If you haven’t heard by now, many studies have demonstrated the benefits of giving your dog a raw food diet. Dogs stomachs have a lower pH than humans and as a natural omnivore descended from the wolf, many dogs can digest raw meat and bones easier than commercial feeds. In addition, many of the commercial feeds include added sugars, salts, preservatives, soy, grain and other ingredients that may be hard to digest or cause allergies in dogs. Raw food does require some planning in advance and a bit of prepping the food but can be life-changing for our furry friends.
Some of the benefits of giving your dog a raw food diet are:
1. Stronger immune system
2. Improved digestion
3. Decreased flatulence
4. Reduction in skin and stomach allergies
5. Firmer stools to help dogs with anal gland issues
6. Better overall health
7. Improved skin and coat
8. More energy and vigor
There are a number of different recipes when it comes to raw food diets for dogs and some may be better than others at meeting their specific needs. I do not claim to be a dog nutritionist, but based on my research there seems to be a consensus of the basics. The general guidelines are to have meat and bone make up 65-75% of the diet, with bone and meat being in a 1:1 ratio, Calcium and Phosphorous in a 1:1 ratio, fat being 10% or less, and a small amount of fruits and veggies making up 10-30%. It is also recommended to limit grains as many dogs can be allergic to grains. To make it simple for you we have a few of our favorite recipes that follow these guidelines. Variety is good for your dog and gives them a broader access to vitamins and minerals so it is encouraged to switch up and try different recipes/combinations to ensure your dog does not become deficient in one particular amino acid or vitamin. Also, it is important to note that these diets are Raw and it is not necessary to cook them although some people prefer to cook tough vegetables, particularly for their senior animals. It is strongly recommended not to cook the bones, particularly poultry bones, as it makes them harder and they could splinter and be dangerous for your dog. Raw poultry bones are flexible and digest easily. All of our natural dog food protein products have poultry bones included for calcium.
Our favorite recipes are…
- 2 lbs ground poultry with bones hearts and livers, 1 egg, 4 ounces of carrots, 4 ounces green beans
- 2 lbs ground poultry with bones hearts and livers, 2 ounces of broccoli, 2 ounces of celery, 2 ounces of spinach, 2 ounces of carrots
- 2 lbs of ground turkey with bones, 3 ounces of lettuce, 3 ounces of yams, 3 ounces of zucchini