Dr Becker's Real Food For Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food

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by designgoddess   2019-11-17

This is the book I used to get started.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0982533152/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

by designgoddess   2019-11-17

Try rotating her food every day so she doesn't get sick of it. Transition slowly the first time you feed something unique.

This book helped me get started.

I can buy everything needed at my grocery store. I've also asked a butcher to order me anything they were out of stock on. If there is an ethnic grocery in your area you might have better luck.

Digestive enzymes helped my dog put on weight. Also would rotate between coconut oil, butter, cream cheese in his food for added calories.

I would go slowly adding the new foods but once she's good with them you can rotate with each meal.

by spiceydog   2019-07-21

You need to do more research. Are you following any particular site or plan? What proportions or ratios are you using for guidance? Was there a transition period? Are you feeding any fish? Have you been monitoring your dog's poops at all? This is one of the vital ways to know how well the diet is being accepted, if at all. As others have noted, this is an extremely bone heavy diet, and IMO, not enough red meat.

Information is your BEST friend. Researching AS MUCH AS YOU CAN before you make the transition will avoid pitfalls like you're currently having. Adding some raw to whatever food you currently feed is also perfectly fine until you've learned a little more. You need to understand the importance of diet percentages (PMR or BARF); how much to feed, how often and balance over time; the importance of (and difference between) the secreting organs and other organs, raw meaty bones, and meats, including fish (which fish can be served raw and others must be cooked); why monitoring poop is also important, and more.

Here's a huge list of raw feeding resources (FB groups, books, etc.) with a LOT of info that should definitely be looked over. That site, Primal Pooch, also has an excellent raw food transition article, and PerfectlyRawsome.com provides terrific guidance for just about every meat and organ available, and what shouldn't be fed. The Raw Feeding Community, probably the biggest raw feeding group on FB, also has a great site.

For books, I highly recommend Dr. Becker's Real food, and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones or Work Wonders (recipe book). Dr. Becker's is mostly ingredients, recipes, etc., while Dr. Lonsdale's book (RMB) explains why commercial pet food is so bad, the myriad of detrimental health conditions it causes and other guidelines. Dr. Lonsdale has given me permission to selectively share his books in PDF form for free, if you're interested, PM me!

We started out with commercial raw patties, but long term, it felt inadequate for teeth and gum health because dogs need to chew up bones to help keep their mouths clean. So after a couple of weeks, and after picking up the two books above (and eventually all the books listed on PrimalPooch's resources page), I felt confident enough to start making my own.

by spiceydog   2019-07-21

I'm always happy to discuss this! It's been bar none the best thing I've ever done for my dogs.

I started out with commercial raw patties, but it felt inadequate for their teeth, gum and mouth health after doing loads of research on this diet, but it's perfectly fine to start out on. It's also perfectly fine to add raw portions to your dogs' kibble if you want to give it a go to see how they do on it. A little bit of fresh food is better than none! I've now been doing meal prep for about a year, and while it's somewhat more expensive to feed, I'm spending FAR less in vet bills for varying skin or digestive conditions that always seemed to crop up, before. Not anymore. It's balanced out so nicely.

For books, I highly recommend Dr. Becker's Real food, and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones or Work Wonders (recipe book). Dr. Becker's is mostly ingredients, recipes, etc., while Dr. Lonsdale's book (RMB) explains why commercial pet food is so bad, the myriad of detrimental health conditions it causes and other guidelines. Dr. Lonsdale has given me permission to selectively share his books in PDF form for free, if you're interested, PM me!

Here's a huge list of raw feeding resources (FB groups, books, etc.) with a LOT of info that should definitely be looked over. That site, Primal Pooch, also has an excellent raw food transition article, and PerfectlyRawsome.com provides terrific guidance for just about every meat and organ available, and what shouldn't be fed. The Raw Feeding Community, probably the biggest raw feeding group on FB, also has a great site with loads of must-read articles.

Come and join us at r/rawpetfood for more!

by spiceydog   2019-07-21

> The raw feeding page I looked at suggested rabbit, I'm not sure why the other commenter said you can't feed mostly that.

I'm curious about what raw feeding sites you're looking at for information? Rabbit is perfectly fine to feed, but as socialpronk noted, it should not make up anywhere near the majority of the diet because rabbit is very low in fat, and if it is fed too much and too often, you risk malnutrition.

> Brains freak me out, though, cause there's some freaky parasites that live in there.

If you're referring to prion disease, as far as I'm aware, it's a very limited problem and only affect certain animals. I can get pork brains at my butcher, and they're perfectly safe to feed. Whole duck, rabbit, quail, etc., complete with heads are also fine. Still, brains are not essential; you can use a wide range of other secreting organs along with liver.

