Fresh food in the bowl: Palette’s Salmon and lamb menu

 If you follow my blog entries, you would notice that our Corgi “Palette” is on fresh food diet a.k.a. raw diet,and she eats all kinds of stuff.

 She loves the fresh food menu very much. She always get excited wondering what  her meal will be. I do not even need to call her name because she is always right next to me as soon as she hears the sound of me preparing her food mat.

 I, on the other hand, enjoy watching how much she loves her meal and I feel great knowing that I am providing the best menu possible for her for healthy,long,happy life.

 It has been 6 years since her first raw diet menu.

 I remember how nervous I was to hand out the bones to her or how anxious I was wondering about balanced nutrition but here she is, being happy and healthy. I think it was the good decision that we have made to switch her diet to the fresh food.

 As I have been writing in many entries in the past, after switching her diet to the  fresh food diet, I started learning more about overall health topics such as over vaccination, nutrition, along with dog treats,dog food matters and more..

 One of my goals for this blog has always been trying to focus on educating readers by passing all of those information that I have learned over the years and, at the same time, I wanted to raise the awareness of healthy,nutritious fresh food diet for dogs, and encourage people to start trying to add fresh food diet menu in their doggy bowl, or start switching training treats or chews to healthier ones to start with; start  switching what they get throughout the day via a small steps at a time for the sake of dog’s health.

 If one was trying to switch their diet to fresh food diet a.k.a. raw diet like I did for Palette’s, then, I wanted to provide information how I feed her as fresh food diet guide so they can see what it is like to feed fresh food diet to dogs.

 As you know,the good diet is the base of overall health.

 When you go to human doctor, not many doctors would discourage you to
eat fresh food, and they would not push you to include processed food in
our diet. They do not have canned soup or frozen food for you to purchase to bring home to enjoy. They are more likely to tell you to eat fresh food for your over
all health.

 Processed food is convenient and quick and easy for you, but if you were on total processed food diet without fresh food, will you be healthy? Imagine your diet consists of canned soup, frozen food etc only,day in, day out.

 Now, I cannot wrap my head around why so called “Medical expert” for animals should be pushing you or recommending you to feed the process food as opposed to encouraging you to feed fresh food for the overall health.

 I feel that medical expert on  animal field is moving backward in stead of moving  forward focusing more on dog’s health.

 I strongly feel that vet is moving backward on the diet issue for animals especially because all of my cousins and neighbors who I grew up with fed fresh food all the time and, I had an impression back then that it was what dogs eat until I came to the states.

 I also watched the segment in the season 21 finale episode of Amazing race where hounds in Europe (France) were fed raw meat although bones were removed and huge amount of meat was surrounded by some kibble.

 I do not know whether hound dogs in France appeared on the show is always fed without bones (part of me is wondering if contestants had to remove the bones from huge amount of meat to make the task time consuming for the contestants to clear), but it is one thing to prove that feeding raw meat is nothing special in Europe at least.

 Watching the segments, I thought feeding fresh food is nothing out of ordinary at the other parts of the world just like Japan.

 Last time I went back to Japan to see my family back in November 2012, even though I found a few kibble at pet supply store, I found lots of home prepared diet related books there.

 Maybe surprising to some American vets, but there were some books co-authored  by a Japanese vet and a dog nutritionist in Japan about home prepared diet, and it actually encouraged readers to feed fresh food to your dogs.

 I am glad to find that at least some parts of the world, animal doctors are focusing on real overall health and encourage people to feed fresh food.

 Back in Japan,it looked like home-prepared diet seemed to be a big thing at this moment.

 Maybe if vets around the world could have world conference or some sort and share or exchange the views on many things, they could use the conference as the place to learn new things from other countries’ vets and could be more beneficial to dogs, and I also feel they could be more open minded to review many traditional ideas and treatments. They might change how they approach the issue related to dogs’ health.

 You can watch the final episode of Amazing race season 21 at cbs website here. At about 24:36 is where you can watch “chow” task; hounds fed raw meat.

 Raw diet menu for dogs,for example, is unique in a
way that each menu is served fresh, without fillers, and offer quality
of food and, it will leads to good overall health.

