What to Feed
Exactly what items make up a raw diet? Here's a list of just a few things my dogs have eaten over the years:
- Chicken - necks, wings, leg, thighs, backs, heads, breasts, gizzards, livers
- Beef - necks, ground, steaks, tongue, hearts, heads, tails, ribs
- Turkey - necks, breasts, hearts
- Pork - necks, chops, steaks, hearts
- Rabbit - whole (with and without fur)
- Venison - liver, meat
- Fish - Tilapia, Whiting, Salmon (NOT from the Pacific Northwest), canned Jack Mackerel, Catfish, Perch
- Goat - meat
- Mutton - meat
- Bison - liver, tongue
- Lamb - meat, bone-in breasts, necks
- Emu - whole chicks
Your dog needs protein and fat in order to be healthy. A well planned raw diet will contain both of those, from a varied list of sources (like above).
One thing to keep in mind is the size of the dog. My German Shepherd treats a pork neck bone like a Raw Meaty Bone - he consumes it entirely. My Chinese Cresteds treat pork neck bones like recreational bones - they cannot eat the actual bone.
What is NOT a balanced raw diet? Feeding your dog nothing but ground beef. Or nothing but chicken. You MUST provide a variety of protein and fat sources. I try to make sure my dogs get 3 to 5 different protein sources each week.