Benefits of Feeding a Raw Food Diet and Raw Feeding Guide
Improved Oral Health
Which means cleaner teeth and less “dog breath” although they might smell of tripe for a short while after a tripe meal, it doesn’t last long.
Which means smaller poos!!! Dogs have short digestive tracts intended to help a raw food diet to travel through the intestines as quickly as possible. They utilise a lot more from a raw diet, and there is less waste and it doesn’t even smell as strong .. which is a double bonus when picking up after them.
They also don’t drink as much water, so please don’t be alarmed as raw food is naturally high in water content, which means that a dog’s renal system doesn’t have to work so hard.
Improved Coat and Skin
Which can mean less visits to the vet. Many of our customers start raw food as a last resort after spending £100’s visiting vets due to allergies and skin conditions which can, a lot of the time, be caused by food additives, preservatives, and artificial flavours added to kibble. Some dogs have gluten allergies too, which can also affect their skin and coats and ears. I have seen almost instant improvements in dogs with allergies (within a week), once their owners have ditched the kibble and started on a raw diet.
Last But Not Least
Happy dogs!! Dogs get an immense amount of pleasure from eating raw food. Chewing a bone or a large chunk or our chunky minces is what their teeth were designed for, and raw food gives their jaws a great work out, as well as immense satisfaction.
After all, would you enjoy eating cream crackers every day of your life?
Basic Starter Guide For Introducing Raw Dog Food
We will be aiming to achieve a balance of 80% meat 10% bone 10% offal ( 5% liver and 5% either kidney, spleen, testicle or brain) fed at between 2-3% of an adult dogs Ideal weight, dogs requiring weight gain or weight loss may need different ratio’s but we can help you with this if you contact us. Puppy guideline below at bottom of the guide
This can be achieved daily, weekly, fortnightly or even monthly all depending how you choose to feed. You can choose to feed a “complete” (balanced 80 -10-10 ratio) food. Or balance your dogs meals yourself in chunk form or by picking a boneless mince, or bone in mince and adding bone and offal separately. You do not have to balance daily but can balance your dogs diet over a week or even two. The choice is yours and the ratios are not set in stone. Variety is key and we should aim at feeding at least 4-5 different proteins nose to tail and include oily fish and whole raw eggs. Try to adhere as closely as possible to the 10% bone content for pups, as too much bone is as detremental as not enough. Some pups may need slightly more but increase in increments of 1% to achieve the right level. Young pups can also transition faster and i would recommend starting a new protein every 3-4 days
An example of how to transition if your dog has never been raw fed before
DAY 1-7 Plain tripe only DAY 1-3 IF PUP
DAY 8-14 Plain tripe one day, day 8 and chicken and tripe next (our chicken and tripe is 20% bone so we need to bring the bone content down to 10% which you can do by feeding a boneless meal of plain tripe the following day we do a puppy chicken and tripe which is 10% bone, which is mushy due to finer mince DAY 4-6 IF PUP
DAY 14-21 Chicken and tripe one day boneless ox & lamb next DAY 7-9 IF PUP
DAY 21-28 Duck and tripe one day plain tripe or Ox and lamb the next DAY 10-12 IF PUP
DAY 28 You can now start with completes, using tripe based completes as a base or Ox mince completes, or even single protein completes but add any new protein completes in to the diet slowly. Completes can be mixed together so I advise mixing them 50/50 but if you have a dog with a sensitive stomach maybe mix them 75/25. A word of advice re pork. Pork is a great protein but can be a little rich. This doesn’t mean don’t feed it but just mix it in very slowly to the diet until you have gaged your dog’s reaction and the best way to add it is in our mixed meat complete if your dog can eat lamb and ox. Game can also be a little rich so go slowly with game too DAY 13 IF A PUP .
Feed between 2-3% of dogs healthy body weight, except for puppies, puppy feeding guide at bottom of page. Puppy food is a myth they just need more food as they are growing which will obviously have more protein and calcium than an adult dog would have due to the amount they consume.
You do not have to use mince and the above guide easily translates into chunks too as we sell everything in chunk or whole form that we do in mince form. We now advise not to feed whole bone for the first 3-4 weeks or until the acidity in the dogs stomach has altered which will help the dog digest whole bones easier, but to feed minced bone initially. This is our advice based on experience, We are not the raw feeding Police so you have to make your own decisions after doing research, but be warned there is a lot of conflicting advice out there but there are many ways to skin a cat, is my saying.
DOG FOOD CAN BE DEFROSTED. PORTIONED INTO RELEVANT SIZED MEALS AND REFROZEN. I WOULD NOT ADVISE LETTING MEAT GET UP TO ROOM TEMP BUT KEEP CHILLED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND DO NOT REPEATEDLY RE FREEZE SAME PACK.
Our food is brought in fresh to our production unit and minced fresh. Some companies will buy frozen food, and your food will already have been defrosted and re frozen before it gets to you.
THE KEY TO A GOOD HEALTHY RAW DIET IS VARIETY AND FEEDING PROTEINS FROM NOSE TO TAIL ( ALL PARTS OF THE ANIMAL) CHICKEN AND TRIPE ALONE IS NOT A HEALTHY RAW DIET. Try to feed at least 4- 5 different proteins including oily fish and the occasional raw egg in shell. The more variety the better as your dog will obtain different nutrients from different sources of protein and feeding different parts of those proteins will also add different nutrients
FEEDING VEG or fruit is entirely up to you as owners or your dog. My 4 won’t touch it but mine will graze on different grasses and plants especially by rivers or the sides of streams. If feeding veg the best veg is green leafy veg or veg not high in natural sugars. Veg high in sugars i.e. peas and carrots can promote yeast infections so stay away from these if your dog tends to be yeasty. Veg needs to be blitzed as dogs don’t digest cellulose or you can lightly steam it to break this down to make it more digestible. I also suggest feeding dogs fruit or veg on top of their meat and bone allowance as it won’t add any weight to your dog. Grapes can cause major problems with some dogs as they are toxic to dogs so do not feed. Corn on the cob can cause major blockages as dogs cant digest the cob. Please research what fruit and veg is good to feed and which is not.
Healthy dogs should eat 15-20% fat in their diet as they need fat for energy, they do not process fat and as we do. They need fat for energy. but mix lean and fatty meats so ensure a balance. If you have a dog which cannot tolerate 15-20% fat i.e. maybe they have pancreatic disease then speak to your vet and ask an amount they should have in their diet, it can be trial and error as some dogs with Pancreatic disease tolerate more, some less, so I can’t give specific advise re this for each dog here, but Raw food is very easy to adjust for each particular dog
All dogs are different and some need more food to maintain weight than others, some need a higher bone content, some can tolerate less offal. You can tailor this diet to suit each individual dogs needs. Daily food ration to be split into however many meals you feed.
If your dog has been raw fed before then you can move along with adding proteins a little faster so I would advise introducing new proteins every 3-4 days, Just like pups and young dogs. Seniors can have problems digesting bone so be aware of this if starting a senior. Any age is good to start a dog on raw and I’ve introduced a 13 year old dog onto a raw diet who went on till she was 16!!
PUPPY FEEDING GUIDE BELOW
0-4 months 8% – 10% of present body weight per day
4- 6 months: 6 – 8%
6- 9 months: 4 – 6%
9-12 months 3 – 4%
12 + months 2 – 3%
OR feed at 3% of expected adult bodyweight.