A Raw Diet for My Dog

RAW FOOD DIET

RAW FED DOG POOP

I’ve decided to switch my 5 month old pug puppy to a raw meat diet. This is my first time ever feeding dogs I’ve had a raw meat diet. After much research on the topic, I’ve come to realize that just as nature intended for humans to eat a clean diet of living foods, mother nature also meant for animals to eat a certain diet.

Its not just people who have gotten far away from eating a natural diet, dogs too. Think about it. We eat nothing but processed food. No matter how much a package label from a processed food tells you that it’s healthy, the reality is that it’s not. There is nothing better for humans than eating a simple natural diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Dog’s in the wild eat other animals raw like chicken, rabbits and more. They don’t hunt for processed dried or canned dog food. So why do we feed them this junk? It’s no wonder they develop a lot of allergies and some of the same diseases we get, like diabetes, for example.

What we put in our dogs mouths is just as important as what we put in our own. Below you’ll find some very helpful info I found on the http://www.pet-grub.com website on making a homemade raw meal for your dog. Please visit the http://www.pet-grub.com website to get a better understanding of this simple diet. A lot of your questions will be answered there.

The website link is:
http://www.pet-grub.com/” target=”_blank

PREPARING A RAW MEAL:
MEAT:
– You can use ground (minced) muscle meat or boneless muscle meat chunks.
– Use one type of meat per meal, do not combine. For example only Chicken (dark has more nutrition than white meat), Beef, Lamb, Mutton, Goat, Turkey or Eggs. Don’t feed pork because it can cause trichinosis.
– Buy 1 pound meat packages to freeze and thaw as needed. Thawed meat will last about 4 days in fridge before spoiling.
– Feeding ground meat can be more beneficial in that it won’t get stuck in between teeth, causing future dental problems. Because its ground into small pieces, most dogs just lick it and swallow, rather than chewing it. Instantly gone.
– You can also feed specialty meats like: Moose, musk, ox, bison, ostrich, emu and venison. The good thing about specialty meat is that the meat is usually very pure.
– Free Range and Organic Meats and Vegetables are best but use conventional if that’s what’s available or affordable to you. Its still better than eating processed kibble and canned food.
– Purified, glacial, spring or well water is best for drinking.
– Frozen veggies are ok to feed as well. Be sure to investigate which veggies are good for dogs.

VEGETABLES:
– Feeding veggies is optional and not crucial to the diet. They can live without them.
– If feeding veggies, use 2 to 3 per meal if you can.
– Some veggies you can feed are: Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, dandelion leaves, kale, kohlrabi, okra, parsnips, peas (and pods), pumpkin, rutabagas, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips and zucchini.
– Be sure to finely chop (about the size of a flea) the washed veggies in a food processor or grater or else pet will not be able to digest them.
– You can chop veggies in advance and freeze them in bags so you can thaw when needed.
– Finely chopped veggies will last about 3 days in fridge before spoiling.
– Feed veggies raw, uncooked. Somes squashes may need slight cooking to soften the rind.
– Some veggies that shouldn’t be fed are beats, collard, eggplants, green peppers, parsley, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach and swiss chard.
– Never feed onions, chives and garlic. They are toxic to dogs and cats.
– Its ok to use frozen veggies instead of fresh.
– Keep meats and veggies in separate containers when storing. If one should spoil, you would have not lost everything.
– Buying frozen veggies is actually best because they are picked when ripe because once they are frozen, they cannot ripen anymore. With fresh veggies, they are actually picked unripe and then usually exposed to a gas to make them ripen just before arriving at the grocery store.

FRUITS:
– Never include fruit with their meal. Fruit will not get digested and will ferment instead and cause bad bacterial growth within the body.
– Fruits can be fed in between meals in size appropriate amounts.
– Too much fruit can lead to diabetes.
– Be aware that some fruits are poisonous, so do some research first before attempting to feed fruits.

SUPPLEMENTS:
– A Calcium supplement must be added to the raw meat diet. You can make it yourself or buy it.
– Never feed human calcium supplements.
– If making your own, use ground eggshells. They are high in calcium, low in phosphorus.
– Add 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of ground eggshells to every pound (454 grams) of meat.
– To purchase, visit:
www.pet-grub.com/pet-supplements/pet_supplements_for_dogs_and_cats” target=”_blank
– An enzyme supplement should also be used. You can purchase “FloraZyme LP” at:
www.pet-grub.com/pet-supplements/pet_supplements_for_dogs_and_cats” target=”_blank

HOW TO MAKE GROUND EGGSHELL POWDER:
– Wash eggs before cracking.
– Let eggshells dry on the stove top, in a gas oven or in the sun.
– When dry, bake at 300 F. This helps make the eggshells even more dry and brittle for easier grinding. This also helps get rid of mineral oils that have been applied to the eggshells.
– Add eggshells to a belnder, grinder etc., and grind until they become powder.
– Use a sifter or strainer to remove large and sharp pieces.

