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How To Feed Raw Frog Legs For Dogs

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Hey y’all, I recently discovered raw frog legs for dogs while I was browsing Raw Feeding Miami’s (RFM) protein selection.

They’re a really good meat alternative for dogs with (multiple) food allergies, and since my own pup has so many, I’m super excited to talk to you about them today!

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that RFM is one of my go-to retailers for individual cuts of raw meat for my homemade raw dog food.

In case you’re new to my blog, I highly recommend you check them out. Their protein selection will blow you away!

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Raw Frog Legs For Dogs

Now here’s why raw frog legs are so great for dogs, especially those pups with multiple food sensitivities.

They’re a:

  • Hypoallergenic meat
  • Low-fat source of protein
  • Good source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Natural skin & brain health supplement
  • Great mix of muscle meat and raw bone

Hypoallergenic Meat Source

Since they’re a hypoallergenic meat source, they offer natural relief for scratching caused by itchy doggie skin.

You’ll find that your dog’s skin condition will improve significantly and that his scratching will decrease quite a bit if not altogether.

Tip: In case you’re interested, other hypoallergenic food items are rabbit, duck, camel and kangaroo – all three of which I feed my pup Wally.

Check out my ebook 10 Raw Dog Food Recipes for Dogs with Allergies if you’re looking for some hypoallergenic dog food recipe inspiration!

Low-Fat Source Of Protein

Frog meat is a lean meat which makes it a great food for dogs who are on a weight loss diet.

Rich In Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Since frogs are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, they’re a great source for brain health as well as healthy skin.

Where To Buy Raw Frog Legs For Dogs

You can get your hands on bags of 6 pairs of raw frog legs at Raw Feeding Miami. Each bag is $10, and each pair of legs weighs around 2-3 oz.

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Weighing raw frog legs from Raw Feeding Miami

They’re a seasonal item, so I recommend to grab several bags at once before they sell out.

You can save 10% on your Raw Feeding Miami order with my referral discount.

Good to know: They’re also a great raw meaty bone for smaller raw-fed pets like cats and ferrets.

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Raw frog legs from Raw Feeding Miami

You might also be able to find raw frog legs at Asian grocery stores since they’re known to carry those “odd” cuts of meat. So if you have one close by, I recommend checking it out!

What Kind Of Meat Category Do Raw Frog Legs Belong To?

In raw feeding, raw frog legs are considered a raw meaty bone. That means that it’s a raw bone that has the meat from a frog’s leg muscles attached to it.

This raw meaty bone consists of 35% bone and 65% muscle meat to be exact! So just for example, a 2 oz pair of frog legs has 0.7 oz of bone content and 1.3 oz of muscle meat.

Remember that ratio because it’s important to know when you’re getting ready to add raw frog legs to your dog’s food.

If you’re new to raw feeding, please know that RAW frog legs are pliable and easily digestible in a dog’s acidic stomach environment. However, the density of the bone structure changes when you cook frog legs or any other bones, so please don’t offer your dog any cooked bones, like EVER.

How To Feed Raw Frog Legs To Your Dog

You can feed your dog raw frog legs in a few different ways. One option is to feed them whole as part of their raw meals.

Another option is to grind them and mix them in with your dog’s raw meals. I particularly recommend this method for dogs with loose or no teeth, as well as for gulpers.

I refer as gulpers to those dogs who don’t chew their raw meaty bones and swallow them whole instead.

If you’re looking to teach your gulper slower eating habits, one way I’ve had success with is to hold the raw meaty bone with one hand while you’re letting your dog chew on the other.

The added benefit is that your pup learns polite behavior around high value food items you hold in your hand!

Wally & I demonstrate how to slowly feed a raw meaty bone. In this example, he’s eating a raw turkey neck from Raw Paws Pet Food. Tip: Save 15% with my affiliate discount code K9Savings.

Raw Dog Food Recipe With Whole Raw Frog Legs

Here’s a raw dog food recipe that includes raw frog legs. It definitely got Wally drooling! This recipe also includes beef, deer, thread herring, and a veggie/herb mix:

  • 2 pairs of 2 oz raw frog legs. Since they consist of 1.4 oz bone and 2.6 oz muscle meat, I put the 2.6 oz muscle meat towards his overall daily allowance of 9.12 oz in muscle meat. That means that I still need to add 6.52 oz of muscle meat to get to 9.12 oz of muscle meat.
  • 3 oz beef gullet (muscle meat)
  • 1 oz green tripe (muscle meat)
  • 2.52 oz deer heart (muscle meat)
  • 1.52 oz thread herring (fish – also counts as muscle meat)
  • 0.76 oz deer liver (liver)
  • 0.76 oz beef pancreas (other secreting organ)
  • 1.52 oz veggies/herbs (plant matter Paradigm from Dr. Harvey’s)
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If your dog doesn’t do well with any of those, you can replace the protein sources with different meats. For example, replace beef with rabbit or duck, or replace thread herring with sardines or mackerel.

How To Measure The Amounts

The amounts mentioned in this recipe are specific to Wally’s weight (38 lb), so keep that in mind when you’re recreating it. That’s his target weight, and he’s eating 2.5% of this weight in daily raw dog food to maintain it.

2.5% of 38 lbs are 0.95 lbs or 15.2 oz. Divided by two this translates into 7.6 oz per meal (he eats breakfast and dinner).

Just FYI, I don’t stick to this number 100% of the time, so when I meal prep for him, I’ll sometimes go a little over or under. That’s totally fine and nothing to go crazy over, at least in my personal opinion.

Here’s the breakdown of Wally’s 15.2 oz of raw dog food per meal:

  • Muscle meat (60% = 9.12 oz)
  • Fish (10% = 1.52 oz, counts as muscle meat)
  • Raw meaty bone (10% = 1.52 oz)
  • Secreting organs (5% liver = 0.76 oz, 5% = 0.76 oz other secreting organs)
  • Plant matter (10% = 1.52 oz)

How to Feed Raw Frog Legs for Dogs: Bottom Line

Raw frog legs are raw meaty bones that consist of 35% bone and 65% muscle meat.

They’re great for dogs who have food sensitivities and need to be put on a novel meat diet or an elimination diet.

Since frog meat is very lean, it’s also a great food item for weight loss.

Related Reading:

New and discontinued food items at Raw Feeding Miami

How to safely feed your dog raw meaty bones

Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Dog Food: How To Feed

How To Measure Percentages In Raw Feeding

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How to measure percentages in raw feeding is one of the questions I’m asked the most!

Truly anyone who’s learning to make their pup’s own raw dog food is initially confused because of this, if only for a short time.

I promise I’ve been there too!

The good news is that it’s not rocket science. Once you understand the concept, learn the percentages and have a calculator, you’re all set.

There are also great raw feeding calculators you can use to double-check your own math with. I’ll link to them in this blog post.

How To Measure Percentages In Raw Feeding

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OK, let’s jump right in.

Percentages matter in raw feeding because when you make your own raw dog food, that’s what you use to figure out:

  • how much food your pup needs on a daily basis, and
  • how much of which cuts of meat to feed your dog.

Unlike with pre-made raw dog food that comes with feeding guidelines, homemade raw dog food doesn’t have those.

Raw-Fed Adult Dogs Eat 2-4% Of Their Ideal Body Weight In Food Per Day

This is how you get started.

Write down your adult dog’s ideal body weight. For example, 50 lbs.

Of those 50 lbs, your dog will eat 2-4% in raw meat per day.

