Frequently asked questions about raw dog food
A raw dog food diet should be a balanced diet and include muscle meat, offal and bone. You can also add vegetables, fruits, herbs and oils, such as salmon and coconut.
To be a DIY raw feeder you will need to understand the ratio’s required to feed a healthy balanced raw diet; alternatively choose a good raw food brand so you know you are providing a healthy balanced diet. You can shop online for raw dog food with Uberpet.
Just as it is for us humans, a healthy, fresh, unprocessed diet is much better for dogs. Dogs on a natural health diet flourish. It is much better for them to avoid highly processed inorganic matter (kibble) or grains and starches that are not species appropriate (wheat, corn, potato).
No. If you are feeding a good commercial raw brand to your dog; you will be feeding a fresh nutritious diet with no impurities. The meat used is human-grade from Defra registered producers. Dogs eating raw meat is natural, as they have been eating raw meat in the wild for centuries and in your grandparent’s day, straight from the butchers. Commercial raw food is frozen to -22° to ensure the majority of pathogens are destroyed. Dogs have a lower pH level than us humans so can effectively eat their meat raw without being affected by bacteria that would affect us. A UK commercial raw brand will adhere to FEDIAF guidelines.
This is extremely rare, and this issue is sometime attributed to people trying to DIY raw feed and not feeding the correct levels i.e. not providing adequate amounts of bone or offal. Some commercial foods are recalled; however, evidence shows the highest recalls have been in the dry kibble sectors of the market.
There is some evidence to suggest feeding a natural, healthy diet will lead to a longer life – just like it does for us humans.
Feeding a raw diet has many health benefits, from better digestion and smaller poops, to healthier skin, teeth and coat. Raw feeding also results in stronger bones and reduces allergy symptoms within dog. Learn more on our Why Feed Raw section.
Feeding depends on a percentage of your dog’s weight and their activity levels. To help you on your way, why not try our handy raw feeding calculator and find out how much it costs to raw feed your dog.
Each day we see for ourselves what dogs lick and put in their mouths without it affecting them. This is because they have a natural defence to bacteria. Their salivary glands contain multiple enzymes which are all antibacterial and their stomach pH is between 1 and 2, which is equivalent to that of Hydrochloric acid. This strong stomach acid is there to digest raw meat and bone and kills of unwanted bad bacteria.