Our dogs eat a raw diet. They eat pork, chicken, turkey, beef, rabbit, deer, lamb, duck, elk, goat and any
other standard "prey" animal. I don't feed anything to them that had pointy teeth. I do know people feed
They must eat all sorts of parts, the meat, the bones, muscle meats and the organs. The goal for the week is
Meats 80%, Bones 10% and Organs 10%, (5%liver and 5% other organs) for the week...not necessarily every
single meal, but most meals should be as complete as possible. An easy way to think of this is what did the
animal come with. Like a chicken , picture the amount of meat on it, the bones and the organs
(it had one heart, 2 kidneys, 1 liver etc) It did not have a tub full of livers in it and one leg.
There are different types of bones. The smaller one that the dog can eat and give nutritional value, and
larger ones,the dog cannot eat, that have only recreational value.
Like marrow bones shank bones, knuckle bones
Raw bones go crunch crunch and digest properly and keep the stools from becoming "cannon butt" in
addition to adding nutritional values. But Cooked Bones of any type are dangerous because they become
brittle and can splinter. Note: heavy weight-baring leg bones like (cow, deer, other large animals) are
dense and can break teeth. But my dogs do get them. They will usually break them in pieces and lick out the
marrow. I monitor the large pieces and pick up ones that are sharp.
Feed meats with normal fat content as dogs and cats require the raw fat for healthy skin.
Do not feed fat that has been cooked as a dog cannot digest cooked fat. Cooked fat can lead to
pancreatitis. Cooked fat is grease, raw fat is just fat.
If you are feeding poultry such as chicken thighs, use the raw skin as the source of fat. Since we feed a
normal amount of fat, use a normal amount of skin.
When feeding poultry, feed dark meat rather than white meat if you can. Dark meats have more nutrition
than white meat.
A dog on a raw diet will need a variety of different meats
in order to reap the benefits that each protein provides; for example one type of meat may be higher in
iron, while another may be higher in vitamin A. This is why a rotating diet is recommended in order to
maintain a healthy raw diet.
In addition to meat, you can include vegetables, eggs, fruit, yogurt, etc. Raw eggs, like bones, are a good
source of calcium, so are good to use when you don’t have bones. Do not over use raw eggs. Pumpkin is a
good system regulator. There are countless good foods to give your dog, once you start looking! Dogs
cannot digest whole raw vegetables they must be pureed or cooked for the dog to be able to get any
nutrition from them. They ad nutrition, vitamins and fiber to the meats. Whole raw ones like carrots and
apples are a fun toy and entertainment and great for teething. Grains, however, are completely
unnecessary- since commercial pet foods are always grain-based diets, many people are used to the idea
that their dogs need grain. It’s just not true. Some of the positive effects of feeding raw are related to
eliminating grain from your dog’s diet. I also give my dogs Raw milk, either cow or goat. I make sure they get
a calcium source when feeding meat without bones.
A note on bacteria: This was one of my concerns when we starting looking into the raw option. Raw meat is
not safe for humans because of bacteria like e-coli and Salmonella. But, canine digestive systems are have
some natural immunity to bacteria, and can handle the bacteria in meat without issue, when in good overall
health. Their digestive tract is also shorter and food goes through faster.
There are many types of raw feeding types with the two main ones being
The Pray Model diet and the B.A.R.F. diet.
I feed mostly big chunks (as in the 2-3 pounds being one piece) This gives lots of chewing time. I do feed
ground type meats once or twice a week.
If you never fed bone before then start with something bigger like a chicken leg quarter so that the dog has
to chew it and realizes a bone is in there. If you start small (like a wing) the dog might swallow it whole.
The easiest way for me to start feeding raw food is…
My dogs always have kibble down, self feeding, so they can eat what and when they want. They get raw
meat in the evening, when their bellies are full you do not want the dogs running around afterwards. So
evening time is quiet time. I started with ground beef and gave about ½ pound to each dog. This is NOT to
be added to kibble. It is given separate in a separate bowl. I slowly increased the amount and slowly added
in different meats and meats with bone. As the amount of meat increase their desire and need for kibble
went way down. To this day I still have some kibble down but their main source of food is raw meat. Most of
them eat about 2 pounds of meat per day. My kibble protein changes also.
A guide for the amount of meat they need is (when being fed as main source of food, no kibble)
As a general rule, a normal active dog requires about 2% of its “ideal” body weight per day. If your dog
weighs 100 pounds and it should weigh 75 pounds, then feed for the 75 lb amount not the 100 lb amount. A
highly active or younger dog may require about 3% of its ideal body weight per day. No two dogs are alike in
their metabolic rates, age, or activity levels Puppies can use up to 10% of their growing body weight. This is
a guide only and as you feed you may notice at times your dog looking thin, so then increase the amount of
food, then you may notice the dog looking chubby so then lower the amount of food being given. This may
change throughout the year based on the weather and activity of your dog. If your dog stops eating the dry
food then be sure to feed the full required amount of meat.
Puppies 10 % of growing body weight OR 2-3 % of their expected adult weight .Pups should have it in
Dogs I am trying to put weight on I calculate at the 3 %, and to loos weight I do 1.5 %
80 lb dog at 2 % is 1.6 lbs meat
at 3% is 2.4 lbs meat
100 lb dog at 2 % is 2.lbs meat
at 3% is 3.lbs meat
NEVER FEED COOKED BONES AND NEVER FEED COOKED FAT
Large recreational bones can be cooked as the dog is not eating these he is only chewing on them.
I feed my raw at or close to room temperature. However frozen or semi frozen is fine sometimes
especially in the summer (meat popsicles ) or to slow down a fast eater. I do not recommend frozen or cold
to be fed on a regular basis.
I do give supplements but ones made for people not animals
A whole food multi vitamin/mineral and a Raw green foods supplement, I alternate one each day.
Oil like Fish (with VitE) coconut, olive. I use them all and alternate them
Personally I will only use human grade meats or if pet food meat that has not been denatured, I do not use
4D or 3D meats. I am feeding my dogs raw to be healthier therefore I would not feed altered or unfit meats.
This information is about how I feed my dogs. So many times I am asked how and what I feed and how to
feed a raw diet. This works for me and I am happy with the results. I am not telling anyone that this is the
way to feed your dog. Everyone needs to do what they feel is right and how they want to do it.
Written by Susie Zeiner EZ Brook German Shepherds