Balancing My Pet Carnivore Products for Dogs (NRC)

My Pet Carnivore is a great raw feeder resource, but only offers ratio-style grinds at this time. These recipes are basic ways to balance these grinds to NRC standards, for those who prefer whole prey style feeding, or the ease and quality of MPC products. For recipes that better account for the balance of all nutrients, please check out available MPC recipes n the RFN store here.

DISCLAIMER: Detailed nutritional analysis is not provided for bone-in grinds from My Pet Carnivore. Nutritional estimates were created for bone-in items to create these recipes. These recipes were made for healthy adult dogs only. Recipes are balanced only to NRC guidelines if fed according to the feeding chart. This is a general recipe and may not be ideal for your pet. Please use at your own risk.

Recipes were updated 6/8/2020 to include fiber.

Turkey Delight Recipe

For healthy adult dogs, balanced to NRC nutritional standards.
Uses 4 MPC products, 2 common grocery store products and 2 supplements

This recipe uses a mix of MCP products to supplement the Turkey Delight grind (different from the WHOLE turkey grind). It adds canned sardines for essential fatty acids, tripe for manganese, and pork heart for thiamin and beef liver for copper.

Makes 1b of food:
7.7oz of Turkey Delight
3oz of Green Beef Tripe
1oz of pork heart
0.5oz of canned sardines (or 0.7oz fresh sardines)
0.12oz of beef liver
1 large chicken egg
2oz canned plain pumpkin
125mcg iodine supplement*
at least 32mg (48IU) Vitamin E supplement*

Instructions

To mix and prep beforehand:
1. Mix ground ingredients together.
2. Mash canned sardines with a fork. Add in egg and canned pumpkin. Add in powdered supplements (crush tablets with a spoon) and mix thoroughly. Mix in sardine + supplement mix into the grind.
3. Chop or grind pork heart and beef liver. Mix in.
4. Distribute to containers.

* Iodine: The most commonly used source of iodine supplements is kelp powder. Iodine content in kelp can vary greatly, so make sure the company you are sourcing from tests each new lot produced.
– Recommended per 1lb recipe: 1 NOW Kelp 150mcg tablet. Round down 1/4 (see note below).

* Vitamin E: Vitamin E is hard to source from natural ingredients, and should be increased as fat is increased in the recipe. Additional vitamin E can also be used as a preservative to keep fats from oxidizing when food is stored for more than a week.
– Recommended per 1lb recipe: 1/4 NOW Dry E-400 capsule.

Rounding up and down regarding supplements: When you see a note about rounding up or down, it means you can choose to round for practical ease to preparing recipes, without unbalancing the recipe. Round after multiplying the recipe – for example, if you are making 10lbs of a recipe, multiply by 10 first, then round up or down as recommended.

Advanced Recipe

This recipe is quite high in calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin A. To further balance the recipe, you can replace half the Turkey Delight for 4.9oz of ground turkey (7-8% fat).

Feeding Chart

Weight of DogCaloriesOunces to Feed
5lb1664.4
10lb2807.5
15lb38010.1
20lb47012.5
25lb55514.8
30lb64017.1
40lb79021.1
50lb93524.9
60lb107028.5
70lb120032.0
80lb133035.5
90lb145038.7
Minimum amounts to feed per day based on weight of the dog.

Basic Recipe:
Dry Matter Basis: 59.3% protein, 23% fat, 11% ash, 1.5% fiber. Calories: 600kcal/lb as fed.

Advanced Recipe:
Dry Matter Basis: 61% protein, 25% fat, 7% ash, 1.5% fiber. Calories: 600kcal/lb as fed.

Whole Rabbit Recipe

For healthy adult dogs, balanced to NRC nutritional standards.
Uses 4 MPC products, 4 common grocery store products and 2 supplements

This recipe uses various MPC ingredients to supplement the whole rabbit grind. It also adds beef liver for additional copper, oysters for zinc, and tripe for manganese.

Makes 1b of food:
7.3oz of Whole Rabbit grind
2.3oz of Green Beef Tripe
1oz of canned Pacific oysters (boiled, not smoked)
0.8oz of pork heart
0.8oz of canned sardines (or 1.4oz of fresh sardines)
0.15oz of beef liver
1 large chicken egg
2.3oz canned pure pumpkin
110mcg iodine supplement*
at least 32mg (50IU) Vitamin E supplement*

Instructions

To mix and prep beforehand:
1. Mix ground ingredients together.
2. Mash sardines with a fork. Mix in egg and canned pumpkin. Add in powdered supplements (crush tablets with a spoon) and mix thoroughly. Mix in egg + supplement mix into the grind. If using fresh sardines, simply mix the supplements into whisked egg.
4. Chop pork heart, beef liver and fresh sardines, if using fresh.
5. Distribute to containers.