The average amount dogs eat is 2.5%.

2.5% of 50 lbs is 1.25 lbs, or 20 oz.

However, this can vary from dog to dog. My favorite examples are those of a couch potato Bulldog, an active Boxer, and a working German Shepherd.

The couch potato Bulldog will only need around 2% of food per day, while the more active Boxer needs 2.5-3%, and the working German Shepherd will need closer to 4%, maybe even 4.5% of food per day.

It all depends on your dog’s activity level and metabolism.

Note that these amounts are for ADULT dogs only. Puppies require different amounts of raw dog food per day. You can read more on that here.

The 70-80/10/10 Rule

Alright, moving on!

Of the 2-4% of food per day, your dog will need to eat:

  • Muscle meat, 70%
  • Raw meaty bones, 10%
  • Secreting organs, 10% (5% liver, 5% other secreting organ like pancreas, kidneys, spleen, etc.)
  • Plant matter, 10% (e.g. veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs)

If you decide not to feed plant matter, feed 80% muscle meat instead of 70%.

Let’s stay with the 50 lb Boxer example who eats 2.5% of his weight per day. The Boxer will need to eat:

  • 70% of the 1.25 lbs/20 oz in muscle meat. That’s 14 oz.
  • 10% of the 1.25 lbs/20 oz in raw meaty bones. That’s 2 oz.
  • 5% of the 1.25 lbs/20 oz in liver. That’s 1 oz.
  • 5% of the 1.25 lbs/20 oz in other secreting organs (for example pancreas). That’s 1 oz.
  • 10% of the 1.25 lbs/20 oz in plant matter. That’s 2 oz.

The Different Food Categories: Muscle Meat, Raw Meaty Bone, Secreting Organs, Plant Matter

Now you just need to understand which types of food fall into the different categories.

I’ll give you a few short examples along with a sample recipe, and if you’d like to learn more, please refer to my e-books.

Muscle meat examples: Duck heart, beef green tripe, beef lung, chicken breast

Secreting organs examples (besides liver): Beef pancreas, rabbit kidneys, goat spleen

Raw meaty bone examples: Chicken leg quarter, duck foot, duck neck

Plant matter examples: Broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, apples

Sample Raw Dog Food Recipe For A 50 lb Dog Who Eats 2.5% Of Raw Dog Food Per Day

14 oz muscle meat:

  • 6 oz chicken breast
  • 2 oz duck heart
  • 4 oz beef green tripe
  • 2 oz duck meat from duck neck (see below in raw meaty bone category)

2 oz raw meaty bones:

  • One 4 oz duck neck (consists of 50% bone and 50% muscle meat, so 2 oz bone and 2 oz muscle meat)

2 oz secreting organs:

  • 1 oz beef liver
  • 1 oz rabbit kidneys

2 oz plant matter:

  • 1 oz steamed and puréed shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 oz puréed apple

Raw Dog Food Calculators

My favorite raw dog food calculators are the ones from Perfectly Rawsome and Raw Paws Pet Food. Use my affiliate discount code K9Savings at checkout for 15% off anything from Raw Paws Pet Food.

Both are straight forward and great to double check your own feeding math with.

How To Measure Percentages In Raw Feeding: Bottom Line

There’s a little learning curve with measuring percentages in raw feeding, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really not that hard.

Most importantly, you need to figure out how much raw dog food your pup needs per day. That amount will be somewhere between 2-4% for adult dogs and depends on their activity level and metabolism.

Of those 2-4%, you need to feed 70% muscle meat, 10% raw meaty bones, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organ, and 10% plant matter.

In a nutshell, that’s it!

Related Reading:

Raw dog food for puppies: How much and what?

My raw dog food ebooks

Raw Liver For Dogs: All Your Questions Answered {Updated for 2022}

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I’ve been getting quite a few questions about raw liver for dogs, including:

  • What type of meat is liver?
  • What’s in liver?
  • How much raw liver do dogs need per day (adult dogs & puppies)?
  • How do I feed raw liver for dogs?
  • What types of liver can my dog eat?
  • Can I cook raw liver for dogs?
  • What if my dog doesn’t want to eat raw liver?
  • How long can I refrigerate and freeze raw liver?
  • Can I re-freeze raw liver for dogs?
  • What happens when my dog eats too much liver?
  • Where do I buy raw liver for dogs?

So today, I’m combining them all into one blog post – if you have any additional questions, please leave them below this blog post in the comment section.

For anyone who’s new to the blog: Hi, I’m your host Barbara! I’m a raw dog food nerd and have been feeding my 3 pups homemade and store-bought raw dog food since 2015.

Liver for Dogs: All Your Questions Answered

Raw liver for dogs - All your questions answered

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What Type Of Meat Is Liver?

You probably know that liver is an organ. However, it’s not JUST an organ, but in raw feeding circles, it’s known as a secreting organ.

All organs that secrete a substance fall into that category. Others are:

  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Testicles & ovaries
  • Brains
  • Eyes
  • Spleen
  • Thymus

How Much Raw Liver Do Dogs Need Per Day?

Adult dogs need to eat 10% of secreting organs per day.

Since half of that needs to be liver, dogs need 5% of liver in their daily allowance of raw dog food.

The other 5% need to be covered by a different secreting organ like the ones I mentioned above.

-> Puppies need to eat 12% of secreting organs per day, 6% of which needs to be liver.

How To Do The Math

So how much liver does Y O U R dog need to eat in ounces per day?

Here’s how to do that math:

Take your dog’s target body weight and divide it by 100. Then multiply it with 2.5.

-> Why 2.5?

Well, 2.5% is a maintenance percentage that keeps your dog at their current weight. Pregnant dogs and working dogs who use significantly more energy need to be fed at a higher maintenance percentage, up to 4%. But the average adult dog will be fine with 2.5%, maybe 3%.

This formula will give you your dog’s daily food allowance in pounds. Of that, 5% needs to be liver.

Let’s calculate that amount for a 60lb dog:

60(body weight)/100 = 0.6×2.5(feeding percentage)=1.5lb.

That’s 24oz (1lb=16oz).

Now, 5% of those 24oz is the amount of liver your adult dog needs to eat per day.

That’s 1.2oz of liver per day for a 60lb adult dog.

If your dog eats two meals per day and you want to meal prep ahead of time, you’ll need to add half of that, 0.6oz, to each food storage container.

Raw Liver For Dogs: All Your Questions Answered
Raw liver is an important part of homemade raw dog food meal prep!

What’s in Liver?

Liver is one of Mother Nature’s multivitamins and rich in nutrients, particularly in Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is a powerful anti-oxidant that supports your dog’s digestion and reproductive organs.

By the way, according to Dogs Naturally Magazine, wolves eat the organs of their prey first, because they instinctively know how nutrient-rich they are.

Interesting, huh?!

Good to know: Organs that don’t secrete a substance like lung and heart are considered muscle meat in raw feeding.

What Types Of Raw Liver Can Dogs Eat?

Dogs can eat liver from a large variety of animals, for example:

  • Chicken
  • Beef/Bison
  • Elk
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Rabbit
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Goat
  • Ostrich
  • Deer

As a matter of fact, it’s highly recommended that you switch between as many different animals as you can source and that your pup does OK with.

Raw Liver For Dogs: All Your Questions Answered
Beef liver for dogs from Raw Paws Pet Food. Use discount code K9Savings for 15% off.
Raw Liver For Dogs: All Your Questions Answered
Goat liver for dogs from Raw Feeding Miami. Use my RFM referral link for 10% off.

