Raw Feeding Information

Raw Feeding Guide and Information!

 

Raw feeding is essentially what the title says. You are feeding meat that isn’t cooked. Why? Because fully cooked meat actually looses a lot of the nutrients! Raw feeding is getting straight to the source, without the need of high heat processing and added sugars/carbs that comes with kibble. It is what dogs were genetically meant to consume, like their ancestors!

Sadly, raw feeding it’s not as simple as just going to the grocery store and picking up some “ground beef” for your dog and putting it in a bowl. The thing about choosing to feed your dog home “made” food is that you have to balance it yourself.

No more pouring kibble into a bowl and saying “Bon appetit!”

It can be confusing, but there are a lot of good resources out there and I will share them with you! This is a species appropriate diet. Dogs have the GI tract to digest food raw, unlike humans, so you shouldn’t be concerned about your dog getting any type of bacterial infection. We have their ancestors, the wolves, to thank for this!

Now, dogs are carnivores but there are two different types of raw feeding that people choose to partake of, I will explain.

 

BARF Model Diet

The BARF model diet stands for “biologically appropriate raw food”.

  • 65%-75% muscle meat
  • 10%-15% bone
  • 5% offal
  • 5% liver
  • 5%-10% fruits, vegetables, dairy

This diet is what is used for a lot of pre-made raw foods, such as Darwin’s, that we use! We also recommend Raw Paws. It includes things such as veggies that some people don’t believe dogs need in their diet, but I am a firm believer that they do. I think dogs can use the added benefits of wholesome fruits and greens to boost their immune system and health, especially after being bred from generations of kibble eaters! I understand dogs aren’t wolves, but did you know that they are only genetically different by 0.3%? I imagine they ate berries!

 

Prey Model

This is for people who believe that veggies and fruits are just fillers. I do not judge prey model feeders, and whatever you choose to feed your dog is completely up to you – but from my personal experience and research, I prefer to add the extra nutrients. If you so choose to go this route, here is what they follow:

  • 80% muscle meat
  • 10% bone
  • 5% offal
  • 5% liver

And some people choose to do a mixture of the two, such as Kimberly at Keep The Tail Wagging. She was one of the first people I saw to feed a diet similar to both, but she too believes in giving supplements and fruits/veggies. Her ratio she goes by is:

  • 80% muscle meat
  • 10% bone
  • 5% offal
  • 5% liver

and then she adds in her own mixtures of veggies, ect.

Try what works for you and YOUR dogs! That’s the fun of it!

 

Pre-made Raw

I currently feed my dogs Darwins, and try to switch it up with other products. Its not recommended to stick to ONE brand forever. I always add in my own extras on different days such as duck necks, duck feet, coconut oil, goat milk, ect. I feed Darwin’s because at the moment it is practical with my busy schedule and I am still able to uphold my dogs diet to the standards they need. I am also not in a location that has good quality meats, nor is there a raw feeding co-op. So, this is what works for me.

This is a good option if you too are short on time, or are starting out and not sure how to balance meals accordingly. You will still have to feed according to your pets weight and needs, but they come already “balanced”.

A few companies I know of that do amazing at this are:

 

Transitioning

It depends… some people transition over a weekly period, a good amount of people have gone cold turkey. It depends on you and YOUR dog. For Darwin’s, it was recommended to start 25%, 50%, 75%, ect. until transitioned. If dogs tummy gets upset or loose stool, cut back a little.

But, a lot of people who have gone cold turkey have had NO issues whatsoever and their dogs moved on like nothing changed! See what works best for you and your pup.

 

Recommended Literature

The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care by C.J. Puotinen – I had to read this book for my Holistic Pet Care certification course, and it was amazing. Definitely two thumbs up!

Raw Dog Food: Make it Easy For You and Your Dog by Carina Beth Macdonald – an oldie but a goodie!

… more added to the list often.

 

Magazines

  • Dogs Naturally Magazine
  • Animal Wellness Magazine – Milo was actually featured in there because he wrote in a fan letter! 😀

 

Blogs I Love

These are blogs that I personally read about raw feeding, nutrition, or just general dog cuteness!

… more added often!

 

Youtubers I Love

DogDad – he is great! Lots of good information with easy to watch videos.

 

Co-Ops

Raw feeding co-ops are sorted by state (some more than one) where people get together and purchase quality meats in bulk. A lot of them have a membership fee, but the members are able to get great quantities for their meat products at a fraction of the cost!

Google for raw feeding co-ops in your area, you’ll be surprised what you can find!