How To Start Feeding Your Dog Raw Food

Raw Feeding Guide
“Keep it Simple”

Raw Feeding Guide For Dogs

For healthier pets, feed a species appropriate diet.

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Transition Guide

Like humans all dogs are slightly different.

Elements such as age, breed, activity levels and gender can affect daily food requirements.

Please use this as a guide to beginning raw feeding, remember to keep an eye on overall body condition, if you find they're gaining weight cut back a little and increase if losing weight.

This is the process that we follow with new customers.

Other Groups/Shops may suggest a slightly different method, however we have been following this method with great success for a number of years now.

This guide is aimed at healthy dogs with no known allergies.

Once you have worked out how much to feed per day based on the dogs ideal bodyweight, and age,  along with whether or not the dog in question is neutered
(neutered dogs can need around .5% less than entire dog's)
we recommend following this process to enable your dogs digestive system to efficiently adapt to the raw diet.

How To Swap Over?

We recommend doing a straight swap from processed pet food to raw. Feed the last meal as normal the night before and introduce raw on an empty stomach the next day.  We don’t recommend mixing it with processed food as this can upset the gut.

99.9% of the domestic dogs DNA has been traced back to wolves and wild dogs. Their anatomy hasn’t changed over the 1000’s of years but sadly their diets have which is causing major health issues. Their digestive system is designed by nature to eat meat, bone and offal so feeding what we call a species appropriate diet will give you a much healthier pet.

 

How Do I Begin?

  We do not recommend feeding completes or offal when first switching over as this can be too rich and cause soft stools

Keep it simple and add new varieties slowly.

 Some dogs go through a detox stage, they may itch a little or seem hungry.  When dry food enters the stomach it triples in size and the dogs are used to this bloated feeling after meals.

 

What age can I start raw feeding?
What age can I start raw feeding?
What age can I start raw feeding?
How do I start raw feeding?
How do I start raw feeding?

Puppies

(For adult dogs, follow the same guide, but up to 5 days each on steps 1-3)

  1. Chicken and Tripe mince with approx. 10% bone.
  2. Chicken and Beef Mince with approx. 10% bone.
  3. Chicken and Lamb Complete.
  4. You can now go through the Completes, adding one new meat at a time, for example:
    • Chicken and Lamb to Turkey and Lamb, Beef and Lamb, then perhaps Duck and Tripe, Turkey and Tripe.
    • Feeding a new flavour roughly each 3 days.
    • Once your puppy is happily eating 4 or 5 different varieties you can go wild and try all the different flavours available from all the different brands in stock.

 

Always remembering to only introduce one new thing at a time, so that any issues can be identified easily.

 

DRINKING: Whilst fresh clean water MUST always be available, pets that are raw fed drink less, they just don’t need it.  Dry food can cause dehydration which is why they need to drink more.

 

For senior dogs (7+)

  1. Begin with 1-2 days on Lamb Tripe, (Furry Feasts or The Dogs Butcher) then follow steps 1 to 3 above
  2. 5 days in each step.
  3. Senior dogs often need less bone in their diet, so if the dog does become constipated add boneless tripe to the diet to dilute the bone content of completes.

 

Once fully transitioned, you can then add a raw egg to the diet a couple of times a week, then you can add raw fish. We prefer to feed raw fish frozen, as there is a much lower likelihood of regurgitation when fish is fed frozen.

Puppies at 8 weeks, require approximately 10% of their current bodyweight per day.

  • From 10-16 weeks approximately 8%
  • From 16-20 weeks approximately 7%
  • From 20-24 weeks approximately 6%
  • From 24-36 weeks approximately 5%
  • From 36-56 weeks approximately 4%
  • From 56-68 weeks approximately 3.5%

 

Once fully grown, which can differ by breed, the average adult will require between 2-3% of their bodyweight per day.

It’s all about the poo!

You’ll find all raw feeders have an interest in comes out the other end.

The first thing you’ll notice is less poo, smaller in size and not as smelly.  This is because the body absorbs all of the goodness from the raw diet and there is very little waste.

Understanding stools:

  • White = too much bone,
  • Black or Dark: Tripe or too much offal,
  • Runny: not enough bone.

For tummy upsets cut out offal and go back to basics. Tree Bark Powder is excellent for settling the stomach

Be guided by the dog in front of you, if the dog is overweight reduce the amount, if the dog is underweight you can increase the amount.

All dogs have different metabolic rates, just like humans so whilst one dog may thrive on 2.5% of its bodyweight per day a dog of the same breed may need much more, or even much less.

This Calculator should only be used to give you a rough guide to the amount of food required as every dog is different.