Raw feeding dogs has many health benefits, some of these include:
· A soft shiny coat that’s not greasy
· Clean teeth & healthy gums
· Fresh breath
· Less body odour
· Smaller, less frequent stools that are easy to clean up
· Increased mental stimulation and satisfaction (when chewing on meaty raw bones) thus creating a happier and calmer pet
Guide to feeding raw & transitioning to a raw diet
A good rule of feeding is 80% muscle meat, 10% offal and 10% bone.
Aim to feed as many meat sources as possible, a good guideline is a least 5 proteins rotated & balanced out over time. The more variety you can give your dog the better, so have fun & experiment with tastes & textures. This ensures a healthy & balanced diet.
We offer a wide selection of ‘complete’ minces that follow this 80-10-10 guideline, this is what your pet requires on a daily basis and can be fed after the transition period. (Remember to feed as many proteins as possible as explained above)
You can choose to add vegetables to raw meat if you wish, but if you do they are best absorbed & utilised by the dog if pureed. This is because their digestive enzymes struggle to break down the cellulose walls of plant fibres. Some people blitz up a variety of veggies and freeze into ice cube moulds, then its super easy to pop out and add to each meal.
Other healthy add ons include:
Eggs: Eggs can be fed whole, even with the shell a 2-3 of times a week. They are packed with protein and rich in many essential amino and fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, D, E and B12. They also include iron, selenium & riboflavin ( Vitamin B2) So get feeding, they really are a packet of goodness!
Cottage Cheese: This is a good source of both calcium and protein whilst being low in fat
Oily Fish: A rich source of Omega 3, great for a super shiny coat and healthy skin. Feed a small portion as part of your pets meal 2-3 times a week
Fruit: ‘Superfoods’ such as blueberries are a great addition, they are crammed full of antioxidants, potassium & vitamin C. Banana is another great source. Cranberries contain large amount of antioxidants and help aid urinary tract health, so why not add a small portion to your pets meals as a tasty topper.
Low fat Greek Yoghurt: A tasty topper full of protein, calcium & prebiotics whilst being low in fat. (Always choose plain/unsweetened)
Kefir: A fermented milk drink that’s crammed full of prebiotics to promote a healthy & happy gut. You can buy ready made from us or even ferment it yourself at home! Ask us for more details. Feed daily for maximum results.
Bone Broth: A tasty jelly made in your slow cooker at home using meaty bones & Apple Cider Vinegar, or you can buy ready made from us! Bone Broth is high in a wide range of vitamins & minerals; it’s also a great way to assist sensitive or poorly tummies. Add a spoon to your pups dinner each day as a tasty topper.
To introduce your dog to raw, aim to feed mild, easily digestible proteins such as Chicken, Turkey or Tripe. - These are gentle on the digestive system & easy for your pet to handle in the first few days. Aim to feed boneless for the first few days, then move onto a meat & bone mince. You can then feed 80-10-10 completes once your dog has transitioned.
You make the switch to raw straight away, there is no need to mix with their old feed (kibble is full of carbohydrates & thus slows the gut down, so this is mainly why we recommend not mixing to avoid tummy upset)
Raw fed dogs have much higher stomach acidity than kibble fed dogs. This is perfectly natural and assists them to digest meat, and especially bone. This can take time to build up, so avoid whole meaty bones for a few weeks to ensure your dogs stomach is well equipped to digest them. – Soft bones such as chicken wings or chicken carcass are an ideal introduction when the time is right. Always supervise when feeding bones of any sort.
Don't rush the transition period, each dog is different & some take to their new diet quicker than others. Feed these gentle proteins for as long as needed until your dogs tummy is settled & ready for new flavours.
There are many to choose from, such as Beef, Lamb, Rabbit, Duck, Salmon, Oily Fish, Venison, Pheasant, Goat. - Experiment and see what your dog likes best!
Dog & Puppy Feeding Guide
An adult dog needs around 2% of their body weight each day.
Puppies need around the following amount per day, split across 3-4 meals per day (dependant on age):
0-4 months 8%
4-6 months 6-8%
6-9 months 4%
9-12 months 3%
12 months 2.5%
You know your dog better than anyone, this is only a guide and it depends on your dog’s activity level as to how much they will ultimately require.
If you need further help transitioning your dog from a kibble based diet, or even need a few starter meals suggested for your dog please do not hesitate to send us an email or call us 07809 255549. We are always willing to offer advice and guidance.