Why Feed Your Dog Raw?

 

100 years ago, dogs were fed off the land and their bodies and systems remain naturally designed for that. A raw diet gives a dog the optimal nutrition they need to grow and thrive, and the benefits are plentiful! Some of the main benefits include:

  • Improved overall health and less vet visits
  • Increased energy
  • Ability to maintain their ideal weight (and lose weight) if fed the right portions
  • More nutrition compared to processed commercial pet food
  • Shinier and softer coat with less shedding
  • Better smelling dog
  • Better breath and cleaner teeth
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Reduced food sensitivities
  • Less/smaller poop that will decompose more quickly than kibble stools

Plus, studies have shown that dogs on raw live an average of 3 years longer than dogs on kibble. So why not give your dog the best chance for overall health and well-being?

 

How do I Switch from Kibble to Raw?

It’s simple. Wait twelve hours between meals, then give them the raw. Do not mix the raw with the kibble to introduce slowly. The reason for this is that there is a different digestive process for raw food versus processed kibble. It is recommended that you start by feeding your dog one protein source to start, allowing them to adjust to the new diet. Once their digestive system becomes accustomed to the raw food, you can start to introduce other proteins.For more visit www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com

Which Meals Are Best for My Dog?

 Ideally your dog should have a rotation of 2-3 proteins to reduce the risk of developing allergies by consuming the same meats every day. For dogs that are known to have food allergies, we work with you to assess any reactions that the dog may have to any particular blend. It is often recommended to start with a gentle blend if your dog has previously shown to have allergies to chicken, as this recipe excludes chicken entirely.For more visit www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com

How Much Raw Should I Feed My Dog?

 There’s a formula to determine how many ounces of food your dog should be given daily.

The typical formula looks like this:

2% of the dog’s weight to lose weight

2.5 % of the dog’s weight to maintain weight

3% of the dog’s weight to gain weight

For growing puppies, you can feed from 6%-10% of their weight.

Based on trying to maintain weight, here are the approximate amounts of food your dog should eat:

A 30 lb dog trying to maintain their weight should eat 12 ounces per day

A 50 lb dog trying to maintain their weight should eat 1 ¼ pounds

A 70 lb dog trying to maintain their weight should eat 1 ¾ pounds

By checking your dog’s ribs and waistline, you should be able to tell if they need more or less food. Ideally, you should be able to feel the ribs and see a waistline. Over the first couple of weeks, it can be a process of trial and error to determine what amount of food is best for your dog depending on how active they are. You can adjust the amount of food by providing more or less very easily.

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