Jumping into a raw food diet seems to cause many a bit of anxiety: how do I know how much to feed? Will Rufus’s digestive system go berserk? I thought bones can get stuck and can kill our pet?
Let’s clear up one main misunderstanding about our pets: they are descendants of wild animals, like wolves, and their digestive systems still work the same way. They have no problem with bones as long as they are RAW (uncooked), and they have no problem with the bacteria on raw meats, as their digestive system can handle it. Did Fluffy ever bury a piece of meat in the backyard only to drag it out several days later steaming in a ripe aroma? She has basically just fermented the meat, by burying it, and will not suffer one day off of work because of it. Their digestive systems are much tougher than ours. Have no fear.
Raw feeding your pet is about the easiest feeding method, ever!
After feeding your dog this way, you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t do this. So where do you start? How about at the grocery store: people food makes great doggie food.
What to feed Fido
Meaty bones and some organ meats are what make up the mainstay of a raw diet. You can also add in raw eggs in the shell and some veggies/fruit for occasional treats. Supplements like brewers yeast, Vitamin E and fish oil are personal choices. There seem to be many people who don’t and many that do. You can add them in to see if they make a change in your pet’s coat, but just like humans–it’s a personal choice.
What kinds of meaty bones
What do I mean by meaty bones? Meat…on the bone. Great for humans, great for pets. Pork, lamb and chicken necks, pork chops, chicken parts (breast, legs, thigh), all cuts of beef. I really look for any type of meat (including venison from my hunter husband) and any cut– as long as it has bones in it, it is raw (skin on) and it’s inexpensive.
Some of the cheapest cuts of meat, like those used for soups, are great for our dogs.
Yes, the whole piece of meat!
Yup, the whole enchilada. Take the meat out of the package–the whole chicken leg, let’s say–put it in your pet’s bowl, and watch them chow down. The first time you watch them use their powerful jaws to chew up those bones, a new kind of respect will overtake you. For the first time, you will realize that your dog is a full fledged member of the canine clan….and NOT a human.
How much do I feed my pet?
This question can be a bit tricky. Not hard, just tricky for me to figure out for you and your dog. I have a cocker spaniel. He’s about 25 pounds. I feed him two chicken legs in the morning and a pork chop, let’s say, at night. The next day I might give him an egg in the shell (I crack it slightly) and about a cup full of gizzards.
There are sites that offer equations, but that’s too cerebral for me. I watch his weight and adjust as needed. I sometimes give him a carrot or apple skin as a treat, but I don’t feel they need them: it just tastes good and is fun for them.
I never feed my dog ANY grains….ever.
Humans have their own issues with grains, and certainly our carnivorous friends don’t need them in their diet.
My pup seems to give a shrug when I offer it, but by all means give it a try. Occasionally, I’ll give some cooked fish (he LOVES it) as a treat, but I stick with the raw meats.