Most raw feeders follow a diet that mimics the proportions of a prey animal – that is 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. The easiest way to achieve this is by feeding a ‘complete’ mince which contains everything in the right ratios so you simply defrost and serve. This is the most convenient option and how a lot of raw feeders start out, although complete minces do cost slightly more.
The other option is ‘DIY’, where you create your own meals of raw meaty bones, meaty minces or chunks and offal. This can be a more cost effective method and gives you the most control over exactly what you feed, although it does require some more thought and preparation time.
Here at ROAR Pet Supplies we stock a range of completes as well as minces, chunks and bones so you can feed your dog the best way for you.
Making the switch
There are 2 ways of switching to raw from kibble:
- Feed the last kibble meal one day and begin raw the next
- Replace a portion of kibble with an increasing amount of raw over 7-10 days until the daily allowance of food is entirely raw
We have always used the first method, but all dogs are individuals so whichever method you feel will suit yours the best is fine.
How much to feed
The recommended amount for an adult dog (whether working or at rest) in good general condition with no weight or serious health issues is 2-3% of their body weight daily, spilt over one or two meals.
Example – a dog that weighs 25kg:
- 1% of 25kg (25,000/100) = 250g
- 2% = 500g a day (250 x 2)
- 3% = 750g a day (250 x 3)
This should only be used as a guide – all dogs are different. Like people, some gain weight easily, others burn calories quickly. So take into account your dog’s individual tendencies, physical activity levels and age and most of all go by the look of them. If they are losing weight, feed a little more, if they are gaining pounds, feed a little less.
Note: growing puppies are different and, depending on their age, require up to 10% of their body weight daily!
Keep in mind…
There are a few things that you should always remember:
- Any bones must ALWAYS be fed completely raw, NEVER cooked. Cooked bones are more brittle and likely to splinter inside the stomach or bowel. Avoid weight baring bones of larger animals that are more dense and can chip or even break teeth.
- Ratios of meat:bone:offal can be evened out daily or over a longer period of time depending on your preference
- Some raw feeders like to add vegetables to meals, this is entirely personal preference. Just bare in mind vegetables need to be blended prior to feeding for any nutritional value to be gained as dogs cannot break them down themselves
- If you have a dog with a suspected intolerance or allergy, we recommend beginning with feeding a single protein source (preferably one that the dog has not tried before) for at least 4 weeks and introducing any new proteins one at a time to highlight if one particular one triggers a reaction
For more information on what to feed or for help in making the switch to raw, don’t hesitate to call or email us – we’re always happy to help.