That’s because different animals have varying levels of nutrients.

Chicken liver, for example, is not nearly as nutritious as liver from other animals.

Raw Liver For Dogs: All Your Questions Answered
Cuts of raw venison I feed my dog, including venison liver

If your dog has severe food sensitivities to a variety of protein sources, you’ll have to stick to the animal your pup does fine with. This will most likely be rabbit because it’s considered to be a hypoallergenic type of meat.

However, you’ll have to provide an alternative source of the nutrients your pup is missing out on. You can easily do this with dehydrated veggie & herb or nut mixes from brands like Dr. Harvey’s or The Honest Kitchen.

K9sOverCoffee.com | I add Dr. Harvey's Paradigm to my raw dog food, including raw liver for dogs
Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm turns a limited-ingredient raw meal into balanced dog food.
The Honest Kitchen Base Mix
The Honest Kitchen’s grain-free Base Mix can be mixed with limited-ingredient raw dog food.

How Do I Feed Liver To My Dog?

Ideally, you want to feed the liver RAW.

That said, you can either make your own homemade raw dog food or buy pre-made raw dog food from trusted brands. For example, Raw Paws Pet Food, Darwin’s or Raw Feeding Miami.

I personally alternate between both options. Whenever I can get a good deal on pre-made raw meals, I buy some! Likewise, when I find discounted individual cuts of raw meat, I buy them as well!

That’s a great way of keeping your raw dog food on budget, but it obviously requires a freezer.

Pre-Made Raw Dog Food With Liver

I’m not aware of any reputable raw dog food brands that wouldn’t include raw liver in their formulas, so you can’t go terribly wrong here. Again, that’s because raw liver is an essential part of raw feeding!

You can find pre-made raw dog food meals from Raw Paws Pet Food here. They’re called “Signature Blends” (their green tripe blends are not complete foods, but can also be found in that section).

Raw Feeding Miami calls their pre-made raw meals “grinds”.

Darwin’s offers an overview of their pre-made raw dog food here.

Homemade Raw Dog Food With Liver

Simply cut the liver up into smaller pieces and then use them come meal prep time. If you’re not squeamish, you can even tear liver into smaller pieces with your hands, that’s how soft it is.

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Doing meal prep for Wally’s raw dog food. This includes raw liver.

However, some dogs are fussy with secreting organs and will take some time getting used to eating them. That’s particularly true for smaller dogs.

What you can do in the meantime is chop it up or purée it with a food processor, then mix it in with the rest of the raw dog food you’re feeding.

Which brings me to the next question!

Can I Cook Raw Liver For My Dog?

Yes, you can.

Cooking liver for dogs is another alternative for getting them to warm up to this secreting organ, pun intended.

Lightly cooking calf liver for Missy's dog cancer diet
Cooking calf liver for dogs

Dogs whose immune systems are compromised because of cancer or other illnesses sometimes do better with cooked food as opposed to raw food.

But it really depends on the dog – some continue to do fine with raw meat, and others don’t.

Side note: I do not cook or recommend that anyone cook raw bones. That’s because the cooking process turns them brittle and sharp.

When they’re raw, they’re super soft and pliable – even I can break a raw duck neck in half with just my hands, and I’m not the strongest person!

Alternative: Feed Liver Dog Treats

If you’re not crazy about handling raw liver, you can also treat your pup with store-bought dehydrated or freeze-dried liver dog treats.

Make sure that they’re single-ingredient treats made with just liver!

Freeze-Dried Beef Liver Dog Treats
Freeze-Dried Lamb Liver Dog Treats
Dehydrated liver dog treat
Dehydrated beef liver dog treat

Liver For Dogs: Where Can I Buy Raw Liver?

It’s fairly easy to source raw liver locally, either in grocery stores or from local farms. Another option are hunters and wildlife processors as well as raw dog food retailers such as Raw Paws Pet Food and Raw Feeding Miami (by far my two favorite ones).

Grocery stores + Walmart

Most grocery stores carry chicken and calf or beef liver, and that includes Walmart.

Raw Paws Pet Food

You can also get beef liver and chicken liver from Raw Paws Pet Food.

Beef Liver
Chicken Liver

Use my discount code K9Savings for 15% off.

Hunters + Wildlife Processors

You can get your hands on deer liver from hunters or wildlife processors, but do make sure that you freeze it for 3 weeks before feeding it.

That ensures that it’s free of parasites. You can read more about safely feeding your dog wild venison here.

Local Farms (e.g. Ostrich Farms)

Since ostrich farms are starting to become more of a thing here in the US, chances are there’s one not too far away from you. Most sell ostrich liver and ostrich heart, as well as some ground version of ostrich meat.

I found one super close to me here in Central NC who sell their ostrich meat at a local Farmer’s Market.

Raw Liver For Dogs: All Your Questions Answered
Picking up ostrich meat including ostrich liver at a Farmer’s Market

Raw Feeding Miami

It gets a lot more tricky to find raw liver from other animals like rabbit and goat locally unless there’s a specific farm nearby, which is why I personally get mine from Raw Feeding Miami.

They’re an online raw dog food supplier who offers a huge variety of different cuts of meat, including other secreting organs besides liver, from just as many different animals.

Goat liver, beef eyeballs and kangaroo chunks, anyone?!

Goat Liver

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What If My Dog Doesn’t Want To Eat Liver?

Well, may I suggest you use some tough love!

Liver is essential to raw feeding and ideally shouldn’t be substituted by other foods.

However sometimes, this is necessary, for example when feeding Dalmatians raw dog food. But that’s a different story, and if you’re interested in finding out more about that, please click here.

But back to the tough love.

The good thing about feeding liver is that your pup doesn’t require a whole lot of it.

For example, a 10 lb adult dog only needs 0.2 oz of liver per day, and even a 50 lb adult dog only needs 1 daily oz of liver!

Keeping that in mind, the easiest way of hiding liver is to purée or chop it, and then mix it in with the other cuts of meat you feed your dog.

Try mixing it with some green tripe – that should do the trick because green tripe is stinky and irresistible to dogs!

Beef Green Tripe
Goat Green Tripe
Lamb Green Tripe

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If you want to take it up a notch, stuff a beef trachea or lamb trachea with the green tripe/liver mix.

How Long Can I Refrigerate And Freeze Liver For Dogs?

You can keep thawed liver in the fridge for up to 4 days.

In the freezer, it lasts up to a full year, probably even a little longer.

The longest I personally have kept liver in my chest freezer is around 9 months.

Raw Liver For Dogs: All Your Questions Answered
Wally’s very own chest freezer also holds raw liver in bulk

Can I Refreeze Thawed Liver?

Yes, you can.

I’ve done this many times since I usually have some liver left over after raw meal prep.

Liver For Dogs: What Happens When My Dog Eats Too Much Liver?

When your pup gets too much liver, he’s going to have loose bowels.

If he truly ate a ginormous meal of liver, chances are he’ll come down with Vitamin A toxicity since liver is very rich in Vitamin A.

Symptoms of Vitamin A toxicity are:

  • lethargy
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • weakness
  • tremors
  • paralysis, and
  • ultimately death.

That’s why you don’t want to overfeed liver!

Also be mindful of how many dehydrated or dried liver treats you hand out.

Liver For Dogs: Bottom Line

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Liver for dogs is one of the essential secreting organs in raw feeding.

You don’t need a lot for your pup, but that doesn’t mean that you can overlook it, at least not on a regular basis. And certainly not when you’re feeding your puppies raw dog food (up to 12 months of age)!

