Many are inclined to begin feeding Fido a homemade raw diet due to the rise in cancer, allergies, and for overall good health. But where do we begin? The basics to raw feeding include meat, bone, and organ typically in an 80/10/10 formula. That is, 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ. Contact your local butcher or farmer for fresh options. Many stop after these first 3 ingredients however Fido can also benefit from a small amount of fruit and vegetables. Carrots, broccoli, apples, and kale are good choices. Be sure that your hound is getting enough omega fatty acids and in the correct proportions as well. There may be some health conditions that call for gently cooked as opposed to raw food. The bottom line is that we must balance the food over time, not feed the same foods day in and out, and most importantly we cannot just throw Fido some chicken and rice and call it a day. In fact, rice isn't very appropriate for hounds although many vets promote such. It is important to work with a qualified natural canine nutrition professional before beginning any change in diet.
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