Tuesday 11 February 2020

Creating Ruby a new diet

I have read up prolifically on raw food diets. Most people seem to just use a tube of meat and that's it but there is so much more to it than that. I have always added things to her diet to help balance it but having read so much, have decided to make my own.

I got in everything (human food) I needed to create a fortnight of food but as it happens managed to get 16 days worth (two per day) rather than 14.

Cleanliness is everything, more for us than her but her as well. I will need to get her some mixing bowls or small buckets just to be on the safe side. This time around, I used all our stuff then sterilized it afterwards.

Into each bowl went the correct amount of liver, kidney and heart. A pack of green raw tripe (dog food only) was added, along with an egg and its crushed shell. Each bowl had a mixture of ground linseed, hemp seed and chia seed. The seeds plus a few of the above gives her the correct ratio of omega 3 and 6.

Into one bowl went a mashed banana, minced low fat beef and a whole ground up chicken carcass (dog food only). The carcess gives her the full quota of raw bone but is far safer than letting her chew on bones which I hate. The other bowl had a grated apple and minced turkey with a whole duck carcass. Divided between the two was a small pot of natural live yoghurt.

Donning my special Ruby rubber gloves, I then squished it together. With DB's help (putting a carton on the scales whilst I filled it with a days food) he then levelled the food and applied a lid and label.

They were put in the freezer and one will be put in the fridge each night and divided in half for each meal the next day. Providing she doesn't have any bad reactions, we shall make more soon. As and when in season, we can also add herbs and dried nettles for iron and minerals.

Her medicine was giving her loose stools but is now finished so she is on psyllium husk to counteract it.

Cost wise, carrying on using tripe, we reckon another £5 per month. Leaving the tripe out and using extra meat, maybe another £12 but we reckon its worth it. At the end of the day, when she sees her bowl coming, she races of to where she gets it, licking her lips in anticipation!

She will be given raw sprats as a treat a couple of times a week to give her her correct fish intake, but only when she is 100% better.

This morning she was given half raw and half rice and cooked chicken. So far so good but her poo still isn’t right bless her.


  1. What a lovely way to feed your fur baby. I wonder if they have something similar for cats?

    God bless.

    1. Ruby has been raw fed since she was about 14 weeks old. I have now decided, after much reading to create my own diet so I know exactly what she is eating and will have everything she needs. I believe cats can also eat raw but you would need to read up on it. Be warned, there are lots of rubbish ideas out there.

  2. As per vets advice I fed my German shepherds on mealie pap, cooked cornmeal, and raw dirty tripe. They lived to 15 years old. At the same time I was feeding my cat tinned food which was full of oily fish if I did not watch the dogs pinch it. We were living in South Africa at the time and mealie pap is the staple diet therefore cheap.

    1. Interesting about the cornmeal although I have chosen not to use it. Dirty tripe is what we call green tripe here I think which is an amazing product. By using it, it cuts down the price quite a bit but then, she only eats a total 320g per day, of this new food. I think a large dog would consume more.


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