The Easy Raw Starter Guide
What is a balanced raw diet?
A balanced raw diet usually consists:
Raw meaty bones
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.
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.
Puppies will need slightly more to promote healthy growth at difference 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.
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.
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.