I have had my dog on a raw diet for a few years now. A variety of meats, offal and bones.
Reading AAFCO I am looking at balancing the nutrients so they have a similar profile. At least I wont feel guilty that way.
If you are a strong pellets or wet food dog food manufactured feeder, then this might make little sense, but for anyone aiming for a genuine raw diet (not a trademark in sight) then I wonder if you have been across this ...
The "canine and feline nutrition' bible by Case, daristotle et al), makes many cases for feeding pellets (they also happen to be mostly from Proctor and gamble.
However I have found snippets within the book, that happen to mention that carbs are not essential. Yes these snippets exist, and were not easy to find ...
BUT my main issue is that I found a lot of evidence that the one part that meat (offal and bones) cant satisfy is the creation of short chain fatty acids (SCFA's) from "moderate fermentable fibres". I spent a day or so putting an article together on this (but cant show you because that would be advertising). The SCFA's are vital as an energy source to the good bacteria and the cells of the intestine, making the whole structure much more robust. That is a massive simplification of what they do, but I am sure you can research it ...
The short story is that the accidental ingestions of carbs via animals stomachs etc, may have provided the right kind of fibre in wild dogs, but domestic dogs on a raw diet, or not able to eat the whole of the animal are missing out on the massive benefits to the intestine that SCFA's create.
I was willing to compromise and feed 80-90% raw and the rest pellets, however that will not provide sufficient fiber (as fibre is typically 4.5% dry weight, which is adjusted assuming the pet primarily eats pellets/ carbs). One option would be to buy a weight control formula that has 10% fibre, but it needs to be the right fermentable fibre (four main ones) and probably higher then that if I am only using 10-20% pellets.
IT seems that the only way might be to buy the fibre such as rice bran as a stand alone ingredient and try and work out some way to make it palatable enough to eat. Pellet makers spend their lives making the non tasty grains palatable by heat treatment, oil, sugar etc, but I digress.
Any raw feeders that have resolved this issue?
Has anyone in here been across such an issue and how have you solved it?
p.s. there seems to be no equivalent of created SCFA's without the right kind of fibre. Yes?