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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.

Improved Digestion
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?

 

The Dogs Butcher Raw Food For Working Dogs

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 as puppies can usually transition faster

Once your dog has transitioned You can choose to feed a “complete” (balanced 80-10-10 ratio)  or balance your dog’s meals yourself in chunk/ mince form adding bone or offal separately. You do not have to balance daily but can balance your dog’s diet over a week or even two. The choice is yours and the ratios are not set in stone as every dog is different, but Variety is key, and we should aim at feeding 4-5 different proteins nose to tail. If you want to add veg, add on top of daily allowance. More details on veg below

 

AN EXAMPLE OF HOW TO START IF YOUR DOG HAS NEVER BEEN RAW FED BEFORE

 

 

DAY 1-7            Plain tripe only     Either lamb or Ox

If your dog gets loose stools on tripe then move on to next phase which contains bone              DAY 1-3 IF PUP

DAY 8-14          Chicken and tripe 10% bone                                                                                             DAY 4-6 IF PUP

DAY 14-21       Duck and tripe      10% bone                                                                                              DAY 7-9 IF PUP

DAY 21-28       Ox tripe complete with chicken or duck                                                                          DAY 10-12 IF PUP

DAY 28             Start mixing in some red meat completes with tripe completes as we want to introduce new proteins slowly or if feeding DIY (balancing yourself) mix new chunked proteins with proteins your dog is already used to. If introducing pork, British pork is a great protein, or fish please introduce very slowly as pork may be a little rich until some dogs get used to it and the texture of fish can mean it makes a re appearance until your dog is used to it. If your dog regurgitates and they want to re eat it its perfectly fine for them to do so, this is a natural process for dogs.

DAY 13 ONWARDS IF PUP

Feed between 2-3% of dog’s 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. 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 2-3 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.

Frozen dog food can be defrosted, so you can defrost and re portion into relevant meal sizes but please in summer months keep food to around 4 degrees to avoid bacteria multiplying. Please do not repeatedly refreeze the same pack as this will alter the quality of the meat.

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. A lot of dogs 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 them, if your dog tends to be yeasty/itchy. Veg needs to be blitzed, as dogs find it difficult to 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 which fruit and veg is good to feed and which is not.

Healthy dogs should eat 10-20% fat in their diet as they need fat for energy, they do not process fat and as we do but mix lean and fatty meats so ensure a balance. If you have a dog which cannot tolerate 10-20% fat i.e. maybe they have pancreatic disease then speak to your vet and ask the fat % which is suitable for your dog. It can be trial and error, as some dogs with Pancreatic disease tolerate more, some less, so I can’t give specific advise re the amount of fat to feed 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 dog’s needs. Daily food ration to be split into however many meals you feed and if your dog puts on weight easily and you want to give treats, then include treats into their allowance.

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 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 and totally enjoyed her food.

 

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%

TIPS

Too much bone in a puppy’s diet can be as detrimental as not enough bone, so try to stick to the suggested amount. If your pup/dog needs extra bone increase with a poultry foot or two or even re freeze some poultry mince 50% bone in an old ice cube container and pop one out at a time. This way you can increase by just the right amount.

If you feed balanced meals but want to add a little enrichment with a whole bone just feed a boneless meal before you do this and a boneless meal afterwards. Poo watching is the best indication that balance has been achieved regarding bone, as too much will make poo white and chalky so by adding boneless this will return to normal.