Raw Feeding Guidelines
Raw diets are complex, more so than feeding kibble, although if you get it right, it’s well worth investing the time. This is not a compete reference, but an overview to give you the foundations of a raw diet.
The approximate overall ratio is:
- 80% meat, sinew, ligaments, fat,
- 10% edible bone,
- 5% liver,
- 5% organ meat.
- Meats are high in phosphorus. Bones are high in calcium. When meat is fed 10% you have pretty much the exact ratios of calcium required by a dog. Whole prey, fish, eggs, and tripe help to complete a balanced ratio.
- Organ meats should not exceed 10% of the diet overall and 5% of that should be liver. Feed liver once a week and try to find an organic free range fed source whenever possible.
- Freeze pork and salmon 2 weeks prior to feeding – this will kill parasites in the meat.
- Feed trachea, trim, poultry feet as they are an excellent natural source of chondroitin and glucosamine that help build and support healthy joints in your dog.
- Always feed only raw bones as cooked bones will splinter and pierce the stomach or the intestines.
- Always be on the safe side and supervise all bone chewing activities in case you have to intervene.
Adding Supplements To The Raw Diet
Should you add supplements to a raw diet? This is a much debated subject. It stands to reason that if done correctly, raw diets shouldn’t need supplementation, because the calories, vitamins and minerals are coming from whole food sources (the best kind). But other experts argue that there are so many variables in dogs, that it’s not possible to accurately gauge how much nutrition is being absorbed, but then the same could be said for kibble, where less nutrition will be absorbed.
The main most popular supplest are: Calcium, Fish Oils, Plant Oils, Vitamin E, sources of Iodine, and Green Blends of alpha-alpha, spirulina, or other green foods.
Note: Keep in mind that while too little of a specific vitamin or mineral is bad, too much can be even worse. It’s important not too supplement without first consulting with a professional. Although fish oil will always be of benefit to your dog, with no hidden dangers.
How Much Raw Food To Feed Your Dog
Most dogs eat around two to three percent of their ideal adult weight per day.
- 30kg (66 lb) dog at 2% would eat 600gr (22 oz) of food and at 3% it would eat 900gr (32 oz) of food.
- 20kg (44lb) dog at 2% would eat 400gr (14 oz) of food and at 3% it would eat 600gr (22 oz) of food.
- 10kg (22 lb) dog at 2% would eat 200gr (7 oz) of food and at 3% it would eat 300gr (11 oz) of food.
If you are feeding a dog over 6 months of age, split into to 2 feedings per day.
If you are feeding a puppy 4 to 6 months old, split into 3 meals per day.
If you are feeding a puppy under 4 months old, split into 4 or more meals per day.