Tarzan Mama of Two
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The land down under!
The only problem that I have with the hamburger mince or turkey and rice is that there aren't enough nutrients in it for a malnourished dog. Yes it's fine if they are getting kibble as well but when you are unsure of the background you are best (imo) to stick to a commercial puppy food, to make sure you are giving them all the nutrients they need. I feed my dog the barf diet and it isn't quite as simple as mixing rice with some meat. In fact rice is something she only gets once or twice every two weeks. If you are feeding a malnourished dog (or any dog really, but especially a malnourished dog) a natural diet you need to follow the guidelines 60% bones, the rest meat and vegies, with a little bit of a grain (except for the grain all raw) and add eggs, yoghurt, cottage cheese and supplements such as Brewer's Yeast, oils, megaderm.....adding calcium powder as well to anything that you do feed cooked.
You feed a malnourished dog rice and mince and while they may initially fatten up and all looks good internally their organs are suffering....they aren't getting the nutrients they need and you will have problems with them, big problems too such as bladder stones, kidney failure etc.
It's just like us....if we lived on rice and mince then we would suffer too as our dieatary intake requires for us to have a lot more in our diet than that to keep healthy. Animals are the same.
sorry to ramble on!!
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