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The Easy Raw Starter Guide

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What is a balanced raw diet?

A balanced raw diet usually consists:

  • Muscle meat

  • Raw meaty bones

  • Offal

 

Many brands offer a ready done balanced diet that includes the above in the correct ratios, sometimes referred to as 80.10.10. All you need to do is defrost, portion out and feed.

Dog

How much do I need to feed?

Adult dogs require 2-3% of their body weight.

 

For example an adult dog that is 22kg will require approximately 550g daily. This would ideally consist of two meals of 275g.

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Puppies will need slightly more to promote healthy growth at different life stages:

7-10 weeks, feed 8-10%

10-16 weeks, feed 7-8%

16-20 weeks, feed 6-7%

20-24 weeks, feed 4-5%

36-56 weeks, feed 3-4%

56-68 weeks, feed 2.5-3.5%

68+ weeks, feed 2-3%

 

For example a 10kg, 14 week old puppy will require approximately 750g daily. This should be ideally split across three meals of 250g.

 

If you are unsure of your dog’s weight please pop into the shop and use our scales.

Adult dogs require 2-3% of their body weight. For example an adult dog that is 22kg will require approximately 550g daily. This would ideally consist of two meals of 275g.

HOW DO I BEGIN?

Raw proteins should be introduced gradually in order to allow your dog time to adjust to the new diet. We recommend feeding 4 days of each new protein to allow your dog to transition appropriately. You should stop feeding your dog’s old diet the evening before starting raw food, so that your dog’s stomach is empty in the morning to begin raw food.

 

For example, we recommend feeding the following in this order:

4 Days of Chicken

4 Days of Turkey

4 Days of Duck

4 Days of Beef

4 Days of Lamb

 

After this you can start introducing tripe, fish and other proteins. If you know your dog has allergies to any of the above or if you feel you need any additional information please get in contact with us.

 

Why not view our Durham Animal Feeds (DAF) Section  as this as ideal starting point with packets of 454g with a wide variety of proteins already prepared for you.

Disclaimer: every dog will have different requirements and will metabolise proteins differently. There are many ways to transition dogs onto a raw diet, however from our personal experience and years of raw feeding we find this is the most effective way.

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Can I add anything else?

You can also add fresh fruit and vegetables (lightly cooked is better) and raw eggs too!

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Fruits & Veg

  • Apples (remove seeds)

  • Banana

  • Blackberries

  • Blueberries

  • Broccoli (in moderation)

  • Brussels Sprouts

  • Cantaloupe

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Cranberries

  • Cucumber

  • Green beans

  • Mango

  • Oranges (peeled)

  • Peaches (remove pit)

  • Pears (remove seeds)

  • Peas

  • Pineapple

  • Raspberries

  • Spinach

  • Strawberries

  • Watermelon (remove seeds and rind)

Fruit and vegetables should be fed in moderation and introduced gradually. They should not exceed 10% of the total diet.

Spinach

Toxic - do not feed!

  • Avocado

  • Corn on the Cob

  • Currents

  • Grapes

  • Leeks

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Mushrooms

  • Onions

  • Raisins

  • Walnuts

Avoid feeding any of the foods above. If you are  worried about safe fruits and  vegetables, why not try Paleo Ridge Berry Good which is all prepared for you!

How to find us:

Lavender Dog Shop,

Wimsey Way,

(Across from ETS tyres and Screwfix)

Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire,

DE55 4LS

 

Opening Hours:

Monday 10am-5pm

Tuesday 10am-5pm

Wednesday 10am-5pm

Thursday 10am-5pm

Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday 10am-2pm

 

 

Email: info.lavenderdogshop@gmail.com
Tel: 07964035847

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