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Raw Meat Diet
RAW Feeding FAQ
Prey Model Diet
I feed my dogs the RAW meat diet, specifically the prey model diet. I completely support and am willing to give any advice to anyone needing it when looking into feeding this diet. I believe it is the healthiest way to feed your dog because it is not processed and doesn't have any weird & unnecessary ingredients like most dog foods. This is the most natural, healthy, and stimulating diet for your dogs.
The rule of thumb for the prey model diet is 10% bone/ 10% organ/ 80% meat.
Your dog should eat approximatly 2-3% of it's body weight a day.
Bone firms the feces up while rich meat and organ can soften it. Keep this in mind when working out a diet for your dog. Each dog is different and some need more or less than the usual 2-3% and some need more bone or organ meat.
Be sure to watch your dog to ensure the proper proportions for an accurate weight, energy level, and waste disposal.
When feeding kibble keep in mind:
USE CAUTION IN FEEDING GRAIN FREE FOODS TO GROWING DOGS! Many grain free foods (for instance, EVO) have calcium and phosphorus levels that are too high for growing giant pups. Feeding those foods can harm your puppy. So the general rule is steer clear of those foods until your dog's growth plates have closed (usually around 2 years of age).
Calcium to phosphorous ratios should be 1.2-1.4:1 and max calcium for giant breed pups under a year of age should be no more than 1.4 to 1.6%.
Individual Formulas and ingredients
their focus is providing biologically appropriate foods that provide dogs and cats the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
‘Biologically Appropriate’ means mirroring the foods that Mother Nature evolved the animal to eat – in other words, matching the digestive anatomy of the target animal.
our foods start with fresh, never-frozen, local meats such as free-run chicken, turkey or duck, wild caught freshwater and saltwater fish, whole eggs, and free-range wild boar, lamb or bison, to name a few. To preserve their natural goodness and taste, we steam-cook our fresh ingredients at low-temperature (90C/195F) in small batches, usually on the same the day they arrive.
Acana is made by the same company as Orijen, Champion pet foods. Champion pet foods does not use commodity ingredients without knowing the source. They focus on ingredients raised or fished within their region by people they know and trust, and deliver fresh to them. They are truly dedicated to quality pet food and I can appreciate their loyalty and devotion to their products.
This is my ultimate favorite kibble diet to feed to a dog. Especially a growing puppy. I raised my most recent puppy from day one with a rotational Acana diet. Coat condition, development, stool, eye clearness, ear build up etc. are all important factors that I take in when considering a diet. I feel that Acana raised my puppy to his full potential while maintaining the best of everything he could offer.
I understand that in some situations with time, or space, that raw feeding can be a little harder to do. Although Feeding Raw can either be slightly cheaper, slightly more expensive, or the exact price of feeding kibble some people don't have the refrigerator space, or the time to prepare the food. I believe Natura Pet is doing a good job in creating a natural food for our dogs.
I especially like their "INNOVA EVO" brand. An alternative to Raw Feeding.
EVO is formulated to allow for up to 20% raw meat added to the diet.
The Honest Kitchen
Their food bridges the gap between raw, homemade and commercial, ‘kibbled’ pet foods. With fresh, raw ingredients and gently dehydrated so that almost all the valuable vitamins, minerals and enzymes remain. Dehydration makes food completely safe even for pups, and senior pets with compromised immune systems.
This healthy, dehydrated pet food let you create fresh, natural meals for your pet in the comfort of your home. Simply add warm water and serve - No cooking or freezers required!
The recipes are made with 100% organic grains, plus hormone/ antibiotic-free meats and non-GMO produce. All ingredients are guaranteed 100% Human Food Grade.
Taste of the Wild
Taste of the wild is a fantastic grain free diet. Most of the contributors to dog allergies are fillers in dog foods like grains. This diet is affordable and very healthy for dogs and I highly recommend it.
Eagle Pack Holistic
With Eagle Packs large selection of formulas you will have no problem finding a kibble diet that you can feed an allergy dog. Which is very important to me since I have an allergy dog and find it nearly impossible to find a diet for her.
Eagle Pack Pet Foods pioneered holistic nutrition in the 1980’s, by engineering a way to make a meat meal based food, removing soy from the formulas and meat meals to replace corn as the first ingredient. Our Chicken Meal for example has no added hormones and is antibiotic free. Grains are herbicide free. We were the first to add nutritional supplements.
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