Introductory comment: I have fed my Bull Terrier this recipe and she started to show signs of being hungry all the time. Raising the amount of food did not resolve the situation, as she was super active at that time. I would recommend this recipe predominantly for dogs who do not get lots of exercise or dog who are a little overweight, because it uses lean meat. Dogs who are very active should eat more fat and get more calories. For those dogs I recommend to choose meat with a higher fat content.
You will find a lot of comments in my recipe because over time I have gathered some experience and want to share all new information. You will see that this recipe is pretty flexible and can be adjusted to different activity levels and situations of a dog.
Here comes my basic recipe for lean, low starch, grain-free raw food, if you want to make your own raw dog food for your Bull Terrier or any other dog. It took us three batches to get to this recipe and figure out the tips and tricks. It will be subject to further evaluation with every new batch we make. This is how we produce it right now. The calculated amounts deliver enough food for up to 45 days for a 45-50 lb dog.
I have tried to describe everything as detailed as possible for you.
Enjoy raw “cooking” for your dog.
As Mila has some problems with yeast, I only chose low starch veggies in this batch in order to avoid feeding my dog AND her yeast.
If you don’t have such problems with your Bull Terrier or other dog, feel free to substitute some of the veggies by others.
Possible substitutes are sweet potato, pumpkin and lentils, only to name a few. This will also bring variation into the food.
How valuable is feeding raw due to a balanced nutrition?
With a ratio of 70% of the protein fed originating from animal sources (meat, innards, eggs) this food can be considered a very high quality food. Besides, all ingredients are human grade.
While there is nothing wrong about feeding your dog SOME veggies, a high quality diet for your Bull Terrier or any other dog should always be MEAT BASED. Meaning it contains more animal protein than plant protein. So please keep that ratio, if you want to feed high quality.
After all, you probably have good reasons to look into the – less convenient than kibble – raw feeding model. Probably because your dog has allergy issues or problems with yeast or her digestive system. Also you likely already know that feeding some kinds of commercial foods can contribute to these problems big time, or even be THE cause. So, you definitely do not want to compare to the quality of cheap processed kibble food by making your homemade dog food PLANT BASED!
Actually, according to a lot of experts in dog nutrition your dog technically does not need any veggies at all in her nutrition, but could live of meat, innards and bones only. We add the veggies to relive our wallet at least a little bit and bring variety in amounts that do not harm our dogs.
With a ratio of only 30% of the protein originating from veggies, the low fat content, being grain-free and without any enhancers, also not containing highly processed ingredients or by-products, raw food recipes like the one here beat many of even the most reputable brands of commercial dog foods, dry or wet.
Keep in mind that while being extremely healthy for your dog, you may need to add some minerals and vitamins, most of all Calcium. I will get to those additions also later in this post.
Preparing a batch for up to 1 1/2 months will take a few hours and require a fair amount of kitchen utensils, as well as enough storage space in your freezer. Keep that in mind and don’t forget sanitizing afterwards.