Many are interested in feeding their pets raw food. Here's a guide.
Many of you have a fear of feeding raw as we have been told that bones can be
very dangerous to our pets and some worry not being able to feed a balanced
homemade diet. To take away your worry, for this beginner recipe, I have
used the products we carry to address those fear and as you begin and go
further in your raw food journey, you will find and develop different recipes
that are most suitable for your pet and your lifestyle.
How Much to Feed
Just like people,
skinny, small and active pets, you would need to increase the proportion of
food to bodyweight and overweight, non-active and large pets would need to
decrease proportion. The Rule of Thumb is to feed 2% of ideal body weight
per day. Ideal body weight is the weight that your dog or cat's breed is
supposed to have - healthy weight. I feed about 5% daily to my the
Buttons (My 2.5 kgs Pomeranians) and adjust the quantity based on their weight.
Here is an example of
how you calculate it:
- A healthy dog weight
- Total intake per day should be about 230g (11.4 x 2%)
What to feed
Since this is for
beginner, bone is skipped and replaced with Egg Shell Powder.
- Use red or white Meat
* = approx 80% x 230g = 200g per day
- Use Freeze Dried Turkey Liver = approx 3%** x 230g = 7g per day
- Egg Shell Powder = approx 1/4 tsp per day (1/2 tsp for 450g of food)
- GreenMin = 1/2 tsp based on body weight
- Soul Food = 3/4 tsp based on body weight
- Gut Sense = 2 capsules a day based on body weight
- CoatPlus Small Breed = 2 capsules a day based on body weight
The above menu is for
reference only, remember variety is key have as many different meats (red and
white) as you can.
*Meat can be beef, pork, lamb, poultry, fish, best is to buy
reliable fresh meats and freeze them for 2 weeks (at least) before feeding.
Freezing it for 2 or more weeks will kill most things. Starting
with chicken and once your pet is on good track, you can start adding other
meats. But in the beginning is best not to feed more than one type of
protein per sitting.
**% is based on our freeze dried organ only. If you are
feeding fresh organ, you can feed about 10% per day. So the calculation
will be 10% x 230g = 23g
I recommend to feed
fresh or freeze dried fruit and berries for your pet as snack and should be at
least 2 hours away from meals.
Now you are ready for your first raw feeding meals, start to read more
and join different raw feeding facebook groups.
If you are still not sure, try a commercial raw or freeze dried dog food first; see our Natural Healthy Meals section to see what we have selected for you.