Raw feeding – Where do I start?
Unsure of the what, where, when and how of raw feeding? Here are our recommendations
Everyone’s first question is “Why raw food?”
A raw diet allows your pet to develop and maintain a healthy digestive system. While processed foods are easy to feed, more and more pets are experiencing health problems like obesity, diabetes and many kinds of cancers. As people start to research and educate themselves on the benefits of preventative health care through nutrition, they often gravitate toward trying a raw diet. That’s a step in the right direction!
- Start with 2-3% of your dog’s estimated ideal weight. So a 20Kg dog, or puppy whose end weight is expected to be 20Kg would start with 400-600 grams a day.
- Feed once or twice a day, depending on what suits you.
- The general rule of thumb for feeding raw is: 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal
- Stay with one new meat for at least a week, maybe two. You want the dog to be showing you that they are well adjusted to the new meat before adding in new stuff. Take it slow; add only one new meat every week or two.
- Boneless meals tend to produce loose, even runny stools. A good amount of bone in a meal will firm things up.
- Chicken is often recommended as the first meat to be introduced for several reasons: its cheap, easy to obtain, has easily consumed and digested bones, and is easy to cut into different meal sized portions.
- A lot of dogs don’t drink as much water or as frequently when switched to all raw. Raw has a pretty high water content and most dogs are forced by dry kibble to over drink water to compensate in order for their bodies to process it.