Today I’m letting you guys take a peek into Missy’s & Buzz’s dinner bowls. On the menu this week is a smorgasbord of raw goodness and also a little boiled veggie, topped off with a joint lubricating, immune system boosting, supplement.
A Smorgasbord Of Different Proteins
The pups are having chicken, turkey, beef, and fish this week, along with a boiled sweet potato.
Bravo Super Food’s turkey mix forms the base for our meals this week. It consists of ground turkey, turkey bone, turkey heart, turkey gizzard, turkey liver, green beans, squash, and broccoli. The mix comes in 5 lb tubes and is very affordable at only $17.09 per tube (that’s before tax). I buy them at Naturally Unleashed, an independently owned pet retail store in Fayetteville, NC.
I’m mixing in some cut up beef tongue and whole chicken wings that I bought at a local Walmart last week in preparation for a recipe post I wrote for ThatMutt.com.
Since I boiled some sweet potatoes for myself to eat along with my homemade chili this week, I’m sharing some with the pups. Not only do they really enjoy the taste of sweet potatoes, they’re also high in dietary fiber & low in fat. They each get about a tablespoonful. These particular sweet potatoes weren’t organic, so I removed the skin before feeding them. Had they been organic and not treated with pesticides, I also would have fed the skin.
I’m topping things off with some ground sardines I still had in the freezer from a previous raw food shipment placed with Raw Feeding Miami (2.5 lbs cost $10), and freeze-dried Green Lipped Mussel powder from Super Snouts (found them on Amazon). A 75 g = 2.64 oz jar of the powder costs $17.39, and shipping is free.
Sardines are a very oily fish and chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s a great alternative to bottled fish oil and keeps the pups’ coats healthy and shiny. I give them about a teaspoonful each.
Green Lipped Mussels do wonders for joint lubrication and alleviate arthritic related pain. Missy & Buzz currently don’t have any joint problems, so I’m feeding the powder as a preventative measure. At the pups’ weight (between 50-75 lbs), they can each have 3 scoops of the GLM powder per day, which equals 750 mg or 0.02 oz (not a typo – only very little is required, which is why the scoop that’s included comes in handy).
Why It’s Not 100% Balanced, Yet Ok To Feed
In order to be considered balanced and nutritious, a raw meal should consist of roughly 80% muscle meat, 10% raw meaty bone, and 10% secreting organs (5% should be liver, 5% some other secreting organ).
In our meals this week, the turkey mix is already fairly balanced. The only item it’s missing is a second secreting organ besides the liver.
The beef tongue is additional muscle meat, the chicken wing is additional bone along with some muscle meat, the ground sardine falls into the category of muscle meat (fish should only make up about 5% of muscle meat overall because it’s so rich), the Green Lipped Mussel powder is a joint supplement, and the sweet potato is a little treat since I don’t feed veggies on a regular, daily basis.
The only item we’re not feeding this week is an additional secreting organ such as kidney because I’m out. I’m not too worried about it because I’ll go out and buy some more within the next few days.
One thing to remember is it’s ok to achieve nutritional balance over time, say within about 7-10 days, similar to our human nutritional needs.
What’s in your dog’s dinner bowl this week? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!