Dogs (and cats) are carnivores. A carnivore is an animal that eats flesh, and Mother Nature has designed canines in such a way that they thrive on a prey based diet. A dog does not thrive on large amounts of vegetation and small amounts of meat. He may survive, but he will not thrive. Given the option any dog is going to take a steak over a banana! Dogs evolved eating meat and continue to eat meat to this day – their stomach pH is more acidic than omnivores or herbivores.
Kibble, or processed dry dog foods, are a very recent invention, and have really only been around since the 1930’s. Many commercial dog foods are laden with preservatives, colors (dyes), and salt, and the vast majority of commercial dog foods 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, you should always steer clear of any meat/poultry by-products, added sweeteners, artificial colors and artificial sweeteners such as BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin. There are some better quality dry foods on the market today. Please do your research if you are feeding kibble to your dog.
If the RawDiet for dogs is something new to you, you are not alone. I was overwhelmed when I decided to learn more about it. 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. You can do it and we can help you!
Benefits of feeding a natural raw diet include:
Much less shedding – My Border Collie sheds a very small amount.
Smaller Poop – You feed less and your dog uses more so there is much less waste. Their stool is firm, easier to clean up, decomposes faster and has very little smell!
No Doggie smell – People complain that dogs smell bad and they leave a dirty feeling on your hands when you pet 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 keeps dogs teeth, gums and gut healthy.
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.
Less Allergy problems! Many dogs are allergic to certain ingredients in processed dog foods, no matter what type you try. Problems with chronic ear/yeast infections are greatly diminished if not eliminated on a raw diet.
Decreased Vet Bills – your dogs are simply much healthier!
Switching to Raw
It depends on your dogs age for how quickly you can turn them back into carnivores. If they have eaten kibble for a long time, taking it slow will be best. One meal can be raw and the other can be kibble for a week or so until their stomach transforms. Do NOT mix kibble and raw together in the same meal. Using digestive enzymes to get things started is a good idea. Be sure that enzyme contains protease and lipase.
You may notice some changes in your dog when you switch them over to a healthy lifestyle 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, soft poops are all normal reactions while the body does some much needed housekeeping. Be patient and support the body. Expect one month of healing for every year of unhealthy living!
What to Feed
There are many websites out there with information, many of which you can find at the bottom of this page. I generally feed my dog 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 kidney.
Protein: There are many different kinds of meat you can feed your dog, including chicken, beef, tripe, bison, lamb, venison, duck etc. It will all depend on what meat your dog does best on but keep in mind that variety is KEY. I feed my dogs ground chicken, beef and venison for protein sources but there are many to choose from. 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 all frozen when you pick it up.
Raw Meaty Bones: Consist of turkey necks, chicken necks, chicken backs, lamb neck, fish carcass. NEVER feed your dog cooked bones.
Tripe: Full of beneficial bacteria, digestive enzymes and the perfect calcium/magnesium ratio. A near perfect food for dogs; you can’t feed too much tripe.
Eggs: Raw shell and all if your dog will eat it also a near perfect food for dogs. Cheap and easy to find this can be a fun food fed whole on the lawn.
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 as fruit is high in sugar. Fruit should be fed at least one hour before their protein meal as the most important reason is that 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. I feed apples and berries to my dogs as they like them the most. I usually give this to them as a treat away from their meal.
Supplements: I add in a green vitamin powder to my dog’s food daily, as well as salmon oil as it is great for so many things like skin, coat and joints. I recommend Salmon Oil added to your dogs food daily. Other options are VitC, VitE and digestive enzymes as they age. Supplements can be a wide topic in the raw world, so I recommend researching on the links below.
*Thank you to Debbie Wood, Certified Carnivore Nutritionist for helping with this information.
How Much to Feed?
This will also vary with your dog. A dog that is more active and has a higher metabolism will eat more, while a less active dog or one with a slower metabolism will eat less. Puppies will 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 100lb dog, you will be feeding 2-3 pounds of food a day, depending on their activity level.
My border collie Ty, weighs 55lbs. I feed him 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. Please check their website for more product information. www.petloverschoice.com
Please also do some research before you make the switch as you will have questions. Some great websites that cover more on this topic are:
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