Feeding raw is a very natural diet for your dog.
- You have less waste to clear up
- Your dog will have a very shiny coat
- Their teeth will be kept much cleaner due to eating bones
- There will be fewer visits to the vets
- Their health will improve
- Raw Feeding can help with anal gland problems
- Your dog will be less hyper and more content
- They have a varied diet
A lot of people believe that feeding raw will make dogs aggressive or it will encourage them to hunt and kill animals. This certainly isn’t the case. Many gun dogs are fed on a raw diet as it helps to sustain their energy levels over longer periods of time, which is ideal for when they are out in the field all day flushing and retrieving.
Raw feeding can be as easy as you want it to be. There are many companies out there that stock a complete range of foods. By complete they contain the 80% 10% 10% ratios or there abouts. 80% meat 10% bone 10% offal. Some of the foods will vary slightly. This means all you need to do is defrost the meat and weigh out the quantity and feed to your dog – so no different to weighing out dry food. Some dogs prefer to eat their meals frozen which is absolutely fine. No need to panic if you forget to get the dogs food out of the freezer.
You can also do the DIY method which their are many ways of doing this. You can buy boneless mince and then add the correct quantities of bone and offal or you could pick up road kill and feed whole prey. Get friendly with local farmers, gamekeepers and butchers and you’ll be amazed at their generosity. A lot of butchers have to pay to have bones disposed of. What better way of recycling than giving away or selling cheaply to dog owners.
We are now stocking Nutriment which is great if you don’t have much time or want to keep your feeding regime as simple as possible. They do their working dog formula which is suitable for all dogs and puppies, most of these varieties contain meat, bone, offal and veg, some are boneless. They have their Dinner for Dogs range which is ideal for small puppies and small dogs. Their Just range which just contains the meat and bone or Just offal. They come in containers similar size to what you may get your Chinese takeaway in, so they are very easy to store.
We also stock They Love It chicken products including mince with bone, mince with bone and offal, chicken feet, wings, necks and carcasses. There is no fancy packaging and the quality is superb. Chicken feet are an excellent source of glucosamine. I feed my dogs one at supper time before bed.
Landywoods is another supplier that we are now using. They stock a wide range of minces, meat chunks and fish. Their minces come in 454g (1lb) packs. When you buy direct from them you will have to buy a pack of 20. You will be able to buy in smaller quantities from me. So if you have a small dog or not much freezer space you can buy enough for your dog for a week or even a few days if you live locally.
Calculating the daily quantities of food for your adult dog is easy. You base it on 2 – 3% of their body weight if they are the correct weight for their size or 2 – 3% of their ideal bodyweight if overweight or underweight. Obviously these percentages are a guide and you can adjust accordingly as each dog is very different.
For puppies you can feed 2 – 3% of their expected adult weight or you can feed them based on their age.
- 7 – 10 weeks 8 – 10%
- 10 – 16 weeks 7.5 – 8.5%
- 16 – 20 weeks 6.5 – 7.5%
- 20 – 24 weeks 5.5 – 6.5%
- 24 – 36 weeks 4.5 – 5.5%
- 36 – 56 weeks 3.5 – 4.5%
- 56 – 68 weeks 3.5%
- 68 weeks + 2 – 3%
You can also feed them vegetables in with their food. This isn’t essential but if you are feeding slightly less meat it will help to bulk their food out a bit and fill them up. The veg should only make up a tiny amount of their food. I sometimes add in a dessertspoonful to my Labradors meals.
The veg should be either juiced including the pulp, lightly steamed or blended in a food processor with a little water. Dogs digestive systems are unable to break vegetables down so in order for them to obtain the nutrients they need to be prepared in either of the three ways above. You can feed a mix of below ground and above ground veg.
e.g. Parsnip, swede, peas and beans. Butternut squash, sweet potato, cabbage and spinach.
If you have any further questions about raw feeding you can either email me or join the Rawfeeding Rebels group on Facebook who will provide you with lots of very useful information.