Today I’m sharing an easy raw dog food recipe with you that recently made it into Wally’s breakfast bowl.
For those of you who don’t know Wally yet – he’s my 35 lb Feist mix. I switched him from kibble to raw when I adopted him in early 2019.
Since he has several food intolerances that cause him to be real itchy, I’m a bit limited as far as what I feed him. That said, he still gets to eat different foods which is important for his nutrient variety.
The main food culprits he can’t have at all are chicken, quail, salmon, sardines, green lipped mussels and grains. Those are absolute no-gos because like I said before, they make him itchy and scratchy like all hell.
He does best with beef, rabbit, duck, ostrich, camel, kangaroo, herring and mackerel.
While those are the main protein sources that make it into his bowl, Wally can have other proteins in smaller quantities without getting itchy. For example turkey, lamb, pork and trout.
With all that in mind, here’s a raw dog food recipe that Wally recently had for breakfast!
Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe For My Food-Sensitive Dog
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Raw-fed dogs eat anywhere between 2-4% of their ideal/target body weight in raw dog food per day.
For detailed information on how to do the math on that, please check out my Related Reading section at the end of this blog post.
That said, Wally eats 3% of his target body weight these days, which translates into around 16 oz of raw dog food per day, split up into 2 meals.
With that in mind, his raw dog food breakfast consisted of the following:
- 1 Duck neck
- 2 Whole herrings
- 2 frozen secreting organ cubes (1.5 oz of liver, kidney and spleen)
- 3 oz ground rabbit
- 2 oz ground beef
- 1 minced garlic clove
Duck necks fall into the category of so-called RMBs (Raw Meaty Bones). Dogs get 10% of RMBs per day. They consist of raw, pliable bone that’s covered with meat. Bone is rich in calcium and phosphorus which is important for dental and bone/muscle health.
Duck necks also feature a good amount of glucosamine and chondroitin which is why they’re great for joint health too.
They consist of roughly 50% bone and 50% duck meat.
Where to source:
Herrings are an oily fish, and oily fish should definitely make it onto your pup’s meal plan, ideally whole. That’s because it’s naturally rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and comes with brains and eyeballs. Those fall into the secreting organ category.
Fish should make up about 10% of your pup’s daily raw dog food allowance. Since I don’t always feed whole fish, I count it towards Wally’s muscle meat allowance.
Where to source:
Frozen secreting organ cubes
These cubes consist of a mix of beef liver, kidney and spleen. Secreting organs make up 10% of your pup’s daily raw dog food allowance. More specifically, 5% liver and 5% other secreting organs. For example, kidney, spleen, brains, eyeballs, reproductive organs, pancreas and thymus.
This particular mix is a pre-ground mix of secreting organs that I got from a local raw dog food supplier here in Germany. It’s similar to Raw Feeding Miami’s Monstermash, but you can also source the ingredients individually and grind them up yourself.
FYI: We moved to Germany a few months ago and wrote all about it here on the blog.
For convenience sake, I went ahead and filled the secreting organ mix into a silicone ice cube tray, which I then froze. Wally gets 2 cubes per day, so it’s super easy to just pop 2 out when I make his meals. This particular ice cube tray comes as a set of 2 and includes lids.
Ground rabbit & ground beef
This is ground up muscle meat from both rabbits and beef. Dogs need 70-80% of muscle meat in their daily raw dog food allowance. If you include veggies and fruit, you’ll want to feed 70% muscle meat and 10% veggies/fruit. If you don’t feed any plant matter, feed 80% muscle meat.
I usually add 10% of plant matter but ran out, which is why Wally got a pure meat meal this time around.
Examples of veggies I feed are broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms. For fruit, I give Wally banana, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
Where to source ground rabbit:
Raw Feeding Miami or a local rabbit farm
Where to source ground beef:
Raw Feeding Miami or your local grocery store
Contrary to popular belief, garlic in small quantities is extremely beneficial for dogs, especially when it’s offered freshly crushed or minced. That’s because it has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer benefits.
It also helps prevent flea infestations.
For more information on garlic including how much is safe to feed, check out the blog post I’m linking to in the Related Reading section at the end of this blog post.
Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe For My Food-Sensitive Dog: Bottom Line
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