Nutritional Facts for RMBs

The link below provides access to the USDA website at which you can plug in your food selection (ex: Boneless Turkey Thighs) and get a nutritional breakdown of a raw turkey thigh.

fdc.nal.usda.gov

Raw Dog Food Nutrition Bone Content of Common RMBs

CHICKEN

  • Back: 45%
  • Drumstick: 30%
  • Feet: 60%
  • Leg Quarter: 30%
  • Neck: 38%
  • Split Breast: 20%
  • Thigh: 15%
  • Wing: 45%

TURKEY

  • Back With Skin: 42%
  • Back Without Skin: 50%
  • Drumstick: 20%
  • Leg: 17%
  • Neck: 42%
  • Split Breast: 10%
  • Thigh: 21%
  • Wing: 33%

DUCK

  • Feet: 60%
  • Frame: 75%
  • Head: 75%
  • Neck: 55%
  • Whole Duck: 28%
  • Wing: 40%

BEEF

  • Oxtails: 45% to 65%
  • Ribs: 50%

PORK

  • Feet: 30%
  • Ribs: 30%

RABBIT

  • Whole Rabbit Dressed: 28%

LAMB

  • Ribs: 28%
  • Shoulder Blade: 25%
  • Shoulder With Leg: 21%

GOAT

  • Ribs: 45%
  • Tail: 60%

WHOLE GAME BIRDS

  • Cornish Hen: 38%
  • Guinea Hen: 18%
  • Pheasant 15%
  • Quail 10%
  • Duck 38%

Raw Organ and Other Nutritional Components

Liver:  Loaded with vitamin A, D, E, K and containing Omega 3 & 6, B vitamins 1, 2, 3, 5 & 12. Liver holds minerals like iron, manganese, zinc and selenium and is a source of vitamin C

Kidney:  protein, Omega 3 & 6, vitamins A, B, D, E and K. Kidneys are also a source of zinc and known to be easily digestible.

Heart (Actually muscle meat) – Source of taurine & good protein, iron, A & B vitamins.

Green Tripe is high in good digestive enzymes and Lactobacillus Acidophilus bacteria, also known as intestinal flora.  It also has a 1/1 Calcium/Phosphorus ratio.  Green tripe also provides vitamin B plus essential fatty acids Omega 3 & 6, Linoleic and Linolenic.

Protein Levels of Raw Meat

Contrary to popular belief, the raw food protein level of most all raw meats is between 15 and 25%.

Calcium and Phosphorus

Calcium is found in bone and dogs require a balanced ratio of calcium and phosphorus with daily nutrition. Calcium is responsible for neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and immune system function. Cells in a dog’s body need calcium to support enzyme function and calcium builds cell skeletal structure while maintaining cell membrane stability.

An overload of calcium can impede or accelerate normal bone growth. Puppies up to a year old and large or giant breeds up to age 2 are at highest risk from excess calcium.

Meat, not the bone when talking about raw meaty bones (RMBs), has high phosphorus. But it is very low in calcium, that’s where the bone comes into play.

Additional Nutrients in RMBs

MEAT: Raw meat is packed with protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and water. Protein and fat provide energy without carbohydrates, starches, grains or sugars like many dry kibble dog food formulas. Fat content of meat varies by type and species, with pork and chicken containing higher fat levels.

BONES: Raw bones provide calcium, some phosphorus and an array of complex nutrients via living tissue and cells. Chicken and pork bones are high in fat, essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins. Bone marrow contains enzymes, antioxidants and iron.

Packed with a store of natural vitamins and minerals, many believe there’s nothing better for a dog than a raw bone. Bones play a natural role of a filter, absorbing and removing toxins from the gut. In addition, gnawing and crunching of bones promote dental hygiene and you’ll rarely find a bone fed dog with dental or periodontal related diseases.

(Above information courtesy of Feedingmydogbreed.com)

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