|Barked: Sun Nov 3, '13 11:04am PST |
|The 1/2 teaspoon is for egg shell which nearly pure calcium carbonate, not bone meal which has a lot more than just calcium in it and definitely not your nice wet home cooked stuff.
If you really want to figure it out [I would] then strip all the meat off a cut of the raw meat and weigh the raw bone. Cook that bone up the way you have been and weigh that to figure out what is what. Perhaps 8 ounces of bone cooks down to 3 ounces of bone mush. If so I would give my raw fed dog who conveniently gets 10 ounces a day about .38 ounces of the cooked bone with whatever 9 ounces of meat and organ cook down to, probably 6 ounces and include all the cooking juices of course. Maybe that would firm up the poop properly.
If all the dog ate was whole salmon then it would be enough calcium for those meals* but you are feeding calcium poor meat as well. Canned salmon doesn't include the head so if I gave my 38 pound dog only canned salmon he would still be a bit low on calcium let alone all the other nutrients canned salmon lacks. My 38 pound dog needs as much calcium as an adult human 4x his size. This has been studied and is known. Dogs used to get diseases consistent with calcium deficiency in the old days too.
You might be very interested to read through Lew Olson's newsletters on the history of dog food if you haven't already seen them.
I suspect cooked bones and the lower legs of large animals were thrown to the dogs for calcium. I also suspect dogs in the olden days found a lot of their own food much like feral cats do these days. The fish given to the dogs would be the bones, possibly heads and the guts, not the choice stuff. Joke is on us humans, the guts and heads are more nutrient dense than the muscle meat we like to eat. And dogs wouldn't have eaten on clean dishes either. My raw fed dogs eat lots of grass and dirt as they drop their food on the ground, that has to be part of the ancestral dog diet as well.
I don't worry about disease and raw feeding at all. I have cooked with raw meat my whole life and the only time I have ever been sickened by food was by a bowl of food bought at the county fair. 'Germs' get killed by sunlight so soon after the meat is fed the ground is as clean as it was before. Mostly the dogs eat outside but if I feed in the house I wipe up the smears with vinegar and water and call it good. Exposure to 'germs' is a good thing in moderation and is the way to strengthen the immune system. I understand that some bacteria are extremely virulent so as few as 5 organisms can cause disease but then one would want to be exposed to 1 organism to exercise the immune system.
If you don't want to feed raw then please continue as you are, it is a very nice way to feed your dogs. I'd do the work with the bones to see if you are offering the appropriate amount is all and cut back on the organs a bit. Perhaps that will firm up their stool.
*Max would need about 15 ounces of canned salmon rather than his usual 10 as salmon is lower in fat and calories. If he ate 15 ounces he would get enough calcium. If he ate his usual 10 ounces he wouldn't get enough calcium.
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