I posted a thread a few months ago in which I said my dog was very fussy regarding food. I tried many many different types of feed , many I later found out were very lacking where a dogs needs and health were concerned. I have now found that my pup loves raw meat which is great as her reward at the end of her trails is often raw deer. Michelle has found alot of info. regarding this subject so I have copied and pasted what she kindly sent me, hope it is of use to some.
- BARF (Bones and Raw Food) and RMB (Raw Meat and Bones) BARF includes a high portion of dairy, vegetables and fruit. RMB does not. You can add some vegetables if you want but is not key part of dogs / wolves natural diet.
- The ratio you need to feed is 80% meat muscle, 10% bone and 10% organ. Liver is critical and MUST be fed but in VERY small portions as it is so rich. Too much bone causes constipation. Heart is regarded as muscle so can be fed as meat but in small portions as again is very rich.
- Dogs should be fed 2% to 3% of their ADULT body weight per day. Based on Pipers current weight, she will weight 6kg as an adult. So she should be eating 360g of RMB per day.
- It is easier to plan your meals for over a week. To calculate the 80:10:10 rule every day is very difficult. So for example, today she might just get a chicken breast with very little bone, tomorrow it might be a chicken neck or deer ribs which are mostly bone and very little meat, next day it might be some large chunks of meat she has to chew and pull and tear to eat.
- Keep ground mince to a minimum as has no benefit to teeth. Tearing, ripping, crunching, chewing is the aim.
- Include raw fish (as part of meat allowance) each week. If you canít get raw fish then tinned fish like mackerel, sardines, and tuna is acceptable. Fresh fish should be frozen for a few weeks before feeding to kill off any potential diseases or bacteria. Defrost and feed as normal.
- Liver must be fed at least once a week. Piper would need 126g per week of liver and 126g of other organs.
- Stomach contents not regarded as acceptable as would not be eaten in the wild. Green tripe is acceptable in small portions only.
- When feeding bones, must be chewable and in large portions ie. Donít give Piper a small piece of chicken including the bone. This can cause blockages.
Her weeks food would look like this.
2kg of meat (chicken, turkey, rabbit, lamb, venison, fish, heart, beef ribs only, pork ribs only) As much variety as possible.
210g of bone
126g of liver
126g other organ (kidneys, lung) Not heart !
If you want to read up on this then here are some websites.
If you feel this is too difficult to maintain, then I suggest feeding the ground raw food that I was hopefully delivered today that is portioned following the 80:10:10 rule and is totally raw meat. You can then skip some of her meals and feed her a few ribs or some chicken wings. Staple diet should not be chicken necks as very high bone density so be careful in giving her those.