Blood in a raw diet

On my last trip to pick up meat for my dogs, I was chatting with the lady at Big Dan’s Trucking and Dog Food.  She mentioned that she had recently gotten a complaint on, what that customer felt, was the excessive bloodiness of their beef.

It threw me for a bit of a loop as it never dawned on me someone would be unhappy about that.  Their beef is “excessively” bloody for a couple main reasons:

  • It is very fresh.  Often the beef I’m taking home on a Friday was a live cow that previous Monday.
  • Perspective.  The beef to which most of us are accustomed, typically has some sort of packaging to absorb blood.

As someone who has been feeding raw for many years, I admit, I am a bit desensitized to the blood.  But, I know that many who are first starting raw have to overcome a certain “ew” factor.

I like the bloodier meat as it makes it easier to mix in anything I want to add to the food.  In the case of the beef, I have to add bone meal powder, so I typically pour a little blood into each dog’s bowl.

The blood is also good for the dog to consume as blood itself is a quality source of animal protein.

The only time I discard the extra blood is if the meat is starting to get a little….well, ripe. 🙂  The blood is what gets the worst odor, so if you drain the blood off (and rinse the meat if you’re working with RBM’s), you get rid of most of the gross odor.

Ground beef

 

Pet Expo & Play Time Pics

We had great fun representing the Central Iowa Kennel Club at the Great Iowa Pet Expo!

responsible breeder great dane

well bred great danesThe Des Moines Register took some photographs and of the 13 they published, 2 of them were of Heidi and Gigi!

Screen grab of the Des Moines Register image. Heidi on her back, soaking up the attention!

Screen grab of Des Moines Register image. Gigi getting a pat on the head.

Some recent pictures of play time at our place..

The teeth! This pic cracks me up! All three dogs (Gigi is behind Heidi, who is in the middle). Kizzy’s lips flapping in the wind.

Love Gigi’s play bow. Sometimes they look and sound so ferocious while playing.

Kizzy has always played by going after the back legs of the other dog. And she passed this “trick” onto her offspring as well.

Hot pursuit!

Long hikes, play time and pictures

Deliquent on updating pictures here, but have enjoyed lots of activities lately with the dogs.

Long hikes:

Hiking with Danes

Gigi and Heidi

Heidi and Gigi

Play time with all three girls and our best Cocker Spaniel buddy, Walter:

Gigi and Walter

Before the water fun, we explored Ledges State Park:

L-R: Kizzy, Heidi, Gigi

Photo session fun:

Great Dane generations

Kizzy at 8 1/2 years old; Heidi (standing) and Gigi at 2 years old

Immediately following that picture:

The chase is on!

Kizzy still has it!

Gigi

Heidi

Des Moines Dog Show

Always enjoy our Dane club’s shows.  We had a great turn out this year.  Gigi picked up a reserve win one day of the show, but no points.

Some pictures from the weekend:

Senior Great Dane

Kizzy at 8 1/2 years old in the Parade of Veterans – she still looks great!

Neil with Gigi

Neil with Gigi

Gigi (on left) and Heidi – sisters from our Kizzy x Fender litter

My sons with Gigi and Heidi

Raw Diet: Using Ground Bone

When feeding raw, bone is a critical component.  Finding the right balance of bone is easy – just watch the dog’s stool.  Too little bone, the stools will be loose.  Too much bone and the stools will become hard and dry.  Any raw feeder knows the importance of watching the dog’s stools!

Because I prefer to feed ground foods lately, I have started using ground bone.  I’ve tried various options, but have found simply buying bone meal powder online works well.  I add about a teaspoon full per pound of raw meat.  From there, again, just watch to see what the dog needs.  (Organ meat will also affect stools as it is richer than muscle meat.)

raw meal with ground bone

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