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 is 2 meals a day, raw fed. We don't use a commerical prepared food, but rather source out, feeding different proteins, but primarily chicken. We purchase raw blends from Windy Acres Pet foods, you can find them on Facebook (located in Orono, Ontario), ground chicken from Canada Raw in Markham.
excellent online resource- perfectlyrawsome.com
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
Ground Mix with 500 mg Vitamin C, heaping tablespoon of plain yougurt and 1/2 sliced banana
Supper:chicken carcass with green beef tripe, and a heaping tablespoon of ground mix veggies
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 beans (I buy frozen), carrots, sweet potatoes, turnip
Never feed onions, mushrooms or grapes/raisins.