- 1. Why feed my dog raw feed?
- A Dog’s natural diet would be raw food. As Dogs share approx. 98.6% of their DNA with Wolves and were only domesticated from the European Grey Wolf 15000 years ago; they would eat the meat, bones and contents of their prey’s stomach. Their teeth and digestive systems are different to a humans and are designed for this. Cooking the meat and bone destroys the natural enzymes in the meat and bone your pet requires. Hence what is appetising to ourselves isn’t necessarily what is best for our dog.
- 2. Benefits of raw feeding
- There are many benefits to raw feeding your dog some of which are:
- Shinier coat, healthier skin.
- Fresher breath, cleaner teeth.
- Improved digestion.
- Improvement of allergy symptoms.
- Decreased shedding.
- Increased stamina.
- Firmer, smaller stools
- A general increase in overall health.
- Longer healthier life.
- 3. How do I handle raw feed
- There is no difference between handling raw meats for your own meals and handling them from your dogs. You should always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling raw meat. Clean any spills you may have with hot soapy water and disinfect all contact surfaces; and wash your pets bowl after each meal.
- 4. Can raw food be re-frozen?
- Your raw feed should arrive with you still frozen, however if it is partially defrosted you can refreeze it safely; or if it has reached room temperature we would recommend that you follow FSA guidelines and keep it in your fridge for no more than 2-3 days.
- 5. Could my dog choke on a bone?
- It is safe for your dog to eat raw bones; but not cooked as these may splinter. Chewing raw bones is actually good for cleaning your dogs teeth. Just as you may have problems with fish bones, although problems are rare, you should not leave your dog unattended with raw bones to ensure there isn’t any problems.
- 6. Is it safe for my dog to eat raw feed?
- Dogs have an unbelievably robust immune system. If you or I were to sniff, lick or pick up with our mouths what the average dog does in a day, we would probably always be at our GPs. It is 100% safe for dogs to eat raw feed. Our produce is human grade, sourced from a local abattoir and produced the same day. All DEFRA approved dog food manufacturers are required to test the food for both Salmonella and Enterobacteriaceae. Regardless of this your dog has a digestive system that is designed to cope with bacteria; and the testing is purely required to ensure that no cross contamination with your own food can occur.
- 7. How long will raw feed keep?
- Raw Menu’s feeds will keep up to 9 months in the freezer, however all are labelled with a best before date.
Once defrosted we recommend keeping it for up to 2 days in the fridge in line with FSA guidelines.
- 8. Can you raw feed puppies and elderly dogs?
- Yes, for puppies we believe this is the best start to life you can give them. Elderly dogs can benefit as well and with a marked improvement in their general health.
- 9. How much to feed & transition from processed?
- The amount to feed your dog depends on his age and weight and a guide is supplied with our complete feeds. We also have a calculator available on the website, please click here to view.
There is no black and white answer for transition. Your dog will require to build up his natural stomach acids to digest the bone content and build his immune system. During this initial 2-3 day period their stool may be slightly runnier than usual but this will soon pass and his stools will firm up to a more natural consistency than before. Many vets recommend a fasting day each week as wild dogs do not eat each day. A day of fasting before switching to raw feed worked very well for us. If your dog has been on a kibble diet for a long time and you’re worried that a quick transition may affect them, then a gradual mix over 2-3 days will also work.
- 10. Will raw food make my dog aggressive?
- Definitely not! A growing number of vets believe that many processed dog foods are the equivalent of human junk foods, and as such feeding your dog a raw diet will make them calmer than they were previously.
The idea that raw feed would make your dog more aggressive, is much akin to thinking that after eating a rare cooked steak at your favourite restaurant, you are likely to become more aggressive
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