Buying and Feeding Raw to your pet!
Many questions often arise when you begin to contemplate feeding your dog a raw diet, you may choose to change from conventional kibble to raw for many different reasons some of which could include:
-Less chance of bloat
-Better weight management
-Nicer coat/ skin/ teeth
- Females urine no longer kills the grass
Whatever the reason to switch, feeding your dog raw, just as their ancestors have eaten for thousands of years, is better then feeding any type of kibble, wether it be organic, grain free ect.
Feeding a raw diet is not as convenient as kibble but the benefits are beyond worth the time. When you decide to start your dog on a raw diet DO NOT mix kibble and raw together, this is a huge mistake most people make, doing this can cause a bacterial build up in your dogs intestines/stomach because raw digests faster then kibble, you may then need to see your vet for a costly emergency surgery! You may talk to some people, however that have mixed the two for a long time and had no bad luck with it, but is this practice really worth the risk of loosing your dogs life? i think not.
When switching your dog do it "cold turkey" throw away the kibble and go straight to raw! Start out with only one type of meat and slowly begin adding more in as your dog becomes accustomed to his/her new diet. Once your dog is used to this new food the more varieties of meats you provide the more healthy your dog will be. Remember when feeding raw keep it raw! There is no reason to cook your pets meats it only takes nutritional value away from each of their meals, You may also decide if you want to add fruits / vegetables in with your pets raw diet. This is not needed but completely up to you if you would like to feed them this mixed in as well.
Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Fish, llama, lamb, horse, ox, rabbit, kangaroo, deer, bear, pork, wild boar, moose, duck and many many more different meats are good to feed your dog, either ground or whole! Yes thats correct bones and all, uncooked bones are excellent for glucosamine (helps with joints) ,keeps teeth clean and also helps keep stool hard.
Eating a minimally processed diet is the healthiest option for any species. Dogs and cats have been bred for their looks, breed, and temperament, however their digestive tracts are still exactly the same as their ancestors. A chihuahua and a wolf have the same dietary needs, despite their drastic difference in looks and temperament.
Kibble has been around for about 100 years, before the introduction of kibble dogs were fed table scraps, raw meat ect. Since kibble there has been a drastic and continued increase of disease in our pet carnivores. chronic degenerative diseases, auto-immune diseases, allergies, kidney, pancreatic/ liver diseases, and cancer. These diseases are directly related to eating a processed diet that is species inappropriate. This was not an issue until the introduction of kibble.
As a guide, each dog eats about 2-3% of their ideal adult body weight daily. For instance, a 100 lb dog would eat 2-3 lbs of food. This is just a starting point - if your dog is too thin, feed more; too heavy, cut back. The amount fed isn't an exact science. It's not uncommon for novice raw feeders to weigh every meal, but after awhile, most just eyeball it.
We feed our puppies 3+ times a day, pups that are between 6-8 months old we feed twice a day and over a year old we feed once a day.
For puppies, begin feeding by 10% of current weight each day. Once 10% of their weight exceeds 2-3% of the ideal adult weight, switch to the 2-3% guideline. Remember, this is just a starting point, watch the pup's weight and adjust accordingly.
Puppies eat a lot. Don't be surprised if they eat as much, or close, to that of an adult.