There are a lot of misconceptions about a raw fed diet for dogs and with that comes a lot of questions. But what are the most common questions raised by new raw feeders?
Can my puppy eat raw food?
Simple answer, yes! Puppies can start eating a raw diet as soon as they’ve been weaned off of their mother’s milk (following the raw weaning method). But even if the breeder or rescue centre hasn’t started on raw, you can start them on a well-balanced raw food diet from 8+ weeks old!
Puppies need both the right type, and the right amount of food during their development, so it’s important to avoid poor feeding practices whilst puppies are growing to avoid skeletal problems. Read our ‘Can I Feed my Puppy a Raw Diet’ to find out more.
Can I mix raw food with dry food?
Yes and no. We don’t recommend feeding your dog a raw food diet alongside your regular commercialised kibble as they digest at different rates and will contain very different ingredients that may cause digestive upset.
However, we do recommend feeding your dog raw food alongside our No Stress Cold Pressed dry dog food. Why? Because our dry food is made using high quality ingredients and cold pressed at temperatures that preserve the nutrients. Therefore it’s the closest dry food you can get to raw feeding and digests at a similar rate, preventing stomach upset.
My dog has a sensitive stomach. Can switching to raw help?
Virtually any food substance you can think of can generate an allergy or sensitivity in a dog. This can include even the most common and harmless ingredients such as wheats, corn and grains. By cutting these out of your dog's diet you resolve their sensitivity issue.
It’s a well-known fact that dogs fed on a commercial dry diet have more allergies than those on a more natural one that contains less ingredients. Therefore feeding your dog a high quality and properly planned raw food diet can reverse sensitivity problems.
What are the benefits of a raw diet?
Where do we start? Here are just some of the benefits of feeding raw:
- Better oral hygiene
- Shinier skin and coat
- Improved Digestion
- Increased food enjoyment
- Increased energy and stamina
- Fewer and better formed stools
- Boosted immune system
- Less allergies
We could go on...
How do I switch my dog to a raw food diet?
There are a number of ways to switch your dog over to a raw food diet but it’s very much dependent on the dog. Are they quite sensitive to food transition? Are they already being fed some form of raw food? Check out our ‘3 Ways to Switch Your Dog to a Raw Food Diet’ and make the choice based on your dog.
My dog poops less often, is this normal?
Yes! When feeding your dog a raw diet you’ll soon notice that their stools are smaller, better formed and that your dog is pooping less. Why? Because raw food is easy to digest and your dog is able to absorb pretty much all the nutrients, so what you’re left with is, well… not much!
How often should I feed my dog and how much?
Meal frequency is mostly a choice. You decide how regularly you feed your dog by your daily routine. But how often? Check out our Feeding Guide.
Why is raw better than dry kibble or cooked canned food?
Commercialised dry kibble and canned dog food is typically cooked at a level where a large percentage of nutrients are lost. In standard dry dog food there are also a number of non nutritious and unnatural ingredients such as wheat, grains, Butylated-hydroxyanisole (BHA) or butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). These are typically used to bind the biscuits together, bulk out the food and/ or prevent spoiling.
A raw fed diet (when fed properly) not only ensures your dog is getting all natural ingredients but that those simple ingredients are providing 100% of their nutritional needs. There are no fillers, no unnatural colourants, flavourings or preservatives. It’s just simple, well balanced and highly nutritious meat, bone offal and veggies.
Aren’t bones dangerous to feed to my dog?
Cooked and dehydrated bones? Yes, because they’re brittle and can splinter as the moisture has been removed. But the ones used in raw feeding, whether you've done your research or you're purchasing pre-prepared complete raw meals are safe.
Raw bones are soft, chewy and easy to digest. They're an essential part of a raw diet as they provide your dog with essential fatty acids and minerals as well as helping to stimulate the production of saliva to prevent plaque build up.
What about salmonella?
In short, ideally your dog's gut can handle the bacteria no problem as they're built to prevent harmful bacteria (such as salmonella) from invading the body. Their stomachs are highly acidic and contain natural digestive enzymes to process and help break bacteria down without getting ill.
The main reason most people are fearful of the bacteria is for the dog owner, not the dog. But just as you take hygiene protocols when preparing and cooking meat for your own meals, you take the same steps when feeding your pet. And that's it! See our ‘Hygiene Guidelines for Raw Feeding’ blog post for a safe and faff free preparation.
Here at itsdogfood.com we've created a range of FROZEN RAW COMPLETE MEALS that include everything your dog needs plus a little extra for a nutritional boost. All our meats are UK sourced and our meals are made right here in Scotland.
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