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What does it mean when people say I want to feed my dog or cat on a raw feeding diet? 

A raw food diet essentially is to replicate a diet of the wolf, which all dogs have evolved from. The are many different models of this and slightly different names that you might have heard of like the BARF diet which means "Bone and Raw Food" or "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food", Prey diet or the grey wolf diet. Essential these are all the same with only slight differences, so most people tend to feed a combination of all the diets as they have the same principles. 

 

We have chosen to just call our beliefs the RAW FEEDING DIET as we believe that we take the principles of all the above and put these into practice.

 

The feeding ratio guide we like to follow is the following:

 

Over weight dogs 2% of body weight

Maintain current weight 3% of body weight

Puppies can require up to 10% of body weight

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Over weight cats 2% of body weight

Maintain current weight 3% of body weight

Kittens can require up to 3% of adult body weight

What the break down should look like:

DOGS

Meat 80%

Bone 10%

Offal    5%

Vege   5%

CATS

Meat 80%

Bone 10%

Offal    5%

Vege   5%

 

So what does this all mean?

This means that your pets food should include muscle meat, organs, bones, fruit and vegetables. Supplements can be added for added benefits. 

What is muscle meat?

This is weight bearing animals beef, goat, lamb, chickens, camel, turkey these meats should be changed each week but not essential especially of you have an allergy dog to protiens.

What is raw meaty bones?

Raw meaty bones aids in the digestion of animals through the intestines, it helps to keep things clean on the inside as well as teeth. Things like chicken feet provide a great natural source of glucosamine and give them the chew that they love, which helps to strengthen the jaw muscles.

We get asked a lot I thought dogs couldn't have chicken bones or cooked bones and that is right NEVER feed your dog or cat cooked bones, they become brittle and splinter and can end up is a very expensive vet bill. 

What is offal?

Offal can consist of any organ meat. Liver, kidney, pancreas, trachea to name a few but you want at least 1/2 of the offal to be liver.

Why add in fruit & veg?

In the wild the wolf would hunt and eat fruits and vegetable that have fallen onto the ground they would also eat prey animals they have consumed fruits, vegetables and grasses and the digested stomach contents giving them vital nutrients and minerals. They are a great source of fibre and antioxidants. I you have an over weight dog you can use vegetable to help them feel fuller without the calories, just grate a carrot or shred a cabbage and add it into the meat. Not to mention a great healthy snack.

What other things can you give your dog and cat?

Fish is a great source of natural omegas can can be feed every day especially if you have one that has skin problems. 

Eggs including the shells, these are great source of calcium and if you can't feed bones this is another natural source.

How do I know my dog/cat has got what they need?

The best way is the poop test. We fond the number one thing that people comment is on how small the poop is. This is because the animal is absorbing all the nutrients and minerals their bodies need and very little is going to waste.

How do I know what is normal? There is a poop chart please read below.

I'm read to start, how do I change my best friend from kibble to raw? 

GRADUALLY, some animals change over no problems at all and other need a slow change so I like to work on quarters e.g.. 1/4 raw plus 3/4 kibble and after 7 days increase it to 1/2 raw 1/2 kibble until they have been transformed to the good life.

 

The POOP Chart

POOP Colour                            Action

White                                              To much bone

Yellow                                              Parasites,bacteria

Orange                                            Food colouring, blood tinged

Red                                                  Blood from large intestine or anal area

Brown                                              Normal

Black                                               To much muscle meat or digestive blood

Green                                               Not fully digested

Mucous                                            Detox

Grey                                                  Not enough of bile being produced