Dogs are carnivores and, as such, thrive on a prey based diet. A dog will survive, but will not thrive, on large amounts of vegetation and small amounts of meat. Given the option, any dog will choose a steak over a banana!
If the raw diet is something new to you, you are not alone. Do your research and educate yourself on how to feed your dog a natural diet. You will be surprised at how easy is really is.
Processed dry dog food (kibble) is a relatively recent invention, and has only been around since the 1930s. Many commercial dog foods are laden with preservatives, dyes and salt, and have far too many carbohydrates in them. There are high and low quality kibbles, and it’s important to note that commercial diets (dry or wet) are only as good as the quality of ingredients that they use. When selecting a dry food, steer clear of any meat/poultry by-products, added sweeteners, artificial colors and artificial sweeteners such as BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin.
Benefits of feeding a natural raw diet include:
Smaller bowel movements – You feed less and your dog uses more so there is much less waste. Stool is firm, easier to clean up, decomposes faster and has very little smell!
No “doggie” smell – Some people complain that dogs smell bad and leave a dirty feeling on their hands after touching them. They aren’t supposed to! Feeding a raw diet may eliminate this.
No bad breath – Dog breath is the sign of an unhealthy mouth and gut. The raw diet encourages healthier teeth, gums and gut.
No fat dogs – Some dogs will just not lose weight, no matter what “diet” kibble they are on. Dogs lose weight much easier on a raw diet.
Fewer allergy problems – Many dogs are allergic to certain ingredients in processed dog foods. Because raw food has no fillers or additives, it may be a better option than kibble for dogs with allergies. Problems with chronic ear/yeast infections are greatly diminished, if not eliminated, on a raw diet.
Decreased vet bills – Raw fed dogs are simply much healthier!
Switching to Raw
If your dog has eaten kibble for a long time, a slow transition to raw is best. One meal can be raw and the other can be kibble for a week or so until your dog’s stomach transforms. Do NOT mix kibble and raw together in the same meal. Using digestive enzymes containing protease and lipase can help your dog’s gut adjust to the new food.
When you switch over to raw food, you may notice some changes in your dog before you see all those benefits listed above. This is known as “the healing event” and is a perfectly normal occurrence. Stinky breath, upset digestion and soft stool are all normal reactions while the body does some much-needed housekeeping. Be patient and expect one month of healing for every year of less-healthy living.
What to Feed
A good starting point is a mix of 60% protein (ground meat and bone or raw meaty bones), 30% tripe, eggs, fish and fruit and 10% organ meat such as liver and/or kidney.
Protein: There are many different kinds of meat you can feed your dog, including chicken, beef, bison, lamb, venison and duck. It will depend on what meat your dog does best on, but keep in mind that variety is KEY. We do not recommend buying meat from the grocery store and feeding it raw, as that meat may have been sitting out for more than a few days. Our selection is frozen when you pick it up.
Raw meaty bones: Turkey necks, chicken necks, chicken backs, lamb necks, fish carcasses. NEVER feed your dog cooked bones.
Tripe: Full of beneficial bacteria, digestive enzymes and the perfect calcium/magnesium ratio, tripe is a near perfect food for dogs; you can’t feed too much.
Eggs: Raw shell and all if your dog will eat it, eggs are another near perfect food for dogs.
Fish: Perfectly safe for any healthy dog, raw fish (bones and all) is nutrient dense. Canned fish, although cooked, makes a nice addition to your dog’s diet for variety.
Fruit: Only a minimal amount of fruit is recommended since fruit is high in sugar. Fruit should be fed at least one hour before a protein meal because fruit simply doesn’t digest as well with protein. On its own, fruit exits the stomach quickly. When you feed fruit with protein, it sits in the stomach much longer.
Supplements: Many raw feeders add in a green vitamin powder to their dog’s food daily, as well as salmon oil, which is great for skin, coat and joints. Other options are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and digestive enzymes. For more information on supplements, check out the links below.
*Thank you to Debbie Wood, Certified Carnivore Nutritionist for helping with this information.
How Much to Feed?
This varies from dog to dog. A dog that is more active and has a higher metabolism needs more, while a less active dog or one with a slower metabolism needs less. Puppies typically eat more than adults, since they need to fuel their rapidly growing body, and can eat between 4.5-6% of their body weight.
The recommended food amount for an adult dog is 2-3% of your dog’s desired body weight per day. So for a 100 lb dog, you will be feeding 2-3 pounds of food a day, depending on his activity level.
For example, a 55 pound dog should be fed an average of 2.5% of his body weight daily. Below are the converted calculations in pounds and grams.
55lbs = 24,970g
2.5% = 1.375 lbs. or 625g per day (spread over 2 meals)
We sell raw food! Our food comes from Pet Lovers Choice in Cobble Hill BC. They have a variety of meat, bones, carcass, and even cat food.
We encourage you to do some research of your own before you make the switch to raw. Some great websites that will provide you more information are:
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