Why is a raw diet better than a dry food (kibble) diet?
Dry, kibble foods are high in carbohydrates, fillers, colours and preservatives. Dogs and cats are facultative carnivores; they need raw meat, bone and organs to thrive! A raw diet provides these items, and leaves out the indigestible, species inappropriate ingredients. For more information please read: ‘A Species Appropriate Diet: Survive or Thrive’.
Should I cook for my dog?
Cooking is unnecessary for most dogs and cats. Heat greatly diminishes and can even destroy the nutritional quality of the food, reducing vitamin, mineral and enzyme contents and negatively affecting the amino acid digestibility. For more information please read: ‘Why Not Cook’.
Can I feed my puppy raw?
Yes! However, it is extremely important that you feed them a balanced raw diet daily. Pups are not able to store nutrients the same way as an adult dog so every meal must be balanced to meet their growing needs. To read more information about transitioning your pup to a raw diet please click here.
Can I feed my senior dog raw?
Yes! Older dogs that have transitioned to a raw diet have often surprised their owners with their return to puppy like excitement for life. For more information please read ‘Senior Dogs and Raw’.
What is PMR?
PMR stands for Prey Model Raw. It is a raw diet philosophy designed to replicate a full ‘prey’ meal of meat, bones and organs. The PMR model provides 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% organ in the diet. Fruits and vegetables are not included. Please read Raw Feeding Options for further information.
What is BARF?
BARF stands for ‘Biologically Appropriate Raw Food’ or ‘Bones and Raw Food’. This model provides 70% meat, 10% bone, 10% offal and 10% green leafy vegetables and fruit. Proper preparation of fruit and vegetables is vital to ensuring your dog is able to digest them. To learn more, please read ‘Fruit and Vegetables’.
Does every meal need to be balanced?
This will depend on your individual dog.
If your dog is a pup then yes, every meal must be balanced. If your dog is over one year old then you may be able to balance over a period of a couple of days to a week depending on your dog.
How much should I feed?
Generally, an adult dog should be fed between 2-3% of its body weight each day to maintain its weight.
If your dog is currently overweight, feed it 1-2% of the ideal body weight to help your dog reach a healthy weight. For more information on weight and body condition please read ‘Body Condition’.
Are bones safe to feed?
Won’t raw meat make my dog (or my family) sick?
No. Dogs digestive systems are designed to process raw animal products. The pH of their stomach and the short digestive tract help animals pass pathogens without health concerns. To ensure the health of your family simply follow the same handling techniques you use for raw meat for the family. For more information please refer to ‘Raw Food Safety’.
Can I just feed one type of protein (animal)?
On a meal by meal basis yes one type of animal can be provided. Over time however, variety is extremely important as different animals have different micronutrients and amino acid profiles. Try and provide at least three different animals in the raw diet.
What animals can I feed?
The following are all animals that can be fed as part of a raw diet:
- Whole fish
Do I have to fast my dog before changing to a raw diet?
No. Dogs (and cats) are able to be switched to raw without fasting.
Do I have to feed fruits and vegetables?
No. Those that feed a PMR model do not provide food items other than meat, bone and organ. If you do choose to feed vegetables or fruit these items should not make up more than 10% of the total diet. To learn more, please read ‘Fruit and Vegetables’.