 Ultimately, you can tweak the diet menu if problems arise accordingly. That is the virtue of this raw diet method.

 That being said, I would like to start a new series titled “Fresh food in the bowl”, where you get to sneak peek what Palette is eating, and I also would like to get others involved to share what kinds of fresh food they feed to their dogs.

 If you feed fresh food to your dogs (it is fine to have fresh food as topping) as meal or as snack, please share your story with or without pictures or videos.

 Please e-mail us your story with or without pictures or videos of your dog’s fresh food in the bowl moment at

 You may get picked to be appeared on our blog series “Fresh food in the bowl”.

 In this entry, I would like to share Palette’s “Fresh food in the bowl”.

 I think if you feed your dogs raw diet,you can use Palette’s sample meal as example for the feeding.

 In the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 Part 16:Feeding fish“,I wrote that Palette is
seafood lover, and she eats all kinds of seafood. I wrote about how I
feed various kinds of fish to her along with meal examples, mercury in
the fish, and canned fish vs raw fish.

 Also, I have written about caution against feeding raw fish to dogs regarding salmon poisoning.

 In case you missed it, here is the thing about fresh never frozen wild salmon and salmon poisoning.

Feeding wild caught fresh salmon,trout,steelhead and other salmonids from Pacific Northwest..

 When you feed fresh wild caught salmon, trout,steelhead and other salmonids
fish, there is one thing you should know about it and be careful about
how you feed them to your dogs.

If you got wild-caught FRESH salmon or trout or steelhead from Pacific Northwest,you need to
them for a few weeks before feeding them to avoid salmon poisoning.

 Cooking the fresh wild caught
salmon/trout/steelhead from Pacific Northwest will kill the parasite
that can cause salmon poisoning, and you do not have to worry about
salmon poisoning from fresh wild caught salmon from Pacific Northwest.

 In the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 Part 19:Feeding fish Part 2“, I wrote about fish bones,what fish to feed,what fish to avoid,and in the previous entry titled Raw feeding 911 Part 15: Farm raised fish vs Wild caught fish and Palette’s soft shell crab diary“, you can read more about difference in the farm raised salmon vs wild caught salmon. 

 Palette loves seafood, and you can find lots of information on feeding fish at our blog site.

 Since she is a seafood lover, I will start with one fish menu sneak peak.

 Half fish combo menu is rotated among oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, and sardine along with poultry feet such as chicken feet or duck feet to give her more bone on those days.

 Fish does have bone, but it is very small amount and, she needs more bones in the meal.Therefore, I supplement the fish menu with poultry feet.

 Good thing about poultry feet is that poultry feet is great natural source of glucosamine/chondroitin, and considering Palette’s past limping history, it is a good choice.

 Other half of the meal is whatever planned to feed in the menu list in order,and it is boneless meat along with organ such as liver.

 The week I took the picture of her fish meal combo day, her meal was salmon and lamb. I usually feed the same menu item two times per week and move on to the other menu except organ such as liver or poultry giblet such as gizzard.

 What she got? Here is what she got on fish meal combo day #1.

AM: Salmon fillet, 1 chicken foot

PM: Lamb heart, beef liver

 As you can see, her meal is very simple.

 The amount of food served is roughly around 10 oz to 12 oz per day. I consider her ideal weight is 30 lb since she is a tall corgi (14″ tall; 2″ taller than average Corgi).

 Then,I go by 2 % of ideal weight to calculate her daily amount.

 Calculation goes like this.

 30 x 16 x 0.02= daily feeding amount 9.6 oz (roughly 10 oz)

 With some menu items, it is not likely to be able to cut to the piece into exact amount that I would like to feed as her portion, so her daily amount can vary some.

 To calculate your dog’s daily feeding amount fill the blank below

 ideal weight of dog x 16 x 0.02 for 2 % = daily feeding amount

 If you go by 3% of ideal weight,then fill the blank below

 ideal weight of dog x 16 x 0.03 for 3% = daily feeding amount

 By observing how your dogs do, up and down the percentage of ideal weight.
 Palette’s menu detail goes about 80% meat,10% bone, 10% organ.

