Switch to Raw Feeding

What the wolf can teach us about the domestic dog? 

The wolf is the dog’s ancestor.  To survive it had to hunt, as did man, for that matter.  Dog may have become differentiated from the wolf over time, but its digestive system and dentition have remained unchanged.  This observation can lead to several essential deductions about nutrition for the dog.

Can I switch my dog to raw food immediately?

Almost all dogs who subsist on dry food have imbalanced gut flora. The older the dog and the greater amount of dry food, the greater the imbalance. To allow these dogs to get used to natural raw food, it’s best to introduce it gradually. The result? A lively dog with a shiny, healthy coat.
What about puppies? Of course, they can also eat natural raw food. But, as with adult dogs, you must allow the puppy to become accustomed to it. Please check our recommend transition table below.

ADULT DOG

DAYS
ACTIVITY

1

Fasting day: no food

2 - 4

A half portion shared over 2 meal times

5 - 9

Add 100 g to the portion

10 - ?

Every 4 days, increase the portion by 100 g unit your dog has the amount he needs

PUPPY

DAYS
ACTIVITY

1

Fasting day: no food

2

80% of a normal portion shared over 3 to 4 mealtimes.
check feeding guide

3 - ?

Increase the portions slowly. you will need to determine the exact amount yourself, based on the puppy's needs.

Can switching to raw help calm a hyperactive dog?

Changing to a 100% natural diet, removing all additives, colors and preservatives, can dramatically reduce hyperactivity problems. Raw Cut Food is completely natural and contains none of the additives that can create havoc with a dogs’ delicate balance and well-being.

How will my dog's poo be affected by changing to a raw food diet?

Changing from a fully processed food diet to 100% fresh raw food will bring some pleasant surprises. Not only will their stools be more solid and compact (making them easier to pick up) the odor will be less noxious.  
In the first two days of change your dog may experience some looseness but this will soon disappear as the diet takes effect.  
And remember, the poo will be considerably less in volume as there are no fillers in Raw Cut Food.

Is it safe for me to mix raw food with dry or canned food?

Yes! There is currently no peer reviewed evidence to show that adding raw or fresh foods to commercially produced dry or wet food will cause any issue to a dog’s stomach PH, or digestion rate, so both can be consumed together.

In fact our 100g burgers, or 25g nuggets are great mixers.

Is it safe to feed raw bones to dogs?

If they are raw, yes. Raw bones are high in moisture content, softer, flexible and very easily digested – while cooked bones are low in moisture and easily split or cause choking. Raw meaty bones should be an integral part of your dog’s raw diet because they contain natural nutrients such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin, the Omega essential fatty acids and calcium, phosphorus and bone building minerals such as magnesium, all in perfectly natural quantities.
Remember! NEVER feed your dog cooked bones.

My dog is drinking less water since switching to raw - is this normal?

About 50% of an animal’s water requirement comes from their food intake – food cells are 70% moisture, and this is absorbed easily. While a dry food holds very little moisture and an animal will needs to drink more water to maintain hydration, Raw Cut Food is naturally moist so their intake of water may naturally decrease.
Also, to make them tastier, many mass produced dogs food contain high levels of salt which increases thirst. Raw Cut uses NO salt in its meals. 
If you are not feeding 100% raw and using our fresh food to supplement and boost a kibble diet, then the amount of water your dog drinks may not change so noticeably.

My dog needs to lose weight - how much should I feed?

Feeding a balanced raw diet resets overweight dogs’ metabolism and their body is absorbs nutrients more efficiently. One of the many benefits of 100% raw feeding is that the diet is lower in calories than commercial dry dog food. Overweight dogs soon drop to their optimal weight when switched to a raw food diet because feeding a balanced raw diet resets their metabolism and their body can absorb and process nutrients more efficiently.
If you choose to feed raw occasionally then this process will take longer. 
As with humans, the key to reducing weight is feeding less food and more exercise.

  • For the first the week feed your dog at 2% to 2.5% of their current body weight. We advise this because don't want to stress your dog when reducing the food
  • Following this, reduce down to 2% (you can go as low as 1.5%) to allow the weight to gradually reduce
  • Once you are happy with the reduction and your dog is at a healthy weight, re-weigh them and feed 2 to 3% of this new weight to stabilize and maintain
  • This may seem like a lot of figures and percentages but stick with it and it will work!

What are the health benefits of fresh raw food for my dog?

It all starts with nutrition. Of all the decisions you make on behalf of your dog, his diet is the most important. Beginning his life with the best puppy food and transitioning into the best dog food will have an immediate and significant effect on the length and quality of his life. That being true, it is helpful to understand some fundamentals of Raw Health Benefits.

  • IMPROVED DIGESTION (Easier to digest, sensitive stomachs improve)
  • DENTAL HYGINE (Fresher breath, cleaner whiter teeth, Less Tartar)
  • CALMER, HAPPIER (More stable energy - less hyperactivity)
  • SMALLER, FIRMER STOOLS (Stools are harder, smell less and much easier to pick up)
  • REDUCED ALLERGY SYMPTOMS (Reduction of allergies and intolerances)
  • BETTER SKIN & COAT (Healthier Skin & shinier coat)
  • STRONGER JOINTS (Inflammation reduced)
  • INCREASE IN APPETITE (even in cats!)
  • HELPS ANAL SAC (Clears up anal gland issues)
  • EASIER WIEGHT CONTROL (Better Metabolism)
  • LESS VET VISITS (Nutrition being the cornerstone to health and vitality)
  • LESS ODOR (Reduces Body Odor)

What do I do if my dog won't eat raw food? Do you have tips to help switch my dog to raw?

