue....
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3rd October 2013, 03:23 PM
We've been feeding raw meat and vegetable meals to our dogs and cats for several years, and the recipes have changed over time. One thing that is consistent for us, however, has been that we consult with our (fortunately) knowledgeable veterinarians on approving and tweaking the recipes we have found from books on the subject.
Right now, we have two primary raw diets for our dogs, which we alternate. They consist of about 60% protein, with the meats being either primarily beef (right now, ground beef, but cubed chunks in the past) or ground turkey, combined with a small amount of organ meats, like calves liver, chicken gizzards, and beef or chicken hearts. The vegetables -- 30% to 40% -- vary with the two recipes. They are ground and mixed with the meat. We may add up to 10% grain to these mixtures. We prepare about a month's worth of meals at a time and freeze each day's meals in separate freezer bags.
We add supplements just before serving the meals, so that we can give each dog the supplements which it needs. They include bone meal for calcium for all of the dogs in every meal, which is essential to balance phosphorus in the meat, and enzymes, and others to help the cavaliers compensate for their health (and future health) issues, particularly the heart. Our holistic vet determines which supplements to add for which dogs, but they include many of the ones listed here: http://www.cavalierhealth.org/diets....hy_Supplements Every one of our dogs gets a dose of Standard Process Canine Cardiac Support with every meal.
We also add an egg to one meal per week, and a sardine to one meal per week.
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