Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dog food for Ginja

We've been feeding Ginja a raw diet since she was a few months old.  The benefits are MANY and when all is said and done, its not that much more expensive that dried kibble type food.
Benefits include:
1. no doggy odour

2. naturally cleans teeth - no need for toothbrushes, de-scaling jobs, or gum disease

3. the time it takes for a dog to chew a raw meaty bones give their stomach adequate time to get the acids moving

4. much less stools produced - and they are firm, and turn chalky after a couple of days or hours even.

5. decreased or non-existant vet bills (your dogs are healthier!)

6. less cost for dog food - commercial dog foods are ludicriously expensive

7. mirrors what a dog would be getting in the wild - and certainly even the modern day dog has a digestive tract exactly the same as a wolf

8. puppies develop at a more appropriate rate - and quick growth spurts are avoided. A GOOD breeder will want to stop fast growth in any pup.

9. the ripping and chewing involved in eating raw meaty bones develops the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles of the dog. Commercial dog foods will never assist in this important muscle development
That said, I prepared a batch of food with veggies and rice today, I cut off chunks of chicken off the bone (she gets the bone and leftover meat attached raw)  I cooked up the cut off chicken, with garlic, onion, chicken broth - a can, with a can of water, carrots,  (let it slow cook for a few hours at this point) added a cup and a half of rice (let cook for an hour longer ) added corn, peas and broccoli.... turned off the pot and let the heat cook the remaining veggies.
That all made a stew fit for a human!  I bottled it all up - enough for 6 meals and popped the jars in the fridge.

1 comment:

Marianne said...

I give our boxers raw meat, too. I can get it for $0.48 per pound at the local greyhound supply place. I also give them bone broth with the resulting mush. They are definitely healthier for it!