Giving your pet a species appropriate diet.



Although dogs have been eating our leftovers for many hundreds of years (and eating kibble for the last 100 years) their digestive systems are designed for eating raw food. They can't digest vegetables or grains properly and suffer terribly from digestive and other health problems simply because we aren't feeding them the food that they need to stay healthy. Feeding a species appropriate diet can have major benefits for your pet (and you).


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You will notice the difference:

  • No 'doggy' odour.

  • Naturally cleans teeth - No need for toothbrushes or descaling jobs and no gum disease.

  • The time it takes for a dog to eat a raw meaty bone gives their stomach adequate time to build up the enzymes and acids required to digest their food properly.

  • Much less stools produced - and they are firm, and turn chalky after a couple of days. MUCH less flatulence.

  • Mirrors what a dog would be eating in the wild - even the modern day dog has a digestive tract exactly the same as a wolf.

  • Puppies develop at a more appropriate rate - and quick growth spurts are avoided. A GOOD breeder will want to stop fast growth in any pup.

  • The ripping and chewing involved in eating raw meaty bones develops the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles of the dog. Commercial dog foods will never assist in this important muscle development.




  • Dogs that were previously lacking in energy and sluggish become completely new dogs once on a raw diet.

  • Allergies fom ingredients in commercial foods disappear once your dog starts a raw diet.

  • Arthritis is significantly reduced or gone in some dogs switched to raw.

  • Better weight control.

  • Your dogs will live longer on a raw diet than on commercial dog foods.

  • Puppies develop at a more appropriate rate - Quick growth spurts are avoided. A GOOD breeder will want to stop fast growth in any pup.

  • Bitches manage their pregnancies better.

  • Better weight and survival figures in puppies.

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Raw Feeding Guide

  • Firstly - DON'T WORRY

    Raw feeding is often called BARF, RMB, Prey Model Feeding etc.. The important thing is that it's all raw and you will, over time, discover what is best for you and your dog.


    The best ratio for raw feeding is 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. If you include tripe in their diet then you don't need any additives or even any vegetables (although there's nothing stopping you adding vegetables, herbs and other botanicals to their diet ).


    Think about making their diet balanced over time. You don't have to fit everything in just one bowl. And if you get it wrong, it really doesn't matter too much as you will still be feeding a better diet than if you were feeding kibble.

  • What to feed
    Meat (80%)

    Tongue, Fillets, Skirt, Cheek, Off-cuts, Lung, Diaphragm, Trachea, Gizzard, GREEN Tripe, Brisket.


    Bone (10%)

    Wings (chicken, duck), Ribs (lamb, pork, goat), Necks (chicken, duck, turkey, lamb, venison), Carcass (chicken, duck, pheasant). AVOID weight bearing bones of big animals.


    Offal (10%)

    Use 5% Liver and then 5% of any of the following: Kidney, Spleen, Brain, Testicles, Pancreas.


    Oily fish

    Replacing the protein source with oily fish (Sardines, Mackerel, Trout) once or twice a week can help keep up levels of Omega 3 and 6 oils in your pet's diet.


    Vegetables and Botanicals

    It is widely presumed that dogs struggle to digest vegetables and feeding green tripe would provide all the vegetables your dog needs, but if you would like to feed fruit, vegetables and herbs you may do so. Reduce the meat to about 75% and add 5% of the following: Apples, Watermelon, Banana, Blackberries, Blueberries, Billberries, Raspberries, Kale, Spinach, Pumpkin, Squash, Chard, Carrot, Celery. DO NOT feed any grains or cereals, as these will upset the tummy.

  • How much to feed
    Puppies

    If you know what breed your puppy is then feed 3% of the expected adult weight.

    If you do not know what breed your puppy is then feed the folowing:

    2 - 4 months old feed 8% - 10% of body weight
    4 - 6 months old feed 6% - 8% of body weight
    6 - 8 months old feed 4% - 6% of body weight
    8 - 12 months old feed 3% - 4% of body weight


    Adult dogs

    A good starting point would be 2% - 3% of bodyweight.


    Cats

    Cats need 3% - 5% of their body weight per day.


    IMPORTANT

    Look at your pet !

    Adjust the amounts you feed, up or down, where needed. Your pet is an individual with their own individual metabolism and exercise level. This is just a guide.