For Older Puppiess (over 5 months) & Adult dogs
It is not advisable just to jump into raw feeding, so here is our tried and tested method. We have found it to work perfectly for most dogs.
Week 1: Green tripe only
Week 2: 1/2 green tripe and 1/2 chicken complete (mince with bone)
Week 3: 1/2 green tripe, 1/4 chicken complete & 1/4 prime beef (boneless beef)
Week 4: Switch to using 80:10:10 complete meals (these contain 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal)
Ensure your dog regularly has a mixture of at least five types of proteins (turkey, chicken, duck, beef, lamb, pork, fish, game etc.
How much to feed:
Feeding 2-3% of adult body weight is a good starting point. If your dog could do with losing a few pounds start with say 2% – 2.5% and then go by eye.
An easy way to work out how much to feed is add a zero to your dogs weight and multiply by the % to feed. Example dog weighs 15kg add a zero = 150 multiply by 3% 150 x 3 = 450 gms per day
Can I feed Human food:
Yes, but please ensure all raw meat and fish is frozen for at least one week before feeding, this is to guard against parasite infection.
Watch the Poops:
Senior dogs may need less than 10% bone, so be guided by the poops, if they are white/crumbly, then reduce the bone %.
Free range organic eggs are an excellent source or nutrition. You can feed around 3 a week, just break the shell open and plop on top of the raw meat, you can feed the shell too!
Oily fish can be fed whole and raw, but can often be puked back up, so it’s worth cutting up into chunks and serving mixed with tripe or other meat.
Some people feed veg, some people don’t. If you are thinking of feeding veg, make sure it is either lightly cooked or if feeding it raw it is pulped enough to break down the cell walls for them to get any nutritional value out of them, otherwise they just become a source of fibre and come out the way they go in. It is possible to make batches and freeze in portions if time is precious.
Oxalic acid can interfere with calcium absorption, so don’t feed too much spinach or chard.
Care should also be taken not to overfeed vegetables from the cruciferous family e.g. cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower, kale, turnips, swedes, and broccoli as they may inhibit thyroid function.
Cooking the same vegetables, the process is eliminated and are then okay to feed.
Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and aubergines all belong to the nightshade family. Dogs who have arthritis may be sensitive to this food group which may exacerbate their condition.
A small amount of garlic is useful in the diet. It has antiseptic, antibiotic, anti fungal properties.
Onions must not be fed to dogs in any form as they can cause haematologic anaemia which can be fatal. Avocados contain persin which can produce problems in some animals.
DO NOT feed grapes and raisins, they can give dogs kidney failure, even after eating very small amounts.
Bananas are an excellent source of pre-biotics which are essential for a good healthy gut flora. Pre-biotics feed the pro-biotics in the gut which aids a healthy immune system.
There is no proven need for carbohydrates in the dog’s diet and of course these need to be cooked before they can be successfully digested by the dog.
You are going to need a dedicated freezer for your dog! Many people start off small and then get bigger or more freezers as they get more and more into raw feeding so be warned!
YOUR DOG WILL NOT DRINK AS MUCH WATER (IF ANY SOME DAYS) WHEN ON A RAW DIET – THIS IS QUITE NORMAL.
If you are or still want to feed kibble, feed it as a separate meal, NOT with raw mince, as kibble and raw are processed differently.