What types of Meat, Bones and Organs can be included in a Raw Diet?

In our previous article we discussed the basic guide we use to breakdown your pet’s raw diet, and now we’ll move on to discuss the types of Meat, Bone and Organs readily available and their main benefits.  

Here is a reminder of how to calculate the amount of food and how that is generally broken up.

What and How Much Raw to include in your Raw Diet

If you have a healthy adult dog, feed him or her 2% to 3% of his body weight. So if your dog is 45kg, feed him 1125g per day.  Please check our Raw Food Calculator, as it does take into account many other elements including temperatures and activity level.  As we know, like with humans, this can only ever be a guide because not all furdogs are equal.

Here is the breakdown of what to feed.  30% RMBs (raw meaty bones) and 60% meaty meat (muscle meat, connective tissue, skin, fat), with 10% organ meat. However, since the RMBs have muscle meat attached, you are actually going to feed about –

  • 10-15% bone, 
  • 10% organ meat, 
  • 80-85% meat.

TYPES OF MEAT AND THEIR BENEFITS

Kangaroo

Kangaroos are open range animals and the meat is not farmed. In fact, kangaroos exist over extensive pastoral areas of Australia and they are harvested in their own environment. Therefore kangaroo meat is never exposed to human intervention, antibiotics, added growth hormones or added chemicals. It’s the ultimate clean meat – the way we were meant to eat it, they are truly organic by nature. 

Here are some of the impressive features of kangaroo meat:

  • PROTEIN: Kangaroo meat is a terrific source of high-quality protein.
  • FAT: Kangaroo meat is impressively low in fat, with less than 2% fat. What’s more, it’s low in ‘undesirable’ saturated fats.
  • OMEGA-3: Kangaroo meat is a source of heart-friendly omega-3’s.
  • CLA: Kangaroo meat naturally contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) part of the omega-6 group– yet another bonus for our wellbeing. “Kangaroos can have as much as five times more CLA in their fat than ruminants. The level of CLA in kangaroos depends on their diet, as it also does in ruminant animals”, according to Research of Clare Engelke.
  • MINERALS: Kangaroo meat is a particularly good source of the ‘must-have’ minerals iron and zinc.
  • VITAMINS: Kangaroo meat is a good source of valuable B-group vitamins, including Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine and taurine.

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Emu

Emu meat contains more than twice the iron, four times the vitamin B12 and three times the vitamin B6 of beef (which is the noninflammatory element of B’s). The meat of this awesome bird also scores higher in Riboflavin, Thiamin, Niacin, Selenium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese than beef. All this while containing less sodium and calories. In the rankings of all red meats today, emu meat is not just another savory cut. It’s the healthiest choice around for Humans let alone our furkids.

Emu really lends itself to dogs who have joint issues, or a lack of iron. Great mince for dogs that have high calcium content through mainly bones as it brings higher levels of phosphorus. Thiamin high levels which means great for cats for their raw diet as this is the B vitamin they use for digestion and metabolism. Just a powerhouse of nutrition, Emu is very seasonal as it is only used for the oil, and that is once a year around Feb, and the meat is the second product to the process.

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Lamb

Lamb is high in fat about 15-20% this is important if your Raw Food Diet is required to be a low fat mix. Iron / Zinc / protein is well documented for Lamb. Great alternative to Beef, very seldom used in commercial applications and as such tends to have less reactions to that of Beef.

Lamb or Lamb Mixes are often used successfully in larger dogs and also at kitten stages when animals need the protein and the fat, but just be mindful of their weight if they are not using the energy.


Poultry

Human Consumption Chicken, Chicken Mixes, Duck, Turkey, Turkey Mixes – Care should be taken when keeping your companion on just one protein, for Pet food, as over time they may build up allergies to the protein. It is always advisable to have a mix of the poultry or with some red meat if your companion is not allergic, this allows for diversity of pet food diet for your dog and also may keep your companion from being a “picky” eater. 

Our Mixes have nothing but Neck and Wing, or boneless which is just chicken breast, there is nothing else added to our mixes like other establishments as this is a first product for us, but not for others. We also suggest a 30mm square piece of certified organic liver and an egg with shell every second day. 

