Natural Raw Diet Info

    Feeding a natural raw diet is not complicated. It's very common sense once you understand a couple of key principles for feeding a carnivore. To start, please inform yourself by reading some information from valuable resources that have done all the typing for me already.
 
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To sum it all up...

Benefits of Natural Raw Diet

Good for dog’s skin, teeth and muscles, immune system
Hydrates effectively due to meat liquid content
Exercises jaw muscles and is an interactive eating experience
Reduces doggy smell, yeast, and health problems
Reduces stool size and frequency
Same cost as high quality kibble
It’s what dogs were meant to eat!

Natural Diet Guidelines

  • Never feed cooked food. Never microwave food. Feeding frozen is okay. Never season food.
  • Feed 2 - 3% of your dog’s desired body weight. Proper weight is when you can easily feel ribs under skin.
    • e.g. A 55lb dog eating 2-3% would eat 1.1lb-1.56lb of food a day. Evaluate weight and feeding amounts every month.
  • Feed a variety of ingredients to achieve the proper ratios and nutrients over a 3 week cycle. Think "big picture", not "daily".
  • Do not feed grain, dairy or vegetables. These can make your dog sick and have no nutritional need.
  • Do not cut up the parts of the meat. Do not grind the food. Do not feed purely ground meat.
  • Do not add supplements. They can create imbalances when added to a natural diet.
  • Initially, feed two meals a day, but raw fed dogs are usually comfortable with one meal a day.
  • If you run out of natural food, fast your dog, go buy food to feed it tomorrow. An occasional fast is healthy.
  • Food will be dragged out of the bowl, so feed in the crate. Wipe out floor or use a towel, wash after.
  • Fresh, human-grade meat is best but meat past the date of sale and ripe meat is safe for adult dogs.
  • Feeding ratios:
    • 80% meat from muscle, skin, fat, connective tissue, muscular organs like heart, tongue, gizzards.
    • 10% edible and digestible bone.
    • 10% Organs, which half should be liver and rest can be kidney, spleen, pancreas, lungs, brain, sweetbreads, green tripe, etc.
 
Example Meats:
Chicken- leg quarter, organs, raw carcasses, necks
Turkey- thighs, necks, drumsticks, raw carcasses, organs
Cornish Hens- whole raw carcass
Quail- whole raw carcass, halved
Deer- ground, meaty bones, heads
Goat/Sheep- ground, carcasses, necks
Beef- ground, hunks
Pork- hocks, neck hunks, ground
Rabbit- carcasses or whole ground carcass
Fish- whole head-on or gutted, canned (Not salmon. Fluke risk.)
 
Feed Once a Week:
Raw Egg with Shell- crack it over the food. Throw the shell in only if needing more bone.
Liver- it’s a super-food for dogs, but can be rich. Some dogs can’t handle it in large portions so small amounts daily may be better.
 
Feed At Least Once a Month:
Whole Fish – vary the species each month. Head, bones, scales and all.
Something Exotic or game meat. Feed variety!


 

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