Marsh's MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERDS, "Marsh's MAS" Located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Contact us: marshsmas@gmail.com


 

  We believe dogs are Carnivores and Scavenging opportunists. We feed our Miniature American Shepherds a Species and Biologically Appropriate Diet including RAW meat, RAW organs and RAW bones. 



Puppies are allowed to naturally wean from their Mothers. Here is Poppy, happily allowing her puppies to nurse at 6 Weeks Old. Puppies naturally wean from their Mother sometime between 8 - 10 Weeks Old.


 

  • Between 3-4 weeks of age, puppies are given raw egg and goats milk as their first whole foods. Then they are offered different raw ground meats mixed with goats milk before, slowly adding raw bone and organ meat to the mixture. 
  • As the puppies naturally wean, less milk is added to their food and as their teeth come in,  we start offering larger cuts of meat and whole prey. 
  • Our Puppies are introduced to at least 7 different RAW meat sources before leaving Marsh's MAS.

 


 

 


  -RAW Eggs        
  -RAW Chicken  
  -RAW Turkey 
  -RAW Beef 
  -RAW Pork 
  -RAW Mackerel  
  -RAW Rabbit 


 

 

 

   



   We encourage every Buyer to at least supplement their MAS's diet with RAW Meaty Bones. Bones are full of beneficial nutrients, they help keep teeth and gums healthy and provide mental stimulation and the enjoyment to just CHEW :)


We understand that many people have mixed feelings about the safety of feeding RAW foods. 
Here are some facts for feeding a RAW diet:



 


      We currently make our own raw dog food... and you can too!
To ensure your MAS (or other carnivore) is getting all the important nutrients they need to thrive, you must follow a few guidelines...
First, the term "Raw Food" can be broken down into 3 Main categories: Muscle Meat, Edible Bone and Organ Meat. These are typically fed in the ratio 80 : 10 : 10  
**We've noticed this ratio can fluctuate a bit. Just like us, Carnivores do best eating a variety of fresh foods, balancing nutrients over time. 
Here, I will break down how I match up ingredients to make Raw Meals.

40% - 50% of Diet

Raw, lean 
muscle meats 

Lean muscle meats make up approximately 50% of the diet and include: poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, quail), fish, rabbits and other small rodents. 

 5% - 15% of Diet

Raw, edible bones


    **Never feed                  cooked bones!

The Raw bone part of a carnivores diet provides calcium, minerals, enzymes and other essential nutrients.

Edible bones are bones that can easily be digested by a carnivore and include: all poultry bones (chicken, turkey, duck), bones from fish, rabbits and bones from other small rodents. 

20% of Diet

Raw heart and other red muscle meats 

Red muscle meats, including hearts are full of taurine, an essential amino acid. Red muscle meats include: beef, pork, venison, goat, mutton etc. Raw heart can be sourced from either small or large prey.  

10% of Diet 

Raw organs

Organs are any "secreting tissue" including: liver, kidneys, spleen, testicles etc. Liver is the most nutrient rich organ and should make up 50% of the organ portion. If other organs can not be found, you can use 100% liver, but try not to exceed over 10% of the diet, as liver can cause loose stools. Raw organs can be sourced from either small or large prey. 
***5% - 20% of Diet

Fruits and Vegetables
***Many raw feeders believe that commerical meats are deprived from some essential nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants, vitamins and contain fiber. Add some to your dogs diet to help ensure optimal nutrition.







We coarsely grind the majority of our dog food using a



We typically make dog food in 50 - 100 lb batches. All components are ground and thoroughly mixed.



How to make bone broth
The only extra things we add immediately to the mixture is water (or bone broth/stock) and lite salt. For every 5 lbs of meat mixture, we add approximately 2 cups of water and 1.5 tsp of lite salt. 

The dog food is then frozen for later use. 2 lbs of raw food fits in a 1 L mason jar and 5 lbs of food in a Large Zip lock bag.
 


Supplements 

Because the average raw diet does not include the head, guts or fur of the prey animal, there is a risk of not meeting every nutrient requirement, 100% of the time. Many Raw feeders include some essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the food to health ensure optimal health. Most sites suggest mixing your supplements into your ground food prior freezing. We feel, these supplements are too fragile to handle freezing, so we add them  to thawed-out batches or to individual meals.