It’s important to know how much liver you can give your dog on a daily basis. The exact amount will depend on your pup’s (target) weight.

They’ll only need 5% of liver of their daily raw dog food allowance.

Feeding too much liver can cause diarrhea “at best” and Vitamin A toxicity at worst.

Related Reading to Raw Liver for Dogs:

I use this hack to store my secreting organ mixes (liver, kidney etc)

How to figure out how much raw dog food to feed

How to feed raw beef eyeballs for dogs – advanced level (+ free raw dog food recipe)

The Benefits Of Kelp For Dogs {Updated for 2022}

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Kelp has many benefits for dogs!

It’s a seaweed that’s known as a powerful whole food nutritional supplement, both for dogs and cats (and us humans, too!).

The Benefits Of Kelp For Dogs

Kelp is a great source of fiber and a great anti-inflammatory food. It’s also naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids like iodine, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

That said, it:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps aid digestion
  • Promotes healthy skin and coat
  • Reduces shedding
  • Helps with skin allergies by reducing itching
  • Supports a healthy thyroid
  • Alleviates arthritis pain
  • Reduces joint inflammation
  • Repels fleas
The Benefits of Kelp for Dogs: A Powerful Whole Food

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How Much Kelp Can I Give My Dog?

You can feed kelp to dogs of all ages, including puppies and seniors, and the exact amount depends on your dog’s weight.

That said, dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon of kelp per 10 lbs of body weight per day, but shouldn’t eat more than 3 teaspoons per day.

Just FYI, cats can have 1/8 of a teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight per day.

Where To Buy Kelp For Your Dog

I used to buy a a mix of kelp, celery seed powder, alfalfa powder, flax seed powder and parsley from a brand called Kelp Dog.

However, they went out of business and now I buy my kelp from Raw Paws Pet Food. This particular kind is certified 100% USDA Organic Icelandic Sea Kelp and doesn’t contain anything else besides dried kelp.

A resealable 8 oz bag costs $10.00 and comes with a teaspoon scoop. That makes it easy to measure out your pup’s respective amount of kelp.

Kelp powder for dogs from Raw Paws Pet Food

Each bag holds approximately 65 teaspoon scoops of kelp.

Like I said in the previous section, dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. My pup Wally weighs 38 lbs, so he can have just shy of a teaspoon of kelp per day.

With that in mind, one bag lasts him a little over 2 months!

How To Feed Kelp To Your Dog

You can simply sprinkle the kelp over your dog’s food, regardless of whether it’s dry dog food, canned, homemade, or raw.

I personally feed raw dog food, so I just sprinkle it over Wally’s raw meals and then mix everything together. He usually gets his kelp with dinner because I have a tendency of forgetting it in the mornings as I’m still waking up when I feed him, lol!

Sometimes I also make homemade dog treats with kelp.

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Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe for Beginners With Kelp

Here’s a SUPER easy raw dog food recipe for beginners with kelp that I feature in one of my raw dog food ebooks, 20 Raw Meals for Dogs.

It only consists of 2 ingredients: complete chicken and organic Icelandic kelp!

Both ingredients are from Raw Paws Pet Food!

Below are daily feeding guidelines for the complete chicken for dogs:

0 to 30 lbs : 4 oz for every 10 lbs
30 to 100 lbs : 3.2 oz for every 10 lbs
above 100 lbs : 2.8 oz for every 10 lbs

If you notice that your dog starts filling out too much, reduce his daily food amount by 1-2 ounces. Likewise, if he’s getting too thin and his ribs are visibly showing, increase his daily food amount by 2-3 ounces.

Tip: You can save 15% off your Raw Paws Pet Food orders with my affiliate discount code K9Savings at checkout.

This easy raw dog food recipe for beginners consists of complete chicken and kelp. Learn where to get both + a 15% off discount code!

Advanced Raw Dog Food Recipe With Kelp

This next raw dog food recipe is more advanced and consists of multiple ingredients:

  • Kelp
  • Duck head (raw meaty bone + eyes + brains)
  • Mackerel head (including eyes + brains)
  • Duck hearts (muscle meat)
  • Bison green tripe (muscle meat)
  • Pork jowl (muscle meat)
  • Venison meat (muscle meat)
  • Venison spleen (secreting organ)
  • Goat liver (secreting organ)

The kelp is from Raw Paws Pet Food.

I got the duck head, mackerel head (whole mackerel that I cut into smaller pieces), duck hearts, bison green tripe, pork jowls and goat liver from Raw Feeding Miami.

Tip: Take 10% off your Raw Feeding Miami order with my referral discount link.

The venison cuts are leftovers from last hunting season (my boyfriend hunts).

K9sOverCoffee.com | Advanced raw dog food recipe with kelp

What Are The Side Effects Of Kelp For Dogs?

It’s important not to feed too much kelp, so please follow the feeding guidelines I mentioned earlier: Dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight per day.

That said, their daily kelp intake should not exceed 3 teaspoons of kelp.

Dogs who eat too much kelp can get diarrhea and suffer from hyperthyroidism since kelp is naturally high in iodine.

Hyperthyroidism happens when your dog produces too much of the thyroid hormone, and symptoms are weight loss, anxiety, and diarrhea.

Depending on where the kelp is sourced, it can contain harmful metals. That’s why it’s important to only buy kelp that’s been thoughtfully sourced from clean, deep waters.

Kelp that’s safe to feed is harvested off of the coasts of Hawaii, the Northwest USA, Canada, Iceland and Norway. This kelp is considered much less contaminated by industrial pollution than kelp from the Southern Pacific Ocean.

The Benefits Of Kelp For Dogs: Bottom Line

Kelp for dogs has a plethora of health benefits!

It helps support a healthy thyroid, reduces skin allergies and itching, makes dogs shed less, helps aid digestion, reduces joint inflammation and arthritis pain, and also repels fleas!

Kelp is readily available in powder form and easy to feed. Just sprinkle it over your dog’s food and mix it all together.

Do you feed your dog(s) kelp? Let me know in the comment section below!

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New and Discontinued Food Items at Raw Feeding Miami

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As you may know, I’ve been buying cuts of raw meat for my raw meal prep from Raw Feeding Miami since 2016.

I love their huge selection of different proteins, as well as the different cuts of meat they offer for my homemade raw dog food.

I mean, where else do you get rabbit kidneys, beef eyeballs, lamb brains, kangaroo chunks and whole mackerel?!

Either way, I’ve noticed that over the years, their selection has changed a little. Some food items are no longer available, while new ones are.

So in today’s blog post, I’m nerding out over the changes I’ve noticed since 2016. Enjoy!

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Discontinued Food Items At Raw Feeding Miami

I noticed that the following cuts of meat are no longer available at Raw Feeding Miami:

Pork Uterus

Pork uterus falls into the muscle meat category. My pup Missy loved it, and her brother Buzz (from the same litter) hated it, ha!

That was the only cut of raw meat that he repeatedly spat back out, even when I offered it partially frozen. He just didn’t care for its consistency.

I wanted to order it for Wally last year, in 2020, but found that it was no longer available. To me, that was a bummer because I was so curious to see if Wally would like it or not!

However, I just recently noticed that they carry beef uterus (2.5 lbs for $7.60) instead! So far, I haven’t been able to buy any because every time I looked, it was sold out.

