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Old 10-31-2012, 11:02 PM
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I tried my best to condense my knowledge regarding canine nutrition and the pet food industry, along with a meal plan, into 2 pages that I hope are easy to read and follow. At least, it was 2 pages when in a Word Document... LOL.. I've had quite a few requests for it so figured I would just remake it so that it can be easily copied and pasted. I wrote it with the intent of passing it along with all of my foster dogs, but figured it would help other dog owners as well!

Please feel free to Sticky or Share this with anyone who is willing to learn about canine nutrition- it's my mission in life to be an advocate for "the raw movement" so I am always willing to help (or at least, try, to find out the answer for you if I don't know!) If anyone has anything they want added to it that you feel I'm missing please let me know! =)


Nutritional Information & Meal Plan

A balanced raw diet is a key factor in ensuring that your new friend has the happiest, healthiest life possible. All canines, whether wolves or our domestic companions (who still share 99% of their DNA with wolves), are carnivores. Their bodies thrive on fresh raw meat, bones, and organs. While they are scavengers and can and will snack on fresh fruits and vegetables, these must be pureed for your dog to be able to absorb the nutrients they offer. Unfortunately, the pet food industry is very corrupt; and commercial pet foods have been taking a negative toll on our domestic dogs’ health for years. Even the most expensive brands do not provide the adequate nutrition a dog needs to sustain it’s health and immune system, as they consist mostly of corn, grains, and other ingredients that your dog’s digestive system cannot break down. In fact, it has been said that 90% of ailments affecting dogs can be linked back to inadequate nutrition. It’s no wonder that veterinarians frequently insist kidney and liver failure are just signs of “old age,” when in reality can be contributed to some of the most common dog food brands; including those sold as “Prescription” quality. Unfortunately, many vet schools are funded by these corrupt corporations, therefore veterinarians study very little regarding Nutrition and are simply taught to promote the company’s Prescription Diets. (A DVD with a 40 minute Expose will be provided, which goes into more detail on the topic. It had been released in Canada shortly after the first major Pet Food Recalls occurred; while US stations pulled it from airing after realizing how it shone the light on many of their own sponsors.) Kibble can also be to blame for many other ailments caused by malnutrition such as dry/itchy skin, bad breath/teeth, and a dull coat. “Prey Model Raw” is what nature intended for your new best friend, and while it may take a little learning curve initially, many people find them quickly falling into the routine with minimal effort and preparation; and their dogs reap the benefits. I will do my best to explain the basics, and prepare you with a meal plan as well as other resources should you have other questions.

“Prey Model Raw” mimics the composition of wild prey that a carnivore may eat with a ratio of 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ, balanced over time. My foster dogs are already adjusted to raw diet at the time of Adoption. They are fed twice daily and their ratios are balanced out over one week’s time. This is the same meal plan provided to you for your convenience. All servings must be raw and never cooked! Cooking destroys the vital nutrients that your dog needs for optimal health. One of the biggest myths about raw diet is that raw meat is unsafe, when in reality a dogs digestive system is made and equipped with the right enzymes and bacteria to thrive on it! The Many Myths of Raw Feeding is an excellent source of other Raw Diet Myths that can be a very helpful read to those venturing into Raw Diet.

On average, a 5 pound adult dog on a raw diet only needs approximately 4 ounces of food a day (5% of it’s body weight) so the overall cost is very minimal! This is because your dog can process it all completely; and there are no fillers or extras that your dog does not need. While the ratios must be kept for balance, monitor your dogs response for the need of any adjustments to the order the meals are given. For example, bone firms up the stool. So too much bone at one time can cause constipation. Too much organ, however, can cause loose stools. Using this knowledge, most people choose to feed a boney meal on the same day as organ to help balance it. Since most muscle meats have a neutral effect on stool, this allows you to control the variety and see what your pet prefers. The meal plan provided below will tell you what to feed, how much to feed, as well as guidelines for specific cuts and suggested protein sources. I am always available to answer any questions you may have.

Being on a raw diet does not mean your dog cannot eat processed treats or cooked foods in moderation as treats, but make the effort to wait at least 5 hours between giving other foods to help your dogs body identify and digest it properly. This is because raw and processed foods digest differently, and can cause stomach upset if they are in the stomach at the same time.

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Weekly Meal Plan


Monday:
AM- 2oz meat
PM- 2oz meat

Tuesday:
AM: 2oz bone
PM: 2oz liver

Wednesday:
AM: 2oz meat
PM: 2oz meat

Thursday:
AM: 2oz meat
PM: 2oz meat

Friday:
AM: 2oz bone
PM: 2oz kidney

Saturday:
AM: 2oz meat
PM: 2oz meat

Sunday:
AM: 2oz meat
PM: 2oz meat


MEAT Meal Examples: Beef, pork, chicken, turkey; any muscle meat from varying protein sources. Try to aim for at least half of the overall diet to be red meat. Chicken gizzards are another alternative, which are appropriately meal-sized for a Chihuahua!

