I want to chat about raw dog food. In the past, we have reviewed commercial brands such as Cotswold Raw and Poppy’s Picnic. Some have gone in a flash, and others not so. If I’m honest with you, I didn’t understand the concept entirely.
How much to feed?
Feed raw dog food on this calculation. 80% meat, 10% organ and 10% bone. Calculate how much to feed using body weight, individual needs and waistline. You can find a convenient “How Much To Feed” calculator over at Raw4Dogs.
How to use bones
Previously I have raised doubt on the need for bone in such food. But, to maintain a healthy balance, being a significant source of calcium and phosphor, it is a necessary factor. Typically, these are either ground and added to the meat/organ mixture, or given as treats in the shape of chicken wings, necks or backs. These bones are much easier to digest compared to beef or lamb bones, and not as dangerous since chicken bones tend not to splinter when raw.
What type of raw dog food
If you are going to feed natural where do you start? You can take the easy route and feed commercially available raw dog food. But if you don’t mind the hands-on approach, you can save quite a lot of money looking elsewhere. Presently there are two companies we use that deliver raw food directly to our door. Raw Pet Supplies, supply several different brands of raw (including their own Easy Raw Range). They are based in Cardiff, deliver by chilled van to Wales, Midlands and the South West or nationally by courier. Secondly, The Dog and Bones based in Stokesley, North Yorkshire. They take orders online and send nationwide by courier also.
Is it costly, this raw food malarky?
Not at all. Typically, a portion of pre-packed shop bought raw dog food is around £3.50 for 450g. Direct from a supplier for 500g you’ll pay about £1.60 (economy packs can cost as little as just 65p). Reason for this is simple. Packaging, label printing, storage, time. It all adds up for the commercial producer. It’s the same food, made the same way without the fancy packaging. The food arrives in either 1/2kg, 1kg or 4.5kg bags and comes frozen. All you need to do is weigh each portion out, pop it in a ziplock bag and pack in the freezer. Pick it out the evening before, and it’s ready in the morning. You can even feed it frozen. That way your dog has something to chew and produces lots of salivae which in turn, maintains their healthy teeth and gums.