K9sOverCoffee | Raw Feeding Miami's Pork Uterus
This was Raw Feeding Miami’s listing for their Pork Uterus

Beef Lovers Pack

If I remember correctly, Raw Feeding Miami had several packs of this sort, along with a Starter Pack, but unfortunately, I never took a screen shot.

Anyway, this pack of various cuts of beef was 35 lb and cost $94.99. I neither have photo nor video footage of the Beef Lovers Pack, but I did write down what it consisted of:

  • Beef Trachea 
  • Beef Oxlips
  • Ground Beef 
  • Beef Heart 
  • Beef Cheek 
  • Green Tripe Chunks 
  • Beef Trachea Stuffed With Green Tripe 
  • Beef Lung 
  • Ground Green Tripe 
  • Ground Beef Lung 
  • Monstermash (organ mix) 
  • It also came with some duck frames and duck wings. Those are obviously not beef related, but they’re a great raw meaty bone source.

What I liked about this particular type of order was that it consisted of all the different categories you need to cover during meal prep (except for fish). So, muscle meat, secreting organs, and raw meaty bones.

Beef Oxlips

They also stopped selling beef oxlips – another bummer to me personally because these suckers are hard to come by.

Beef oxlips fall into the muscle meat category and were part of the Beef Lovers Pack, but they were also available individually.

Cut Up Beef Oxlips For My Dogs' Raw Meals
Beef oxlips are an odd looking cut of meat!

Bison Spinal Cord

Bison spinal cord is a secreting organ that I enjoyed using for variety in my raw meal prep. Too bad it’s no longer available!

I believe 1 lb of it was $8.50.

K9sOverCoffee.com | Bison spinal cord from Raw Feeding Miami is a secreting organ for raw dog food
Bison spinal cord from Raw Feeding Miami

Chicken And Fish Grind

I thought this was a great mix because the Omega-3s from the fish balanced out the Omega-6s from the chicken!

Looks like I didn’t take any pictures of the chicken and fish grind either..what?! I know, I’m appalled at myself, haha.

However, you can see them in this Raw Feeding Miami unboxing video I made in January 2017 (50 seconds into the video if you want to fast forward).

If you’re interested in recreating it, that’s super easy to do. Just mix some of their chicken grinds with some of their fish grinds (about 10% fish), and there you go! You’d just have to buy separate bags.

Their chicken grinds follow the 80/10/10 formula and can be fed as is. 2.5 lb bags are $12.50, and 1 lb bags are $5.00.

They currently offer wild-caught, Alaskan ground salmon (2.5 lbs for $11.50) and ground thread herring (2.5 lbs for $9.60).

You can also buy whole thread herring (2.5 lbs for $7.89), whole mackerel (2.5 lbs for $7.00), salmon chunks (2.5 lbs for $10.75), whole sardines (2.5 lbs for $9.37), and whole smelts (1 lb for $6.00).

Raw Feeding Miami Review - Wally eating a whole thread herring from RFM
Wally with a thread herring from Raw Feeding Miami

New Food Items At Raw Feeding Miami:

OK, now it’s time to see what’s new at Raw Feeding Miami!

Beef Eyeballs

I’m always looking for variety in my secreting organs, so I loved seeing the beef eyeballs!

K9sOverCoffee.com | Wally eating a beef eyeball from Raw Feeding Miami

1 lb is $6.50, which is a great price. Especially considering that you don’t need a lot of secreting organs for meal prep (only 5% liver, and 5% other secreting organ, which the beef eyeballs would be).

Lamb Brains

These are another great secreting organ find, and I’ve used them several times in Wally’s raw meals.

1 lb is $8.55 and, just like the beef eyeballs, they fall into the other secreting organ category.

Cutting up lamb brains for raw dog food
Cutting up raw lamb brains from Raw Feeding Miami

Lamb Green Tripe

Lamb green tripe falls into the muscle meat category and is chock-full of digestive enzymes.

Green tripe is usually sold from beef and bison, so this is another great new find.

2.5 lbs are $8.50.

Boneless Ground Alpaca

If you’re looking to add variety to your protein rotation, try some alpaca! It’s great for dogs with food sensitivities and those that need to loose weight. It’s VERY lean with a fat content of less than 3%.

1 lb is $8.00, and this is muscle meat. I featured alpaca as one of several novel protein sources in my ebook with recipes for dogs with allergies.

raw dog food order from Raw Feeding Miami
One of my Raw Feeding Miami orders

Kangaroo Chunks & Boneless Ground Kangaroo

This is another great option for dogs with food sensitivities – kangaroo chunks (1 lb is $11) and boneless ground kangaroo (1 lb is $12.50).

Both are to be fed as muscle meat, and I also included them in the ingredient list for my allergy recipe ebook.

K9sOverCoffee.com | Raw Feeding Miami order featuring kangaroo chunks for raw dog food
Raw Feeding Miami order featuring Kangaroo Chunks

Camel Trim

Yet another great protein source for dogs with food sensitivities!

1 lb is $11, and Wally loves it! I also featured it in my allergy recipe ebook.

Ostrich Chunks

And the list of protein sources for dogs with food allergies goes on – ostrich is another great food to try!

I haven’t ordered these particular ones because I got lucky and found a local ostrich farm here in my NC neck of the woods.

Raw Feeding Miami’s ostrich chunks are $15 for 1 lb.

Goose – Heads, Necks, Wings, Grind

Goose is more on the fatty side, so I wouldn’t feed these items to an overweight dog. However, these are great cuts of meat to feed for variety purposes!

The goose heads come in 2.5 lb bags for $10, the goose necks come in 2.5 lb bags for $11.50, the goose wings come in 2.5 lb bags for $11.00, and the goose grinds come in 1 lb bags for $7.99.

So far, I bought the grinds, and Wally loves them. No surprise really, since he has yet NOT to like something I’ve offered him, ha! 😉

K9sOverCoffee.com | Combining Goose grinds from Raw Feeding Miami with Dr. Harvey's Paradigm
Combining Raw Feeding Miami’s Goose Grinds with Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm

Wild Boar Baby Back Ribs

These wild boar ribs have been sold out every time I checked, bummer! I bet Wally would LOVE them.

They’re raw meaty bones and previously frozen at -10 F, so they’re ready to feed. You should introduce them slowly as they’re a rich food item.

They come in packs that “average 2 lbs” and are $10.00.

Dehydrated Rabbit Feet And Ears

I’ve been eyeing these babies for a while too, and finally got some!

They come in 3 oz bags for $9.00.

Furry food items are a great source of manganese and fiber, and they keep the anal glands working properly.

I either offer them as in-between snacks, or I add them to Wally’s raw meals.

K9sOverCoffee.com | Raw dog food featuring a dehydrated furry rabbit foot, air-dried herring, ground beef, and a dehydrated low-carb veggie and herb mix
Homemade raw dog food

Lots of Pre-Made Grinds

These days, Raw Feeding Miami carries a lot more pre-made grinds that are ready to feed as is than they did when I first started ordering from them in 2016.

Most of them follow the 80/10/10 formula – 80% muscle meat, 10% secreting organs, and 10% raw meaty bone:

  • Chicken grinds
  • Duck grinds
  • Chicken & green tripe grinds
  • Beef grinds
  • Goose grinds
  • Lamb grinds
  • Beef & green tripe grinds
  • Pheasant grinds
  • Pork grinds
  • Rabbit grinds
  • Turkey grinds

Also: Dr. Harvey’s Products

They now carry several of Dr. Harvey’s products. For example, Dr. Harvey’s Raw Vibrance, Paradigm, and Canine Health.

