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EP11009 – Homemade RAW Dog Food & Treats!

Homemade Raw Dog Food!

Monday’s Menu!
This is How we feed our dogs a nutritious, raw, healthy diet.
It does cost just a bit more than traditional dog food & treats, but not that much more. Also, when you consider that we hardly ever need to go to the vet, except for check ups, we actually save money doing this diet.

EVERY dog is different. Our puppy gets mostly raw meaty bones (drumsticks & bone in thighs), and even that meat changes depending on what is happening in the “meat market”!
We differ from Dr. Ian Billinghurt, but I recommend his books (listed below). DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH on this.

Bottom line is, if your dogs/cats were in the wild, they would never eat the processed food in a bag if they had a shot at live/raw food.

We switch up the meats we give. IE Pork, beef, chicken etc.

We also feed them offal (organ meat), recreational bones, yogurt treats, & a version of chicken jerky we make. But the puppy food and these other treats will have to be covered in a future episode.

This is easy, fairly inexpensive, and so good for your dog. Don’t be afraid to dive in, and switch your dog over. No need to phase them in, just go in cold turkey!…lol

After last Thanksgiving, we bought 10 Turkeys (25lbs) at .49 & .39 per pound! They eat the whole thing (after I chop it up into meal size proportions)
So doing this you can opportunistic! I ended up with 260lbs of turkey for around $110.00. YES, you will need a stand alone freezer!

I could go on and on here, but please do email me with any questions, and read the books, do research. This is simple, don’t be afraid!

REMEMBER, when you watch documentaries on wild dogs Wolves/Hyenas you never see them stop at the store for a bag of kibble, or drag their kill/carcass back to the den to cook at 350 in their oven.

You will also see crushed bone shards in their stool… THIS IS OKAY/NORMAL!

WARNING! WARNING! Although your dog/cat can handle most bones RAW… NEVER EVER feed them cooked pork/chicken bones. Dogs have a short digestive tract made for crushing up raw bones, cooked bones will splinter and could kill them. We have been doing this for over 12 years now, never had a dog get hurt eating raw bones, never had a dog get e coli, salmonella, or any other kind of sickness from raw food. (They eat rotten food in the wild)

Recommended books:
The Barf Diet (Raw Feeding for Dogs and Cats Using Evolutionary Principles): Dr. Ian Billinghurst
Grow Your Pups With Bones: Dr. Billinghurst

Ingredients:

Food:
Raw meats of your choice, I suggest:
Chicken thighs, skinless (Bone in or out)
Boneless skinless chicken breast
Turkey
Pork
Lamb
Beef if it is 90% and cheap enough

Jerky
90% ground beef or boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp Kosher salt

Veggie cubes: (ALL RAW & UNCOOKED)
(Usually fruits & veggies in season)
Apple (less core) – never feed seeds
Pear (less core) – never feed seeds
Sweet Potato (with skin)
Carrot (with skin)
2-3 TBLs Virgin Flaxseed oil
Baby Spinach (about 2 handfuls)
Kelp (1/4 cup)
Alfalfa (1/4 cup)
Powdered Vitamin C (2TBLs – 1/4 cup)
Plain live culture yogurt (20-32 ounces)
Nzymes Bakpak Plus for pets (1/4 cup) www.Nzymes.com
2-3 whole eggs washed

(We use everything, broccoli, squash… whatever is in season or looks good)

Equipment:
Cutting Board
Very Sharp Knife
Grinder (or you can hand cut)
Olive oil for your grinder parts
Food scale
Plastic tubs
Freezer bags (Quart)
Food processor
1 gallon ziplock (or piping bag)
Dehydrator (We use Nesco)
Freezer (we have 2 stand up freezers and 1 chest)
Silicon Ice Cube trays (buy cheap after holidays at Walmart/Target)

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!

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