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Amount of fresh food to feed your dog

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Doing a fresh cooked or raw food diet can feel overwhelming. We want to be sure our dogs get all the vitamins and nutrients their body needs. I’ve used the following 3 supplements on my dogs for many years with fantastic results. This reduces my anxiety of attempting to feed my dogs a balanced diet each day/week. To learn more about feeding a fresh food diet to your dog, check out more of our articles here in our Safari Doodles Education blog

1️⃣ I highly suggest you feed the NuVet Plus vitamin. This covers many nutrients your dog needs that might not be covered when making your dog a fresh diet. I suggest you feed NuVet 5-6 days a week.

2️⃣ I suggest you feed Grizzly Salmon oil 3-4 days a week. This fish oil covers DHA/Omega 3. This is a very popular brand amongst holistic vets. Feeding too much fish oil is toxic. Limiting your dog to the suggested dose 3-4 days a week is best.

3️⃣ I suggest you supplement 3 days a week with iodine. Getting iodine can be tricky. Limit this supplement to just 3 days a week to avoid overdose. Many humans & dogs are deficient in Iodine. This liquid brand was recommended by a human holistic pediatrics doctor. It is also great for pets! Using the liquid helps when dosing small dogs. Mary Ruth’s Liquid Iodine. For a natural Whole Food option, feed this Kelp Seaweed

Feeding a fresh food diet means your dog gets more water per bite than when feeding only dry dog food. This chart is for a dog eating fresh food. The percentage of meat should be close to:
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80+% lean muscle meat 
8-10% fat (careful not to feed high fat) 
10% organ meat (5% liver/5% other) 
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The percentage of meat vs other ingredients:
🍖60-80% meat
🍖20-40% veggies/fruit/grain. 

🐶A puppy should have 60% muscle meat, 20% edible bones (or ground bone), 10% organs (5% liver, 5% other), 10% Veggies/fruit/grains. 

🐩As an example, an older dog can reduce the amount of ground bones/ edible bones to 5-10% of the diet and increase veggies or lean meat. An example is
60% lean meat, 10% edible bone, 10% organ, 20% veggie/fruit/grains. Adult dogs calorie and calcium needs are less than a growing puppy.

⭐️⭐️On a calculator, type in your dog’s weight.  Then look at the list below and enter the percentage based on your dog’s age. Next multiple your dog’s weight by this percentage. Hit the equal sign. This amount is how many pounds your dog needs to eat per day. 

2-4 months old
8%-10% of current body weight 
Feed 3-4 meals 
4-6 months old
6%-8% of current body weight 
Feed 3-4 meals 
6-8 months old
4%- 6% of current body weight 
Feed 2 meals 
8-12 months old
3-4% of current body weight 
Feed 2 meals 
Small breeds 12+ months old
2%-3% of current body weight 
Feed 1-2 meals 
Large breeds 12-18 months old
3-4% of current body weight 
Feed 2 meals 
All breeds 18+ months old (adult)
2%-3% of current body weight 
Feed 1-2 meals 

Dog’s Weight = 50 lbs
Age of dog, 2 years= 3% 
On a calculator 50 x 3 percent button = 1.5 pounds of food / per day 

Or

Dogs Weight = 50 lbs
Age of dog, 2 years= 3% 
On a calculator 50 x 0.03 = 1.5 pounds of food / per day 

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A large breed puppy who is 12 lbs at 8 weeks old needs 1.2 lbs of food per day, divided up into 3-4 meals per day. 

When that puppy is 3 months and 20 lbs he eats 2 lbs a day 

At 4 months and 40 lbs he eats 3.2 lbs a day. 

At 7 months and 60 lbs he eats 3.6 lbs a day. 

At 9 months and 70 lbs he eats 2.8 lbs a day

He needs to continue eating 3%-4% of his body weight until he’s 18+ months old. At that point he can drop to 2%-3% of his body weight. 

Notice that a puppy who is 3 months old & who weighs 15 lbs gets 10% of his body weight per day. That also equals 1.5 lbs of food. That is the same amount the 50 lbs grown adult eats. 

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Every dog is unique. Some have a fast metabolism and highly active. Those dogs need the highest percentage of food for their body weight/age. Some dogs are lower energy or have a breed type who easily carry a healthy amount of body fat. For those dogs, feeding the lower end percentage is ideal. It is imperative that your dog eats the amount of food that keeps him at an ideal body weight. Don’t over feed and have a chubby dog! 

A dog with too much body fat will be less healthy long term than a dog in a more fit body weight. The key is that you can EASILY feel his ribs, but there is also a little bit of fat covering the ribs.

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Doing a fresh cooked or raw food diet can feel overwhelming. We want to be sure our dogs get all the vitamins and nutrients their body needs. I’ve used the following 3 supplements on my dogs for many years with fantastic results. This reduces my anxiety of attempting to feed my dogs a balanced diet each day/week. 

1️⃣ I highly suggest you feed the NuVet Plus vitamin. This covers many nutrients your dog needs that might not be covered when making your dog a fresh diet.

2️⃣ I suggest you feed Grizzly Salmon oil 3-4 days a week. This fish oil covers DHA/omega 3. This is a very popular brand amongst holistic vets.

3️⃣ I suggest you supplement 3 days a week with iodine. Getting iodine can be tricky and most humans & dogs are deficient. This brand was recommended by a human holistic pediatrics doctor. It is also great for pets! Use the liquid for small dogs. The pills are easy for large dogs.

Mary Ruth’s Liquid Iodine

Iodine pills from kelp/seaweed

Kelp Seaweed

Author: Alicia of Safari Doodles has fed raw/cooked food to her dogs her whole life. She comes from generations of fresh food feeders. Join the Facebook group: Texas Doodle Education to learn more ways to keep your dog healthy.

To learn more about feeding a fresh food diet to your dog, check out more of our articles here in our Safari Doodles Education blog


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