Feeding Your Dog Raw Proteins
“If feeding as a raw diet, options include feeding whole pieces of meat to larger dogs, or ground meats or smaller chunks for smaller dogs,” Morgan says. “Raw poultry (chicken, duck, and turkey) necks and backs can be fed whole, sized according to the size of the dog. This supplies meat and bone content.” Serving these proteins without skin is the best option, as leaving the skin on can make the fat content too high in the diet, she adds.
Kelleher, Morgan, and Kessell all recommend rotating the meats in each raw food diet so that your dog can get the individual benefits of each food. “As long as people feed a rotation of proteins and have meat be 50-75% of a balanced diet with vegetables and
calcium, minerals and omega fatty acid sources, optimum health is easily achieved,” says Kelleher.
“Diets that do not include eggs and organs will be short on some amino acids, vitamins, and minerals,” adds Morgan. “Bone [should] be added, or a calcium supplement must be added to make a complete diet.” Remember that meat is not the only component of a healthy diet for dogs. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fats, and vitamin/mineral supplements can all play a role.