80/10/10 rotational diet is what I was taught 20 years ago and it’s just out dated. However many people still feed and recommend it. Let me share what I learned and how to better prepare fresh food diets for your dog using more current information to avoid nutrition deficiency.
What is a 80/10/10 diet? Basically it is the sum of the parts of a rabbit which is what dogs (coyote and fox) eat in the wild. 80% Muscle Meat 10% Bone 10% Organ Meat. Rotational meaning to feed a variety of proteins, by doing so it was said to balance over time. The problem is 80/10/10 will always be unbalance and unless you add additional nutrients from fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, and seeds.
Let me show you what that looks like (please see video) But here’s the math.
How much to feed your dog is based upon your dogs body weight. For a healthy adult it would be between 2 – 3% of food per 10#, For young dogs or athletic dogs those percentage will be higher. As in the example a 50# dog would eat 12.5oz of food per day. So for the sake of consistency in the video we used 2.5% x 5 = 12.5 oz. Then you would need to split that into the 80/10/10 to figure how much Muscle meat, bone and organ you would need.
Over the years, we have learned a lot and 80/10/10 just doesn’t cut it leaving your dog nutritionally deprived. As shown, the better percentage is 55-60% muscle meat, 12-17% Bone, 10% Organ, 20% Veggies and 3% Nuts, seeds, and herbs. However learning how to create meals for your dog can be overwhelming, so using a recipe for beginners might be the best option. Or maybe you have a dog with food sensitivities, where we offer both testing and meal plans.