Whilst checking on the ears the vet and I talked about feeding raw. She is a huge advocate of it and I told her that I am feeding completely raw now and she gave me a recipe that includes a couple things I didn't. She wants to make sure they are getting some vitamins, minerals and calcium that doesn't come with just meat and veggies.
The calcium can come from raw bones and I do give the dogs chicken wings and drumsticks but not often enough.
If you are interested, here is the recipe:
*quite a few years ago (around 20) I started reading and researching raw and bought Dr. Pitcairn's book "Healthy Eating for Dogs and Cats" I have to revisit it.
I generally don't like to use grains but will add potatoes (preferably sweet) instead. My dogs do need some carbs as they have lost too much weight. Rice is pretty easily digestible and oats are soluble fiber which can be good...I stay away from corn, any wheat or soy, these can be allergens for some dogs and in dry food products, are added as fillers to keep the cost of the product down. If your dog's weight is changing up or down, change the amount of carbs. Basically I use this recipe as a guideline and will also give dinner leftovers, cooked or uncooked, salad makings, ground flax seed, salmon oil, etc. Good stuff. Raw chicken wings and drums are good for teeth cleaning, bleach free bully sticks and trachea are a nice treat, too, and help with keeping teeth clean.
I add water to the meal as dogs often do not get enough and this helps with hydration but also, and very importantly, with flushing and moving the food along so that crystals or stones do not come into play.
these measurements are based on per day for a 15 pound dog, so adjust accordingly:
1/2 c. meat (beef, turkey, chicken or venison ground or cubed)
1/4 c. ground veggies (carrots, broccoli, kale, squash, etc.)
1/4 c. cooked rice or pasta or oatmeal
1/2 tsp. bone meal
1/2 tsp. nutritional yeast or 3 Brewer's Yeast Tablets (this gives B vitamins)
1 raw egg (for essential fatty acids)
1/8 tsp. cod liver oil or 1" cube of liver (for vitamins A & D)
1/8 scant tsp. kelp powder (for iodine & trace minerals)
1 vitamin E capsule, 100 i.u. or 2 tbls. wheat germ