The goal of homemade feeding is to offer variation, rotation in moderation. Balance is key. Making it a nutritiously balanced meal. It may not happen right away but over time, by rotating the foods, you are supplying your dog with various vitamins, minerals, and amino acids therefore balancing by way of ingested plant-based foods. I always recommend supplements to ensure your pet is getting all the nutrition it needs.
Here’s what I love:
- Complete control over what goes into them
- No mystery ingredients
- Fresh wholesome ingredients that support optimal health
- No processed foods
- Rotation, which is important. You wouldn’t want to eat the same foods every day, why should your pet and not worrying that a pet food is being recalled.
Things to look for when considering raw feeding:
- Always try to use as fresh and as organic as possible
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
- Eggs from Cage-Free Chickens
- Grass Fed Beef
- Wild Caught Sardines, Fish
Dogs are least reactive to novel animal proteins such as:
- Buffalo or Bison, preferably grass fed
- Goat and Goat Dairy, preferably grass fed
- Lamb and Sheep Dairy, preferably grass fed
- Whitefish (Tilapia, Cod, Scallops, Halibut)*
*Steer clear of shellfish and option for fish low in mercury. Stay away from high mercury species such as tuna, king mackerel, tilefish, shark and swordfish. Salmon is ok as long as you know your pet does not have a reaction to it. Remove the skin, as that is what holds the mercury.
Why Do I Feed A Variety Instead Of One Type Of Meal?
Offering a wide variety of foods helps to stimulate appetite and increases their interest in a wide variety of ingredients. The wider range of food your dog will eat, the easier it becomes to find and select food for your dog. Also limiting a dog’s proteins increases food allergies because they develop an intolerance to those proteins. Good proteins are Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Pork, Lamb and Fish. Others are wild game such as Venison, Elk, Bison, Rabbit and Duck, although I do not feed those.
Probiotics aid in both digestion and absorption of nutrients. Fresh garlic is very beneficial for killing bacteria, fungus, and parasites as well as providing immune system support and normalizing fats in the system. *
*Tyson was not on any medications nor an antibiotic since October and only using garlic as a supplement. From 2016 to October, he was always carrying some sort of infection and on all sorts of antibiotics therefore making his body immune. Since going cold turkey off all meds and following the whitefish diet, vaccine detox and supplements, all his bloods levels are at normal levels for the first time in years.
Type Of Foods To Buy
If you’re making your own meal preps, organic meat, fruits and vegetables are best. Those free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and raised humanely with access to outdoors. Organic Cage-Free Eggs are a complete source of protein, which contain all the 8 essential amino acids, lots of vitamins and minerals, Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Phosphorus, Calcium, Thiamine, Folate and Riboflavin. Don’t throw those Eggshells away either. Ground up and added to meals can add that calcium dogs need on a regular basis.
Yeast causing foods to stay away from: