2 good articles to read are:
One of the main reasons I went raw with my 2 was that kibble was giving them brown teeth - even with them getting heaps of varieties of bones in their diet. Now their teeth are looking great and their breath smells wonderful !
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What kind of meats to you mix with the VAN? Do you use just muscle meat or organ meats as well?
I find the VAN website a bit miss-leading in that all it says is to feed fresh meat with the complete mix. Yet I went onto their FB page and found someone asked if they should be feeding organ meat as well and VAN responded saying they recommend taking 10% of the muscle meat content out and replacing it with organ meats.
That's one of a few reasons I've stuck with kibble in my dogs diets actually. When it comes to organ meat I like to stick with chicken as they cannot carry hydatid tapeworm. But the only chicken organ i can access is liver... and a balanced meat ratio should be 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other organs. So I can't really make a completely balanced meat mix without using organs from animals who do carry hydatid tapeworm :/ So at the moment my logic has been I'll make my meat mix with just 5% liver and skip the other 5% organ and I'll keep feeding a balanced kibble to make up for it.
hehehe I've just given Truffle her first whole egg.
Utterly confused she licked it around and around her bowl for a while, gingerly picked it up and played with it on the grass fir a while. Not even a crack!
Eventually I had to put her out of her misery and picked it up and dropped it in her bowl. She loved it but didn't eat the shell. Oh well, the rest of it went down like lightening!
Raw eggs are a big favourite here Finn and Dodge know how to eat whole eggs but with Koda I usually crack it ever so sightly for him otherwise he'll sit there for ages rubbing his very front teeth on it trying to chew it open. He's SO gentle with his mouth and very delicate with food.
I do the mixing in their meal bowls just before feeding them. That way, it is really easy to make the necessary adjustments when needed.
Don’t see that it would be a problem with the prey model. It is all about weight and percentages. So, if you add in something extra – then adjustments have to be made to the amount of VAN and/or mince that you are serving.
I never follow feeding guidelines on dog food containers. My 2 get a variety of different food over a week – not just mince - so that is why I keep VAN separate. So - Yes - my 2 get fish, liver, kidneys, heart and mince over a week - and anything else I can find.
I have never really been concerned about hydatid tapeworms and my pups. That is why I will only ever give my 2 human grade meat. Though in saying that – pork is very rarely on the menu at our place.
I found this article which may allay some of your fears.
Eggs are also a favourite at our place ! It is always fun watching them tackle an egg for the first time !
Have you 2 tried giving your pups chicken feet ? My 2 loved them !
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