Raw Feeding FAQ's

How Do I Start Raw Feeding?

First - do a little reading online/Facebook raw feeding forums to get an idea about raw feeding. Next, visit our Raw Feeding Starter Guide to see how to go about it. The next step is to set a start date and start feeding only raw food from that day - and in the meantime make sure you have all the ingredients you need! Oh, and make sure you have enough freezer space!

Do I Need to Feed Organs/Liver? My Dog isn't keen on them..

Yes - there are essential vitamins and nutrients in these organs, and to make sure your dog is having a well-balanced diet they need to be included. There are many tricks that can be used - cutting them into super tiny pieces and mixing in is a popular one, also a super quick flash fry on in a frying pan can slightly change the texture and make it more appealing (its often the soft, gooey texture that puts dogs off). Secreting organs can be quite rich and only need to make make up 10% of the overall diet – half of which should be liver (5% of overall diet). These organs include liver, kidney, testicles, brain and spleen - and try to include them from as many different animals as you can. Heart and lung should be fed as muscle/meat, not as organ. Remember - heart should be limited to 20% of overall diet.

 

Do I need to add fruit, veg or other supplements?

If you are feeding a balanced and varied raw diet at the correct ratios of 80% meat/muscle (which should include some heart, oily fish and tripe), 10% bone and 10% organ, there should be no need to supplement the diet. Veg, fruit and herbs can be added as an option and offer benefits to some pets, but it is not an essential part for those following a “Prey Model” raw diet, which mimics the ratios of the small prey a carnivore would hunt and kill to survive.

 

I’m worried about feeding bones, are they dangerous?

When feeding raw, we recommend raw meaty bones. Cooked bones are a big no no, as the cooking changes the structure of the bone and its more likely to splinter (this is where many people are worried when you mention bones, but its the cooked bones that are the dangerous ones. That doesn't mean there isn't some risk to eating raw bones - there is always a risk of choking, so never leave your pet unsuprvised when eating bones. Your pet has evolved to eat meat & bone - from their teeth and jaws right down to their digestive system that is designed to manage these - but that doesn't mean your dog will know how to crunch a bone straight away, and this is where you may need to teach them while they get the hang of it. Start introducing poultry bones first such as neck & wings as they super soft and a great starter bone - its a good idea to be able to hold the bone and encourage them to crunch, chew and tear - some dogs may need more encouragement then others as we often tell them NOT to crunch and tear up things! So give them time to figure out how to use the strength in their jaws. Please try and avoid taking the bone away, just sit quitely and gentle encouragement (wearing gloves is recommended!), if you keep taking the bone away it can make the dog see you as a threat and begin guarding their food - I very much doubt you would like someone to keep taking your dinner away from you.  All dogs can have bones, both tiny dogs and large - but keep in mind to give the right size bone to the dog - too small a bone can cause a choking hazard, also, if they show a tendancy to try and bolt their bone down, this is too high risk - but don't be disheartened, there are other ways bones can be added to ensure a balanced diet such as ground up bone - Facebook raw feeding pages are a great place to ask for help if this problems arises! Great raw bones to include in the diet are necks, wings, ribs, carcasses - avoid weight bearing bones from larger animals (legs) as these bones are so dense they are able to break a tooth!

 

Can I refreeze after defrosting?

Yes, due to many raw feeders having to divide packs into smaller portions, this is quite a common practice amongst raw feeders. We advise to always defrost in the fridge so products are kept at a chilled temperature and not allowed to reach room temperature to keep bacteria growth to a minimum.

 

I forgot to defrost food for today, what can I do?

Don’t panic and never use a microwave! Place frozen packs into a bowl of tepid water for half an hour or so. Alternatively, feed frozen – it’s perfectly fine and a lovely treat during warmer weather!

 

 

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