BONE Meal Examples: No need to scrape the meat off; just choose options that are bone-heavy, and small enough for your dog to crunch for optimal dental health. Chicken necks are the perfect size for a single meal; turkey necks can be cut in halves or thirds. Drumsticks, wings or wing tips are also great when cut into sections. Avoid large beef or pork bones as they are too big for a chihuahua to eat as a true meal, athough they can be given receationally. If you are already feeding red meat for Meat meals, it is okay to exclusively feed poultry for Bone.

LIVER Meal Examples: Beef, pork, chicken, or turkey livers. Best served frozen due to their texture. Organs can cause loose stools, which is why they are best paired on days with Bone meals.

KIDNEY Meal Examples: Beef, pork, or lamb kidney. Available at many international markets or butcher shops, usually for minimal cost. Best served frozen due to their texture. Organs can cause loose stools, which is why they are best paired on days with Bone meals.




SUPPLEMENTS: Omega-3’s are the only supplement that may be necessary if you are feeding regular grocery store meat. Free-range/grass fed meats will already contain enough Omega-3’s but should you need to supplement, there are many options. If your dog likes the taste, fish can be fed whole (sardines, salmon, smelt) or another alternative is to drizzle a 1000mg Fish Oil capsule ($1 for 30 at Dollar Tree, over a 6 month supply for a Chihuahua) over a meat meal, once to twice weekly.

TREATS: There are many raw treats that are a healthier alternative to store-bought that your dog will love. Chicken feet are an excellent source of glucosamine, and raw pig ears (Not the dry, brittle ones sold as dog treats - stick to the human grocery section!) cut with kitchen scissors into strips will provide a satisfying long-lasting chew. Green Tripe (Not bleached, which has been stripped of it’s nutritional value) is considered one of the most nutritionally complete foods available for a carnivore. Just remember to avoid any overly-processed rawhide treats, or ones Made In China. If your dog enjoys jerky type treats, you can easily make them at home with a dehydrator (or an oven set low!) for a fraction of the cost.
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Excellent thread Kat! thanks for putting this out and all the work that went into it. I think it should be a sticky for those looking for sample meal plans.
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Thanks! I actually saved your post on my computer for an example for me.

Questions about fish oil:
How many meals can you use for one capsule? Or do you use a whole capsule for one meal per week? I just want to make sure I distribute it out evenly. And how do you open/divide a softgel? Is fish oil have the same benefits as salmon oil? Sorry if the questions sounds stupid.

Forgot to add that I'm feeding zp and raw, does zp have enough fish oil that I don't need fish oil for a supplement?

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Thanks Tracy! =D If it weren't for you I probably wouldn't have known half of it to begin with lol!

And Angie, I checked out ZP's website and it lists this under their FAQ:


Q | Does ZiwiPeak have Omega-3 Supplements?

We do not offer an Omega 3 supplement product. We believe the extremely high quality of natural ingredients used to make all ZiwiPeak products delivers all the necessary nutritional requirements to provide your dog or cat the perfect daily diet.

We use high levels of New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel in all of our Cuisine formulations. Green-Lipped Mussel contains high levels of Glucosamine and Chondroitin as well as Omega 3 & Omega 6.

There is sufficient Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Omega 3 & 6 in ZiwiPeak to provide your dog and cat’s recommended daily dosage.

There is no need for you to purchase additional costly supplements. ZiwiPeak's latest test results gave the following Omega levels:

Omega 3 - 3.7g/100g
Omega 6 - 7.18g/100g
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We use Alaskan Salmon Oil but there are many varieties out there. Since I'm feeding multiples we use a few capsules at a time, but there was a member here (can't remember who off hand!!) who was using toothpicks to prick them open, squirting out a few drops, and then re-inserting the toothpick to form a seal. Genius idea if you ask me! Don't hesitate to ask anything else you think of, Tracy can vouch that I too came with tons and tons of questions when I first started raw. =)
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Thank you! This was amazingly helpful. I will be adopting a chi mix soon and I'm almost certain I want to feed raw. The momma and puppies are on Ol Roy right now
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I had never heard of raw feeding until i joined this forum.
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Fantastic job Kat, well done!!!
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Thank you helps to understand this diet better. I have Ike on Blue foods, he is doing well , but am thinking of changing him....just thinking and the more info that is easy to understand, like this helps a lot.
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