Unless you are new to the Barking B blog (in which case, welcome, hola, benvenuti), you will know that I am a big advocate of raw feeding your dog. In our household, my own dogs, plus any little fosters that have come to stay are all fed a well balanced and fresh food diet consisting of 99.9% raw foods. That was until recently…
Back in the beginning of December, Poppy was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition known as Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia or IMT. This resulted in her having to be placed on immunosuppressant medication (which I am happy to report she is almost completely off of now) to essentially shut off her immune system which was mistakenly destroying her body’s own platelets.
What does this have to do with raw feeding???
A raw fed dog requires a strong and fully functioning immune and digestive system to deal with the bacterial load raw foods, in particular, raw meats present. Under normal conditions, this would be no problem and is exactly what a canine’s body is designed to do, but in Poppy’s case, we had to make a few adjustments until she was medication free.
My options were to switch to a commercially prepared dry, canned or dehydrated food, OR to get creative and come up with some healthy, cooked, homemade and nutritionally sound dog-friendly recipes. I chose to get creative…
The first recipe I concocted was this healthy dog meatloaf recipe using kangaroo mince as a base, and then including an assortment of healthy vegetables, organ meats, nuts, seeds and other nutritious ingredients.
THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE
- Grain free
- Low in carbohydrates (only 11% carbs)
- It provides 100% or more of the recommended daily intake of all required amino acids and essential minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc
- It has a perfectly balanced ratio of calcium to phosphorus
- A good source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K
- Meets and exceeds recommended daily intake of all B group vitamins
- A higher ratio of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids compared to omega 6
- The inclusion of organ meats and eggs which are both nutritional powerhouses. Find out more about why I love feeding these foods by checking out my ebook “Dog Supawfoods”
- Provides a healthy option to those pet parents who are unable or unwilling to feed a raw food diet to their pooch but want to avoid processed foods
This recipe provides approximately 172 kcal per 100grams.
As a guide, a 10kg moderately active dog requires 740kcal per day to maintain a healthy weight. To calculate how many calories your dog should be consuming based on weight and activity level, use this helpful calculator.
While this healthy dog meatloaf recipe provides an array of nutrients and forms a well-balanced meal, it is advisable that you feed a wide and varied diet to ensure nutritional completeness rather than sticking to one recipe for long periods of time.
So… there you have it, my roolicious healthy dog meatloaf recipe.
Give it a go and I would love to hear just how much your doggos enjoyed it in the comments below. Also, remember to tag me in any pics you share of your marvelously delicious creations on Instagram and Facebook using @barkingbotanicals.
Happy cooking guys.