We’ve been thinking of putting together a guide for the longest time. Although we’d like to do a pictorial guide, Mommy felt it was rather impossible as it would drag the preparation time & delay feeding us! So, we’ll just write down as much details as possible & share a picture towards the end.
Now, here goes…
– Forgo the % of organs, vegetables, bones. We felt it was absolutely unnecessary. The only % we needed was the amount of food (meats only). Feed 3% – 5% of our ideal weight, and not our actual weight. Example:
Coffee’s ideal weight is 6kg. So 3% of 6kg = 180gm of meats
2) Vegetables (ORGANIC ONLY)
– mummy gets a variety of mostly local vegetables & it is mandatory to get organic ones, for very simple & obvious reasons
– 4 to 5 types, blended together. keeps in fridge for up to 3 days. mummy sometimes stretch up to 4. :p
– vegetables that should not be fed too regularly: spinach, cabbage, carrots: GO GOOGLE why
– vegetables that we blend: lettuce, cucumber, wheatgrass, celery, cai xin, xiao bai cai, nai bai, purple cabbage, capsicum, radish, kale, sprouts
– blend in a few bulbs of organic garlic (about 3). this is for 2 dogs.
– how much to put into the meal: about 2 heapful of tablespoons per day.
– Mummy doesn’t blend the vege every week. only alternate week only because she’s LAZY. vegetables are only for us, haru doesn’t eat.
– DO NOT mix in fruits. feed fruits separately. ideally at least an hour before meal time.
– at the moment, Mummy only has access to veal liver & lamb kidney. feed young animals’ organs preferably, especially for liver, as they have less toxins compared to adult animals. there is no organic organs in Singapore.
– how much to feed: liver probably only a teaspoon. for haru: less than a teaspoon. 1 kidney is shared between the 3 of them. Organs are fed to them ONLY when bones are included. because feeding organs without bones will cause diarrhea.
3 times a week: Mon,Wed & Friday. At least one type of bones for the purpose of dental cleaning once a week such as lamb shank or ox tail. Feeding drummies, half a chicken, or chicken wing or lamb rack are useless for dental cleaning. at least in the case for baubles & coffee. Lamb shank can be fed on its own, without extra meats. for ox tail, there is very little meat & lots of fats, so Mummy tries to trim off some fats (too much will cause diarrhea!) & add in some meats to make up for the lack of it. no percentage is used here. Mummy just uses an estimation. For drummies, wing & rack, mummy will also supplement it with extra meats to complete the desired amount of food. Example: if 1 drummy weighs 100gm, Mummy will add an extra 100gm of meats to make it a total of 200gm for coffee, because the bones take up some weight!
– for now, mum feeds us the following: LAMB, CHICKEN & abit of BEEF. Sometimes, rabbit or venison.
– try to get as many parts as possible, which can be rather challenging for Lamb & Venison.
– ALWAYS go for GRASS FED & ANTIBIOTICS & HORMONES FREE & FREE RANGE ANIMALS. Organic: not necessary. As it’s hard to get for rabbit, venison & lamb anyway. chicken is grain fed so….forget about finding grass fed. LOL. Mummy will share another time on the “brands” of meats when she finds the time.
– Mummy mixes a max of 2 types of meats each day. sometimes she only puts in 1. although Mummy encourages variety of meats to be fed to us, she doesn’t feel a need to do that by mixing different types of meats everyday. It’s like us humans, we tend to eat only 1 type of meat in each meal. wild animals also feed on 1 type of meat per day. U don’t see a leopard running after a deer & a rabbit & eating them both together, do you?
– to feed or not to feed? Well, ok to feed but not necessary.
– I quote a raw feeder’s words: It’s another type of chicken.
– Mummy adds in eggs only when she feeds vegetables, which means they don’t eat eggs frequently. that is because our dear Baubles sometimes refuses to eat his greens, so Mummy mix in egg to entice him. Can feed one whole egg. Sometimes I split one egg between the 2 of them.
– No organic eggs can be found in Singapore at the moment. So mummy gets cage free eggs or organic fed eggs from NZ.
For now, our supplements include the following:
– Soul Food
– SP Ocu
– Bilberry Extract
– Fish Oil
8) What our BARF meal looks like:
That liquid that you see is WATER. It’s not soup! It’s PLAIN WATER from the filter. We don’t drink from our water bowl that much (only after walks) so that is the only way to Mummy made us drink. And yes, everything is eaten & drunk.
Haru’s one is damn plain because she’s a cat! hahaha.
So here’s our bowl after we are done eating:
Other things to note:
– mummy usually buys about 2 weeks worth of meats for us. she packs them individually according to weight. organs are separate. so are bones. all are frozen for about 3 days at least. mummy currently stores them in plastic bags but she’s exploring the possibility of storing them in glass containers. still checking on that.
– supplements: are a must. it’s considered food.
– vegetables are stored in a glass container.
– reminder: do not mix in fruits. feed separately at least an hour before meal.
Well, this is OUR GUIDE. our personal guide. it might be refuted by others, especially those who insist that dogs should be fed prey model style. We’d say, WHATEVER. to each his/her own. And our guide is also VERY DIFFERENT from the “vet’s prescription” of a barf meal which has all the percentages & so called BALANCED MEALS.
There is no perfect meal concoction. What we have been eating might be different from many raw feeders but it sure beats commercial foods & cooked foods, and even those who feed tainted raw meats (eg animals injected with hormones/antibiotics & probably caged animals).
Feel free to ask questions! 🙂