Balance IT Carnivore Blend

Balance IT Carnivore Blend

Balance IT is a website that sells supplements that can help you create complete and balanced homemade meals for your dog or cat, using a limited amount of some common foods. Balance IT is based on the commercial AAFCO standard. The supplement we will be adding to our database contains all minerals and vitamins needed on a daily basis by dogs and cats, including the amino acid taurine.

Below is a tutorial to add Balance IT Carnivore Blend to Pet Diet Designer.

Food Wizard Tutorial

Following we have a series of screenshots that show the values that we enter into the Food Wizard. Open the Food Wizard and start entering the values as shown.

Step 1 - Add Common Measure

The image below shows the first tab in the Food Wizard. We are entering the values for one teaspoon of the Balance IT Carnivore Blend. One teaspoon weighs 4.09 grams. So we will use this as our common measure.

Enter the following values:

  • 1 teaspoon = 4.09 Gram
Step 1 - Add Common Measure

Step 2 - Food Name

The image below shows the second tab in the Food Wizard. The only required value that you have to enter in this tab is the name of the food or supplement.

Enter the following values:

  • Food Name = Balance IT Carnivore Blend
  • Manufacturer Name = Balance IT
Step 2 - Food Name

Step 3 - Macronutrients

The image below shows the third tab in the Food Wizard. We enter only the values for Protein, Ash, and Water. Food Energy, Fat, Carbohydrate and Fiber are zero.

Enter the following values:

  • Food Energy = 0 kcal
  • Protein = 0.188 g
  • Ash = 3.710 g
  • Water = 0.184 g

Step 3 - Macronutrients

Step 4 - Amino Acids

The image below shows the fourth tab in the Food Wizard. The only value entered in this section is for Taurine.

Enter the following values:

  • Taurine = 0.180 g
Step 4 - Amino Acids

Step 5 - Fatty Acids

The image below shows the fifth tab in the Food Wizard. There are no fatty acids in this supplement so leave this section blank.

Step 5 - Fatty Acids

Step 6 - Minerals

The image below shows the sixth tab in the Food Wizard. It is straightforward to enter all the values for minerals exactly as shown in the image below. Pay particular attention to the units. The first 6 minerals are in grams, while the last 6 minerals are in milligrams.

Enter the following values:

  • Calcium = 0.494 g
  • Phosphorus = 0.164 g
  • Magnesium = 0.016 g
  • Potassium = 0.327 g
  • Sodium = 0.143 g
  • Chloride = 0.224 g
  • Iron = 6.548 mg
  • Copper = 0.371 mg
  • Zinc = 6.178 mg
  • Manganese = 0.672 mg
  • Selenium = 0.016 mg
  • Iodine = 0.14 mg
Step 6 - Minerals

Step 7 - Vitamins

The image below shows the seventh, and final, tab in the Food Wizard. It is straightforward to enter the values for vitamins as is. Pay attention to the units.

Enter the following values:

  • Vitamin A = 174.081 mcg
  • Vitamin D = 50.421 IU
  • Vitamin E = 26.939 mg
  • Vitamin K = 0.066 mg
  • Thiamin (B1) = 0.523 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2) = 0.344 mg
  • Niacin (B3) = 4.835 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5) = 0.707 mg
  • Vitamin B6 = 0.141 mg
  • Vitamin B12 = 0.002 mg
  • Choline = 177.856 mg
  • Biotin (B7) = 0.009 mg
  • Folic Acid (B9) = 0.122 mg
Step 7 - Vitamins

Conclusion

That's it! We press the SAVE & CLOSE button on the ribbon and all the values are converted and stored in the database as 100 grams of Balance IT Carnivore Blend. Next we will show our new food / supplement in the Foods module. Then we will enter "ounces" as a common measure. This will let us work with grams, teaspoons, and ounces of this supplement. Click on the FOODS button on the ribbon to open up the Foods module.

Looking at our newly entered food

With the Foods module open, enter "carnivore" in the search textbox and click the FIND button. With the newly entered Balance IT Carnivore Blend record entry highlighted, click on the EDIT button on the ribbon to see a detailed view of our newly entered values.

Search for "carnivore" in the Foods module.
Showing nutrient details for 100 grams of Carnivore Blend.
Showing nutrient details for 100 grams of Carnivore Blend. This view shows the Vitamins section clearly.
Adding ounces to the common measures for this supplement. (1 ounce = 28.3495 grams)
Showing the finished common measures section.
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Balance IT has some synthetic vitamins in it. I hope this site will have whole food vitamins also. I give my dog certified organic vitamins from Dr. Peter Dobias called SoulFood. They are not synthetic nor are they sourced from China.

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I just looked up SoulFood and really liking what I'm seeing here. I am new to the software but have been making homemade food for my dog for nearly 3 years now. I'm worried that it's been lacking and really want to make sure that I'm doing everything I can to give him the best food possible. Have you added these supplements to the database to ensure your meals are balanced and complete?

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I was wondering why it changed the values after the entry was saved and thought I was doing something wrong. That makes sense that it shows the amounts per 100 grams.

On a side note, it's odd that PDD suggests to use 1 1/2 times more of the powder than the Balance It recipe generator does for the same amount and types of ingredients.

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PDD is more exact than Balance IT. Also Balance IT uses the commercial standard, not the gold standard (NRC). That is what makes our software so unique... you can punch in the values for supplements and see how they measure up.

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