Adding More To The Bowl: Ratio Diets
Updated: Jun 5
When first entering the raw world, you have more than likely have seen many graphs and articles telling you the easiest way to feed raw is the 80/10/10 ratio diet. And while this is a great start, it's just not enough...
Feeding only muscle meat, organs, and bones may seem like it would cover all the nutritional bases, but unfortunately, this is not the case.
Do The Best You Can
By continually bringing awareness that ratio diets are not complete and balanced, passionate animal owners like you have a launchpad to push off into a research journey.
Food is food! It is not something that needs to be utterly complicated and frustrating to deal with. And it’s important to recognize that there is a nutritional grey zone. There is so much to learn about nutrition, and all the nutritional guidelines out there, such as AAFCO, FEDIAF, and NRC, are guidelines on what “complete and balanced” is. Not every meal needs to meet the exact NRC or AAFCO guidelines. But it is important to feed towards these feeding models as they’re the most accurate information currently available.
Raw feeding does take energy, commitment, and work, but you can do it! And it is so worth seeing the improvements of your dog truly coming alive when on their proper ancestral nourishment.
What Are Ratio Diets?
Ratio diets refer to a guideline on how to create a DIY raw meal for your dog. The most common ratio is called 80/10/10, where the meal consists of only 80% muscle meal, 10% edible bone, and 10% organs (5% liver and 5% other secreting organs).
This method of feeding originated from trying to replicate whole prey in the wild. 80/10/10 usually falls short because it does not include more obscure body parts such as eyeballs, brain, and fur/feathers.
This is the main way DIY raw is introduced to beginners. Many followed this when starting DIY raw meals and are unaware that it was not "complete and balanced." While this is a great foundation for a meal, it is unfortunately not enough to create a "complete and balanced" meal to provide all essential nutrients.