The Basic Rules for Raw Feeding
If you’re thinking of switching your dog’s daily diet to raw, it may be quite daunting and you may have a lot of questions. So, Kiezebrink has put together some information and advice to help make raw feeding simple.
How to Start
To start, you should slowly ease your dog off kibble and onto raw diet, preferably minces which are easier to digest. Your dog needs to be slowly introduced to raw foods so their stomach PH level can adjust and get used to the nutrition. This can result in a few upset stomachs at first but, once settled, you can introduce meaty bones and whole prey items if you like.
Keeping a Simple Daily Diet
Simply put, the daily raw food diet should follow these percentages:
40-50% Meaty Bones
– The ideal ratio would be 1:1 (meat:bones). When a bone contains little meat, complemented with extra meat.
– Feed less hard bone than soft bone as it contains more calcium.
30-40% Muscle Meat (Minimum of 3 to 4 proteins)
– It is an important source of amino acids, zinc and vitamin B12.
– Adjust according to the meat content in the meaty bones you feed.
15% Organ Meat
– Vary the organs such as; heart, tripe/rumen, kidneys, lung and liver.
– No more than 5% liver.
Additional (diet can be completed with seeds, vegetables, fruit, eggs and oils)
– These supply extra vitamins, minerals, fibres and fatty acids
If this seems too arduous, you can either feed a combination of our KB Raw Mixes or our KB Raw Complete minces which take the hassle out of preparing a complete diet.
Supplements are elements that you can add to the recommended percentages in order to give your dogs more vitamins and minerals especially if their diet isn’t very varied. You don’t need to add these supplements every single time, every now and again can be beneficial and of value.
How Much to Feed
There isn’t one right answer to this question because you have to remember that every dog is different. When you first switch your dog to a raw diet, we advise that you feed it 2% of their body weight and splitting the daily portion in accordance with age:
– Over 6 months old – split into 2 meals per day
– For 4-6 months old – split into 3 meals per day
– For under 4 months – split into 4 meals or more per day
If your dog doesn’t eat this size meal all in one go, then you need to adjust it because you’re feeding them too much. After feeding your dog a raw diet for around 3 weeks, and their stool is back to normal, we suggest you reduce their daily meals to one feeding as it will be better for their digestion. You should then increase the amount of food to 2.5% or 3% of their body weight and take into consideration how active your dog is – the more active they are, the bigger the portion should be and vice versa.
Overall, raw feeding is quite simple and shouldn’t be such an intimidating task. Remember variety is important, especially varying the type of protein. Soon you will get used to the new routine; the benefits that you will start to see in your dog will be worth it.
Please refer to our raw feeding brochure for more information.