The following are excerpts from Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats, The Ultimate Diet by Kymythy R. Schultze, C.C.N., A.H.I. This is a sample of one suggested raw diet meal. As with our own diet variety is essential. Throughout the week vary the ingredients and strive for balance over time. Your goal should be to recreate a prey animal for your dog: mostly muscle meat and bone, some organ meat, and a small amount of vegetables that are pulped to mimic predigested stomach contents.
The amounts listed are a loose guide and may need to be adjusted for your pet’s individual needs. However, do not exceed the recommended amount of cod-liver oil. It contains the fat-soluble vitamins A and D that may be toxic if overdosed.
Meat and bone amounts vary depending on type and size of meaty bones fed. Raw turkey and chicken wings and legs provide more muscle meat than necks. If the bones contain a lot of meat, you may need to decrease other muscle meat fed.
Include a small amount of organ meat several times weekly, unless you are feeding chicken back which usually come with organ meat attached. Also include raw eggs a few time per week. Use the whole egg, do not feed raw egg whites without including the yolk. Vegetables can be increased or decreased depending on bowel tolerance. Bones firm an animal’s stool and vegetable loosen them. Watch stools and overall physical and mental condition to determine diet adjustments.
If you pet leaves food, give less at the next meal. If your pet devours the food and begs for more you may need to increase the portion.
Pet’s weight: 10 lbs.
- Raw meat: 1/4-1/2 cup muscle meat plus organ meat or egg
- Raw bone: 1-2 chicken necks
- Vegetables: 1/2-1 tbl pulped
- Kelp/alfalfa: 1/2-1 tsp
- Cod-liver oil: 1/4 tsp
- EFAs: 1/2 tsp
- Vitamin C: up to 500-1,500 mg
Pet’s weight: 50 lbs.
- Raw meat: 3/4-1 cup muscle meat plus organ meat or egg
- Raw bone: 1 turkey neck or 6 chicken necks
- Vegetables: 3 tbl pulped
- Kelp/alfalfa: 2 tsp
- Cod-liver oil: 1 tsp
- EFAs: 2 tsp
- Vitamin C: up to 3,000-6,000 mg
Pet’s weight: 100 lbs.
- Raw meat: 1 1/2-2 cups muscle meat plus organ meat or egg
- Raw bone: 2-3 turkey necks
- Vegetables: 1/4-1/2 cup pulped
- Kelp/alfalfa: 1 tbl
- Cod-liver oil: 2 tsp
- EFAs: 1 1/2 tbl
- Vitamin C: up to 6,000-7,500 mg
Rotate type of meat, bone and vegetables throughout the week.
- Fresh Fish
- Canned Salmon (note that salmon should not be fed raw)
- Sardines packed in water
- Leafy Greens
- Sweet Potato
Organ Meat Suggestions:
- Choose organ meat from grass fed, naturally raised animals
- Mountain Oysters
One day per week feed a whole raw chicken, rabbit or fresh fish as the entire meal with no other components. Do not feed salmon raw as there is a parasite risk.
Optional for healthy dogs: Fast one day per week with access to fresh water only.
IMPORTANT: Never feed cooked bones. Cooking causing bones to become brittle which can cause choking and internal injuries.