* Iodine: The most commonly used source of iodine supplements is kelp powder. Iodine content in kelp can vary greatly, so make sure the company you are sourcing from tests each new lot produced.
– Recommended per 1lb recipe: 0.75 NOW kelp 150mcg tablets. Round down 1/4 (see note below).

* Vitamin E: Vitamin E is hard to source from natural ingredients, and should be increased as fat is increased in the recipe. Additional vitamin E can also be used as a preservative to keep fats from oxidizing when food is stored for more than a week.
– Recommended per 1lb recipe: 0.125 (1/8) NOW Dry E-400 capsule. Round up 1/4 (see note below)

Rounding up and down regarding supplements: When you see a note about rounding up or down, it means you can choose to round for practical ease to preparing recipes, without unbalancing the recipe. Round after multiplying the recipe – for example, if you are making 10lbs of a recipe, multiply by 10 first, then round up or down as recommended.

Feeding Chart

Weight of DogCaloriesOunces to Feed
5lb1664.8
10lb2808.1
15lb38011.1
20lb47013.7
25lb55516.2
30lb64018.6
40lb79023.0
50lb93527.2
60lb107031.1
70lb120034.9
80lb133038.7
90lb145042.2
Minimum amounts to feed per day based on weight of the dog.

Dry Matter Basis: 60% protein, 21% fat, 10% ash, 1.5% fiber. Calories: 549kcal/lb as fed.

Lamb Recipe

For healthy adult dogs, balanced to NRC nutritional standards.
Uses 4 MPC products, 3 common grocery store product and 2-3 supplements

This recipe can be fed cut up into chunks, or ground at home. It uses MPC lamb trim. turkey hearts, and turkey necks as a base, with liver for copper and sardines for essential fatty acids. This is a higher fat recipe.

Makes 1b of food:
5.6oz of My Pet Carnivore lamb trim
3.6oz of turkey necks, ground or whole
1.3oz of turkey hearts
0.2oz of beef liver (or 0.4oz lamb liver)
1oz of canned sardines (or 1.8oz of fresh sardines)
1 large chicken egg
2.5oz canned pure pumpkin
0.7mg manganese supplement*
160mcg iodine supplement*
at least 36mg (96IU) Vitamin E supplement*

Instructions

To mix and prep beforehand:
1. Mash canned sardines with a fork. Mix in egg and canned pumpkin. Add in powdered supplements (crush tablets with a spoon) and mix thoroughly. If using fresh sardines, mix supplements into egg.
2. If there are any ground meat, mix supplement mix into the ground meat.
3. Chop trim, turkey hearts, turkey necks, beef liver (and fresh sardines).
3. Distribute meats evenly to daily containers.

Manganese: Manganese is found abundantly in mussels, tripe, and some grains. Manganese can be safely supplemented higher than strictly required, and can be helpful for joint support.
– Recommended per 1lb recipe: 1/8 Solgar chelated Manganese (8mg) tablet. Round up to 1/4 (see note below).

* Iodine: The most commonly used source of iodine supplements is kelp powder. Iodine content in kelp can vary greatly, so make sure the company you are sourcing from tests each new lot produced.
– Recommended per 1lb recipe: 1.1 NOW kelp 150mcg tablets. Round down to 1/4 (see note below).

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is hard to source from natural ingredients, and should be increased as fat is increased in the recipe. Additional vitamin E can also be used as a preservative to keep fats from oxidizing when food is stored for more than a week.
– Recommended 1lb recipe: 1/4 capsule of NOW Dry E-400. Round up 1/2 (see note below).

Rounding up and down regarding supplements: When you see a note about rounding up or down, it means you can choose to round for practical ease to preparing recipes, without unbalancing the recipe. Round after multiplying the recipe – for example, if you are making 10lbs of a recipe, multiply by 10 first, then round up or down as recommended.

Feeding Chart

Weight of DogCaloriesOunces to Feed
5lb1663.4
10lb2805.8
15lb3807.8
20lb4709.7
25lb55511.4
30lb64013.2
40lb79016.3
50lb93519.3
60lb107022.1
70lb120024.7
80lb133027.4
90lb145029.9
Minimum amounts to feed per day based on weight of the dog.

