So for a couple of reasons I have decided to explore some non-kibble food options for my dog (70 lb, 3 year old, male, neutered, pit bull). I’m not interested in cooking him dinner every night nor am I interested in the amount of work that seems to be necessary for the B.A.R.F diet that so many people recommend, but I don’t mind cooking a few times a week.
My friend said he had a Rhodesian Ridgeback that ate mostly brown rice and (canned) mackerel in tomato sauce, with occasionally an egg thrown in. How do I find out if this (or any other given suggestion) is nutritionally complete/appropriate? I am a bit worried about all the salt.
I’m finding lots of recipes online but they all say things like “Do your research and make sure the food is right for your breed/size/etc.” But what I want to know is - where do I find that out? I’ve found this page but it’s not as helpful as I would have hoped.
Should I just switch over or should I keep buying kibble for a while and make the change gradually? My dogsitter insists that changing a dog’s food isn’t upsetting to them (and he obviously enjoys the mackerel more than the kibble). (It may be relevant that we are moving next month, so now may not be the best time for another big transition.)
I plan to ask my vet at the next appointment (we are between vets right now). For now I am collecting opinions, because I feel that my ignorance on this subject is vast, but the importance that I get it right is also vast.
What are your experiences feeding your dog non-commercial pet food? Any tips for a newbie?