The most important piece of information I can tell you is that balance is achieved over time.
- This means stop worrying.
- This means you don’t need to feed a complete balanced meal every time.
What was your last meal? Was it complete and balanced?
In fact I have never ever met anyone that achieves a perfectly balanced meal 365 days a year 2/3/4 meals a day. If you do have a perfect recipe then it becomes imperfect as feeding this alone wouldn’t give variety
Balancing over time can be week, 0r a month
Fresh feeding guidelines key points
• Balance over time – one meal could have more bone content, another more meat or organ. The approximate ratio to aim for overall is:
70% Meat, Fish*, Sinew, Ligaments, Fat (10%), Skin, Fur and Feather (Organic, Wild, Free range, if possible)
-Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Lamb, Beef, Quail, Pheasant, Pork, Rabbit, Hare, Venison, Goat, Exotic Meats
*Oily Fish 2/3 times a week (Wild Caught, if possible)
-Salmon, Sprats, Herring, Smelt, Mackerel, Sardines, Mussels, Oysters (unless they have a shellfish allergy)
10% Edible Bone
-Ribs, Wings, Necks, Wings and Carcasses (not weight baring bones)
(if you cant source the other organs up liver to 10%)
5% Other Organ Meat
-Kidney, Spleen, Brain, Testicles, Thymus, Pancreas
-Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Pumpkin, Leafy Greens, Jerusalem artichokes, Asparagus, Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, Green beans,
-Berries; Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Red Currents, Coconut, Melon, Avocado, Pomegranate, Pears, Pineapple, Orange, Pineapple, Papaya,
1% Seeds and nuts
– Sunflower, Pumpkin, Hemp (soaked), Chia (soaked), Flax (soaked), Sesame, Almond(soaked), Walnut, Hazels, Sprouting seeds
-Parsley, Basil, Dandelion, Coriander, Sage, Thyme, Mint, Rosemary, Nettle
-Garlic, Ginger, Kefir, Bone Broth, Turmeric root, Seaweed, Pink Himalayan Salt, Algae
(Felines don’t need veggies and below in )
• Meats are high in phosphorus, bones are high in calcium. Ideal ratio is 1:1, that means that when you feed 10% bone its usually spot on. Whole prey, whole fish, whole eggs and tripe have a balanced ratio.
• Organ meat should not exceed 10% of the diet overall and 5% of that should be liver (beef liver has the highest nutrient levels). Feed liver once a week (or several small servings per week) and try to find an organic, free range source if possible because the liver is responsible for filtering toxins out of the body. If you cant source the other other (see above) up the liver to 10%
• If feeding pork or fish, be certain to freeze the meat for two weeks before feeding to reduce the small risk of parasites.
• NEVER feed cooked bones of any type as when bones are cooked they become harder and are dangerous for the dog as they can splinter and pierce the stomach or intestines. Raw bones are soft enough to bend and digest easily.
• Feel free to feed ‘weird and icky things’ such as chicken feet, beef trachea, tails, lung, kidney, testicles and pizzles (penis). Beef trachea, trim, chicken and turkey feet are loaded in natural chondroitin and glucosamine which help to build healthy joints.
• Weight bearing leg and knuckle bones from large animals such as beef should only be fed as a play bone. Play bones can be used to make bone broth. Raw meaty bones are the sort of bones that are fully edible. They are fantastic for oral health, mental stimulation, nutrients, calcium and phosphorus and they are rich in omega 3 fats to name a few. Examples of the sort of bones are chicken wings, rabbit quarters, turkey necks, lamb ribs pheasant carcass I could go on.
• If possible, try to find grass fed animals that are not given hormones or medications if possible. Younger animals in general will have accumulated fewer toxins to pass on to your dog. Remember its important to choose wisely.
• Looking after their gut health is so important. Adding fresh kefir, fermented veggies, bone broth, kimchi, soil! Soil I don’t mean just digging around the garden, unless you have clean soil. SBO’s, soil based organisms (there’s something to look up). It’s important to regularly be including these into their diet.
There are many sources of information and books out there about feeding a fresh diet. Remember what suits my pets might not suit yours. Keep a close eye on their stools, this is a great indicator of what’s happening. White stools equals too much bone, dark black stools can means too much offal, but always worth checking incase its a medical issue. You can balance meals out feeding a high bone meal for breakfast followed by a boneless meal for if that suits your pup.