Here's a huge list of raw feeding resources (FB groups, books, etc.) with a LOT of info that should definitely be looked over. That site, Primal Pooch, also has an excellent raw food transition article, and PerfectlyRawsome.com provides terrific guidance for just about every meat and organ available, and what shouldn't be fed. The Raw Feeding Community, probably the biggest raw feeding group on FB, also has a great site.

For books, I highly recommend Dr. Becker's Real food, and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones or Work Wonders (recipe book). Dr. Becker's is mostly ingredients, recipes, etc., while Dr. Lonsdale's book (RMB) explains why commercial pet food is so bad, the myriad of detrimental health conditions it causes and other guidelines. Dr. Lonsdale has given me permission to selectively share his books in PDF form for free, if you're interested, PM me!

We started out with commercial raw patties, but long term, it felt inadequate for teeth and gum health because dogs need to chew up bones to help keep their mouths clean. So after a couple of weeks, and after picking up the two books above (and eventually all the books listed on PrimalPooch's resources page), I felt confident enough to start making my own.

by designgoddess   2019-07-21

I follow the recipes in this book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0982533152

Lots of good information. The first time I fed a raw diet I was nervous but it became second nature pretty quickly.

by spiceydog   2019-07-21

Information is your BEST friend. Research AS MUCH AS YOU CAN before you make the transition. You need to understand the importance of diet percentages (PMR or BARF); balance over time; the importance of (and difference between) the secreting organs and other organs, raw meaty bones, and meats, including fish (which fish can be served raw and others must be cooked); why monitoring poop is also important, and more.

Here's a huge list of raw feeding resources (FB groups, books, etc.) with a LOT of info that should definitely be looked over. That site, Primal Pooch, also has an excellent raw food transition article, and PerfectlyRawsome.com provides terrific guidance for just about every meat and organ available, what shouldn't be fed and they have a great transition article there as well as available food plans and calculators. We love this site here! Lastly, but certainly not least, The Raw Feeding Community, probably the biggest raw feeding group on FB, also has a great site, and TONS of must read articles on just about every subject.

For books that include meal plans, I highly recommend Dr. Becker's Real food, and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones or Work Wonders (recipe book). Dr. Becker's is mostly ingredients, recipes, etc., while Dr. Lonsdale's book (RMB) explains why commercial pet food is so bad, the myriad of detrimental health conditions it causes and other guidelines. Dr. Lonsdale has given me permission to selectively share his books in PDF form for free, if you're interested, PM me!

BONES: If your dog is a power chewer like my staffie, DO NOT provide weight bearing, high-density bones, eg: leg bones. Other dogs can safely gnaw and nibble off the meat, but power chewers tend to want to crack the bone for the yummy marrow, which results in broken teeth resulting in expensive vet visits, and in my experience, much guilt for not knowing sooner. =(

CALCULATORS: PerfectlyRawsome has a great RMB calculator for common meat/bone animal parts here. Whether you're of the type that wants to be as close to correctly calculated meal proportions, or are intimidated by those exacting figures, I want to assure you that EXACT proportions/meal weights are not something to be overly concerned with. No dog ever died because they didn't get critically precise protein/organ measurements. Calculated meal weights like perfectlyrawsome's are for GUIDANCE. With my three,I'm not sloppy about my prep work; I do make sure they get everything they require daily, but the key is balance over time. Here's another thread on that; I think learning this helped me most.

Monitor your dog, watch behavior, watch poop, look at her frame and run your hands over her sides to determine how well she is adjusting to the diet and whether you need to raise or lower her intake of M/B/O.

Welcome to the sub! =)

by spiceydog   2019-07-21

I urge you to do more research before continuing. It's wonderful that you want to do the best for your dog, but stumbling along leads to a LOT of problems down the road. Information is your BEST friend. You need to understand the importance of diet percentages (PMR or BARF); balance over time; the importance of (and difference between) the secreting organs and other organs, raw meaty bones, and meats, including fish (which fish can be served raw and others must be cooked); why monitoring poop is also important, and more.

Here's a huge list of raw feeding resources (FB groups, books, etc.) with a LOT of info that should definitely be looked over. That site, Primal Pooch, also has an excellent raw food transition article, and PerfectlyRawsome.com provides terrific guidance for just about every meat and organ available, and what shouldn't be fed. The Raw Feeding Community, probably the biggest raw feeding group on FB, also has a great site.