Those are all dehydrated mixes of veggies, herbs, healing foods like green lipped mussels, shiitake mushrooms, and/or grains (Canine Health features grains).

I personally love Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm, and would also add their Raw Vibrance to Wally’s meals if he wasn’t allergic to shellfish. Raw Vibrance features green lipped mussels, and they’re considered shellfish.

Tip: You can save 10% off your raw dog food order from Raw Feeding Miami with my referral discount link! Happy saving!

New and Discontinued Food Items at Raw Feeding Miami: Bottom Line

Although I’m bummed that Raw Feeding Miami no longer offers certain food items like the Beef Lovers Pack and beef oxlips, they really outdid themselves with their new selection of protein sources for dogs with food sensitivities.

If your dog is allergic to common foods like chicken, beef, and turkey, you’ll find something he can eat at Raw Feeding Miami!

For example, camel trim, kangaroo chunks, ostrich chunks, ground alpaca, to name just their new arrivals.

They also have a great rabbit selection, which is also known to be a hypoallergenic dog food source.

Have you noticed any food related changes at Raw Feeding Miami? You’re welcome to let me know in the comment section below this blog post!

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5 Tools Of A Professional Dog Walker

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Have you ever thought about starting a career in the dog walking or pet sitting industry, for example as a professional dog walker? 

That’s exactly how I paid my bills from 2012-2020, as a professional dog walker and pet sitter! I worked for pet sitting businesses from 2012-2014 and ran my own business from 2015-2020.

It was an awesome way to make a living in this growing niche in the pet service industry. While it does sound easy enough, there’s actually a lot more going on than meets the eye. 

I can tell you from my 9 years of experience that it involves a little more than clipping a leash to a dog’s collar and going for a leisurely stroll around their neighborhood. 

Let’s take a look at the top 5 tools of a professional dog walker – here’s what else you’ll learn:

  • What equipment do you need as a dog walker?
  • Which type of dog collar to use as an emergency back up collar
  • A valuable tip for client keys
  • A weekly pet sitting report card template

5 Tools Of A Professional Dog Walker

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1. My Car – More Than A Simple Means Of Transportation

Since I didn’t live and work in a huge city like NYC where I could have walked to my clients’ homes, I heavily relied on my car for getting around between clients.

It took me anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes to get from client A to client B, and with an average of 7 daily visits you get the picture. 

K9sOverCoffee | Tools Of A Dog Walker - A Glimpse Behind The Scenes:My Car

I also kept the following in my car:

Coffee and water were always along for the ride as well!

The same applied to snacks and my lunch or dinner, depending on the time of day I was out and about. I also brought an insulated cooler bag on those really hot summer days. 

Side note: I tracked my daily miles in a mileage log. All of those miles are tax deductible. If you track your miles, you don’t need to keep your gas receipts.

2. My Phone – Providing Peace Of Mind For My Clients

Providing peace of mind is a major part of any dog walker’s/pet sitter’s job description.

Clients want to know that their beloved fur babies are well taken care of while they’re not home. Without my smart phone, I wouldn’t have been able to provide this peace of mind in a timely manner. 

I used my phone to snap pictures and videos of the pets in my care which I then sent to my clients via text or email.

It let them know that we:

  • Went for a walk
  • Administered medications as necessary
  • Handed out treats
  • Brought in a package or
  • Had a play session
K9sOverCoffee | Tools Of A Dog Walker - A Glimpse Behind The Scenes- Administering Medications
Letting GSD Remy’s mom know that Remy took his meds

3. Dog Walker Diaper Bags, Poop Bags, Dog Collars & Leashes

When you’re out and about all day long walking dogs, you’ll need a smart solution that holds all your dog walking necessities. Aka dog walker diaper bag, ha – this is what it needs to hold:

  • Client keys
  • Poop bags
  • Treats
  • Phone
  • Tissues
  • Pepper spray
  • Your extra collar (read on to learn more about that one)
  • Whatever else you may need (eye drops, lick balm, pen etc)

I switched it up between crossbody bags and fanny packs.

I always liked to be prepared for poop emergencies because we all know that poop happens, right?! As mentioned above, that’s why I always had extra rolls of poop bags in my car. 

Most clients provided their own poop bags, but sometimes they ran out or we just happened to use the last one when Fido decided to poop again!

K9sOverCoffee | Tools Of A Professional Dog Walker - Poop Bags Dangling From A Cross Body Purse
One of my favorite cross-body bags with an earth rated poop bag holder

I personally really liked the poop bag brand Earth Rated.

Tip: Use This Type of Dog Collar as an Emergency back Up Collar

I also carried a LARGE size slip dog collar along in my cross body bag.

Sling collars are also known as choke collars. I recommend you use a large size slip collar because it fits around all size necks, from a Beagle to a German Shepherd.

I started carrying one on me at all times ever since the flat collar of one of my dog walking clients’ broke mid-walk.

And guess what – I didn’t have an extra collar on me. Yikes.

Thankfully that dog wasn’t a runner and didn’t stray very far. I was able to turn the leash I was walking her on into a makeshift sling leash, and that’s how we made it safely back to her home. 

Ever since that day, I made it a point to have an extra sling collar on me (size large!), and have had to use it several times, mainly to regain control over a dog who was simply pulling too much.

Used correctly, it’s a great tool to encourage polite leash walking.

K9sOverCoffee | Tools Of A Professional Dog Walker - An Extra Sling Collar
A large size (laced) chain slip dog collar to use as an emergency back up collar

4. Client Keys, Professional Pet Sitting Liability Insurance, Storm Whistle, Pepper Spray 

Having all the necessary client keys on me was kind of a no-brainer, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here.

Let me just share one tip that comes to mind as far as keys are concerned – never leave your client keys in your car. I learned that one from Erica as well. 

That seemingly small negligence makes up a big chunk of claims filed with professional pet sitting liability insurance providers. It can get very expensive if all the client locks need to be replaced. 

Side note: DO have professional pet sitting liability insurance. It’s peace of mind for yourself should something happen. I was with Pet Sitters Associates and they’re quite affordable. 

I can’t tell you enough how much I valued my storm whistle/tick twister combo and also my clip-on pepper spray.

While I never actively used the pepper spray (except for training purposes), it provided ginormous peace of mind that I would have been able to break up a dog fight if necessary.

K9sOverCoffee | Clip-On Sabre Pepper Spray
My clip-on pepper spray

However, I definitely used my storm whistle and tick twister countless times.

The whistle is super loud and acts as a great distraction. I used it regularly to stop loose dogs in their tracks (there’s many of them here in our rural area). It can also serve you well if you’re in need of help and trying to get people’s attention.

K9sOverCoffee | Lanyard Holding Storm Whistle And Tick Twister
My Tick Twister/Storm Whistle combination

I mainly used the tick twister during spring, summer, and fall. It’s an easy-to-use tool and definitely handy to have on me while out on walks.

K9sOverCoffee | Lone Star Tick Crawling On GSP
Lone star tick crawling on GSP client Tab
K9sOverCoffee.com | Professional dog walker with storm whistle and tick twister
Pulling back the trash can at GSD Stanley’s home

5. Virtual & Hard Copy Scheduling Tools, Weekly Report Cards

One of the best decisions I made in 2016 was to invest in a professional pet sitting software. 

Scheduling Tools

Pet Sitter Plus makes scheduling and invoicing a breeze and is affordable, which is obviously an important criterion, at least in my opinion. 

