Adding fresh raw food to your dog’s diet doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. If your dog is an adult, you can swap up to 20% of her kibble for fresh food without having to worry about nutritional balance. This means if your dog eats 14 meals/week, you can feed 1-2 meals of homemade fresh food without needing to stress about including every needed nutrient.
This is not applicable to puppies — adult dogs only!
Here’s an easy nutrient-packed recipe to get started. You’ll want to feed 2% of your dog’s body weight for this recipe per day, meaning 1% of her body weight per meal if your dog is fed 2x/day. For example, my dog is 50 pounds so he eats 1 pound (16 oz.) of raw food per day or 0.5 pounds (8 oz.) per meal. I’ll be using his weight as an example of how to portion out the ingredients.
80% Animal Protein (for my dog this is 6.4 oz/meal)
4 oz of any type of ground or chunked raw and unseasoned meat (Use lean meat if your dog is not used to fresh food.)
1.5 oz sardines in water, no salt added
1 raw egg with shell (You can smash up the shell into tiny pieces if your dog is unsure.)
20% Lightly Steamed or Finely Chopped Vegetables (for my dog this is 1.6 oz/meal)
Carrots, broccoli, peas, kale, spinach, and cauliflower are all good choices. Stay away from starches like potatoes.
Voila! An affordable and easy fresh food meal your dog will love and appreciate. I used this recipe to build my dog’s bowl below using ground turkey as the base. This is a great way to use freezer burned or expired meat rather than throwing it away. 🙂
Note: If you want to get fancy, add in a little bit of liver (or another animal organ) for an *extra* boost of nutrients. Freeze-dried organs meant for treats work, too! My dog also loves raw goats milk, and I love that it provides live probiotic cultures. Both of these are pictured in my dog’s bowl below + a raw chicken foot for teeth cleaning. A spoonful of cottage cheese, sugar-free greek yogurt or pumpkin also make excellent toppers.