In general, the proper ratio of veggies to meat, bones and organs should be approximately 5:1 (meat to veggies). Now that its YOUR choice you can play with that ratio to find what works best for your individual dog BUT using the 5:1 ratio as a starting point is easy and perfect.
This means that for every 5 parts of meat, bones and organs, you are adding 1 part veggies. Its not rocket science by a long shot and getting somewhere in that general neighborhood is fine. Most importantly -don’t stress about it! Most of the time its sufficient to estimate and throw in a spoonful (what size spoonful depends on the amount you are feeding of course) straight from the container.
In general we recommend dividing your order in the following manner with the following combinations:
- 50# boxes combined with 12# Veggies
- 40# of meat (20 two pound containers) with 8# of Veggies
- 20# of meat (10 two pound containers) with 4# of Veggies
- 10# of meat (5 two pound containers) with 2# of Veggies
These combinations will give you approximately a 4:1 – 5:1 ratio of meat to veggies for your dog’s meals. We recommend simply thawing out a one pound container of veggies and keeping it on hand in the fridge for easy mixing. The veggies will last up to a week in the fridge and for most people it won’t even be as long as that before you are through them. For smaller dogs, partially thaw your veggies as you would your two pound containers of food and keep half out and ready to use while you put the other half back in the fridge. It won’t hurt the veggies and gives you a more manageable amount to work with.
Some people add veggies to their dog’s tripe. We don’t find it necessary being that tripe is just about the most complete food that you can give and adding veggies is overkill BUT it won’t hurt to add them and some dogs may eat their veggies better when they are mixed with something as irresistible as tripe. If you choose to not add veggies to tripe but tripe is part of your order, reduce the number of veggies ordered proportionally and you will still have the right amount of veggies for the amount of meat you have.
In order to make things a little easier for all of our customers we have developed several packages for ease of ordering. Check out our raw packages page to see if any of these meet your dog’s needs! If none of these packages are exactly what you are looking for than please give us a call and we will be more than happy to walk you through your order and figure out what is going to work best for you.
Though it may seem daunting to some customers, adding your own veggies is actually one of the best things you can do for your dog. YOU decide what works best because YOU know your dog the best. We supply the building blocks and you construct the perfect natural diet to ensure your pet’s optimal health!