Help with meal prep

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After 10 days on raw, my girl knows when mom is getting meals ready, she's ready to help!

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  yum yum i want some ha ha ha !!!!!

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a thief in a mask has come to steal the food;)) haha

I bet her fur will get super silky

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Good for you.. It looks like a lot of work.. but soooo worth while.

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It's not like grabbing a scoop of kibble that's for sure. But we have a pretty good system in place. One day on the weekend is prep day, I have enough containers to prep meals for the week. I don't get too hung up on percentages etc. I weigh each one, can remove or exchange if more/less bone is needed. Throw in the freezer. I keep 2 days worth in the fridge. After just over a week, I cannot believe the difference! Her fur is soft, not course, her breath is easy to take, less gas and she is much calmer in the house through the day. I don't regret this for one second!

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 hi astewtru i've always wanted to feed raw but have always worried about vitamins and minerals do you have a reciepe you go by ? i don't see any fruit or veggies is it just meat all the time or does she get those seperate? thanks for any guidance

 

 

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Hi Karie,

I joined a group called Raw Feeding advice and support on facebook, they have been a great resource. They have a ton of resourced info in their files section. I read as much as I could for about 2 months before I took the leap as the amount of info can be overwhelming and there are some differing opinions. My way is to keep it simple. People want to overcomplicate this like crazy. As much as we love our furbabies, they aren't little humans.

So, I started week 1 on just chicken. Important to introduce one new protein at a time. Most will start with chicken and green tripe.

It is based on weight and if they are still a pup or not. So my girl is 9 months and needed a little extra so I feed her 4-4.5% of her current weight. Trust me, all of this is available in the files section of that facebook group. If you aren't on facebook, It is all available online if you google it, or let me know and I can add links here.

She gets pretty much every part of the chicken, bones and all...RAW BONES ARE OK, COOKED ARE NOT! Our dobes are pretty good chewers and make light work of a thigh with leg attached. Heart is fed as meat, other organs, liver, spleen, kidney etc, should be introduced later and only make up 10% of meal. There are a lot who get hung up on percentages...meat 80%, bone 10%, organ 10%. The best way to tell is poop watch, if it's white, chalky or crumbly, they are getting too much bone, runny, add more bone to the next meal. Over the week, it will all work out.

Week 1 also included sardines once and a raw egg once as she had been getting those even when on kibble so I wasn't worried they would upset her. NOTE, keep canned pumpkin and plain yogurt on hand. They tend to detox a bit, especially if they've been kibble fed for a while.

Week 2, I added ground pork and pork ribs and feet

week 3, Turkey, ground, wing, neck, heart

week 4 will be beef, tongue, heart, ground, etc

I also give a scoop of green tripe a couple times a week as it really is the best, smelly as heck but so good for them.

As far as fruit and veg, not necessary but if you are feeding, and many do, try to make it dark green leafy, like kale. Everything should be blitzed in the blender as they don't have the necessary enzymes to break it down.....you will see whole chunks of sweet potato, peas, carrots pass through. I dehydrate sweet potato for treats, she likes apples, so when I have one, she gets a bit but otherwise,  I don't feed regularly.

Veg and fruit can also contribute to yeast as they contain a lot of sugar.

as a note, raw liver gives my girl the runs, but if I dehydrate it in the oven for training treats, no problem.

It makes me super happy to see her so excited for meal time! and hubby and I have an ongoing competition to see who can get the best deals on meat. Talk to your local butcher, they have been a great help. I also asked all my friends and family for any of their old freezer burnt meat they might otherwise throw out. Hunters and fishers too. Anything caught wild, needs to be frozen for a time to kill any parasites.

Variety is the key once you have introduced everything SLOWLY....we're planning on duck, rabbit, lamb, fish, venison, anything we can get our hands on!

I hope that helped a little. It is more work, but for me it is a labour of love. And really, it is as simple or complicated as you want to make it. It's pretty easy to just give her a 1/2 chicken outside and let her enjoy!

Angie

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 thanks so much i will start researching and let you know how it goes.

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