Why should I feed Raw?
IMPROVED DENTAL AND ORAL HEALTH
Imagine the state of your own teeth if all you ate was crumbly biscuits! Feeding meaty bones acts as a natural toothbrush, and even feeding complete minces sees improvement in many dogs due to the high moisture content.
IMPROVED SKIN AND COAT CONDITION
Feeding a natural diet free from additives, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours can only be a good thing! Many dogs have grain/gluten allergies which manifest themselves as skin and ear problems. These problems can simply disappear when removing grains from their diet, which are just unnecessary cheap fillers.
DIGESTION (AND POO)
As dogs are not built to process grains like wheat and rice, which are found in lots of commercial dried foods, they can offer suffer from upset tummies, IBS and therefore large soft poos, Raw fed dogs are in need of far smaller poo bags as very little of their food is wasted and what is deposited is easy to pick up…winning!
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STIMULATION
Feeding meaty bones/chunks/premixes stuffed in enrichment toys, provides prolonged meal times, a work out for neck/jaw and excitement and enjoyment well beyond that of a bowl of the same dried biscuits day in day out!
Helps your pup live a longer and happier life with you
Helps lower vet bills by providing better overall health & wellness
Whats wrong with commercial dog food?
It’s not real food. Ordinary dog kibble is made with by-products, fillers, preservatives, and inferior products. Commercial dog foods contain excessive carbohydrates that dogs can’t digest. Cooking food lowers the nutritional benefit of meats and vegetables. Nature designed dogs to eat raw foods, not processed and dried kibble.
Read a history of kibble here.
So why do people feed kibble?
Perception is reality and large multi-national corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising to pull the fur over consumers’ eyes. Until now, there hasn’t been a high quality option that’s convenient for both pets and their owners.
When switching to raw should I mix with their current food for a few days?
We believe it’s best to go cold turkey…so to speak! It’s best to finish one meal of kibble and the next day start a fully raw chapter. Mixing different types of food can cause tummy upsets, and we don’t want anything to put you off making the best decision ever for your pet!
How much should I feed my pet?
In adult cats and dogs, the guide is to feed between 2% and 3% of the animal’s body weight daily (or of their ideal body weight if they need to gain/lose weight). Every dog is an individual and many need more or less than the guidelines. We feed for body condition, if they look a bit chubby we decrease, after long walks or in winter, we feed more! It’s important not to get fixated on percentages, every animal is an individual, looks and feel are what matters!
Please contact us for advice when feeding puppies and kittens!
What do I feed?
The basics are for our dogs and our two cats:
80% meat (including heart, tongue & tripe – yep these are classed as meat!)
5% any other secreting organ (usually kidney as this is readily available)
We also feed free range eggs from a local supplier to our woofers a couple of times a week, these are fed as an extra, not included in the 80/10/10 ratio.
Veg and fruits are a big no no for cats and not essential for dogs but can provide some benefits, green vegetables like spinach and kale in particular are full of lots of lovely vitamins & minerals.
Avoid starchy veg like carrots, swede, parsnip if you have a dog prone to ear/skin infection as the sugars in these vegetables can promote yeast growth.
Dogs do not possess the amylase to break down the cell walls in veg like other animals do. Therefore it must be lightly cooked or grated/blended raw to break these down and allow dogs to get any nutrition from them.
Can I feed pasta/rice as well?
No! We wouldn’t advise as grains (wheat, rice etc) they provide little or no nutritional value apart from calories and are difficult for carnivores to digest, and certainly not species appropriate. Most high end dry foods exclude grains, so it’s widely accepted that this is not needed.
Do I need to add supplements to my pets diet?
A properly balanced raw diet with 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% other organ, sourced from a variety of meat sources, with some oily fish and fresh eggs should provide all the nutrition required. We do feed Fish Oil regularly to increase the omega 3’s in the diet as Kobie has had skin issues in the past and adding the oil has really improved his coat! We do not add supplements to our foods because we believe these should only be added on a case by case basis. Dose and supplement needs vary for each individual so it would be impossible to produce a one size fits all food. Most dogs do not require any supplementation and those that do should have their supplements carefully tailored to their own specific needs.
How is raw meat safe? Won’t my pet get ill?
Raw is a species appropriate diet for our dogs, cats, ferrets. They are designed to eat meat historically and their digestive systems have remained unchanged, dogs digestion is the same as that of wolves. The stomach acid is much more acidic, killing bacteria, also the digestion of raw meat is very quick, so any bacteria does not get chance to take hold as it quickly passes through the digestive system.
My pet doesn’t drink much since switching to a raw diet, is this normal?
Meat is around 60-70% moisture. So it’s natural your pet won’t be desperately trying to quench it’s thirst like it would after a bowl of dry biscuits! This means the chance of kidney and bladder problems will be reduced as your pets will be flushing out their systems with all the extra water that is naturally in their food.
My vet told me not to feed raw, why are they misinformed?
Vets and vet nurses get little or no nutritional training whilst studying. Once qualified and working in a veterinary practice, the main source of training is provided by pet food manufacturers who want vets to resell their food in the waiting room!
(Some vets have educated themselves on raw feeding and are FANTASTIC)
It’s true, raw feeding done wrong can cause your pets harm, do your research, don’t be tempted to feed chicken carcass mince (40% bone!) alone because it’s cheap, or buy from a supplier who can’t tell you the exact bone content or offal percentage in their minces, or you may end up with a poorly pet, then a vet has the opportunity to tell you how bad raw feeding is. There are lots of raw feeding groups on facebook, asking lots of questions is important!
We suggest the Facebook group Perth Raw Fed Pets.
Can I feed part kibble and part raw?
It is not advised, and kind of defeats the point of switching to the most natural diet if fed alongside a highly processed dry food. Raw bone requires a more acidic stomach than kibble. If kibble is fed alongside raw then the acid may be weaker and cause tummy upsets from undigested bone. Furthermore, one of the reasons why it is safe to feed raw meat to our pets is because raw moves through the digestive system quicker than kibble, if dry food is fed also, the digestion overall is slowed which may give bacteria a chance to affect your pet.
Can I feed cooked bone?
No! Cooked bones are brittle and splinter which can be dangerous. Non weight bearing raw bones are comparatively soft and flexible.
How many different meats should I feed?
As many as possible! Variety is the spice of life. We always strive for FOUR different types to offer a varied diet, but there is really no definitive answer. Some pets are limited through allergies, this is why we use duck instead of chicken in the majority of our prey mixes, however If your pet has no allergies it is very easy to achieve a wide range of protein sources.
Can I feed frozen?
Yes. We do this a lot in summer months as its very cooling! Feeding frozen can be useful in slowing down those who don’t chew food properly and gulp too quickly!
Frozen kongs and other enrichment toys are also a great idea for your pet!
Can I defrost your food, portion and the refreeze?
Yes. Given that it’s perfectly safe to feed raw meat at all, we know our pets do not have the same sensitive stomachs as us humans! It’s safe (and very convenient) to refreeze food once defrosted.
My pet hasn’t pooed in ages/poo is white and crumbly, is this normal?
This may suggest too much bone has been fed. Give a couple of totally boneless meals eg. Green Tripe.
We don’t advise the feeding of offal to counteract constipation as this may cause pieces of undigested bone to rush through the digestive system