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    Righto, here's what I feed dogs, and always will do.

    Main breakfast meal is usually always the red meat, be it beef mince, mutton, lamb or pork. If this meat is given in mince form or small pieces, I always follow with a meaty bone. NEVER pet store mince or anything. It is always human grade good quality. You need less of it btw.

    Lunch is ALWAYS chicken. Wings, legs, quarters. When young, I will chop it slightly into smaller prtions, but they still need to chew it apart.
    When older, just the portions will do. I prefer chicken at lunch for them as it is higher in fat and always give them more energy for the arvo, and that is when i want the most energy in them.

    Dinner is once again raw human grade good quality meat.

    I offer sardines and fresh fish on a regular basis. I also give eggs regularly, and as they grow older I prefer to let them crack the shell themselves.

    That's it. I don't add vitamin c, vitamin e, zinc, kelp, seaweed powder or any of the other million supplements and additives which are out there.

    I honestly believe that dogs get all they require to grow well, excell and stay extremely fit and healthy with what they are getting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Righto, here's what I feed dogs, and always will do.

    Main breakfast meal is usually always the red meat, be it beef mince, mutton, lamb or pork. If this meat is given in mince form or small pieces, I always follow with a meaty bone. NEVER pet store mince or anything. It is always human grade good quality. You need less of it btw.

    Lunch is ALWAYS chicken. Wings, legs, quarters. When young, I will chop it slightly into smaller prtions, but they still need to chew it apart.
    When older, just the portions will do. I prefer chicken at lunch for them as it is higher in fat and always give them more energy for the arvo, and that is when i want the most energy in them.

    Dinner is once again raw human grade good quality meat.

    I offer sardines and fresh fish on a regular basis. I also give eggs regularly, and as they grow older I prefer to let them crack the shell themselves.

    That's it. I don't add vitamin c, vitamin e, zinc, kelp, seaweed powder or any of the other million supplements and additives which are out there.

    I honestly believe that dogs get all they require to grow well, excell and stay extremely fit and healthy with what they are getting.
    so no grain...vegies etc?

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    See i am going to be completely honest, breakfast would be close to impossible here apart from a few chicken necks/wings thrown in a bowl.. I have children/myself/my partner and I do school drop offs come straight back walk chloe then run out the door to do anything i need to..

    I think i could stick to what you make Occy that sounds pretty simple to be honest.. But you dont put eggshells in it either? Does the offal have enough of that in it?

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    edited - the minced up chicken carcass never mind me! sorry i mis read at first!

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    I did that amount 20 times over to last me a month - but Cappy had a very quick metabolism and aside from a paunch when he hit middle age, was never overweight

    that amount would - the 2kg would last your two two or three days OR more - remember - your guys together weigh less than cappy did.

    There is a calculation for how much raw to feed but I forget. If I get an upright freezer, I am going to make raw again - I can then make 50kg at once

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    Sorry DA - god love ya - but I think the prey model diet is wrong. They need the offal and the muscle meat and the veggies in small amounts

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    Ive heard of ppl using eggs shell and all - I worry about salmonella and I think they get enough protein from the meat - the right sort of protein too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    I did that amount 20 times over to last me a month - but Cappy had a very quick metabolism and aside from a paunch when he hit middle age, was never overweight

    that amount would - the 2kg would last your two two or three days OR more - remember - your guys together weigh less than cappy did.

    There is a calculation for how much raw to feed but I forget. If I get an upright freezer, I am going to make raw again - I can then make 50kg at once
    sumo is 21kg...ruby is 14kg now

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    Cappy was 40kg lol - long lean sheppie

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    Occy, I do feed offal, but it is not a daily event. Only a few times a week will i add offal. Some of it down here is really ****, so I also have to be careful with that one.

    The veggies are my weak point - I'm still a hung jury on that one, hence my starting a thread about veggies. I will try and get the book GSD's suggested I read, along with any others. Hopefully that will make things clearer in my mind about whether to add veggies - or not. I think the hard part is that nowhere have I found any proof, or scientific research to warrant that veggies are beneficial to a dog, and which ones etc etc...

    I know I would never want to fee a dog kibble or processed food. Take Zed for example - flight here postponed once because he has suffered from allergies all his life, ear infections and such. When he finally got here I took him to my vet, who told me get him straight onto your raw diet. I did, and without any medication (first time according to breeder) it cleared up very quickly, and he never had another problem with it while he was here, albeit how short. The muscle change in him was quite pronounced. He looked much stronger in a few short weeks than he did on the damned ProPlan he'd always had.
    I have seen that change in sooo many dogs over the decades, as I know you have too, Occy.

    It's the veggies that have still got me.

    Re the raw eggs. My Shepherds used to have access to the egg collecting basket on occasions. Watching them, they wouldn't crush the egg and simply eat the yolk and white, they would finish off the entire egg, shell and all. I was happy to allow them to do what they naturally seemed geared to do. Does that make any sense?

    Sorry for long post. I just really love this subject and want to get so much out of it!
    I have seen that

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