Frequently asked questions about raw feeding
Most dogs don’t need a changeover period when taking up raw feeding, you simply switch out their old food and start them on a raw diet. Sometimes dogs don’t recognise new foods as food. Due to them being so familiar with eating the same consistency & texture, when a new food is introduced they may reluctant to try it, even if it smells tasty!
There are a number of ways you can encourage your dog. Try making up their usual bowl of kibble with around 25% of raw food and gradually up the amount until you’ve fully switched. Alternatively, you can try making the raw look like their old food by forming it into balls. Effectively you are weaning them off a junk food and switching them on to a healthier diet so it’s worth the perseverance. There is no right or wrong way to make the switch. You need to choose what is right for you and your dog.
On average, an adult dog needs around 2.5% of its bodyweight when it is raw fed. This allows them to have all the nutrients they need, giving them the optimum energy levels to enjoy 1-2 hours of exercise per day. Dogs who regularly work or exercise for more than 2 hours are typically fed more at around 3%, while Dogs who exercise for less than an hour a day, such as older dogs, are fed around 2%.
Puppies require more food in their early growing and developing stages. For more information, visit our puppy feeding page. Please bear in mind that, as with humans, no dog is the same and you need to keep and eye on their body weight.
This is up to you and what you feel is right for your dog, it’s common for most adult dogs to be fed either once or twice a day. Puppies, as they are growing, are typically fed more frequently.
Yes. You can feed raw as a treat, a topper to their standard kibble or one meal raw and one meal dry. Whichever way you choose you, by adding raw to their diet, you know you are giving them fresh wholesome ingredients.
Yes, uncooked raw bones are safe and are full of nutrients that are vital for your dog’s health, such as:
- Minerals, including calcium, magnesium and phosphorus
- Protein containing essential amino acids, including lysine
- Essential fatty acids
- Vitamins A, D and E
Raw bones are nature’s toothbrushes, so when your dog chews on them, it keeps their teeth clean and gums healthy. It also avoids plaque building up and decay is prevented. When giving your dog whole bones to chew on make sure you do not leave them unattended and always provide a bowl of water for them.
You can lightly warm raw dog food through rather than cook it to get the aromas fully released. We would suggest frying it off for 1 min 20 secs in a pan with a spoonful of water.
Ensure you have separate utensils and storage for your dog’s raw food. Wash your hands and utensils thoroughly after handling raw meat. Clean spills with soap and water and disinfect all contact surfaces.