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Fish

Fish for dogs and cats can form an important part of your Fresh Raw Pet Food. Fish have much higher levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6 which really help with the overall well being of your companion. Be careful to only make it part of a fresh pet food diet, as the vitamin b group isn’t as high in this protein as it is with Red Meat. Check out our holistic blends and the descriptions where we use a balance of fish and red meat to deliver a well rounded fresh raw meal for your companion. Some dogs do eat whole fish for a meal, and can be a process to get them to accept the acquired taste, cats not so much time to take to eating them raw. Care should be taken with the fins but fish offers an overall meal with the head / stomach / flesh, all due to nature giving an overall balance in percentages.

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Instincto Holistic Hypoallergenic Blends

We sell a range of mixes containing few allergy producing substances like chicken and beef which are known products of allergens. We add ingredients based on what the part brings to the dog, e.g. mullet for omega, roo for a natural protein, trachea for chondroitin and glucosamine which can assist bone and tendon development. Then all you need to do if you wish is to add no more than 20% of pureed veges and fruit, or just left over veges, like we used to before dry was around.

The only herbs we mix are chia, so that’s a protein that holds water, which brings more water to your dog’s digestion process, which helps with liver / kidney function. Tumeric the most tested herb on the planet for anti-inflammatory properties and has been reported to reduce the risk of cancer.  Kelp which brings many salts and minerals that keeps the glandular system healthy and helps reduce inflammation and has boron which is known to increase the absorption rate of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, the building blocks for good bones and tendons.

Our range includes:

  • HMS Chunky Emu/ Mince Turkey
  • HMS Chunky Kangaroo/ Mullet Duck Mince (RMD)
  • HMS Muscle Builder
  • HMS  Total Joint Mix
  • Kangaroo Chunky All Rounder (KCAR)
  • Kangaroo Turkey Mince 50/50

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TYPES OF ORGAN MEAT AND THEIR BENEFITS

The atom bomb of nutrition for your furkid. Organ Meat is a double-edged sword, yes it brings a great bang for your buck nutritionally but also if you go over the individual threshold of nutrition you can get reactions that you don’t really want. So, in the main a raw diet consists of up to 5% organ meat and 5% liver overall. You could notice reactions if you tend to go over the 10 to 15% as the meat is packed full of nutrition and it could be an overload that the body needs to deal with in its normal ways.

Heart is a muscle, but it’s like an organ in that it holds a higher density of vitamins and minerals like an organ but is not part of your organ calculation. Has a very concentrated source of CoQ10 for cell and heart function and is higher in collagen and elastin than regular muscle meat. Heart should be looked at as only a small percentage of the diet as part of your muscle meat, as the heart is a small part of the prey animal.

Raw talks about the liver a little separately from the other organs (kidney, lung, pancreas etc) because it’s probably the most powerful condensed area of valuable vitamins and nutrition. When you look at overall feeding this little organ has one of highest levels of all the vitamins and minerals of the whole body plus some, so too much will get adverse reactions; we suggest, you move up to the percentage required rather than giving the right amount up front and just notice reactions.

Instinco carry a range of Organ products including Liver, Lung, Kidney and Heart.

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TYPES OF BONES AND THEIR BENEFITS

It is important that we give our dogs / cats bones that are digestible as it allows our companion to chew down on the bone without fear of cracking teeth.  The abrasive nature of bones ensure our dog / cat has clean teeth and if they have a clean mouth this assists in keeping their digestive system clean.  This combined with the calcium and mineral uptake adds to a healthy body.  Find out more about Feeding Bones Safely.

Look at 50mm each side of your companions mouth for the ideal size of bone for gnawing, really the ideal toothbrush, stay away from bones that are chomp and swallow.

Instincto carries a large range of Roo, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Duck, Emu,Turkey  Bone and Cartilage products.  Bones in the main are all frozen as bones do not keep for long, so we get them and freeze them.  We suggest when you get them home you partial defrost and pull apart and refreeze, very little nutrition will be lost in this process.

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Please remember to check out our Feeding Calculator and remember no human is the same, therefore no dog / cat is the same. These are guidelines only.  You will need to monitor your fur baby’s reaction to new foods and weight and alter as needed.  If you are concerned please ask us or see your holistic vet.

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