This basic chicken recipe is one that can be rotated as part of a varied, fresh food diet for an adult dog.
(Makes approx 1.25kg)
600gm chicken maryland (quarter thigh) (with bone***, half skin removed)
400gm extra lean chicken meat (breast or thigh with fat removed)
120gm offal (60gm chicken liver, 60 gm heart/giblets/kidney/brain)*
120gm 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)
1 tablespoon chopped saurerkraut
Basic supplements (add only when serving quantities per serve by 4.5kg of body weight):
1/8 tsp quality kelp
1/8 tsp spirulina
1 tablespoon dried nettle
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbls of mix ground chia, pumpkin and sunflower seeds (freshly ground)
- 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 steam brassicas until soft, serve leafy vegetables raw, pounding in a mortar and pestle or 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).
- Pound the seeds freshly then mix with the meat and vegetable components thoroughly. Add other supplements. If you are not serving the whole meal, freeze the meat ingredients only and add the vegetables and supplements when ready to serve.
- Divide the mix into appropriate portions for your dog (see below), making sure raw meaty bones accompany the meat mix proportionally.
- Serve immediately. If not consumed within 15-20 minutes, take food away and place in fridge and try serving to your dog later.
*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 bone and incorporate in the meat mix if you have access to a meat grinder or your butcher can grind them for you. If using different cut of meat, remember to work out the appropriate amount of bone content using the formula on my blog: How much bone do I need in my dog’s meal?
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.