WHY WE FEED RAW

Dogs have short digestive tracts, made specifically for processing raw meat. If you look at the anatomy and physiology of a dog, you will see that a dog is designed to eat meat, from the short intestines to the powerful jaw bones to the teeth designed for cutting and ripping flesh. 

Most dry commercial pet foods are at least 50% grain because the carbohydrates are needed to hold the food together. A dog does not need, and certainly cannot properly digest the amount of unnatural carbohydrates found in such feed. This goes a long way to explaining why dogs on a commercial diet have much bigger stools than those fed on a raw diet. It’s the first thing people notice when they move to raw; smaller, less smelly stools due to the high digestibility of the natural food. It can take 18 hours for a dog fed on a kibble-based diet to digest this food, whereas on a natural raw food diet the food is digested in around 6 hours.

Dogs are of course natural scavengers, and when hungry will eat almost anything. But make no mistake about it, your dog is essentially a carnivore, this means he is a natural meat eater. 

 

The goal is not to create a well-balanced meal each day, but to create a balanced diet over a period of time
 

BENEFITS

  • Cleaner teeth and fresh breath

  • Better weight control

  • Improved digestion

  • Shinier, healthier skin and coat

  • Reduction of allergy symptoms

  • Harder, smaller, less smelly stools

  • Increased mobility in older animals

  • More energy and stamina

  • Strengthened immune system

  • Improved liver, pancreatic and bowel health

  • Savings due to less trips to the vet

General rules of thumb when deciding what to feed your dogs. Remember variety is KEY:

 

  1. Muscle (beef, lamb, turkey, eggs) - primarily proteins & other nutrients

  2. Organs (especially liver & kidney) - provides your vitamins and minerals. Limit a lot of liver & heart as not to feed too much iron

  3. Bone (meaty / uncooked) - calcium & phosphorous (egg shells also will provide this.

  4. Veggies - (broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, carrots) provide little/some nutrients but also are great chew aids. Try to blend them up

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Top 10 Raw Food Rules

Rule # 1 : Raw Dog Food Diet Must Have Calcium

Rule # 2 : Organs Are The Multi-Vitamins

Rule # 3 : Muscle Meat Is The Foundation

Rule # 4 : Watch The Fat

Rule # 5 : Fruits & Veggies are good snacks but not staples

Rule # 6 : Keep the starches low

Rule # 7 : Variety counts

Rule # 8 : Balance over time

Rule # 9 : Feed fish once a week

Rule # 10 : RELAX

Can you feed rice?

Yes. But remember rice is a carbohydrate and simply adds calories. Use it sparingly, just as you would in your diet.  Brown rice is a little higher in protein and a little lower in fat when compared to white rice. White or instant rice is an easily digestible carbohydrate which makes it a good source of energy when your dog has an upset stomach or if you are feeding an older dog.

Check out this article on introducing your pup to a raw diet:

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/starting-puppy-on-raw-diet/

A Homemade Raw Dog Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g chopped beef or lamb, raw

  • 1 cup chopped carrots, raw

  • 1 cup chopped apple, raw

  • ¼ cup frozen peas, defrosted

  • 1½ cups chopped pumpkin or squash

  • ⅔ cup brown or basmati rice (will cook to 3 cups)

  • 4 teaspoons sunflower oil

  • 4g fish oil

  1. Cook the rice and pumpkin together until soft, and allow to cool

  2. Mix in the raw ingredients (dogs mostly also like their peas raw)

  3. Feed the required quantity per day, refrigerate the remainder

  4. Can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 2 weeks

Disclaimer: this diet, like most homemade raw diets, has not been analysed or tested. It is impossible to guarantee that it is nutritionally complete or that bacterial contamination will not occur. Use of this diet is at the dog owner’s own risk. Cooking the meat is safer and will not alter the diet significantly.

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