I’m fond of reminding people that raw feeding isn’t the proverbial “rocket science”, but you do, of course, have to acknowledge a few basics. Good tools help make any job more accurate, efficient, and just plain more enjoyable.
This spreadsheet was designed by a few very dedicated raw feeders who were interested in comparing raw feeding in practice to facts and figures only available to those feeding commercially prepared foods. Whether you’re new to the diet and looking for guidelines, a seasoned raw feeder wanting to check your meal plan, or just looking out of sheer curiosity, it’s a valuable resource. It has been available online since 2008, but in 2014 it became necessary to find it a new home. Pack Lunch was only too happy to give it one.
Please note that the spreadsheet is protected under applicable copyright laws, and for personal use ONLY. Sharing, is, of course, encouraged, but please direct others to this page for access to the file. Selling or making the spreadsheet available for purchase or profit is explicitly forbidden. For more information or permissions to distribute the file please contact Pack Lunch via the comment section or email. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Using the spreadsheet is easy. Just plug your dog’s weight into the field at the top of the page, and watch the rest populate with interesting and helpful info. Please do remember that the info is a guideline only. It is a compilation and extrapolation of established and reliable, but third-party information. Every dog is an individual. This spreadsheet has been designed for adult dogs only, not cats, puppies, or animals with needs beyond the scope of the spreadsheet.
UPDATE July 2015:
I recently got a message from a long-time user of the spreadsheet inquiring about the source of information and figures regarding nutrient requirements. The answer is that they are based on the updated version of the report, Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, which is based on researched performed by the National Research Council. The actual citation is as follows:
National Research Council (US). Ad Hoc Committee on Dog and Cat Nutrition (2006). Nutrient Requirements of Adult Dogs for Maintenance, Table 15-5, pgs 359-360. In Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats. Washington, DC: National Academies Press
UPDATE February 2017:
I received a message from a spreadsheet user who says some of the fields on the second page aren’t loading properly on her download. Combined with some other feedback I’ve been getting about the second page of the sheet specifically, I think it might be time to give the spreadsheet a bit of an overhaul. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to send a message!
UPDATE September 2017:
It’s official, some major work has been done on the next generation of the spreadsheet. I still have a lot of proofing and checking to do, but it’s happening! Check back in coming weeks/months, and/or “like” the Facebook page and make sure that you’re set up to receive notifications so that you don’t miss this new opportunity as soon as it’s ready!
Click on the link and the file should automatically download. You will need software on your computer to use the spreadsheet. It is an Excel spreadsheet file (.xls), but also works in Open Office. If you have any problems or questions please feel free to comment below. And now I bring you — as at least one raw feeder calls it –“The Spreadsheet Of Your Dreams”:
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