What's for Dinner?

One of the biggest questions and debates out there, in regards to a raw diet, is whether or not a raw is a complete and balanced diet. Now let’s first address what it actually means to feed raw. Feeding raw means that you are feeding a diet of meat, bone and organ. If you are following a PREY model, you are not adding produce. PREY model consists of a diet

made completely of meat, bone and organ and if done correctly, this can absolutely be a complete and balanced diet. The problem is, hardly is this ever done correctly! The guidelines out there suggest that a PMR diet should consist of 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal (5% of which should be liver). Sounds easy enough, right? When following the BARF model, produce is added for vitamins and minerals and is assumed to be more “complete” than a diet without. However, if you ask me, neither is complete unless done correctly! This is where we as pup parents usually fail and again it is not for lack of trying or research, but lack of education and information available.




Muscle Meat / Protein

When we think about feeding 80% meat, most of us think of ground meat or steaks. What we are forgetting are the other organs and organ systems that are considered muscle meat or protein and are an important component of a complete and balanced diet. These organs or organ systems include things like heart, tripe, gizzards, trachea and lungs. Each of these should be fed throughout the as part of a complete diet. The percentages of each of these organs is going to vary depending on the individual dogs needs. Those dogs with achy joints should consume a bit more trachea. Those with a weak heart, should consume a bit more heart. All dogs should consume 15% tripe in each meal or one full meal each week. At this point we have our work cut out for us, but there is still more to know about this 80% of your dogs diet!


In addition to including all of the above, it is extremely important that you are rotating proteins. Each protein is going to offer different vitamins and minerals that will be important in building a complete and balanced diet. The recommendation is to rotate between 3 different proteins within a week. For a complete diet, I like to take it a step further. In a given week, I will actually feed a minimum of 5 different proteins, two of which include an oily fish and green tripe. Now depending on the week I may feed each of these as a whole meal one day or every day as 15% of the meal.

The remaining 70% or my meals are typically then divided between the suggested 3 different proteins. Given that poultry and red meats are going to offer different benefits, I try not to feed all red meat or all poultry as these 3 rotating proteins. Keep in mind that rabbit is considered poultry and duck is going to be considered either red meat or poultry depending on how it was raised. I like to throw in some exotic proteins every once in a while to add some variety, but my go to proteins tend to be rabbit, turkey, duck and pork.

It’s probably obvious by now that my dogs eat better than I do! Let’s take a look at what their menu this week looked like! While I believe that if done correctly both a PREY model and a BARF model can be complete and balanced diets, I do like to include some produce from time to time. For the fact of convenience, many of the pre-made raws that I feed follow a BARF model rather than a PREY model. As you can see, this week I have chosen to add tripe and oily fish on a daily basis rather than a complete meal.


Monday



-Longevity Wholesome Turkey

  • Turkey Meat, Atlantic Mackerel, Turkey Necks, Turkey Heart, Beef Liver, Beef Blood, Beef Green Tripe, Carrots, Broccoli, Spinach, Celery, Parsley, Apples, Beef Bonemeal, Garlic, Sesame Seeds, Blueberries, Tomato Paste, Beef Lung, Beef Thymus, Beef Spleen, Ginger Root, Shiitake Mushroom Powder, Reishi Mushroom Powder, Maitake Mushroom Powder, Sea Salt, Zinc, Kelp, Wheat Germ Oil.

Tuesday

-Whole Ground Rabbit

  • Includes Bones, Brain, Eyeballs, Tongue, Heart, Liver, and Kidney


-Lamb Tripe

-Whole Sardines

-Raw Goat’s Milk

-Phytoplankton +


Wednesday


-Longevity Natural Duck

  • Duck Meat, Atlantic Mackerel, Duck Necks, Duck Heart, Duck Liver, Beef Blood, Beef Green Tripe, Broccoli, Spinach, Carrots, Beef Bonemeal, Sesame Seeds, Apples, Garlic, Blueberries, Tomato Paste, Shiitake Mushroom Powder, Maitake Mushroom Powder, Ginger Root, Reishi Mushroom Powder, Zinc, Sea Salt, Kelp, Wheat Germ Oil.

Thursday

-Answers Detailed Pork


  • Pork, Pork Heart, Pork Liver, Pork Kidney, Ground Pork Bone, Organic Chicken Eggs, Organic Green Beans, Cod Liver, Organic Yellow Squash, Butter, Organic Spinach, Montmorillonite, Decaffeinated Green Tea, Organic Parsley, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement

-Split Pork Necks



Friday

-Whole Ground Rabbit with Fur

  • Includes Bones, Brain, Eyeballs, Tongue, Heart, Liver, and Kidney

-Frozen Goat’s Milk Yogurt and Chia Seed Bones

-Ground Emu

-Beef Trachea

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