|Barked: Sun Apr 13, '14 11:51am PST |
|You must expand the variety of their diet, and alter your ratios. Chicken alone, even if it a fresh, whole chicken, head, guts and all, cannot provide a complete diet for a dog.
Frames, by definition, are what's left of an animal after it has been cleaned and all the desirable cuts of meat have been removed. They are nice to add bone to a diet, but that's about all they're good for. Bone should only be about 10% of the diet, so feeding exclusively frames from any animal can cause big, big problems.
Chicken liver is good, but beef liver is generally considered better, being dramatically higher in copper, B vitamins and vitamin A. 6oz of liver a week should be plenty for your Husky (maybe too much, if you do switch types of liver), but since you're feeding your Husky mix twice as many frames without upping the liver intake, he's coming up short. Liver should be about 5% of their diet.
About 5% of their diet should be secreting organs other than liver. Kidneys, pancreas, thymus, and spleen are what most people are able to find.
You need more meat. About 80% of the diet should be just meat, exclusive of bone. Most people aim to use about 50% red meat in their diet, although this depends on what exactly your diet looks like. Different meats have different nutrient profiles.
There is a shifty "other" category that contains items like heart, lungs, tongue and unclean stomach. Things that aren't really meat, and aren't really organs either. I aim to keep such items around 15% of the diet, and that 15% comes out of the meaty meat portion. None of them are vital components of the diet, so you can get by without them, but you can overdo them - and people tend to overdo them, because they're usually very cheap. Again, exactly how you work this out depends on your diet as a whole.
Most people here do not feed veggies. I have found them to be a good thing. I balance my dog's meat portions out, then throw a tablespoon or two of something fibrous mixed with something green on top. Their stools are far more regular this way, the things like beans and squashes help them hold weight without adding obscene amounts of fat to their diet (my dogs are extremely active) and there may be benefit from greens and berries. Certainly short of allergy, they are not causing harm in such limited amounts, so why not?
Unless you end up feeding mostly wild game, you will need a source of omega3s too. I currently get whole, flash-frozen sardines and mackerel from the seafood freezers in the grocery store. Some feed canned fishes. Some add fish oil supplements and vitamin E (which is balanced out in fish meat, but not in oil alone).
If you've been feeding exclusively very boney chicken for months, you're going to want to introduce change fairly slowly. I'd start by adding boneless chicken, and getting them used to a better meat:bone ratio first. Then branch out to other types of meats and organs. Fiber will help keep their stools regular, if you do want to add veggies short or long term.
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