Suggested Diet for Adult Dogs
A meaty bone and a few biscuits in the morning. Night meal: meat (60%-70% of meal) of which organ meat including liver forms approx. 5% and vegetables (30-40% of meal). Green Tripe for one meal a week as it is an excellent source of probiotics. No food is to be left down all day (not usually an issue with dogs!). No grains or cereals – no commercial dried food. If your dog has skin issues or joint issues NO Beef, steak, mince, venison.
Feed 2-3% of body weight spread over the daily meals. E.g. A 30kg dog would need between 600-900gms a day.
Meat 60%-70% of meal
Minced - Rabbit, Goat, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Venison, Possum (give a mix of meats over a week to ensure your pet receives a good balance of minerals, vitamins, fats and amino acids) Check the minced meat includes ground bone/bone meal to ensure calcium and phosphorus is included
Organ meat 5%- 10% of the meat portion (often organ meat is included in shop brought food)
Green Tripe – good source of probiotics
Raw fish (boneless) or canned in spring water
Vegetables and Fruit 30-40% of meal
Steamed and mashed (helps gut health, supplies additional vitamins and minerals) especially green vegetables, pumpkin, kumera, carrots, alfalfa sprouts. Ripe fruit. Take stone out if giving stone fruit. No grapes or raisins. No: silverbeet juice (high in oxalic acid), onion, corn cobs.
Raw meaty bones e.g. chicken necks/wings, duck or rabbit necks, veal. Feed raw only, supervise feeding, feed appropriate size for breed. No beef, canon bones or rawhide chews. Raw meaty bones supply calcium and phosphorus and cleans their teeth!
Good quality hard biscuit
Goat’s milk, whole organic egg (including shell), cottage cheese - 2-3 times a week
Flee Flea, nutritional supplement see products page (No commercial flea products)
Grated carrot, crushed pumpkin seed help keep intestinal worms away
If any health issues they will need to be discussed for additional requirements
Fresh water should be available 24 hours.
*Tip: Keep raw meat frozen and only thaw what is needed for that day. Ensure preparation surfaces and food bowls are thoroughly cleaned after every meal. No plastic food or water bowls.
Raw Food Safety
I have heard that some vet clinics are advising clients not to feed raw meat. One of the reasons they give is the risk of food poisoning to either the owner or the pet. This is only a possibility if basic food hygiene is not followed. The raw pet food manufacturers have strict regulations from Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to follow, the same as human food manufacturers. To help minimise the possibility of an infection it is best to freeze meat for at least 24 hours prior to feeding. Only defrost enough for each day’s meals. Thoroughly wash all food preparation surfaces and food bowls
after every meal. Use ceramic or stainless steel food and water bowls not plastic as plastic can harbor bacteria. This is no different to what we humans do when preparing our own meat meals.