I find it is important for your dogs nutrition that they have real meats in their diet that are not from the canned dog food.
Growing up my mum fed our dog Nutmeg many meats both red and white fleshed.
Through this post I will be talking about the meats my mum fed our dog, if it’s good enough for her it’ll be good enough for your dog too. All examples are including 1 cup of dry food/ dog biscuits.
Once Nutmeg grew out of the puppy stage we started to introduce ox tail cuts into her diet. At the start this cut was reasonably priced but as of lately ox tail has become more popular for consumption and prices have gone up. So this is now a treat for her when available.
I believe ox tail is one of the best raw meats for dogs because there is a good amount of meat around the bone and even the bone isn’t too tough. This would be due to the spacing between the bones and makes it easier for your dog to chew.
Bones are also good for your dogs teeth as when they chew on them they are cleaning their teeth, scraping away any of the gritty stuff.
This is only a recent addition into Nutmegs diet as a replacement for the ox tail due to the increasing price.
This piece of raw meat still has your bones and meat, not as much meat as the ox tail but it is fairly similar in the way of the bones being easy to chew with the spacing between them.
This cut is more affordable as there is not as high of a demand for cow necks are this moment.
As my Dad was a fisherman and now my older brother has taken on the family business we have almost always got fish in our freezer at home. Unfortunately for us we do not get the chance to eat all the fish supply before it gets too old, but that means luckily for Nutmeg she can eat some fish too.
We give this to Nutmeg raw and there has never been an issue with her not wanting it. Usually it is either Barramundi or Threadfin Salmon – both of these are white fleshed fish.
We cut a fillet of the fish into small portioned squares and put about 4-5 squares in a small plastic bag, when it comes to adding the meaty component to Nutmegs meal we just add one of the prepared portioned bags.
Fish is not a regular occurrence in Nutmegs diet but is more of a special treat from time to time.
Rump of Beef
There has been times when mum has found a big beef roast in the freezer that has been forgotten about, not fit for our consumption but pretty good for our Nutmeg.
What we do is cut this big hunk of meat into small bite sized pieces and portion out into plastic sandwich bags, when it comes to meal time she gets her cup or biscuits and a pre portioned bag of beef chunks.
Of course you can buy a rump of beef purely for your dog and portion it out like my mum does, you don’t need to wait until you find something you forgot about.
I believe buying a bulk lot of meat is more cost effective than buying multiple dog purpose made meat trays from your Woolworths or Coles. It just takes some planning and preparation with a side of time.
Best Raw Meat For Dogs
I am happy with what we have been feeding Nutmeg and she gets a bit of a variety of raw meats that she can enjoy.
One thing I notice about Nutmeg is that she eats her dry food first before finishing off with the meat component of her meal, very much like myself eating the vegetables or salad before my meat in a meal.
Having a mix of boneless meats and non boneless meats allows your dog to have a chance to keep its teeth clean and healthy, also giving your dog the chance to experience different textures.
Experiment with these different raw meat options with your dog and see what works best for them.