What I really loved about it is the app-like phone interface. This feature set it apart from several other softwares I tested and ultimately made me go with it.

I used it to check off visits while out and about as well as to schedule and/or send invoices – all conveniently from my phone. 

K9sOverCoffee | Tools Of A Professional Dog Walker - Virtual Pet Sitter Plus Schedule

While I absolutely loved my pet sitting software, I still used a hard copy schedule as well.

It was a great way of double-checking my own planning/scheduling PLUS it always worked, regardless of whether or not the internet might be down.

K9sOverCoffee | My Pet Sitting Schedule
My hard copy dog walking schedule

Weekly Pet Sitting Report Cards for Clients

One habit I learned from my awesome former boss Erica, owner at Pick Of The Litter Pet Care (now Pick of the Litter Canine Massage), is to always leave notes.

For one, it’s proof that I actually showed up for the respective dog walking or pet sitting job. But it also provides a summary of my stay with the dog and/or cat AND is a cute keepsake – some of my clients have kept every single pet sitting report card sheet I have filled out in a binder!

K9sOverCoffee | Tools Of A Professional Dog Walker - A Glimpse Behind The Scenes - Weekly Report Card
Pet Sitting Report Card

Tools Of A Professional Dog Walker: Bottom Line

I hope you enjoyed the glimpse behind the professional dog walking scenes.

Who knows, you might just ditch your 9-5 gig and give this niche a shot. I recommend checking out PetSittersInternational and/or ProfessionalUnitedPetSitters for more information on how to start a profitable pet sitting and/or dog walking business.

The same goes for the book Pet Sitting For Profit.

Know that all the tools mentioned above are tax deductible, besides the cost of the smart phone.

You can, however, deduct a certain percentage of your monthly phone cost, and if you have a designated home office space, that can save you some cash come tax time as well.

Have you thought about starting a dog walking/pet sitting business, or do you know someone who owns one? As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section!

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Pet Bloggers Journey 2021: What Happened At K9sOverCoffee

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Today I’m taking a little break from my usual raw feeding related blog posts and am joining the Pet Bloggers Journey 2021!

That’s an annual virtual get together of pet bloggers where we talk about our successes, challenges and goals.

It’s hosted by seasoned and full-time blogger Colby from PuppyInTraining. He writes about all things puppies, and specifically training service dog puppies.

Fun fact: I once met Colby along with fellow blogger Lindsay from ThatMutt in person in beautiful San Diego back in 2017. Fingers crossed we can really travel again this year!

K9sOverCoffee | Dog-Friendly Things To Do In San Diego - Meeting Fellow Dog Bloggers At Starbucks in La Jolla
From left to right: Me, Lindsay with her pup Ace, and Colby

Pet Bloggers Journey 2021!

Now without further ado, let’s jump into this year’s questions!

K9sOverCoffee.com | Pet Bloggers Journey 2021: What Happened At K9sOverCoffee?!

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1. When did you begin your blog and what do you currently write about on your blog?

I began my blog K9sOverCoffee in August 2014 and write mostly about raw dog food.

That includes pre-made raw dog food, DIY raw dog food recipes & general how to, reviews of different brands, as well as a few giveaways for my readers.

2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2020, that made you most proud.

Under my new hosting provider SiteGround, my traffic has gone up quite a bit and is currently at over 17,000 monthly page views. That’s a new record for my little blog, ha!

I also made $1,400 of passive income in 2020 despite the fact that my traffic numbers were so low – that’s also a new record for me!

3. Which of your 2020 posts was most popular with your audience? Why do you think it does so well?

My most popular post is How To Keep Raw Dog Food Affordable.

It offers actionable advice and tips on how to keep the cost of raw feeding down, which is one of the biggest worries new raw feeders have.

Truth be told, raw feeding can get expensive with pre-made raw dog food when it’s bought for multiple large dogs.

That’s why my number one tip is to learn how to make your own, followed by investing in a freezer for discounted bulk raw meat purchases.

Freezer space makes raw feeding affordable and affects the cost of raw dog food

4. What was the biggest blogging challenge you faced in 2020, and how did you tackle it?

Ha, that was without a doubt the fact that my traffic tanked to close to nothing under my previous hosting provider, Bluehost.

Ever since I made the switch to SiteGround, my numbers have been going up like never before.

I also invested a lot of time in updating my older content, and while I’m still not done, it’s been starting to literally pay off.

The combination of switching hosting providers and updating old content seems to do the trick!

5. Tell us one thing you learned in 2020 that can help us all become better bloggers.

Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, especially those that have been blogging much longer than yourself. That comparison is likely to be frustrating.

I think it’s a lot more helpful to compare your blogging self to your own previous years of blogging.

For example, has your blog gained traction? Are your traffic numbers increasing? Did you launch new products? Is your community engaged and growing?

As long as you’re making progress on your blogging journey, you’re doing something right.

Also, stick to it! Keep showing up, even when it’s hard and doesn’t seem to be paying off anytime soon. Eventually, it WILL, and that’s when you’ll be grateful you kept going.

6. What are your top three blogging goals for 2021?

Most importantly, I want to reach a minimum of 50,000 monthly page views at the end of 2021.

Next up, I also want to have all of my older blog content updated, and make it a habit to frequently revisit and update my content.

As far as those updates are concerned, I check for dead links, outdated price information, and provide more details if there is new information to be shared.

Last but not least, I’m looking to make at least double the passive income I did in 2020!

7. In the perfect world, where do you see yourself and your blog one year from now?

I’ll have reached my 3 three blogging goals and launched a course in early 2022!

I’ll also be part of a blogging Mastermind group.

8. If you had $1,000 to spend on your blog, how would you spend it?

I’d invest it in an SEO or copywriting class. I’ve learned quite a bit just from trial and error over the years and reading books on both subjects.

However, an actual class would probably provide more in-depth information!

9. What is one skill you’d like to learn or improve in 2021?

It would be great to become more proficient in video producing and editing. While I have quite a few videos on YouTube, they’re all pretty amateurish.

I suppose I’ll start with getting a tripod for my iPhone, lol!

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

It would be great to find a Mastermind group within the pet blogging community! Is anyone up for that or can recommend a Mastermind group that already exists?

I personally find the lack of belonging to a group of like minded bloggers to be most challenging.

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone to hold yourself accountable for implementing your ideas and reaching your goals? Someone to run new ideas by and find inspiration in?

How To Participate In The Pet Bloggers Journey 2021

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Pet Blogger Journey 2021 “How To”

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How To Feed Raw Fish For Dogs {Updated for 2022}

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Let’s talk raw fish for dogs!

First off, yes, dogs can certainly eat raw fish.

As a matter of fact, it’s an important part of raw dog food, so don’t let anyone tell you that raw fish is bad for your dogs to eat.

how to eat raw fish for dogs - wally likes his herring whole from Raw FEEDING MIAMI
Wally demonstrates his favorite way of eating raw fish – whole!

My personal feeding preference is whole raw fish. That’s because it’s the perfect mix of muscle meat, bone, and secreting organs all in one!

These three categories are the most important ones in raw feeding, and brains and eyes aren’t that easy to source.

But of course you can also grind it using a food processor or meat grinder if you prefer not to feed it whole! Another alternative is to buy pre-made raw dog food with fish in it.

In this blog post, I mention where you can buy either along with these topics:

  • Benefits of raw fish for dogs
  • Which raw fish can I feed my dog(s)
  • How much raw fish can my dog(s) eat?
  • Can dogs eat whole raw fish with bones?
  • Raw fish dogs shouldn’t eat
  • Easy raw dog food recipe with raw fish
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Benefits Of Raw Fish For Dogs

Raw fish is as important for immune and brain health for dogs as it for us humans! It also does wonders for their joints and skin and coat health. 

