Location: Fife, UK
Joined: Oct 2010
Originally Posted by Moon's Mum
What meats to you guys base your diets on? He seems ok with beef and Eco mince, would a bit more red meat in his diet be a problem? Do you think that proper tubes of tripe would be less likely to upset him than the minced stuff (it's a very watery mince)? Is turkey pointless addition as it's similar to chicken. Maybe I should try lamb, but I wanted to not feed too much fatty red meat.
At the moment my dogs diet is lamb and lamb bones, with canned sardines once a week, liver once a week.
I will be changing his meats monthly giving nutrition over time rather than weekly. So by the end of the week he will be getting chicken for a month, pig pancreas and liver once a week (probably not at the same meal). month after that will probably be turkey, then maybe rabbit, then pheasant and so on. I dont give that much variety in a short space of time yet.
I don't see turkey as a useless addition at all, it may seem like chicken but its definatley not chicken its turkey and the diet is all about variety, so the more variety over time the better IMO. Chicken and turkey do have different nutrient values too.
I don't think red meat should cause a problem unless he is allergic or overweight (its higher fat)
Sounds to me like he just needs a bit more bone? There's bone in the fish but not the tripe. Too little bone can make them a bit loose. Perhaps feeding chicken carcass then some tripe for his meals will help?
I thought tripe was classed as offal not muscle meat?
If its classed as offal then you only need to feed 5% of his diet tripe, 5% liver, 10% bone and 80% meat. Give or take. (mine needs a little more bone than that) Perhaps its muscle meat? (I know heart is a muscle meat)
If you thought the beef alone was too fatty then you can feed chicken and beef together? even if you fed only beef for a week, when you change to feeding chicken the next it would bring the fat and calorie content down over the month. Thats how I would think of it (or just feed a little less of it) If it suits him its worth including IMO