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Old 11-12-2014, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Raw Food Newbie! Help with creating menu

Hey guys,

I'm sure there's a tone of posts about this... but I just need a run down on a list of what to buy or how to ask a butcher for what. I am mostly a veggie (I eat seafood) and I am at lost as to what to ask a butcher when preparing raw food for my Remi. I rarely go to a butcher myself

My Pit is about 1 years old. She's been on the Instinct Raw Frozen Dry Kibble for the last few months and is doing OK with it. Her coat is starting to get dull and I've noticed that she's getting dry patches and dander.

I'm looking for something where I can buy for a whole week or two weeks (kept frozen) and that is easily prepped (ahead of time). I'm afraid of cross contamination and want to ensure her safety.

How much raw should I be feeding her? She's about 60 pounds at 11-12 months old.

Thanks so much!
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you want something easy to prepare going to the butcher and doing the whole prey model raw diet isn't for you. Feeding raw this way is gat for them but it is time consuming because you have to get specific amounts of organ/meat/bone and they need to be the correct ratios otherwise your dog could actually be harmed. Read up on the Prey Model Raw diet (just google it) and you will see what I mean.

If you want something easy to prepare just go with the Instinct Raw Patties in the freezer section of the pet store...and I think Bravo also carries raw patties.

If she were my dog I'd probably mix the instinct kibble with the raw patties and give her a tablespoon of UNrefined coconut oil everyday in her food as well as a tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Her coat is probably dry because she needs more oils and the ACV will help with bacteria and is great for the dogs whole body in general.
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Old 11-13-2014, 12:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you want something easy to prepare going to the butcher and doing the whole prey model raw diet isn't for you. Feeding raw this way is gat for them but it is time consuming because you have to get specific amounts of organ/meat/bone and they need to be the correct ratios otherwise your dog could actually be harmed. Read up on the Prey Model Raw diet (just google it) and you will see what I mean.

If you want something easy to prepare just go with the Instinct Raw Patties in the freezer section of the pet store...and I think Bravo also carries raw patties.

If she were my dog I'd probably mix the instinct kibble with the raw patties and give her a tablespoon of UNrefined coconut oil everyday in her food as well as a tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Her coat is probably dry because she needs more oils and the ACV will help with bacteria and is great for the dogs whole body in general.
It was for me difficult to get all the ingredients by the butcher.
Then I found out that you can buy ''ready made'' meat, by the Supermarket/Petstore.

Here a example of a biological sausage:




This one is cheaper bc It isn't biological but still human-grade and free of chemicals



I'm sure you can buy them also in the States, only different brands.

For the fur/skin I put 2 eggs a week, sometimes coconut or salmon oil.
I bought recently shampoo with mink oil, that will not wash their skin oils away and protect their skin enz enz.

Also sheep fat cubes with seaweed are very good for fur&skin.
Example




Sorry for the English, success

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Old 11-13-2014, 01:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, when I go to my butcher, I get Cow-heart,liver,kidney,tongue and bones(rib or back usually) that have meat on them (never get leg bones), Pig-heart,liver,kidney and heads and hooves, Chicken and Turkey(which is the majority of their diet), livers, gizzards,feet,necks and lots of leg quarters, and usually some Goat (but I get them from farmers whole most times.

As Coach already mentioned, it is crucial that you research the proper proportions and items to use on a daily basis, specific amount of bone-vs-meat-vs-organ it takes a little bit of time but not long and I love what it gives my dags..

I also use greens (collard or spinach usually), whole eggs shell and all, plain organic yogurt (the kind with live cultures in it), raw honey, raw ACV (apple cider vinegar) and garlic cloves in my feed.

Proportion it out in bags and freezer and fridge time, every day they get one out of the fridge and one comes out of the freezer to replace it. Easy peasy!!

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i feed chicken quarters, cornish hens, chunked beef/pork/goat/lamb/deer, whole rabbit, quail, tongue, heart, liver, kidney, testicles, brain, sweetbreads, gizzards, duck tongues, chicken/turkey necks, backs, turkey drums, lamb femur, duck heads, duck feet, chicken feet, whole sardines, green tripe, raw eggs, goat kifer, etc. I follow a 80/10/10 ratio and i add a cube of fruit/veg puree. I have a ton of meal pics i can post if needed. lemme know
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
 

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Thank you everyone!

I didn't mean something easy like... pick up from the butcher and go. I do meal preps for my husband and I every sunday and want to be able to prep a week full of food in an hour or so and freeze it for the week. That's what I meant

I definitely have to do more research on the portions. My friend is feeding her 85 pit raw and doesn't closely portion it... but the butcher she goes to does it for her. So she'll tell him/her what she needs and they give it to her ground or in chunks. I haven't seen many butchers in SoCal that can do that, or maybe I'm looking in the wrong places.

I did pick up a bag of instinct raw. I'm keeping the same protein as her kibble (we just bought a big bag not too long ago). So we're easing her in with a few medallions of the raw venison and some kibble. It's been a few days and it seems to be good for her. She eats the raw medallions right away and now picks around the kibble - it's probably 100x yummier for her. The 3lb bag has 48 medallions in it and it's 17 per one serving should she not have any kibble with it. So that doesn't last us long. So I'm hoping I can give her the quality and cut cost by not having to go with a pre-made pet food. But if that's my only option, with my fear of harming her or making her ill, I'll suck it up and do it for my girl.
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