At Hausenbrook we believe in feeding our dogs the best food we can to give them the best chance at a long, healthy life. Our current feeding regiment includes a kibble meal, featuring Acana dog food and a raw meal, that is home prepared.
The following notes are from an education session held by the Barrie Kennel & Obedience Club.
What is it? Biologically appropriate raw food.
Why do it? Because there has been an overall decrease in the health and well being of dogs in the last 75 years, since the introduction of processed pet foods. (physiological view point)
What to expect?
How do we do it?
for older dogs 50% of diet, 60% for most, 75% for pups
Recreational- knuckle or marrow bones- from butcher (BONUS- help to keep the teeth clean)
Feeding 1.5 – 8% of body wt.
1.5% of body wt. for giant breeds
2-3% of body wt.for med-large dogs
5-8 % of body wt. for puppies/toy breeds
Example- 100 lb dog X 16 oz = 1600 oz.
1600X.02= 32 oz of food daily
raw meaty bones 32 X .6 = 19.2 oz
meat 32 X .15 = 4.8 oz
organ 32 X .15 = 4.8 oz
veggies 32 X .10 = 3.2 oz
-on days that don’t get organ meat maybe give a whole egg (2 oz for a large egg)
- yoghurt (live culture)
supplement with kelp (for thyroid health), alfalfa, essential fatty acids (omega 3 & 6, from fish), garlic
Recommended books- Dr. Ian Billinghurst- the BARF diet
Dr. Tom Lonsdale- Work Wonders
Our Feeding Regiment
Breakfast: 1 cup Acana kibble, 1/4 of a banana sliced, heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt, 1000mg Vitamin C, 400 IU Vitamin E, 1/2 tsp herring oil, 1/2 tsp dried kelp (once a week), 3 times a week one whole egg, once a week sardines, 1/2 tsp ground egg shell (I keep the shells from the eggs, let them dry then grind in a coffee grinder), mix with small amout of water.
Supper: 4 oz mixed ground meat (I make these ahead, freezing in muffin tins), 4-8 oz. chicken backs (depending on the size of the dog), 2 tbsp veggie/fruit "stew", mix with small amount of water.
In the ground meat mix there is beef organ meats, and ground beef (I buy cheek meat from a meat packer), or lamb or pork- depends on what is available at the time, I use lamb in the winter as the price on flanks is less than in the summer.
veggie/fruit stew- for these items to be of nutritional benefit they need to be ground/chopped. I prepare the mix by putting all items through the food processor, then mix and freeze in large yogurt containers. Fruits used regularly: blue berries, cranberries, apples Vegetables used regularly: spinach or romaine lettuce, zucchini, peppers, green peas (I buy frozen), carrots, sweet potatoes, turnip, brocolli or cauliflower in small amounts
Never feed onions, mushrooms or grapes/raisins.