Some of my friends who come to my blog are curious about my diet. So I figured I had to kick Mum's butt to get her to detail my diet for a week. She's been collecting photos of my food and of me eating, so you have an idea of what a raw fed dog eats in a regular week.
Minced lamb with bones, inc lamb organs, yoghurt, one raw egg, salmon oil, supplement
Total weight: abt 3lbsTuesday
Fast (no food)Wednesday
Minced chicken with crushed bone, kelp supplement, one raw egg, salmon oil, supplement
Total weight: 2 lbsThursday
Pig tails (with bone)
Total weight: abt 2lbs
Chicken parts (with bone and skin) - 1 drumstick, 2 thighs, 2 wings, 2 chests, and a few misc un-identifiable parts
Total weight: abt 3lbsSaturday
Fast (no food)
Total weight: 1lbMonday
Beef flanken, stewed carrots, stewed garlic, stew sauce
Total weight: 2lbs
Below are miscellaneous photos of me eating these meals over this past week.
Enjoying my favorite, stew sauce over anything, in this case, I've got flanken beef.
When I was little, Mum would help me by cutting the pieces up so that I didn't have to chew so much, cos I'm a slow eater (I take an hour or so to finish one meal), but now, she doesn't do that anymore. She says I'm old enough to work my teeth, gums and jaws. One of the benefits of eating raw food instead of kibble is the advantage of chewing long and continuously. The gums get good blood circulation and helps my teeth stay healthy. Also, the food that have ligaments and tendons work like floss.
Chewing on pigtails. They are meaty on the outside, with soft bones on the inside. Very crunchy and delicious.
Crunching a piece of a pigtail end
Yoghurt acts like a form of probiotics, helping to create the healthy environment in my tummy, making it full of enzymes necessary to break down raw meaty food. When I was a puppy, converting from kibble to raw, I had to have probiotics added to my raw food to hasten the process, so that I would stop having diarrhea during the 'healing period'. Now I no longer take probiotics since yoghurt does the same thing.
Mmmmm... yummy oxtail. Similar to pig tails, they are meaty on the outside, crunchy bones on the inside. There is also a bit of fat and its good for me in winter.
On a "Down-stay" command, waiting for Mum to give me the release "Free" command to begin eating. I always have to be put through a mini drill process before I am allowed to eat. Mum says I am learning my manners.
Eating Raw Food is good for me, because I am a canine, and I am a carnivore, but I also get to eat table scraps as treats. I get apple, seedless grapes, bread edges tho it happens seldom, pizza edges, and some other small bits and pieces of things. I also get treats, dried raw lamb lung, dried real meat jerkeys, hotdogs, and maybe I should post something on my treats too.
And the best reason for me to go raw is my Poop. It is tiny and hard, like small little pebbles, about 1-2 inches in size and they are easy to pick up, and don't smell as pungent as mushy kibble poop.
The poop is hard when I have bone in my diet. When I eat only mince (like those from the supermarket) my poop gets mushy too, but Mum hates that, besides, bone is a necessary component for my diet. People have many misconceptions about bones and dogs. Raw bones are good, cooked bones are bad.
The reason why raw fed poop is so small is that most of the nutrients and good stuff have been absorbed by the body. On the other hand, kibble poop is massive because there's a lot of junk in that food that is not absorbed by the body, therefore turning to waste.