Today I’m sharing a recipe for my dog Wally’s homemade raw dog food, following the prey model of raw feeding and consisting of 4 different protein sources.
Prey model raw dog food recipes imitate what a dog’s prey animal would look like in the wild and are put together following a specific formula (more on that later).
This recipe consists of 4 different protein sources:
Ingredients from Walmart, Raw Paws Pet Food, & Raw Feeding Miami
- Camel trim (Muscle meat, Raw Feeding Miami)
- Beef tongue (Muscle meat, Walmart)
- Ground beef green tripe (Muscle meat, Raw Paws Pet Food)
- GLMs = Green Lipped Mussels (Muscle meat – Fish, Raw Feeding Miami)
- Chicken foot (Raw meaty bone, Walmart)
- Monstermash (Secreting organ mix, Raw Feeding Miami)
80/10/10 Feeding Formula for Prey Model Raw Dog Food
As mentioned above, prey model raw dog food recipes follow a specific formula. It’s known as the 80/10/10 formula, or 80/10/5/5.
80% muscle meat
10% raw meaty bones
10% secreting organs (5% liver, 5% other secreting organ)
I cover each segment of the formula in depth in my blog post:
The following cards will help you identify which cuts of meat belong to which segment of the formula:
Tip: If you’d like to add veggies and fruit to your dog’s raw meals, decrease the 80% muscle meat to 70%, and add 10% veggies/fruit. You’ll ideally want to purée it as dogs lack the enzyme necessary to break down plant cell walls.
Measurements or how much raw meat to feed
Raw fed dogs eat 2-4% of their target body weight in raw food per day. The exact amount depends on each dog’s age, activity level, and metabolism. You could start with 3% of your dog’s target body weight and adjust from there.
Tip: Puppies can eat raw dog food as of 3 weeks of age, but eat varying amounts until they’re about 1 year old. I wrote about the topic for the blog ThatMutt.com:
My dog Wally weighs 38 lb and eats 2.5% of that weight in raw food every day. I divide his allowance into 2 for breakfast and dinner.
How to calculate 2.5% of 38 lb:
2.5%/100 = 0.025 x 38 = 0.95
0.95 lb total daily raw meat allowance = 15.2 oz per day = 7.6 oz per meal
80% of 0.95 lb (15.2 oz) = 0.76 lb (= 12.16 oz) of muscle meat per day = 6.8 oz muscle meat/meal
10% of 0.95 lb (15.2 oz) = 0.095 lb = 1.52 oz of raw meaty bones/day. I usually only include raw meaty bone in one of Wally’s daily meals to make it easier to measure out.
10% of 0.95 lb (15.2 oz )= 0.095 lb = 1.52 oz of secreting organ/day.
Measurements for this raw dog food recipe
Wally had the following amount of raw meat in his bowl:
- 6.8 oz of muscle meat
- 1.52 oz of raw meaty bone
- 1.52 oz of secreting organ
I divided it up as follows:
- 2 oz camel trim, 2 oz beef tongue, 2 oz beef green tripe, 0.8 oz GLMs (Green Lipped Mussels)
- 1.52 oz of chicken foot
- 1.52 oz of Monstermash
The chicken foot weighed almost exactly 1.5 oz, and 1 GLM was just shy of 1 oz. Given that this meal consisted of Wally’s entire daily allowance of raw meaty bone and secreting organ, his next meal only consisted of muscle meat.
Feed your Dog a Variety of Raw Protein Sources
It’s important to feed your dog a variety of different raw protein sources to ensure that he gets all the nutrients he needs to thrive – different cuts of meat from different animals contain different nutrients.
Not every single meal has to consist of different protein sources, but you should achieve variety over the course of a few weeks. You could, for example, feed chicken one week, beef the next, followed by rabbit and then duck.
What are Green Tripe and Organ Mix Monstermash?
Green tripe and organ mix Monstermash have become two of my favorite go to ingredients over the years whenever I put my dog’s own raw meals together.
Green tripe is the stomach lining of ruminant animals like cows, sheep, and goats. It’s great for gut health because it’s chock full of digestive enzymes. The one downfall is that it’s a bit on the smelly side, but as such it’s a phenomenal enticer for picky eaters!
Monstermash is Raw Feeding Miami’s secreting beef organ mix. It consists of 5% liver and 5% other secreting organs (green tripe, liver, kidney, spleen, and one other secreting organ that alternates). It’s super convenient when putting your own meals together because it’s the perfect secreting organ blend.
The only time when I wouldn’t recommend it is if you know that your dog doesn’t do well on beef. In that case, I’d order secreting organs from a different animal, e.g. rabbit or turkey.
How to Raw Meal Prep
If you’re interested in learning more about how to put your dog’s own raw meals together, check out my blog post Raw Meal Prep For Dogs – The Ultimate Guide for Beginners. It covers the basics of raw meal prep for dogs and includes:
- shopping lists
- amounts of food to feed
- where to shop for the ingredients
- resources to use
- hacks to make raw meal prep easier
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