Here is the most common supplement recipe for every 5 lbs of meat mixture:

*If feeding raw eggs and sardines on a regular basis, then you can omit the eggs and fish oil.


- 4 raw eggs
- 4000 mg wild salmon/small fish/or krill oil
- 4000 mg taurine
- 800 IU Vitamin E 
- 200 mg Vitamin B Complex


Other Food Items 

Like we said earlier, variety is key in making sure our carnivores are getting all their needed nutrients for optimal health.

Raw Eggs 
Eggs are a complete food source, full of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. *To be fed raw; eggs should be free range and preferably organic. Otherwise we recommend poaching the egg prior feeding. Eggs can be offered a few times a week, either mixed in ground food or by themselves as a treat.

Sardines 
Sardines provide a natural source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and Coenzyme Q10. Sardines can easily be found at the grocery store. Buy them canned and packed in spring water. Sardines can be offered a few times a week, either mixed in ground food or by themselves as a treat.

Whole bones 

**Never feed cooked bones!

Large cuts of  bone with muscle meat should be offered to your dog a few times a week.  Recreational bones help keep your dogs teeth clean and their jaws strong.


Tripe



Dogs LOVE Tripe! Tripe is the stomach lining of ruminating animals, (cows, goats, sheep, buffalo etc). Unbleached tripe "Green Tripe" is full of beneficial bacteria and digestive enzymes that help aid in proper digestion. It also has the desirable calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:1, making it the perfect, nutritious whole food. 


Treats 

Offering high value food items is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your MAS. Treats can be given to simply say "I love you" or treats make great rewards when teaching basic commands and other forms of training. 

Most commercial "treats" for pets are full of grains/ fillers, by-products, preservatives and are highly processed... all the things we try to avoid when feeding a biologically appropriate diet. 

BUT... It is easy to make your own nutritious treats for your MAS that can be fed everyday as part of their daily food requirements.









Raw food for your carnivore can be conveniently bought - balanced - ready to go, at any major Pet Store. A few Local (Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia) Raw food suppliers include:





Our MAS puppies are also introduced to a High Quality, *Grain Free Kibble because some of our buyers will choose to feed their dogs a commercial kibble or a combination diet.  

Our current Grain Free Kibble of Choice is made by the Canadian Company, Nutreco, under the Brand name "Wholesome Blend" 
We feed the 3 different varieties, rotating bag per bag. 


Turkey and Duck 

Salmon 

 
 
http://www.nutreco-pet.ca/en/brands/wholesome-grain-free/dog/wholesome-blend%C2%AE-grain-free-%E2%80%93-red-meat-adult-recipe/23/

 Beef and Pork

A great Website to compare different dog foods: 

 

Helping you Choose a kibble to feed your MAS: 

 

 The Quality of Pet Food Ingredients #1

 Dr. Karen Becker visits an upscale pet boutique to evaluate the quality of the different types of pet food.


 

 The Quality of Pet Food Ingredients #2

 Dr. Karen Becker visits an upscale pet boutique to evaluate the quality of the different types of pet food.

 

 


The Best and Worst Foods for Your Pet

 Dr. Karen Becker discusses her best-to-worst recommendations for diets for dogs and cats and explains how to improve the quality of the food you feed your own pet 

 

More on Feeding a Species and Biologically Appropriate Diet:

 

Raw Meat Diet for Dogs and Cats

Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, discusses why it is beneficial to feed your canine or feline a pet diet consisting of raw meat.


 

 Dr. Becker Discusses Raw Food Diet #1

Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, talks about her favorite topic: raw food diet for pets


 

  

Dr. Becker Discusses Raw Food Diet #2

 

Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, talks about her favorite topic: raw food diet for pets


 

 

Dr. Becker Discusses Raw Food Diet #3

 

Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, talks about her favorite topic: raw food diet for pets


 

 


Marsh's MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERDS, "Marsh's MAS" Located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Contact us: marshsmas@gmail.com