For books, I highly recommend Dr. Becker's Real food, and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones or Work Wonders (recipe book). Dr. Becker's is mostly ingredients, recipes, etc., while Dr. Lonsdale's book (RMB) explains why commercial pet food is so bad, the myriad of detrimental health conditions it causes and other guidelines. Dr. Lonsdale has given me permission to selectively share his books in PDF form for free, if you're interested, PM me!

We started out with commercial raw patties, but long term, it felt inadequate for teeth and gum health because dogs need to chew up bones to help keep their mouths clean. So after a couple of weeks, and after picking up the two books above (and eventually all the books listed on PrimalPooch's resources page), I felt confident enough to start making my own.

by spiceydog   2019-07-21

Thrive? No. This is absolutely not a long term diet, and I strongly urge you to please NOT do it. Red meat should make up at least 50% of the diet. Your questions, and a general lack of information in your post lead me to conclude that you are a relatively new feeder that has done very little, if any, research before you got started, otherwise you would already know that three different protein sources are recommended, at a minimum. The Raw Feeding Community explains this topic best in an article here; a key quote:
> Just feeding the correct percentages of meat, bone, and organ is not enough! This is why RFC stresses the importance of a variety of protein sources – a minimum of 3, but preferably more. Red meat, fish (or fish oil), and at least one other secreting organ (such as kidney or spleen) are important to provide a balanced “prey model” raw diet. Chicken alone is not adequate.

I'm curious about what raw feeding sites you're looking at for information? Rabbit is perfectly fine to feed, but it should not make up anywhere near the majority of the diet because rabbit is very low in fat, as you noted; not that it 'does not have enough protein'; the problem is excess protein. It has just as much protein as any other animal, but because of the lack of fat, if it is fed too much and too often, you risk malnutrition.

Additionally, another comment of yours in another thread:
>I only feed my cat premade ground food for now because I can't bother with supplements,

...is bewildering, since you now claim you would supplement your dog on a proposed deficient diet.

I urge you to do more research before continuing. It's wonderful that you want to do the best for your animals, but stumbling along leads to a LOT of problems down the road. Information is your BEST friend. You need to understand the importance of diet percentages (PMR or BARF); balance over time; the importance of (and difference between) the secreting organs and other organs, raw meaty bones, and meats, including fish (which fish can be served raw and others must be cooked); why monitoring poop is also important, and more.

Here's a huge list of raw feeding resources (FB groups, books, etc.) with a LOT of info that should definitely be looked over. That site, Primal Pooch, also has an excellent raw food transition article, and PerfectlyRawsome.com provides terrific guidance for just about every meat and organ available, and what shouldn't be fed. The Raw Feeding Community, probably the biggest raw feeding group on FB, also has a great site.

For books, I highly recommend Dr. Becker's Real food, and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones or Work Wonders (recipe book). Dr. Becker's is mostly ingredients, recipes, etc., while Dr. Lonsdale's book (RMB) explains why commercial pet food is so bad, the myriad of detrimental health conditions it causes and other guidelines. Dr. Lonsdale has given me permission to selectively share his books in PDF form for free, if you're interested, please PM me.

by spiceydog   2019-07-21

I second everything MsMaynards had to say, and no, it is not complete in itself. Whole prey is complete because it has all organs in it (whole quail, duck, rabbit, etc.), but lamb head is... just the head. MsMaynards is right on with balancing out over a week or so,

Your questions make me concerned about how long you've been feeding raw? We would also need to know the age and weights your dog, or dogs? Depending on how large your dog is, that head could be the equivalent of a week's worth of bone percentage, or more, in addition to the brain, which (especially once a week as you suggest) would constitute a high ratio of secreting organs per muscle & bone ratio. I would probably space out feeding such large items to once, maybe twice a month among other animal proteins.

If you are new to this, please research AS MUCH AS YOU CAN before continuing. You need to understand the importance of diet percentages (PMR or BARF); balance over time; the importance of (and difference between) the secreting organs and other organs, raw meaty bones, and meats, including fish (which fish can be served raw and others must be cooked); why monitoring poop is also important, and more.

Please check out this huge list of raw feeding resources (FB groups, books, etc.) with a LOT of info that should definitely be looked over. That site, Primal Pooch, also has an excellent raw food transition article, and PerfectlyRawsome.com provides terrific guidance for just about every meat and organ available, and what shouldn't be fed. The Raw Feeding Community, probably the biggest raw feeding group on FB, also has a great site.

