Dogs fill many different roles in human society. Some dogs have jobs and some are just companions. No matter what our dogs do for us we all love them and want to give them the longest, healthiest life possible. Most experts and Veterinarians now are recommending what is called the BARF diet, Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. This means feeding your dog what they are meant to eat: meat and bones.
Most dog owners who choose to feed a BARF diet find it is easiest when the meat and bone has been ground, packaged and frozen. In order to accomplish this you are going to need a top quality meat grinder that is also capable of grinding bone. Here are the top five meat grinders for that purpose.
This meat grinder is top quality and will make quick work of grinding meat and bone for your dog food. Since this grinder is made with exceptional quality and built to handle large amounts of meat it costs more than some other lesser quality models. This meat grinder is going to cost you around a little more than other, but it’s well worth it. If you need to process large quantities of meat and bone it is well worth it.
The Weston Pro Series #32 is a stainless steel meat grinder with precision engineered steel gears. It has on, off, and reverse settings. The reverse setting is particularly useful if the machine gets jammed. It has an offset head design that promotes high processing speeds. Also, it dissembles for easy clean up. This meat grinder can process 12-18 pounds of meat per minute. One of the best features of this model is that unlike other meat grinders this model is warranted for use in grinding bone for pet food. It comes with a 5 year warranty.
This meat grinder is also made for processing large quantities of meat. It is made with the highest quality material and is going to cost around $750.00. The LEM Improved #32 SS Big Bite Grinder can process 17 pounds of meat per minutes and includes a 5 year warranty. This model is built with a stainless steel motor housing and all metal gears to ensure the best possible operation. It has an enlarged opening in the meat pan for faster processing time.
This grinder will grind soft bones like chicken and rabbit with ease although it is not specifically warranted for grinding bone. This model is built with on, off and reverse function as well as having a new meat pan safety guard for added safety while processing your dog food. One of the best things I found about this meat grinder is that the LEM Company has excellent customer support so if, for some reason, you have a question or issue with your machine you can be assured that the company will help you and ensure your satisfaction with their product.
This meat grinder is ideal for people who want to make their dog food with raw meat and bones but don’t need to process as high quantities of meat that would demand the #32 model. It is slightly smaller and more affordable, costing around $500.00. This meat grinder is a smaller, compact model capable of grinding up to 9 pounds of meat per minute.
It is made with a sturdy handle for carrying or transporting, non-slip rubber fee and has forward and reverse functions. It comes with three stainless steel grind plates. This model comes with a 5 year warranty although it is not specifically warranted for grinding bone. Although it is not warranted for grinding bones it is capable of grinding meat and bones from poultry such as chicken, quail, and duck as well as rabbit with ease.
This model of meat grinder is similar to the LEM #32 but with a smaller motor and processing speed. It is more affordable than the more powerful model costing around $450.00. It would be perfect for home use in making raw meat and bone dog food. This model weighs 45 pounds so it is still very well built and sturdy. It is capable of grinding 11 pounds per minute.
It is made with a stainless steel motor housing and all metal gears. It has a large meat pan and also has a built in circuit breaker. The LEM Improved #12 SS Big Bite Grinder comes with a 5 year warranty although it is not covered for grinding bone. Even though it is not warranted for grinding bone it is capable of grinding bone from animals such as small poultry, fish and rabbit.
This model is a lot more affordable than the other models listed here. It costs $150.00-$185.00. Although it is more affordable it seems to be available only over the internet. This model has on, off and reverse functions. It is warranted for one year and is approved for grinding soft bones like chicken and rabbit. It has a built in storage compartment for extra plates and the power cord.
The feed assembly is made of aluminum alloy and also has metal internal gears. It is built with a stainless steel, self sharpening blade. The Tasin 108 (TS 108) is an ideal meat grinder to prepare your dog a healthy homemade raw meat and bone diet.
There are several ways to use your meat grinder to make healthy food for your dog. One way people use meat grinders is to grind the food source animal whole, just cut into pieces small enough to fit through the feeding tube of the machine. This would include chicken thighs, legs, and necks as well as rabbit pieces whole. This will ensure that your dog is getting a good balance of meat and bone in their diet.
You can also use the grinder to grind vegetables to be mixed in your dog’s food. Some people only supplement their dog’s kibble with meat and/or bone. In this case, you would grind the meat separately from animal parts containing bone and store them in portions to be added to your dogs kibble per the diet you have decided on.
Regardless of how you use your meat grinder to make your own homemade dog food having a high-quality meat grinder is essential. It is much more worth it to make the investment in a better quality but more expensive product than to purchase a cheaper model and ending up having to replace it. There are many ways of feeding your dog a healthy diet and with some research you will be able to determine what is the best option for your dog, your budget and you lifestyle.