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JustBeingJobless Thu 01-Jun-17 02:01:45

Just taken in my friends raw fed daschund as she's got a family emergency and a plane to catch. She's sent his breakfast in a bowl for morning and I have keys to go raid her freezer tomorrow. I know he has 70g twice a day and I understand the basic 80/10/10 rule and worked out he needs 56g of muscle, 7g each of offal and bone. Problem is, my kitchen scales are broken and I'm a bit panicky at having to measure out his food (tried and failed to raw feed my ddog as she just won't eat enough, and we mainly used complete minces). How do I know what percentage of bone is in say a chicken wing? Didn't get much chance to ask my friend much as she was in a bit of a panic and it was the middle of the night!

Ollivander84 Thu 01-Jun-17 02:17:00

I did some googling and it looks like a wing is 46-50% bone if that helps?
How long is it for? If it's not totally balanced for a day it won't matter massively

Ollivander84 Thu 01-Jun-17 02:17:30

Ooh, has she got scales if you're going to her freezer?

JustBeingJobless Thu 01-Jun-17 02:34:20

Doh I didn't think of stealing her scales ðŸ˜‚ I don't know how long it's for, could be a couple of days or a week or more. Depends on the relative she's flown out to see.

Right so if I weigh a chicken wing and assume half is bone I'll be on the right track? Then I can adjust his days food accordingly.

Ollivander84 Thu 01-Jun-17 02:34:44

Yeah you won't be far off with that

JustBeingJobless Thu 01-Jun-17 02:37:59

Thank you. Last thing I want to do is break her dog! He's got colitis so he's a bit delicate when it comes to food.

tabulahrasa Thu 01-Jun-17 06:34:25

The amounts don't have to be daily... as long as the ratios are right over the week, it's fine.

JustBeingJobless Thu 01-Jun-17 12:28:38

Well it appears he's a picky little bugger! He's eaten a couple of bits out of his breakfast and completely ignored the fish and kidney that is in there (this is a bowl that she'd ready made up for him). I've been and collected a few bits this morning and have defrosting some duck, offal and a beef trachea which he'll hopefully be a bit more enthusiastic about! I think the little fella is a bit stressed and confused as to why he's here to be honest, which isn't going to help his appetite.

ScarlettMN Thu 01-Jun-17 12:38:04

Poor wee lamb! Afraid I don't have any practical advice just wanted to say I understand where you are coming from, it must be a stressful time for you both in the frantic nature of your friend having to dash.

Best of luck!

SparklingRaspberry Thu 01-Jun-17 13:42:55

He may not be eating as much because of the sudden change in his situation

JustBeingJobless Thu 01-Jun-17 13:44:20

He seems to be relaxing a bit and making himself at home! He's such a little sweetie

witwootoodleoo Thu 01-Jun-17 13:49:16

Don't stress too much about getting it exactly right. Imbalances in their food cause problems if they continue for months or years - a few weeks won't do him any harm if it isn't spot on

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