We get our thread herring from rawfeedingmiami.com. It is sourced, wild caught from the pacific ocean. Thread herring, like sardines and mackerel are a great fish option to feed a couple of times a week as the omega-3 content of your dogs diet. Thread herring should always be fed as a supplement (not the bulk of the meal) and should not be fed every day! If you want to learn more about feeding fish and balancing fats, then check out the "Protein Rotation & Balancing Fats" post that was previously put up!
Pork Cushion Meat (boneless)
This pork meat comes from the shoulder of the animal. Pork shoulder is generally very affordable (depending on where you live). Some cuts of meat can be fattier than others, so make sure to pair these meats with leaner meats (depending on the dog and their requirements/metabolism). This is also a neutral protein. It does not increase inflammation in the body nor does it decrease inflammation in the body, so it is a great balancing protein option for dogs who have allergies or for dogs who don't. Always make sure you source your pork from a reliable raw feeding supplier or butcher!
Quail eggs are a complete source of amino acids. Quail eggs are also high in vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, B12, fatty acids and selenium. I prefer quail eggs over chicken eggs because the amount fed is easily controlled. I find chicken eggs to be too big for my dogs to feed all at once, so I opt for the smaller quail eggs. This way, Dot (my 10 pound dog), can also enjoy whole eggs. It is important you source the eggs from a reliable source. You can find quail eggs at asian grocery markets, but in that case I do not recommend feeding the shell. Store-bought eggs are often sprayed with a chemical to make them appear shiny. To tell if your eggs are fresh, do the water-float test! Take a bowl of room temperature water and place the eggs in the bowl of water. The eggs that are completely sunken are very fresh, the eggs that are slightly floating (tip of egg is pointed up) should be used right away, and the eggs that are completely floating should be tossed and not fed. Like fish, this is a supplement, and should not be the bulk of the meal. Personally, I feed quail eggs every other day.
Silkie Chicken Head & Neck
Silkie chicken (black skinned chicken), is not known to be nutritionally better than regular chicken. However, silkie chicken is almost always pasture-raised. Just make sure, as always you are sourcing it from a reliable source. Silkie chicken is also lower in calories and fat, which is why, if I feed chicken, it is silkie chicken. Pasture raised birds are nutritionally more dense than mass produced birds, so keep that in mind as well! I only feed meaty chicken bones to Flik, Dot and Dim. Flik can also eat chicken breast (although I never really feed it to him). The head and neck are meaty bone parts that are great for even smaller breed dogs, just make sure to not feed neck every day, as it is known to sometimes cause thyroid problems in dogs.
I always feed some sort of beef product in my dog's meals, and I also make sure I rotate between those different products. Beef cheek is a great option to feed. It usually has a pretty good ratio of fat to muscle meat. However, beef cheek can have a lot of fat attached to it as well, in this instance, I often trim the fat off if I am already feeding fattier portions of meat such as fish and pork.
Vegetable Cube (& Recipe)
I occasionally ( 1-3 times a week) will feed them a homemade vegetable cube. Including a vegetable cube in my dog's diets helps make the bacteria in their gut more balanced and diverse. This is especially true if you are feeding fermented vegetables or raw goat milk in conjunction with your dog's meals. Below is my vegetable cube recipe!
What you Need:
Kale contains vitamin k, vitamin c, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and is a great source of antioxidants. Cabbage is high in fiber, which means it aids in digestion. Cabbage also contains vitamins k, c, b6, and the minerals manganese, potassium and copper. If you want to learn more about spirulina click here! Since leafy vegetables can sometimes be hard to digest, it is always important to either ferment them or grind them into a slurry to aid in the digestion. I like to use a probiotic (raw goat milk) in conjunction with vegetables because it helps balance the gut's microbial colonies to a higher extent.
*This was a bone content meal and did not include any organs. Their other meal for the day contained their organ content. ALWAYS make sure you are including liver and another secreting organ into your dog's diets (whether that be a balance over time or an organ balance in every meal - every dog is different, but organs are absolutely essential).
DISCLAIMER: It is always important to do your own research first in regards to raw feeding or feeding fresh foods for your pet (dog or cat). Every animal is different! What may work great for some may not work great for others. It is important to know that if you are a beginner at raw feeding, there are tons of ways to feed fresh raw foods to your pets (commercially prepared, freeze dried etc.). Starting out can be a little difficult, so if you do your research accordingly, then you'll have more knowledge about EVERY aspect of raw feeding. Remember, if you are not ready to feed a raw diet to your pets, wait to transition and utilize the help of experienced raw feeders, connect with integrative veterinarians, read books geared towards a holistic dog diet and gain knowledge from all of your research so you can effectively give your dog the nutrition it needs to thrive. There are also a few amazing raw-feeding consultation services, which help you in the areas of meal prepping that are specific to your dog's needs. Check out theprimalpet.com for custom raw meal plans! "The Raw Fed Pet" site is only for informational/educational purposes and is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical conditions.
Did you know?
GREEN LIPPED MUSSELS ARE GREAT FOR JOINT HEALTH?
"In addition to their inflammatory healing properties, these mussels are considered a superfood because they contain a huge variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, enzymes, and many more nutrients" (source).