For books, I highly recommend Dr. Becker's Real food, and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones or Work Wonders (recipe book). Dr. Becker's is mostly ingredients, recipes, etc., while Dr. Lonsdale's book (RMB) explains why commercial pet food is so bad, the myriad of detrimental health conditions it causes and other guidelines. Dr. Lonsdale has given me permission to selectively share his books in PDF form for free, if you're interested PM me.

by designgoddess   2018-11-10

I use the recipes in this book. Complete and balanced.

https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/0982533152

It is much cheaper to make my own food, but more work. I shop sales and buy in bulk. I have a chest freezer for storage.

by designgoddess   2018-11-10

My vet describes Pointers as meth addicts who've had too much coke and caffeine. They are bred to run all day long and they're crazy. A friend takes my big boy running next to his bike. I limit them to 5 miles but my dog would go more. My poor friend is gassed. They are going at full speed. I have three dogs like this, but only one is totally nuts if he doesn't get to run. I understand the whole high energy dog thing and how hard it is to keep weight on them.

I just bought an enzyme for people from a local health food store. It worked so I didn't search for anything made for dogs, though I'm sure they're out there. My biggest Pointer used to eat over 3 pounds of food before I started feeding the enzyme. Now he's at 1.75 pounds per day. I add raw eggs and coconut oil to his food to bring up the calories. Sometimes he gets a can of sardines or duck fat (which he LOVES). I also give him my food prep scraps from veggies. The boy will eat anything. Every now and then they get cream cheese or homemade peanut butter. I've been feeding them this way for a decade with vet supervision. They are healthy and their bi-annual blood work is perfect. I rotate proteins between beef, chicken, turkey, buffalo, salmon, and venison. With the first three being about 75% of the time. I also rotate between commercial and homemade. I feed a complete and balanced BARF diet using the recipes in this book.

I hope this is what you were looking for.

by designgoddess   2018-11-10

I used this book to get started.

https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/0982533152

by spiceydog   2018-11-10

It sounds like you don't really have a plan. To feel comfortable with this diet, and be reassured your dogs are getting everything they need, you've got to do at least a little research. Read, read, read! Info is your best friend. Primal Pooch has some 'how to' articles (and a fantastic resources page), so does perfectlyrawsome.com (see left panel for guides), and here is an excellent getting started article from the biggest FB group on raw feeding.

I also highly recommend picking up a couple of books on that resources list I posted to above, like: Dr. Becker's Real Food , and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones (you'll find RMB cheap on ebay sometimes, @ $4-5.). Dr. Becker's book has meal plans, supplements and other great info, and Dr. Lonsdale's book Work Wonders is an abbreviated version of RMB, with more meal planning in it.

As my oldest dog gets to where he starts having trouble with his bones, I'll stick with softer bones, but eventually I'll probably be picking up a grinder, though his teeth are still holding up just fine at 9+.

by spiceydog   2018-11-10

To feel comfortable with this diet, and be reassured your pup is getting everything he needs, research is definitely involved! Read, read, read! Info is your best friend. Primal Pooch has some 'how to' articles (and a fantastic resources page), so does perfectlyrawsome.com (see left panel for guides), and here is an excellent getting started article from the biggest FB group on raw feeding.

I also highly recommend picking up a couple of books on that resources list I posted above, like: Dr. Becker's Real Food , and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones (you'll find RMB cheap on ebay sometimes, @ $4-5.). Dr. Becker's book has meal plans, supplements and other great info, and Dr. Lonsdale's book Work Wonders is an abbreviated version of RMB, with more meal planning in it.

I've been doing it for about 5 or so months, and am mostly BARF, but like someone else mentioned, I'm not strict or precise either with veg/fruit; meat, bone and organs are to be concentrated on. I've been reading off and on about it for years, now, I have every raw feeding book published that I could possibly get my hands on. (PM me for a pdf of Dr. Lonsdale's books, if you're interested) Even so, I flubbed on a more than a few things, but it's a learning process! It's a crime that kibble propaganda has made is SUCH a fearful step, but this has absolutely, bar none, been the best things for my dogs. I'll never go back.

by spiceydog   2018-11-10

It's really not! I get the majority of my meats when I go shopping at the store for our own human grogeries; organs I either pick up at an international grocery store in town, or at one of our meat processors. It's more work to assemble meals and such than just dumping kibble in a bowl, but my 3 absolutely LOVE IT. The transition over the first few months was breathtaking in how they behaved, how they look and their poops! God, I dreaded picking up in the yard, but those days are over.

To learn, you must read, read, read! Info is your best friend. I highly recommend looking over this resource page from PrimalPooch , and Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Raw Meaty Bones (you'll find RMB cheap on ebay sometimes, @ $4-5.).