Dry Matter Basis: 48.6% protein, 36% fat, 8.4% ash, 1.5% fiber. Calories: 780kcal/lb as fed.

Whole Pork Recipe

For healthy adult dogs, balanced to NRC nutritional standards.
Uses 2 MPC products, 3 common grocery store products and 4 supplements

This recipe is based on the whole pork grind. It adds additional spleen for iron, canned sardines for essential fatty acids, liver for copper, and extra eggs for choline. This is a higher fat recipe – additional instructions for an “advanced recipe” are included to lower fat content.

Makes 1b of food:
8.2oz of Ground Whole Pork
1.4oz of canned sardines (or 2.4oz of fresh sardines)
0.3oz of beef liver (or 0.6oz of lamb liver)
2 large chicken eggs
2.4oz canned pure pumpkin
4.5mg zinc supplement*
1mg manganese supplement*
150mcg iodine supplement*
at least 25mg (38IU) Vitamin E supplement*

Instructions

To mix and prep beforehand:
1. Mix ground ingredients together.
2. Mash canned sardines with a fork. Add in egg and canned pumpkin. Add in powdered supplements (crush tablets with a spoon) and mix thoroughly. Mix in sardine + supplement mix into the grind.
3. Chop or grind beef liver. Mix in.
4. Distribute to containers.

Zinc: Zinc is found abundantly in lean beef cuts, goat, and oysters. To supplement zinc in this recipe, you can use a zinc picolinate or chelated zinc supplement.
– Recommended per 1lb basic recipe: 1/4 Solgar Zinc Piconlate (22mg) tablets

Manganese: Manganese is found abundantly in mussels, tripe, and some grains. Manganese can be safely supplemented higher than strictly required, and can be helpful for joint support.
– Recommended per 1lb recipe: 1/8 Solgar chelated Manganese (8mg) tablet. Round up to 1/4 (see note below).

Iodine: The most commonly used source of iodine supplements is kelp powder. Iodine content in kelp can vary greatly, so make sure the company you are sourcing from tests each new lot produced.
– Recommended per 1lb recipe: 1 NOW kelp 150mcg tablets.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E is hard to source from natural ingredients, and should be increased as fat is increased in the recipe. Additional vitamin E can also be used as a preservative to keep fats from oxidizing when food is stored for more than a week.
– Recommended 1lb recipe: 1/8 capsule of NOW Dry E-400. Round up 1/2 (see note below).

Rounding up and down regarding supplements: When you see a note about rounding up or down, it means you can choose to round for practical ease to preparing recipes, without unbalancing the recipe. Round after multiplying the recipe – for example, if you are making 10lbs of a recipe, multiply by 10 first, then round up to down as recommended.

Advanced Recipe

This recipe is high in fat. To decrease fat, you can use instead:

7oz of lean ground pork (4-5% fat)
1.8oz of Ground Whole Pork
1.3oz of canned sardines (or 1.9oz of fresh sardines)
0.3oz of beef liver (or 0.4oz of lamb liver)
2 large chicken eggs
2.1oz canned pure pumpkin
2mg zinc supplement*
0.7mg manganese supplement*
150mcg iodine supplement*
at least 35mg (52IU) Vitamin E supplement*

Feeding Chart

Basic Recipe

Weight of DogCaloriesOunces to Feed
5lb1663.5
10lb2805.9
15lb3808.0
20lb4709.9
25lb55511.7
30lb64013.5
40lb79016.6
50lb93519.7
60lb107022.5
70lb120025.3
80lb133028.0
90lb145030.5
Minimum amounts to feed per day based on weight of the dog.

Advanced Recipe

Weight of DogCaloriesOunces to Feed
5lb1664.4
10lb2807.5
15lb38010.2
20lb47012.6
25lb55514.9
30lb64017.1
40lb79021.1
50lb93525.0
60lb107028.6
70lb120032.1
80lb133035.6
90lb145038.8
Minimum amounts to feed per day based on weight of the dog.

Basic Recipe:
Dry Matter Basis: 49% protein, 37% fat, 8% ash, 1.5% fiber. Calories: 756kcal/lb as fed.

Advanced Recipe:
Dry Matter Basis: 63% protein, 25% fat, 5.5% ash, 1.5% fiber. Calories: 598kcal/lb as fed.