Balanced Raw Dog Food Recipe
In addition to being CEO of PupGear Pet Products I also carve out time to make homemade raw food for our four dogs. I have fed Raw Dog Food in the past. Either my dogs would not eat it or they got diarrhea. So, I gave up and bought commercial raw food. There were recalls on one brand I had been using so I started using dehydrated raw diets until a knowledgeable Veterinarian taught me how to make raw dog food so they would eat it and would have firm stools.
The secret to making raw dog food that will not make dogs sick or requires their systems to adjust is to remove the bacteria, toxins and pesticides in raw meat.
Making raw dog food begins with cleaning or detoxing meat, vegetables, and fruit. Even Organic Meat and Vegetables contain bacteria and other toxins because packers, transportation workers, wholesalers, clerks, and customers handle it before it arrives on your countertop.
Detox Meat Vegetables and Organ Meat
Soak meat, vegetables, and fruit for 20 minutes in mixture of raw un-filtered apple cider vinegar and distilled spring or PH Water. Use ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar per large bowl. After 20 minutes, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Cleaning the meat is easiest if you use chunks of raw meat rather than ground meat. Ground meat requires draining with strainers, cheesecloth, and screens. It is messy and time consuming and difficult to get all the water out of the ground meats. Therefore, I recommend first soaking and rinsing and then ground.
Beef Chicken, Turkey, Lamb, Venison, Duck, Fish, Kangaroo, Buffalo, Rabbit, Wild Game.
Spinach, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Zucchini Squash, Organic Canned Pumpkin. Brussels sprouts can also be used but they have a pungent odor many dogs don’t like.
Apple, Cranberry, Blueberries, Cantaloupe Mango, Pear, Watermelon.
Chicken Liver, Hearts, Brains.
Using a food processor, grind the meat to the consistency of ground beef and place in a bowl. After meat is ground/prepared, repeat the process using the vegetables. Use a scissor to cut the leafy vegetables into smaller pieces to make chopping easier. Chop vegetables very fine so they are easier to digest. Repeat the process for fruits and organ meat.
Place chopped ingredients in separate bowls. In a large bowl, use the following ratio: 70-75% Meat, 20-30% Vegetables. 5-10 % Fruits 10% Organ Meat.
If you are not grinding bones into the mix, you need to add calcium. I use Eggshell Powder to provide calcium. Add ¾ teaspoon per cup of food. Mix thoroughly.
Measure enough food for two days, place food in quality storage bags, and freeze.
When I feed my dogs, I know they are getting the very best food possible with all of the nutrients and enzymes to keep them healthy and free of diseases.
Make sure you use a strong anti-bacterial wash for the countertops and utensils. I use 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to clean my hands and counter tops and all the utensils, bowls etc I use.