Raw Feeding Dog Guides
A dog is a digestive carnivore, so raw food is typically the right food for it. When properly implemented, it is a very healthy diet for dogs of all ages and breeds.
The transition from a processed diet of adult dogs to a fresh, raw diet to improve provide the adult dog with the appropriate nutrients is essential for achieving and maintaining optimal health.
How to Make a Raw Dog Feed Diet?
The easiest way to start your dog’s raw feeding is to choose a raw, complete diet that contains the optimum amount of protective nutrients your dog needs. Raw whole foods are well suited to the dog’s only diet, but can also be used in the 50/50 feeding model (half-dry food and half raw food). You can find raw foods for different needs and dogs of different ages in the stores. You can also plan your raw diet yourself. Especially if your dog suffers from allergies this can be a workable solution. When building your dog’s raw diet, consider at least the following:
- The main source of diet is always boneless meat.
- Bone is given as a source of calcium in the range of 1 to 1.5 g / kg of dog’s body weight per day. For example, a dog weighing 10 kg needs approximately 10-15 grams of bone per day. Don’t give too much bone to the dog!
- The dog needs vitamin A weekly. It is best obtained from the liver; A dog weighing 10 kg can be given 2-3 times a week beef liver.
- For a dog’s stomach to function well, it would be good to provide it with a small amount of fiber daily, such as a vegetable brush or psyllium.
- If the dog agrees to eat, the meat can sometimes be replaced by fish.
- The dog can also be offered an egg.
Start by offering your dog simple meals at the beginning of the raw feeding phase. In the first phase of your transition, it is best not to add too many ingredients to your diet.
Choose low-fat white meat proteins as your meat.
Edible bone is needed in the first step, and it is best to choose lean, white proteins for raw fleshy bones.
Fiber-based vegetables help to switch to fresh food by regulating stool.
Don’t hurry to switch to raw food. However, it is best to allow the dog to set the pace for the raw transition. Some dogs effortlessly take raw materials, while others require more time.
The beginning of the transition to raw food
The first stage of the raw food transition does not correspond to the BARF or PMR model ratios, at this stage the dog is not fed organs. Some dogs need more bone to maintain a solid and even stool than others. Provisional guidance on raw feeding starting guidelines:
- Lean muscle meats, 70%
- Edible bone, 10%
- Vegetables, 20%
The following starting guidelines are starting points, not rules, and should be tailored to the individual needs of each dog.
The purpose of nourishing lean white meat, raw beef bones and vegetables is to provide a simple meal. Clear simple foods are easier to digest and allow your dog to adapt to the digestion of crude protein and fat.
Raw feeds have a learning curve and a transition plan is ideal to help pet parents adjust and learn a new way to provide their dog with a nutritionally balanced diet.
Lean white muscle meat options
White meat is the source of the main protein in the first step. Protein and organs of red meat are added as soon as the dog has adapted to lean white meat. Meals of lean white meat allow the dog to digest the crude protein and fat. Too many new foods can cause diarrhea and indigestion.
- Boneless chicken is a good and recommended starting protein when your dog goes raw. Boneless Chicken Breast or Thigh are good alternatives to providing low-fat protein
- Boneless Turkey is a low-fat white meat protein that is similar to chicken but useful for dogs sensitive to chicken.
Some dogs cannot eat chicken or turkey because of allergies or intolerance. Then these foods should be avoided. In these cases, lean pork is the recommended starting protein.
Raw meaty bones (RMB)
It is best to select raw meaty bone cuts appropriate for the dog’s size.
- Chicken RMBs. The chicken offers the most versatile options for dogs of all sizes. Chicken necks, wings, and legs are useful for small and medium-sized dogs. Chicken backs, legs, and trunks are more suitable for large or giant breeds.
- Turkey RMBs. Rabbit is a low-fat white meat protein on soft, edible bones that is safe for dogs of any size. Rabbit bones are ideal for small breed dogs that have difficulty with larger bones. Also, a good option if your dog has poultry intolerance or allergies.
- Turkey RMBs. Turkey necks, wingettes and backs are safe raw meaty bones for large and giant dogs. Many large bones from turkey, such as legs and thighs, are not recommended to feed due to their density. A turkey is not good for a small dog
- Duck RMBs. Duck legs, necks, and wings are suitable raw flesh bone options for Stage 1 and other raw fleshy bones should be introduced after the dog has become red flesh.
High-fiber vegetables provide a number of benefits for the dog’s stomach and ease of transition. Fiber incorporation offers of being more the sensation of feeling and helping to hold on to a steady stool throughout the transition.
- Butternut pumpkin is very tasty for dogs and provides a good base for vegetable mixes. The soft, creamy texture of the Butternut pumpkin can mask the taste of other vegetables that dogs may not like.
- Spinach is very nutritious in small amounts and is an ideal leaf green in all raw diets. Spinach is high in fiber and provides a number of essential nutrients that are useful for raw diets.
- Kale is a very green power plant and is full of many essential nutrients! The disadvantage of kale is that many dogs may not like the taste and may refuse to eat it alone. Mixing cabbage with another vegetable or a tasty liquid such as bone broth is recommended alternatives to prepare leaf custard for a picky dog.
The need for supplements depends on what the dog really eats. So you need to know the nutritional needs of your dog and be able to calculate the direction of what your dog is eating.
- Zinc and vitamin D is the most commonly recommended dietary supplements.
- Calcium. If your dog is unable to eat any bone, it is necessary to give Calcium daily.
- Vitamin A is also needed as a supplement if the dog does not like to eat liver.
- Vitamin E is useful for many working and sports dogs and for those who eat fatty foods.
- Iodine is obtained by dosing a small amount of seaweed in a diet suitable for the diet.
- Omega 3 fatty acids it is recommended to provide as an integral part of your pet’s diet.
Can raw foods provide salmonella or parasites?
In countries where the raw food production process is very closely monitored, from farm to fork, stores are generally clean and served safely. In theory, Salmonella has little risk for a healthy dog. Food praises the rapid pace through the dog’s very sour stomach and short intestine. Salmonella has a relatively long incubation period, so the risk should not be mentioned.
However, all meat handling should always take into account the need for good hygiene for everyone living in the same household.
Properly processed lean meat cannot be infected by parasites. It is a good idea to avoid giving some of the lake fish raw due to the parasitic hazard. Sea fish (and some freshwater fish) do not meet parasites, so it is safe to serve them raw.
According to the latest guidelines, it is recommended that the pet be examined for fecal samples once a year and that the pet is worn only if the viscera are found. Mother dogs and small puppies are dewormed more frequently. Various parasites can infect a dog, for example, by carefully sniffing the stool of an infected dog.