November 13, 2017

Balance

As you guys might have noticed, I feed balance over the period of a week. This system works well for myself and my dogs. Here is a break down of what would need to go into every single meal IF I fed balance every day and every meal:
Linc: 53lbs, intact, 3.5 year old male
Daily intake 2.38lbs (4.5% of weight)
1.12oz liver
1.12oz other secreting organ meat
5oz bone (20%)
1.6lbs muscle meat
Each meal:
0.56oz liver
0.56oz other secreting organ
2.5oz bone
8oz muscle meat
Mac:
38lbs (gaining weight) neutered, 11.5 year old male
Daily Intake 1.14lbs (3% of weight)
0.6oz liver
0.6oz other secreting organ
2.3oz bone (20%)
8oz muscle meat
Each meal
0.3oz liver
0.3oz other secreting meat
1.15oz bone
4oz organ meat
My dogs actually do meet these percentages except the bone, sometimes their bone content is heavier and sometimes lower. Mac is receiving more bones due to his Cushings disease and the effects it has had on his digestive system. He is more prone to diarrhea. Feeding balance can be done over each meal, over a day or even over the period of a week. The point is that the animals are receiving the nutrition they need. If you tried to do balance over a longer period than a week, I would be worried of malnourishment.



November 12, 2017

I moved!!!

Okay, so a lot has changed recently. I received a promotion with Amazon and have moved to Seattle, Washington. Yes, I now live on the West Coast.

A lot of things have changed besides the move. Mac was diagnosed with Cushings Disease. We are currently working with our new veterinarian on finding the right dosage of vetoryl for him. He has to wear belly bands because he has been having accidents.

I also have a pet sitter who comes once a day to take him out while Linc and I are at work. The pet sitter really helps tbh. Not cheap, but well worth it.

One of the odd things about Mac's Cushings, is that he actually lost 9lbs. Yes, Mac lost 9lbs and went down to 35lbs. He is slowly gaining the weight back after I increased his food intake. He is now eating around 1-1.5lbs per day. 

Linc is doing well, he had a strange allergy when we moved here, but that is currently being maintained by a medication. He also dropped a few pounds, which is odd.

I am also working on losing weight and have signed up for my first ever turkey trot, which is exciting!! 

I am glad to be back and will be posting more in the future.

March 5, 2017

Mac had Surgery

Mac had two lipomas removed on Monday February 27, 2017. He went in to remove one, but there was another growing near by. The lipomas were in his axilla (armpit) and if they continued to grow, they would start to cause issues with mobility.

Then my brilliant ten year old decided to rip his stitches. Now I get to clean and rewrap his wound everyday. 


The wound is healing and starting to fill in. I am using betadine spray to clean it and Yun Nan Baiyao (Chinese Herb mix) to keep infection out. I highly suggest looking into this herbal mix for wounds. It is amazing! But as you can see, everything is fine. the wound is too old to restitch. 


January 22, 2017

Let's Talk about Poop

Yes, this can be an odd post for many people, but it is necessary. To the left is a red meat poop. This can also be what an offal stool looks. Dark stools are very normal. Also, this is also what a normal stool for a 54lb Australian Shepherd. He poops about twice a day, that is all. Yes, on one end there is some high bone content stool, but this is for the most part a very normal stool. 

Yes, this can be an odd post for many people, but it is necessary. To the left is a red meat poop. This can also be what an offal stool looks. Dark stools are very normal. Also, this is also what a normal stool for a 54lb Australian Shepherd. He poops about twice a day, that is all. Yes, on one end there is some high bone content stool, but this is for the most part a very normal stool.To the right is a stool from a "complete" mince, which means it had muscle meat, organ meat and bone content. You can obviously see where those three contents show in this stool. 







This is a stool with too much bone. You can easily see how much lighter a crumbly it is. After a stool like this, I would add more muscle meat to the next meal. These kinds of stools are not bad for the dog. Just keep an eye on your dog's stools and adjust the next meals. These stools can also be much lighter in color and a grayish white.

I used to be obsessed with my dog's poops. After five years of feeding raw it has definitely changed. I have never seen stools cause a problem with my dogs. I have never had problems with constipation.

Yes, loose stools happen and yes, bone stools happen, but it is a big part of feeding raw. It is not worth freaking out over. If you are new to raw feeding, take everything in strides. I understand it is scary, but it is not. Everything will be ok.

January 15, 2017

Balance?


Veterinarians and big box pet food companies have instilled in our brains that our pets require a balanced diet "every meal." This is actually false. Very few animals actually eat what would be considered a "balanced" diet every meal. Humans are one of the species that do not. It does not effect the body as long as it receives the required nutrients within a reasonably allotted time period. This time period is usually a week.

Your animals do not require a balance diet in every meal they eat. Most animals eat balance over a period of time, usually a week or two. This is normal and completely acceptable. It is not normal for an animal to consume every single thing is needs in one meal unless it is consuming whole prey. But even whole prey are not “balanced.”

Feeding offal (organ meats) once or twice a week is very natural for your carnivore. This is similar to how they would eat in the wild. Many animals eat bone a few days a week and many eat bone daily, it depends on the animal. If your animal cannot handle offal in larger meals, break it down to portions in more meals, but this does not mean they require it every time they eat. Feeding bone is the same way, feed bone every other meal or every two meals if your animal can handle it. Always base how you feed on the animal individually. Just because one dog can handle bone every other day, your other one may not be able to.

Balance over time is very important and replicates the natural diet more. It also tends to make the feeding regime easier because you are not trying to get perfect portions of everything in one meal. Feeding over a period of a week also lowers the chances of vitamin overdoses from organ meats. This can be just as detrimental as deficiencies.