One of my biggest stressors is what Bruce Wayne eats. I’m constantly looking for healthy, beneficial ingredients to add into Bruce Wayne’s diet and stressing about the ones he is already eating. It’s a vicious cycle that keeps me awake at night. Sadly, I’m not joking…..
Back in spring, Bruce Wayne was eating a raw mixture I was giving him, but it wasn’t as balanced as I would have liked and it didn’t feel complete. Then, we went on vacation to Philadelphia for American Ninja Warrior and I was forced to feed him freeze-dried raw since I couldn’t carry a mini fridge with me everywhere to keep his raw food cold and fresh. I guess because it was something he hadn’t had in awhile, Bruce Wayne really took to the freeze-dried raw again, so I decided to keep him on that since he was enjoying it. Bruce Wayne is an extremely picky eater!
Fast forward to late June/early July, Bruce Wayne was back to not wanting to eat. Meal times would turn into a 30 minute ordeal. We all know how important it is for dog’s to eat to maintain their health, so this was a huge concern. I began researching raw diets again. I couldn’t go traditional raw, as Bruce Wayne has enlarged tonsils and doesn’t like to chew his food completely before swallowing it, so it couldn’t be your traditional raw with whole bones and such. Also, my main concern was that it would be a balanced diet. I came across a raw company that I wanted to try. I won’t name names here (message me if you’d like to know), but I had a very difficult time ordering. I ordered online, but when I called to add green tripe, they couldn’t find my order. This went on for about two days before I finally cancelled my order. I had given them plenty of time to find an online order. Honestly, this concerned me. If they couldn’t get their sales in order, what was going on in the back where the food is being packaged? I took this as a sign that I should go with my gut instinct and make Bruce Wayne’s meals so that I had complete control over every ingredient in his meals.
But where to find the perfect balanced recipe? I somehow stumbled upon Rodney Habib. (If you read our post about his mushroom broth, you are already familiar with Rodney). Rodney is a concerned pet parent that is on a mission to help dog owners feed their dog’s a healthier meals aka Rodney is my dog God, lol.
I watched Rodney’s video on making a complete and balanced raw meal for your dog about 10 times before I really thought I could make this. (I’ve linked the video below for you to watch as well). If I can do it, I know you can do it too.
Don’t be fooled, feeding raw is certainly costly (more than your average kibble from the pet stores) and it is very time consuming. Rodney’s video makes it look easy. It can become easier as you get used to preparing it, but the first few times will definitely be time consuming. My first time took me about 2 hours. Keep in mind that included weighing and portioning it into 3 separate daily meals for Bruce Wayne. And, I’m also super slow at this stuff, but I have gotten faster so there is hope.
Before you do any mixing or prepping, please be sure to disinfect any counter tops and be sure all utensils and mixing bowls are clean. One of the biggest complaints from veterinarians about raw fed diets is their concern for bacteria. The night before I make Bruce Wayne’s meals, I put his mixing bowl and food scale bowl in the dishwasher to be extra safe that they are clean of any dust or debris that may have fallen on them from the cabinets. (Better safe than sorry and I’m paranoid.)
Let’s get cooking.
The ingredients you will need are as follows. As always, anytime you can get organic, non-GMO products and such, the better. I travel to a grocery store, Wegmans, that is about 30 minutes away from me, but I am able to get all the ingredients in one place and they have all the organic options. Try to do your research before making your meals to make your life easier. No one likes running from grocery store to grocery store.
- 14 oz. Lean Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef
- 2 tsp of Organic Hempseed Oil
- ½ tsp of Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil
- ½ tsp of Organic Ginger
- ½ tsp of Organic Kelp Powder
- 1 Organic Free-Range Brown Egg
- ½ of the Egg Shell
- 1 oz. Organic Beef Liver
- 1 oz. Organic Broccoli (stems only)
- 1 oz. Organic Red Bell Pepper (inside and seeds removed)
- 1 oz. Organic Spinach
- Vital Essentials Raw Green Tripe Nugget (optional)
Meal Prep Steps:
- Mix together the beef, hempseed oil, cod liver oil, ginger, kelp and egg. (Be forewarned: this will stink. It’s not terrible, but it can be offputting to some.)
Next, in a food processor, mix the ½ egg shell, beef liver, broccoli stems, red bell pepper and spinach until chopped evenly.
Finally, mix the chopped ingredients into the meat mixture. Viola, you now have a fully balanced raw meal.
Not sure how much to feed your dog? The rule of thumb is that you should be feeding your dog 2% of their body weight. Not good at math? No worries, either am I. You can click here to easily calculate how much to feed your dog.
You know your dog best and what he/she needs. For instance, Bruce Wayne needs to eat 3 meals a day or else he will vomit bile (kind of like acid reflux), so I portion his meals into 3 separate meals a day. In the morning and evening, Bruce Wayne gets .9 oz. of food with 1 Vital Essentials Raw green tripe nugget. In the afternoon, for lunch, Bruce Wayne gets 1.0 oz. of food with a teaspoon of mushroom broth mixed in.
I mark Bruce Wayne’s lunch portions on the top of the lid so that it is easy to recognize since I freeze his meals. Each night, I pull out 3 containers (enough for the next day) and put them into the fridge to thaw. This way, the meals are frozen and nutrients are locked in for as long as possible before Bruce Wayne eats it.
Studies have shown that you should, if possible, store your dog’s food in glass or a material other than plastic, as bacteria can harvest in plastic containers. I store each meal in a Sage Spoonfuls glass jar. These jars are actually made to store baby food, but being that the jar is 2 oz., it is perfect to store Bruce Wayne’s meals in. Also, the jars are both freezer and dishwasher safe!
Obviously, it is up to you if you decide to take the raw food plunge. If you are like me, it can be scary and nerve wracking to make such a drastic change. I can only attest to our experience, but this is how Bruce Wayne loves to eat. He truly loves raw meals in comparison to anything else and in the long run, I truly believe it will help aid him in his battle with Atypical Addison’s Disease.
Below is Bruce Wayne’s “first impression” of the raw meal I made. As you can see, Bruce Wayne loves it. If you watched his Nature’s Variety Raw Market first impression video, you know Bruce Wayne will not eat just anything. He’s an extremely picky eater. This made me so happy to see how quickly he took to his food.
If you decide to try this or any other raw meals, let us know how your dog likes it. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. I am no expert, but I’m always willing to share any knowledge or tips that I have to help your experience. 🙂
Disclaimer: I am not an expert. I am not a veterinarian. I am a concerned dog parent looking to improve the diet and health of my best friend, Bruce Wayne. Consult your dog’s veterinarian if you have any questions. This recipe is intended for adult dogs; not puppies.