That’s because it’s naturally rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and they’re the ones that decrease inflammation within the body.

The benefit of feeding whole fish is that it includes the brain along with the eyes. Both are considered secreting organs which are essentially Mother Nature’s multivitamins.

Which Raw Fish Can I Feed My Dogs?

You can feed any oily fish like:

  • salmon
  • trout
  • herring
  • mackerel
  • smelt
  • sardines
  • anchovies
how to feed raw fish for dogs - salmon head
Weighing a raw salmon head
how to feed raw fish for dogs - About to cut up raw rainbow trout for raw dog food
About to cut up raw rainbow trout
K9sOverCoffee.com | My dog Wally with his raw dog food featuring wild venison, beef, duck, thread herring, lamb, and veggies and herbs.
Wally’s raw dog food features a whole thread herring
how to feed raw fish for dogs - cutting up raw mackerel for raw dog food
Cutting up raw mackerel for Wally’s raw dog food
Raw dog food topped off with canned sardines in water
Raw dog food topped off with canned sardines in water

Green lipped mussels are another excellent choice of seafood you can add to your pup’s (raw) meals. They’re chock-full of naturally occurring chondroitin and glucosamine and are extremely beneficial for joint health.

A word of caution: Don’t feed green lipped mussels if your pup has a shellfish allergy. My current pup Wally can’t have them because of his shellfish allergy, but my previous Boxer pups Missy and Buzz could eat them AND loved them.

Fun fact: They’re only found in the pristine waters off the coast of New Zealand. But not to worry, you can also buy them here in the US!

K9sOverCoffee | THK's base mix with raw chicken breast, green lipped mussels, and a chicken neck
Raw dog food with two green lipped mussels from Raw Feeding Miami

How Much Raw Fish Can My Dog Eat?

Raw fish should make up roughly 10% of your dog’s daily food allowance.

For green lipped mussels, large dogs can have 2 per day, medium size dogs can have 1 per day, and small dogs can have 1/2 per day.

For fish oils such as Bonnie & Clyde’s wild-caught fish oil, dogs can have 1 pump of the oil per 20 lbs of body weight. Dogs who are new to the fish oil should initially get about half of their daily target allowance. That’s because the oil is rich and concentrated and can potentially cause an upset stomach if too much is fed.

Can Dogs Eat Whole Raw Fish With Bones?

Can dogs eat whole raw fish with bones?

Yes, they can.

Raw fish bones are as soft and pliable as raw meaty bones from poultry or rabbit. I’ve been feeding my pups Missy, Buzz and Wally whole raw fish for years without any issues.

Dogs can even eat larger fish heads like salmon heads. I’m linking to a blog post about that topic at the end of this blog post.

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Missy and Buzz eating raw salmon heads

Should I Feed Raw Fish Whole, Ground, Air-Dried, Canned Or As An Oil?

All of these options work!

As I mentioned before, my personal preference is to feed fish whole, followed by ground, air-dried, canned and fish oil.

It essentially depends on your personal preference and your sourcing ability.

When I’m out of whole raw fish and waiting on a new online order to come in or can’t find whole fish at the grocery store, I’ll feed single-ingredient fish treats like the kind from Real Dog or Icelandic +.

A raw dog food order from Raw Feeding Miami includes raw mackerel
Raw dog food order from Raw Feeding Miami

I also used to feed my previous pups Missy & Buzz canned fish like sardines and Bonnie & Clyde’s wild-caught fish oil. Both are great options, but my current pup Wally has a food intolerance towards sardines and anchovies.

Since Bonnie & Clyde’s fish oil is partially made of sardines and anchovies (and mackerel), Wally can’t have that oil.

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Air-dried herring dog treats from Icelandic +
Missy Anticipating Her Air-Dried Smelt From Feed Real Pet Food
Air-dried smelt from the Real Dog treat subscription box
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Fish oil from Bonnie & Clyde’s

Where To Buy Raw Fish For Dogs

Of course you can find raw fish at some local grocery stores, depending on your geographical location and how well the store is stocked.

For example, I can find raw rainbow trout at my local grocery store Harris Teeter here in NC, but that’s it as far as my local fish selection goes!

Thankfully, there are several online raw dog food retailers that carry raw fish.

For example:

  • Raw Feeding Miami
  • Raw Paws Pet Food
  • My Pet Carnivore
  • Hare Today

Raw Feeding Miami carries dehydrated green lipped mussels and smelts, as well as ground salmon, ground and whole thread herring, salmon chunks, mackerel, sardines, and smelts.

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Raw Paws Pet Food carries whole smelt, ground Atlantic salmon, as well as a mix of beef and mackerel that’s ready to feed as is.

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My Pet Carnivore carries ground lake herring, whole lake herring, whole sardines, ground lake trout, whole lake trout, and ground lake whitefish.

Hare Today carries whole sardines, ground sardines, ground Atlantic herring, ground sardines and bone, green lipped mussel powder, and dehydrated ground salmon.

Raw Fish Dogs Shouldn’t Eat

Dogs shouldn’t eat larger raw fish like tuna and shark.

That’s because the larger the fish, the more heavy metals and toxins they come with.

If you’re feeding raw fish from the Pacific such as salmon, you need to freeze it for a minimum of 3 weeks before feeding it to your pup(s).

That’s because it can carry a parasite that’s known to be fatal to dogs. The freezing process gets rid of the parasite, but if you want to be on the safe side, don’t feed any raw fish from the Pacific at all.

Dogs who have a specific fish intolerance obviously shouldn’t eat the kind of fish they don’t do well with.

For my pup Wally, that includes green lipped mussels, sardines, anchovies, and salmon.

Easy Raw Dog Food Recipe With Raw Fish

Here’s a super easy raw dog food recipe for your pup that features raw fish.

The main ingredient is a complete source of raw dog food. Complete means that it can be fed as is because it consists of muscle meat, secreting organs, and raw meaty bone, the 3 main components of raw dog food.

In this particular recipe, I chose rabbit grinds from Raw Feeding Miami.

I mixed them with Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm and added some rainbow trout from a local grocery store.

Paradigm is a dehydrated mix of low-carb veggies and healing herbs. It only needs to be rehydrated with warm water, which makes it a very convenient way of adding healthy plant matter to raw dog food.

K9sOverCoffee.com | I add Dr. Harvey's Paradigm to my raw dog food
Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm

Of course you can also choose other complete grinds to mimic this recipe.

For example, any complete grinds from Raw Feeding Miami or Raw Paws Pet Food.

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Bottom Line

Raw fish is an important ingredient in raw dog food and should make up around 10% of your dog’s daily food allowance. That’s because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory food that’s important for brain and joint health.

It can either be fed whole or ground, air-dried, canned, or as an oil.

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If you’re lucky and live near the ocean or a well-stocked grocery store, you can potentially get your hands on a large, local selection of fish.

Otherwise, there are a several raw dog food retailers here in the US who carry raw fish such as sardine, smelt, herring, trout, mackerel, salmon, and even green lipped mussels.

Remember not to feed any raw fish from the Pacific without freezing it for a minimum of 3 weeks. That’s a safety precaution to get rid of a parasite that can be fatal to dogs.

Happy fish feeding! Does your dog have a favorite fish? Let me know in the comment section below!

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