I add a tablespoon of canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) twice a day to my dog's food. Pumpkin seems to help him have firmer stools.
I never implied that I needed to balance each meal. In fact I think I made it pretty clear that I DON'T balance each meal. I don't have access to all the parts of an animal even over time so I don't feed raw. If I tried to at this point it would lead to deficiencies. I don't have a large freezer to keep the parts in either. Why is it so difficult for people to understand that not everyone is in the right life situation to feed their dogs raw? I feel like everywhere I turn someone is trying to convince people who have already stated they don't have the means or desire to do so that they can manage it this or that way. I understand how it works and have decided against it. Geez.Hi Kafkabeetle,
Balanced meal is an overrated term and hyped by the pet food companies and the vets they sponsor. Its their main marketing weapon!!!! Think about how wild dogs and wolves eat. They live in packs and when a large prey is caught they settle down around the carcass to eat. Each member gets a position based on their ranking, so one meal for a member might consist of just eating the leg meat or stomach contents, organs, ribs e.t.c. They don’t eat bits of all parts, most often pieces are torn off and taken away to be consumed. A bitch could take a leg to feed her pups and herself, that’s all they get for that meal or day/s. Next time the order changes and they get some other part of the body. Over the course of time they eventually would have consumed various parts of the entire body. This is BALANCE. There is no need to balance each meal. Best thing to do is to get a chest freezer, fill it with carcasses of whatever you can buy, offals (heart, liver, brains, kidneys e.t.c) green tripe (stomach) if you can find it, meaty bones, meat, whole animals if you can. I get whole possums, rabbits, hare, fish, essentially animals killed for fur trade where the meat is of no use or sometimes sold to pet food companies. Most of the above can be found in the cheap bins at butchers, or befriend your local butcher and have an arrangement with him. Get it pre cut if need be depending on the size of your furry member. Once you have set up a freezer with such parts, just grab whatever comes to hand for feeding. Eventually they will get all parts of the body so no need to balance each meal.
But you *do* have to balance *over time* so you don't end up with deficiencies. That's just true. If I fed exclusively the raw items I was feeding now I would have an unhealthy dog before long.Just re-read your post and you said, quoting: "I don't have to worry so much about making sure it's balanced like I would have to with raw" Thats why i just expalined that with raw you dont have to balance contrary to what you said.
Agreed ......But you *do* have to balance *over time* so you don't end up with deficiencies. That's just true. If I fed exclusively the raw items I was feeding now I would have an unhealthy dog before long.