This basic meat recipe is one that can be rotated as part of a varied, fresh food diet for an adult dog.
(Makes approx 2.7kg)
800 gm chicken carcass or necks (or add a bone supplement such as MCHA – bovine bonemeal @ 1/4 teaspoon per 5 kg of dog body weight)
Try to rotate edible bone types to avoid potential excess of thyroid residue on necks.
1 kg lean red meat (about 10% fat content)
25gm other muscle offal (rotate between tongue*, green tripe etc)
125gm beef liver**
25 gm other offal (rotate between kidney, spleen, brain, sweetbreads etc)
500gm of mixed vegetables (include about 3 different types in each mix, vary as much as you can between mixes – − NO ONION, limit cabbage family to 2 meals a week)
100gm ripe fruit (no pips) – eg: berries, pineapple, banana, apple, pear
Basic supplements (add only when serving quantities per serve by 4.5kg of body weight):
1/8 teaspoon quality kelp (every other day)
1/8 teaspoon spirulina
2-3 mussels (tinned, fresh or frozen)
1 tspn chopped fresh parsley
50gm mix ground pumpkin and sunflower seeds (freshly ground)
krill oil***or phytoplankton supplement
1 egg (no shell if bone provided as part of meal)
- Keep raw meaty bones and supplements aside****
- Chop and mix all the other meat ingredients by hand or in a food processor to incorporate all elements (this helps prevent your dog being selective about certain ingredients!). If your dog is new to raw foods, start by lightly steaming the meats, keeping them pink. If no digestive upsets, slowly introduce more raw fresh meat.
- Wash the vegetables and either steam until soft, or preferably serve raw, blending until very fine in a food processor. (It is important to prepare the vegetables this way to assist digestion and absorption. Just grating raw vegetables is not fine enough for the dog to digest properly).
- Cut ripe fruits finely or include in processor.
- Mix the meat and vegetable/fruit components together thoroughly and then add the supplements. At this stage you can divide into a daily portion suitable for your dog (see below) and store in the fridge or if not consuming within 2-3 days, store in the freezer. When you are ready to serve a portion of the day’s meal to your dog, add the supplements.
- Divide the mix into appropriate portions for your dog (see below), making sure raw meaty bones accompany the meat mix proportionally.
- Serve immediately with raw meaty bones. If not consumed within 15-20 minutes, take food away and place in fridge and try serving to your dog later.
*because tongue can have higher fat content, it is best served with very lean meats such as kangaroo
**do not use beef liver if you have a dog that cannot tolerate copper excess (note: typical for breeds such as Dalmatians, Wheaten Terriers)
***replace krill oil with 1 tin of sardines in spring water if desired
****you can also grind up the necks and incorporate in the meat mix if you have access to a meat grinder or your butcher can grind them for you
Amounts to serve:
The amount to serve of this meal is very dependent on your dog’s activity levels and their metabolism. As a general guide, feed 2-3% of the actual body weight for your adult dog per day (eg: 10 kg dog – 200gms- 300gms, 15 kg dog – 300 – 45o gms, 20 kg dog – 400 – 600gms). You should be guided more by the general condition of your dog and either give less or more to ensure they are at their optimal weight, which typically is evidenced by the following:
- Ribs and spine can be felt, last few ribs may be visible.
- Visible waist when viewed from above.
- Tucked up belly up when viewed from side.
- Good general muscle mass, particularly on rump.