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BTW, I’m having a bit of a conundrum with the calcium/phosphorous ratio. I’ve read the detailed analysis by the dog food experts of what that ratio should be but for me, I can’t tell how much calcium and phosphorous are in the meats (almost all phosphorous in the ground turkey, some calcium and phosphorus in the canned salmon, some calcium and phosphorous in the supplements.). So, I am guesstimating and adding “just a little” seaweed calcium supplement to the ground turkey.
Any comments, based on the diet listed above are welcome!
Wally stopped liking the taste of the Urban Wolf mix, even though he was doing well on it so, I’ve substituted:
Nutri-Pet Research Nupro Dog Supplement and
Solid Gold SeaMeal Mineral and Vitamin supplement for Dogs and Cats
(these 2 supplements seem to be providing him with the necessary fiber – his poop looks “good.”)
Have also added ground turkey to the main protein items. Have also added TriCOX soft chews.
So, we now have:
– Canned Crown Prince Natural Pink Salmon, no salt added
– Ground Turkey
Secondary proteins (in smaller amounts):
– hard boiled egg
– water packed sardine
– dollops of organic, plain yogurt here and there
– NuPro Dog Supplement, recommended servings for 15 pound dog
– Solid Gold SeaMeal Mineral and Vitamin supplement for Dogs and Cats
– Animal Essentials Seaweed calcium
– Salmon fish oil
– TriCOX soft chews
– Nutri-Vet probiotics
- This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by Mike M.
For dog health reasons — Omega 3, good oils and extra calcium from cooked bones in can — and to avoid using poultry meat that has probably been raised non-humanely (that is, more confined than I want), I’ve switched over to:
Crown Prince Natural Pink Salmon – Low in Sodium, 7.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
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as the main meat source to mix with the Urban Wolf mixture. Will continue with the egg every other day and 1 sardine daily, along with the rest of it.
Hello – I have a 15 year old dog and have had good success with this diet over the past few months:
Have been purchasing the Urban Wolf mix from
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Have eliminated the yams from Wally’s diet as he seems to be getting — evidenced by his excellent poop status — plenty of fiber from the Urban Wolf mixture and probably doesn’t need the extra sugar in his diet. Plenty of “treats” with the other side foods.
The diet seems to be working great so far as Wally is doing well and bowels and digestive stuff seem to be great.
To the varying side dishes of water-packed sardines, canned water-packed Alaskan salmon and hard boiled egg, I’ve added small dollops of organic plain yogurt to his diet, here and there.
Things apparently going well with the diet so far, if poop status, etc. is any indicator.
Wally is a 17 pound 15 year old Chihuahua mix.
So far, daily, using 93% lean ground turkey mixed with Urban Wolf, 1 sardine packed in water, no salt added (Trader Joe’s), a little canned Alaskan pink salmon (TJ’s, no salt, no oil), Alaskan salmon fish oil and 1 probiotic capsule. Several pet vitamins per day; Puritan’s Pride … they have some calcium/phosphorous in the right balance but not a lot of other vitamins and minerals, which I know the Urban Wolf has … the pet vitamins are more of a crunchy treat.
Several times per week – 1/2 boiled egg, a small dollop of cooked yam (wondering if that is too much sugar though), 1 200 IU Vitamin E twice oer week (guesstimating) which I have read may need to be boosted because of the fish oil consumed. Thinking of adding the occasional well cooked/processed broccoli …..
Resisting adding other meats like beef and pork because of my own vegetarian leanings and the reasons for that but remain open to it. Understand the nutritional benefits of some of the animal organs like heart and liver but am not using those. Always researching …..
Always looking for input – thanks.
Thanks much Ron – yes I saw that and will try and guesstimate it down …..
Will check the pricing on that, thanks … familiar with it from when I was picking a canned salmon for myself. I’m buying from Trader Joe’s now – won’t be able to beat that price but maybe I can come close. Too bad the TJ’s cans with the bone/skin are so salted …..
Thanks – yes, I have started feeding the water packed unsalted sardines also, here and there. Yes, the UW recipe does call for fish but I anticipate using more than they call for but, still not sure about that. I appreciate your mentioning the calcium though.
Wanted to use the canned salmon with the bones and skin but there was too much salt in it.
Yes, I can tell Cyndi. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to provide that level of detail Hound Dog Mom!
For the record, our dog Wally is 15 years old and is smallish, weighing in at about 17.5 pounds, needing to lose probably 2 of those.
Yes, I have read about most of what you suggested HDM, though it is still not clear to me that my dog will “need” liver, given everything else he will get. I did send an email to Urban Wolf – will see if they respond though they do suggest the liver supplement. They just responded, asking if I could give him liver treats but that’s all they offered.
I will have to reconsider adding the sweet potato and rest of the non-meat stuff since much of that is in the Urban Wolf (which I will start using on Friday) but if I do, it will be in “treat” amounts and I will use Wally’s poop status to help monitor. I do understand he needs adequate protein and I’m confident he’ll be getting more than he did with his Wellness canned food, who seemingly just began adding more liquid to their formula.
The nutritional yeast he just likes, if I did add any, it would be occasionally and just a small sprinkle.
Was thinking I should add just a sprinkle of calcium now and again because my plan was to feed Wally more Salmon — which has the phosphorous — than would be in the Urban Wolf recipe. Of course, the diet then becomes a bit less controlled or precise.
I’ve read the fat balancing discussions and it seems a little too much like rocket science to me but I will keep researching that and won’t stick my head in the sand on it. I’d rather not feed him beef but will if I need to.
Any further recommendations or discussion are welcomed ….. thanks again
Probably partly the ick factor but mostly because I like cows — yes, there is chicken liver — and don’t like to eat them. Of course, I like turkeys too, which I am feeding him. 🙂 It is a cruel world.
Just that I’d rather avoid using it ….
Here’s what I’ve found so far, which leads me to believe I don’t need it though it is high in several nutrients …