A friend of mine owns a Blue Queensland Heeler named Poa Prat that is on a raw food diet. I remember all the teasing I got when I got Jackson about how I would spoil him by making all of his food from scratch. Well – I never did end up doing that. And, have been adamant about not feeding him table scraps. I love Jackson – but he doesn’t eat from my dinner table. He’s even trained not to come into the kitchen, though he sits right at the edge with one paw just over the border.
Poa’s raw food diet get spiced up with occasional cooked meat added in. So every couple of days my friends gather organic vegetables and fruits and make a delicious meal – actually good enough to feed to your friends for dinner.
There is no specific recipe involved here though you should keep some of these guidelines in mind when making raw dog food. You can just throw most of these items right into your food processor and pulse coarsely.
Vegetables to serve all the time:
1. Carrots, romaine lettuce, celery, parsley, fresh pumpkin, yellow and green squash, peppers (red and yellow) alfalfa sprouts, beets, kale, mustard greens, dandelions, zucchini, yams, asparagus, jicama, parsnip, green beans and turnips.
Vegetables to serve occasionally:
1. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts – fine to feed on a rotational basis but know that they might cause gas.
2. Avocado – feed only the fruit.
3. Spinach, chard, and Rhubarb – can be fed in small amounts on a rotational basis.
4. Use sparingly – potatoes, green peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants, as they can be difficult to digest.
5.Herbs – don’t forget to add things like garlic (no more than one or two cloves a time as it can cause an upset stomach), parsley, and cilantro for example.
1. Cooked chicken or cooked ground lamb are great meat alternatives.
You’ll have a happy and healthy dog.