 When I have organ other than liver such as kidney, I feed 5% liver, 5% kidney a day but when I have only liver,I feed 10% liver a day.

 I feed her 2 times a day on regular feeding time,and I feed 1 time a day when I feed her big meal once a month.

 If you go by 80 % -10 % -10 % guideline exactly with Palette’s feeding amount, you will get 8 oz boneless meat, 1 oz bone, 1 oz organ, but as you can see, I feed her 2 times a day and when I portion cut her menu, often times, boneless meat is cut to about 4 oz wt, meat with bone such as portion cut chicken etc will be cut to about weighing  around 5 oz to 7 oz, and organ portion gets chopped to about half an ounce and then I bag them in the zip bag and put those in the freezer bag to freeze them.

 With my way, the amount of bone gets up and down depending on what you will feed. When fish meal day, the amount of bones are very low and when I feed neck or ribs as part of her daily menu, the amount of bones in the meal gets higher than fish meal day.

 When she gets salmon,she gets wild caught sockeye salmon, and she really goes crazy about the fish. Oily fish like salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids that are good for skin and coat. Also, it is one of those food that can provide “hard to get” Vitamin D. They are great menu to add into your dog’s diet.

 Animal heart is another good menu to add into your dog’s diet menu list because they are usually classified as an “organ”,but for the feeding purpose,they are muscle meat and it is one economical muscle meat protein source you can add as variety in your dog’s diet.

 As you have seen in the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 part 11:Heart“, the food that provide Vitamin D are very limited.
Therefore,whether human or for dogs, it is best to keep that in mind and
make sure to have such food as much as possible but not to the extreme.

 Dogs can get Vitamin D by food like heart, oily fish such as
mackerel, salmon, sardine, and herrings, beef liver, egg, and sun light.

 One other thing good about feeding Heart is that,they are good source of Taurine and great
addition to the diet menu. Also heart menu is good for dogs with heart
problems due coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Animal heart also are nutrition packed food item and, it is very good menu to add to your dog’s diet although you do not want to overdo it.

 With lamb heart, one whole lamb heart weigh about 8 oz and not as big as other animal heart such as Beef heart. However, whole lamb heart is more than Palette needs as fish meal combo menu, I usually cut the lamb heart into two parts and feed the half along with other side of bone-in meal,which happened to be fish menu this week.


Let me sniff at it.

Wet nose alert!

Maybe I want nibbles, not just sniff,sniff

Maybe it is all mine!

 Then, her desert “Chicken feet” menu. It is also her favorite.She loves the crunch


I love chicken feet!

 Here is Palette’s dinner menu;Half lamb heart,beef liver.

Half lamb heart with beef liver..

I love lamb heart..

I already gobbled up beef liver.So good!

It is nice to be fed a little earlier than usual

 Often times, 1 st or 2nd salmon meal day is after grocery shopping
so, one dinner fish meal day, she most likely gets salmon soup topped with 1 chicken foot as dinner. The meal example as followings.

AM: Lamb heart, Pork liver

PM: Salmon soup, 1 chicken foot, and Palette’s favorite cool down treats (Homemade frozen yogurt treats) of the week
 You can
find the egg drop salmon soup recipe in the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 Part 16: Feeding fish“.

 I usually put one cube of homemade frozen yogurt treats to her soup bowl to cool the soup down faster.

 She loves Salmon soup very much. Sometimes, I break the fillet into flakes but sometimes, I simply simmer the fillet intact without breaking them up.

 When I runs out the homemade frozen yogurt treats a.k.a. cool down treats,I usually crack an egg on top and stir them up to make it “egg drop salmon soup”.

 When soup is cooled down enough, I place a chicken foot on top of the soup bowl and serve them.

 She loves the egg drop salmon soup too!

Palette’s favorite salmon soup with 1 chicken foot..

Can I have it now?

I am informed that today’s menu was flipped,and I get dinner menu in the morning and breakfast menu at dinner..for better picture of dinner menu.

I don’t mind


I drink soup first,and then eat fillet and finally, desert “chicken feet”..

 What fresh food does your dog get in their bowls?

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