Welcome to Master Bowie’s Kitchen! This is a cooking show by ‚dog chef‘, mama and author, Riesa and her Labrador, Bowie. Today I made a complete and balanced raw meal for Bowie. Our fresh food feeding journey started over 6 years ago when Bowie suffered from multiple digestive issues. After switching Bowie to a fresh food diet, his symptoms gradually subsided and never returned. I’ve been making Bowie’s food for over 5 years, opting to feed him a variety of nutritious whole foods and implementing a holistic approach to his diet and lifestyle to support his health and wellbeing.
Our Rainbow Beef Brisket Raw Meal Recipe is formulated to the AAFCO standards using Animal Diet Formulator (ADF) software. I don’t feed Bowie a complete and balanced food in every meal. We practise ‚Balance Over Time‘, meaning I provide all the essential nutrients over multiple days (5–7 days) versus daily. I also make sure that I feed a variety of whole foods on rotation to avoid any excesses or deficiencies in specific nutrients. This method is only recommended for healthy adult dogs (not puppies or dogs with medical issues).
Ingredients (makes about 1kg of raw food)
500g lean beef brisket
100g canned sardines in spring water (drained)
50g raw beef liver (or 25g freeze-dried beef liver)
50g raw beef kidney (or 25g freeze-dried beef kidney)
10g freeze-dried beef whole bone
1 egg (include eggshell membrane)
50g raw carrot (puréed/minced)
50g raw sweet red capsicum (puréed/minced)
50g broccoli (steamed)
50g sweet potato (boiled and mashed)
50g mandarin wedges (peeled and pitted, leave the pith)
8g pumpkin seeds (soaked, drained and ground)
4g hempseed oil (cold pressed)
3g ground turmeric – see our Golden Turmeric Paste recipe here https://www.masterbowie.com/2021/08/the-very-versatile-golden-turmeric-paste.html
Kelp powder for iodine (dosage to follow individual product feeding guidelines and instructions)
Mix all well and portion according to your dog’s daily intake. Portioned food can stay in the fridge if you plan to feed them within 72 hours, if not, freeze. Always practise safe food handling and storage techniques. Introduce new ingredients slowly and monitor. If you’re unsure with any of the ingredients of if your dog has any health issues, it’s best to consult with your vet or pet clinical nutritionist.
Learn more about the ingredients
Beef: high quality source of protein and fat. Our dogs should get their energy predominantly from protein and fat, not carbohydrate.
Sardines: great source of omega-3 and low in mercury (compared to big fish like tuna or barramundi).
Offal (or Organs) are such a nutrient dense superfood. Liver is a great source of vitamin A, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc and choline. Kidney (classified as secreting organ) is also rich in vitamin A, C, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc and selenium. Be mindful of feeding offal to your dog. They are very rich and too much of them can cause digestive upsets. Liver should be given 5% of whole meal, the same goes with secreting organ (kidney, spleen, pancreas, thymus, testicles, ovaries and brain).
Bone: an excellent source of calcium. Feeding raw meaty bones is the most ideal, however some dogs may not be able to have raw meaty bones. Other alternatives are bone meal powder, eggshell powder or seaweed calcium.
Egg: a great source of inexpensive complete protein
Carrot: rich in vitamins A, C, B6 and K, potassium and sodium.
Sweet red capsicum: rich in vitamins B6, B9, C, A and E and potassium.
Broccoli: rich in vitamins B2, B5, B6, B9, C, A and K, potassium, sulphur and manganese.
Sweet potato: rich in vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6 and A, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, copper and manganese.
Orange (mandarin): rich source of vitamin C
All fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of fibre and antioxidants.
Pumpkin seeds: a great source of healthy fats (inc. omega-3), vitamin E, choline and B vitamins.
Hempseed oil: another great source of healthy fats and B vitamins.
Turmeric: is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, wound healing and anticancer properties. It’s also rich in B vitamins, choline, vitamins E and K, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc and magnesium.
Kelp: an excellent source of iodine, a mineral often missing in homemade diet.
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