Diavolino Italian Greyhounds

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Raw Feeding

We are frequently asked what we feed our dogs, as they have such shiny coats, bright eyes, strong teeth and healthy energy.  We are strong believers in raw feeding.  We do not force our puppy buyers to feed raw, but we highly recommend it and hope that the new owners will continue.  I will not go into detail about the benefits of raw feeding, etc, as there are many MANY websites and forums that can give you that information.

Diavolino IGs are fed the following recipe, and all dogs that come into our home are switched to it immediately upon crossing our threshold.  We do not gradually convert them, it is immediate and we have never had a dog with any digestive upset from it.  It is recommended that when starting a raw diet, you start with one meat source and one vegetable, gradually adding more variety as time goes by, but I admit, I don't.  They start right onto this recipe at my house.

Yes, making my own food is a lot of work.  And yes, it is more expensive than kibble.  But for me, it is worth it, and because I'm not feeding a large number of dogs, it is manageable to continue to do this.

If you wish to use our recipe, I stress, please consult your veterinarian prior to using any recipe.  Please be aware that using our recipe is at your own risk and we will not be liable for any real or perceived issues that may arise from doing so. 

I am not a nutritionist, and this recipe has been compiled from research and simple "try it and see" methods.

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First thing I want to note is that we grind everything in the recipe.  Everything.  And everything is raw.  While I love the idea of feeding intact carcasses or parts, my husband doesn't, so we compromise.  The benefits to the supplements can be found online, so I won't write them all here.

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First, I use two pounds of one of the following:

  • Ground whole chicken (this is my main meat source.  I cut the chickens up and run them through a grinder, bone and all)
  • Ground meaty backs and necks from a supplier (I find this has more bone content than I consider ideal, so even though I use this a lot, I will usually use this meat source for one meal of the day and a non-bone meat for the second meal of the day)
  • Ground beef
  • Ground whole turkeys (I usually leave out the bone in the thighs and drumsticks as they are a bit big for my grinder)
  • Ground whole duck (can be a bit fatty so don't use too often)
  • Ground fish (I remove the bones)
  • Whatever meat is on sale.  I don't use any seasoned meats, 'cured' or processed meats.  I also get what my friends give me when they clean out their freezers, as freezer burnt meat is still great for dog food!

Add 3-4 oz total of one or more organ meats, not using too much liver.  Use liver, kidney, lung, pancreas, etc.

Add one cup of ground green vegetables.  There's a lot that can be used, but I use mostly the following because of availability:

  • celery
  • zucchini
  • romaine lettuce
  • okra
  • beans
  • peas
  • spinach
  • broccoli (don't use too much or too often)
  • cabbage
  • young squash leaves

Add one cup of other coloured fruits or vegetables.  Again, because of availability I use the following:

  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • squash, pumpkin (all parts of squash are edible, including the shells - just remove the stems as they can be prickly)
  • apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries (ALWAYS remove seeds and cores as these are toxic!)
  • strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew (remove all seeds)
  • parsnips
  • turnips
  • rutabaga
  • yams

I also add (yes, I add it to the mixture before I blend it. Some people suggest you should add it later but I prefer to blend it in as I generally mix the food really well):

  • Dogzymes Ultimate vitamin/supplement powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (I find it easier to use if you toss it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds first, otherwise it doesn't blend as well)

Things I occasionally add:

  • 1 capful raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar for about a two week stretch
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 whole egg
  • plain unflavoured yogurt
  • ground peanuts or sunflower seeds (not the shells)
  • shredded cheese
  • can of tuna flakes in water (drain the water)

Every Spring and Fall I add one Echinacea powder capsule per batch (break the capsule open) for a 6 week period

I choose to feed grain free but when I added grains in the past I would add 1 cup of one of the following:

  • cooked brown rice
  • cooked pasta
  • cooked oatmeal (not instant or quick oats)
  • Quinoa
  • cous cous
  • 2 cups Cheerios

Once everything is added into the bowl, mix well.  Very well if supplements are added to the recipe rather than later.  I put the mixture into silicone muffin pans and freeze them in the pans.  When frozen, they are easy to pop out and bag a day's worth at a time.  One 'pupcake' is usually good for one meal for an IG, and most of mine get two a day.  Puppies get more of course, and high energy dogs get more.