GROUND MEAT MEAL (EXAMPLE FOR A 1 POUND MEAL):
– Use ground meat for puppies, older dogs or dogs with weak digestive systems or not enough teeth to grab meat chunks.
– Remove the meat you’ll use the next day from freezer, place in fridge to thaw overnight.
– Once thawed, pour 1/2 cup of water into mixing bowl (1/4 cup of water for chicken as it has more moisture).
– Add the ground meat and stir. This will add moisture back. Consistency should be a thick stew, not soup-like.
– If including veggies, mix 3 parts meat to 1 part veggies.
– Add your pet supplements, especially calcium.
– Include an enzyme supplement. (FloraZyme LP is recommended.)
– Serve.

MEAT CHUNKS:
– Meat chunks more closely resemble how dogs would naturally eat in the wild.
– Meat chunks usually contain more moister than ground meat. Often the blood and/or moister will separate from the meat chunks while sitting in the fridge. So, no added water is necessary, doing so will drain the blood from the meat. Blood is a valuable source of nutrition and since meat is already drained of blood when slaughtered, we want to save as much of the blood that remains as possible. So be sure to only thaw out what you will use one day at a time.
– Thaw meat chunks overnight.
– Once thawed, Take meat chunks from fridge and place on the counter for about 30 minutes to remove the chill.
– Don’t feed giant size pieces to small breeds or small pieces to large ones.
– If feeding veggies, its better to place them on the side of the plate, rather than mixing them in with the chunks of meat.
– Add your pets supplements, especially calcium.
– Include an enzyme supplement. (FloraZyme LP is recommended.)
– Serve

EGGS:
– Eggs should be soft boiled to kill an ingredient that can cause a loss of B-Vitamins.
– Bring some water to boil, turn off the heat and let eggs soak for 5 minutes in the hot water.
– The egg will still be essentially raw, but you may see a small amount of cooked egg white.
– Eggs are one of the most easily digested foods for pets.
– Add your pet supplements, especially calcium.
– Serve.

FEEDING BONES:
– Safest bones to feed are chicken necks. They are the easiest for dogs to crush and we don’t need to worry about they getting stuck inside their body.
– Bones should not be considered a calcium supplement, even though they do contain calcium. They contain a lot of phosphorus, so think of bones as a mineral supplement. When feeding bones, you must still provide ground eggshells as a calcium supplement or your dog will suffer from calcium related health problems.
– Chicken necks can be fed two or three times a week.
– Never feed cooked bones.

HOW MUCH TO FEED:
– On a raw diet, pets should eat as much as they want each meal. Feed until they walk away leaving some food in the bowl. You can save the remaining food in the fridge to feed in their next meal.
– You’ll notice when you first switch your dog to a raw diet that they will eat a lot for about two weeks and then their food intake will reduce by about 50% or more. Pets that have been fed a processed diet have been starving for nutrition. That explains why they were constantly hungry. During their first two weeks on raw food, they will be receiving maximum nutrition and will eventually won’t need to eat as much and will then just be on a maintenance diet, eating less.
– Mature dogs only need one meal per day.
– Puppies 1-3 months = 4 to 6 times per day.
– Puppies 3-6 months = 3 to 4 times per day
– Puppies 6-12 months = 2 times per day
– Puppies that eat a raw meat diet will begin to develop a strong immune system around 8-10 months of age. Once this happens, they may begin to expel live worms until about 15 months of age naturally. No need to deworm.

VOMITING:
Some dogs may vomit. This usually indicates their digestive system is weak. A simple solution is to add some pancreatic-derived enzymes to the food for 2 to 4 weeks. They won’t be needed, but still beneficial.

DETOXIFICATION:
Pets eating a raw meat diet will detoxify. It can last for a day, a week or even a few weeks more. Depends on how unhealthy the dog is. Detox can happen in many forms, including but not limited to constipation, loose stools, uncontrollable bowel movements, bad breath, itchy skin, bad gas, strong urine, frequent urination, uncontrollable urination, lethargy, extreme lethargy, mucous discharge, hair loss and more. These are signs that your dog is getting stronger and healthier. Do not be alarmed.

*NOTES*
– Don’t feed pork.
– Grains are not naturally eaten by carnivores and grains are extremely hard on their digestive system.
– Believe it or not, but carnivores do better on a diet that consists of little to no fiber.
– As digestion improves, the body is able to to extract more nutrition from less food.
– The only reason why grains are added to commercial pet foods is because they are a cheap ingredient/filler, not because they beneficial.
– Fiber causes constipation in dogs.
– Raw ground meat can last up to 4 to 5 days in fridge in glass container.
– The difference in preparing meat chunks versus ground meat is that with ground meat you can prepare enough meat to last 3 or 4 days whereas with meat chunks, it’s best to prepare enough meat to last one day.

LINKS:

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE NATURAL HOMEMADE PET FOOD
www.pet-grub.com/part2/what_you_need_to_natural_make_homemade_pet_food” target=”_blank

HOW TO PREPARE MEAT
www.pet-grub.com/part3/how_to_prepare_meat_when_feeding_natural_homemade_pet_food” target=”_blank

HOW MUCH TO FEED
www.pet-grub.com/part1/how_much_to_feed_dogs_and_cats” target=”_blank

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