Most dogs will switch effortlessly to a 100% raw diet, but in the exception circumstances that yours doesn’t and you want to make a full switch, there are things you can do to help encourage them. For example, you could add a little something they really like such as tinned mackerel to bring out a fishy aroma, then gradually reduce as your dog becomes accustomed to their new food.
If you chose not to make a 100% switch - or you'd like to but your dog is not keen - then any amount of fresh food in their diet is better than none. Just add some of our burgers to their usual food and they will still reap many of the benefits of feeding fresh.

When and how many times a day should you feed your dog?

We recommend feeding your dog 2 meals a day, and 3 to 4 meals a day for the puppies.
As well as considering your dog's age and weight, just make sure not to overfeed them. Our fresh food is jam packed with all the wonderful nutrients and superfoods to make sure your dog’s stay happy and healthy - you know your dog best.

Why do dogs eat poo?

As gross as eating poo seems to humans, it is actually a common habit for most dogs with 16% of all dogs eating poop, and another 24% trying to sniff and nibble one.
But the possible explanations why dogs eat poo tend to vary from behavioral to medical reasons.

So let's have a look at some behavioral reasons:

  • Before being domesticated, dogs were natural scavengers attracted to scent and fed on other animals' waste 
  • Puppies are naturally curious little creatures so it's only instinctive for them to nibble some poo as part of an exploring activity (thankfully they do grow out of this)
  •  A mother with pups will clean up their young by consuming their poo to keep her den clean (and this is very necessary in the wild to not attract predators by the scent).
  • Learnt behavior from other dogs eating poo
  • And sadly, it can come from pure boredom when left home alone all day or to relieve stress 

There are some medical reasons too:

  • If it's a regular occurrence and you are concerned you might want to take your dog to the vet and make sure it is not because of an underlying health issues.  
  • Some dogs eat poo because they are not absorbing enough nutrients due to poor digestive enzymes, they have parasites or they have pancreatic issues. 
  • Conditions such as diabetes and thyroid problems causes an increased appetite which can cause dogs to be hungry enough to eat poo.  
  • Overfeeding can also cause health issues. Overfed dogs can’t absorb all the nutrients in their food so they may try to 'recycle' their nutrient rich poo.

What can you do about it?

  • Firstly, if you're already feeding Raw Cut then you're already on the right track. Our raw food is a complete food and contains everything they need to live a healthy life. 
  • Keep things clean and pick up after them to reduce any opportunity 
  • Keep your dog mentally and physically busy and entertained with training or toys!
  • Finally check your dog’s poo regularly for parasites (a stick to break it up can help...and a good eye!)

Can humans get salmonella or e-coli from handling raw dog food?

Raw Cut meals are 100% natural raw from animals approved for human consumption, Handling of this raw meat is no different than how you would handle meat for your own meals at home.  
So use the same hygiene rules and common sense that always applies when handling any raw meat:

  • Staying clean. Wash your hands with warm water and soap right after handling raw meat. Make sure to clean off and disinfect any surfaces, counters and utensils which come in contact with the raw meat. Your dog's bowl should be regularly washed and sanitized after feeding.
  • Freeze immediately. Once our raw food packs arrive, freeze them straight away! Don't worry if the packs on top have started to defrost, it is okay to freeze again. 
  • Defrost safely. It's important when defrosting meat that you don't leave it exposed on a plate on the counter or in the fridge. Always store it in an airtight container until you are ready to serve!

There is bacteria in your dogs mouth already and they pick up all sorts when out and about, so thinking that feeding raw is bringing bugs into your home is just plain wrong. Bacteria can breed in anything, including bags of kibble, and good hygiene is the only way of keeping them at bay, however you feed.

Can my dogs get salmonella or e-coli from raw feeding?

Raw feeding is no more likely to pass bacteria to your dog than any other aspect of their lifestyle. In fact, they are much more likely to pick up these things from picking up odd bits of old human food from the street or investigating dog poo!

Did you know?

your dog may already have salmonella? (let us explain)
36% of healthy dogs (and 18% of healthy cats) carry salmonella as part of their natural gastrointestinal flora, regardless of the food they consume which is perfectly normal for our furry friends.  
Here's why... Dogs have a short GI tract designed to digest food quickly which reduces the time bacteria has to build up. They also have strong stomach acid (PH1) which breaks down and destroy bugs which would make us two-legged creatures poorly. 
The saliva of dogs contain a lot of compounds which are antibacterial to help destroy bacteria - meaning salmonella and e-coli are not possible to exist within a dog's mouth. 
In fact, there's actually no known cases of humans being infected with salmonella by raw-fed dogs or cats. 
However, if there is one thing to be cautious about is that dogs can pass on salmonella through their poos. So it's important to pick up and discard them as soon as possible to avoid any chance of bacteria spreading.