Originally Posted by Katie Finlay
Well, I posted in the last thread that those items were what I had ordered and never was told not to feed them.
The fish can be fed occasionally. And the diet should be 5% liver. Those are good items. My issue was that it sounded as if this was ALL you were going to feed, which would mean too much fish, too much bone, ground meat, and possibly too much liver.
What should she eat then? IMO the ground necks have a lot of muscle meat in them already. These have a pretty good meat/bone ratio.
No, they don't. The USDA database has chicken necks at 36% bone.
And GROUND is not a good idea. If you MUST feed your dog ground stuff (and I don't agree that you must, having converted a VERY reluctant older dog to whole food!), you still need to be giving your dog MUCH more meat to reach the 80% meat/10%bone/10% organ (half of which is liver) ratio.
The only thing she's been eating right now is canned Evo, chicken breast and beef stew cuts. What's wrong with adding chicken breast or beef stew with a small amount of liver to the chicken necks? And feeding the fish? I'm not feeding the same thing every day, at least I don't plan on it. That's not how I do it with my dogs. I'm not feeding a ton of liver either. It's cut up in really tiny pieces.
I wouldn't follow any book. 80/10/10. That’s what you need to know!
It's fine to feed chicken breast -- but unless it's boneless, that's a LOT of bone (20% bone in a breast) on top of a lot MORE bone (the necks). I’m not a fan of necks. You’re paying for lots of bone you do not need. Feed Cornish game hen or quail for bone instead – the bone is more appropriately-sized for cats—or chicken breasts. But understand that if you’re feeding ANY processed bone-in meat, you can either give a small amount PLUS meatymeat at a meal OR give a bone-in meal and then 3 boneless meals in a row. 10% bone is NOT a lot and most cats do better on closer to 5%! That is just not much bone, and it’s a LOT of meatymeat.
And there is no reason to EVER feed ground meat or bone to an animal unless you get it for free. Let them USE their teeth!
Not sure what you mean by “beef stew” – stewing beef? Raw beef? That’s fine.