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Formulating A Professional Dog Ration

Hunting ducks means hunting with a dog.  My retriever is part of my family. I want the best for him. I love him.  I give him exceptional food. Everyone remarks on how healthy he looks. And he is…

This is a professionally balanced ration made of fresh food.  I was university trained to do this; as a graduate I was employed to balance rations.  Now there is a computer program that will allow any enterprising dog owner to easily do the same.

I have the following ingredients readily available, most at almost no cost to myself: fish, meat (usually venison), dried skim milk, alfalfa, hard winter wheat, oats, barley, calcium carbonate, corn oil, mineral supplement, and vitamin B12 supplement, and that’s it.

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65# bags of grain, wheat, barley, oats, @ $10 ea. – 260 # will last 3/4 of a year…all for $40
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30#, 5 gallon bucket of ground grain mix…one month’s worth @ 1#/day, 1/2# in morning and 1/2# in the evening (VitaMix used as grain mill)

No matter where you live you will be able to find them if you look hard enough.  It costs me twenty cents a day for the best food your dog will ever get – you aren’t paying for preservatives, shipping, costs of running a grocery store or worse yet, a vet clinic.  And don’t let your vet sell you a supposedly superior commercial product if it puts money in their pocket, all they while they’re telling you that it’s for your dog’s welfare.  If they’re that compassionate and like my dog that much then they should be giving it to me for free, right?

Buy this book: Animal Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition, and Ration Evaluation, by Tisch.  It comes with a program on DVD.  Spend a couple nights reading up.  Then start experimenting with the formulas based on what you have available.  It’s all you need to do.  Cook up a batch every couple of days and keep it in the fridge.  Your dog will thank you for it.

Don’t kid yourself, the pet industry across the board uses any source of feed as long as it meets needed nutritional component requirements.  When a bag advertizes ‘chicken’, these are rendered chickens, birds that have died, or are diseased, or sickly, and are processed at high pressure and temperature to sterilize them.  The same is true for beef or lamb, etc..  Do you really think they slaughter fresh, whole, human-destined birds for your dog?  I butcher my own animals so the meat they get are trimmings off my own work.

Do your pet a favour, and make your own; do your pocketbook a favour, put your money into something that’s worth it.  Best of luck…