There is a rise in popularity for feeding dogs raw. But where do you start? and is it all it is hyped up to be?
If you are considering making the switch to raw or you still undecided our 7 benefits and 7 results will show that is more than a trend.
Simply put a raw diet is a species-appropriate diet for dogs. Dog’s jaws were designed to crunch bones, not kibble.
Raw feeding reduces the risk of diseases and cancer,
Improves your dog's immune system,
Enhances overall well-being,
Cuts the cost of vet expenses (because your dog is healthy),
Faster recovery time from illnesses
Increases life expectancy with a rate up to 32 months,
Reduces behavioral issues.
Raw food is proved to;
Improve skin health and shinier coat,
Increase energy levels
Produce smaller and firmer stools,
Improve dental health,
Implement a stronger immune system,
lower the risk of allergies.
A raw food diet is more than just food!
Raw food contains hydration your dog wouldn't be getting from kibble.
"A dog on a raw food diet will receive most of their hydration for the day from their raw food"
So I just head to the store and choose raw not Kibble is it that easy?
It is not acceptable to go to the grocery store and pick up what you think is best to feed your dog.
There are specific diets that have been formulated to balance nutrition.
Feeding what you think is best for your dog can cause a deficiency in your dog’s diet. This could lead to several health problems if they aren't getting the nutrients they need to survive.
Most raw diets are balanced from bones, muscles, and organs.
There are two types of models that the raw feeding community goes off of in order to successfully feed a balanced raw diet.
BARF model, which stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.
The BARF model is broken down into percentages. It's 70% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 7% vegetables, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organs, 2% seeds or nuts and 1% fruit. The BARF model is a great way to provide dogs with a balanced diet with essential nutrients. Dogs don't need plants for essential nutrients but they play a big role in completing the nutritional requirement in diets.
PMR model, also known as the Prey model. PMR stands for Prey Model Raw.
The PMR model is broken down into percentages too. Its 75-80% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organs, and 0-5% animal-based insoluble fiber (fur). PMR typically does not include dairy or plant ingredients.
How Much Should I be feeding?
The amount of food is determined by the weight of your dog but a balanced BARF and PRM diet will always include these percentages when you break it down.
My Top Tip if you are interested in feeding raw
Talk to a nutritionist!
A canine nutritionist will help curate a balanced recipe for you to follow so you don’t cause a deficiency in your dog’s diet.
If you would like to talk to me about my experiences with raw feeding, maybe you have concerns about how you are going to be able to make time to shop for and prepare the food with your busy schedule then please reach out
Guest Blog Author Hailey Curtis