Features September 2012 Issue

How To Improve Your Homemade Raw Dog Food Diet Recipes

Michigan resident Lori Lockyear feeds a diet that is half home-prepared raw, and half kibble, to her Labradoodle, Wilson (left); and Woody, her Goldendoodle.

How To Improve Your Homemade Raw Dog Food Diet Recipes

Too much bone or fat in a home-prepared diet can lead to nutritional inadequacies.

Several raw feeders contacted me after reading my homemade diet guidelines (“You Can Make It”) in July’s Whole Dog Journal issue. While their diets varied considerably, each had problems that are common with raw diets – but most are easily fixed. For example, many raw diets are high in bone, which provides calcium and phosphorus. Excess calcium can lead to serious orthopedic conditions in large-breed puppies, especially before puberty. High-calcium diets are not dangerous for adult dogs, but calcium binds other minerals, including zinc and iron, so a diet high in bone may lead to other nutritional deficiencies. Too much bone can also cause constipation.

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