Recently we have been asked a lot about the risks of raw feeding to dogs and their families. We agree that if we feed raw and never wash our hands, we may have a problem. However, most of the information that is given from articles and some vets is in fact not true. We readily point out that we are not pet nutritionist or a veterinarian, however, We don't think We need to be one to know how to wash our hands after handling raw meat. And after feeding a raw food diet to my dogs for several years (since 2014) and not getting salmonella or food poisoning, I think I know something. One of our children also has a compromised immune system and we would never put our own child at risk of becoming unwell. But that doesn't mean that raw feeders don't make mistakes. In fact, we are only human after all so we all make a few.....
1 – Believing Raw is Just Ground Beef or chicken breast. A diet of ground chicken or beef (or whole chicken) isn't what people have in mind when they suggest transitioning a dog to a raw food diet. A diet that only has a ground protein doesn't contain all the nutrients our dogs need. To make sure we are feeding a balanced diet to our dogs, We do the following: Start with a base of 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ meat. We make sure that adding variety and do this by alternating the main protein each week. We stock a wide range of proteins and mixes. And I then think about nutrients that aren't covered by meat alone, like Omega-3 fatty acids (sardines), iodine (kelp), and, in some cases, zinc (oysters). It seems complicated at first, but you'll be amazed at how easy this can be once you secure sourcing and gain a better understanding of what your dog needs in the bowl.
We stock a wide range of complete meals that are already prepared into the 80-10-20 ratios to make it easier for you.
Mixing Raw and Kibble Together
We want to point out that mixing raw and kibble together isn't bad for all dogs. Many people do this with no issues, however, We believe that if you have a dog with a sensitive tummy, this diet combo may be too much. This was my experience with Blake my now 6 year old English Bull Terrier. Here is what people say about mixing raw and kibble together:
Adding Fresh to the Bowl
It's a great way to add fresh food to the bowl; by swapping 20% of the kibble with fresh food (raw dog food or vegetables), you can decrease cancer rates in your dog. Mixing Raw and Kibble Offsets the Benefits of the Fresh Food
While some people are encouraging pet parents to add fresh food to the bowl, including raw dog food, others believe that this is a bad idea. The idea of switching to raw is to improve our dogs' health. If we're still feeding kibble, then we may be offsetting the benefits that raw brings to the bowl. Kibble promotes inflammation, it's difficult to digest, and the sourcing of the ingredients are questionable. Some feel that adding 20% fresh food to the bowl isn't enough to offset the downsides of feeding kibble.
Raw and Kibble Digest at Different Rates
We believe that there are 2 main reasons of why raw and kibble don't belong in the same meal. Some believe that raw and kibble digest at different rates (raw is digested faster). When raw dog food is mixed with kibble, it's held in our dogs' digestive tract longer, causing it to decompose inside our pups, making them sick. Another theory is that raw and kibble require different pH in the tummy, which is what creates the digestive upset. Also you are counter acting what you are trying to achieve.
Are all bones safe for your dog.
The short answer is no as every dog is different. A bone that would be suitable for a larger breed wouldn’t necessarily suit a smaller breed.
Try different bones with your dog and see which ones suit them. We feed duck, lamb, chicken and turkey necks. Poultry wings, ribs, marrowbones, spines. See what suits your dog.
A lot of people enjoy the DIY meals for their dogs - we stock all offal, bones and proteins for our customers that enjoy doing this. As busy parents, dog mums and small business owners we do not have the time to feed DIY everyday so we mainly feed complete meals that have already been calculated by our outstanding suppliers. That said we do enjoy creating DIY meals in our free time.
Mixing too many ingredients in a raw meal can result in a meal that is too rich for your dog. Especially when you're new to raw. So start slowly and you will learn what your dog likes and needs.
We are always on hand to help with any questions that you may have. No question is every silly and we are happy to help as much as we can with any questions you may have.
We all started at some point. Remember a healthy dog is a happy dog. 🐶🐾