Raw Dog FoodFeeding dogs the naturally with Nature's Menu and Nutriment.
Over the past few years there has been a revolution taking place in the pet food market. Discerning dog owners are now becoming more conscious about what they feed their pets and there has been a rise in the number of natural and organic pet food brands on the market.
One trend has been the growth in the number of brands based on the BARF diet. BARF stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw/Real Food or Bones and Raw Food and is all about feeding pets properly based on their evolutionary diet.
For millions of years our dog’s ancestors survived and evolved to become the animals we know today i.e. wolves, wild dogs, dingoes and, ultimately, our own pets. Throughout time all these animals thrived by hunting and scavenging, eating a natural carnivorous diet of raw meat and bones along with the stomach and intestinal contents of their prey.
Our dogs never evolved to eat cooked or processed food and the cooking process itself changes the structure of the meat. The active enzymes and biologically active fatty acids essential in our dogs’ diet are rendered useless by the cooking process so a raw diet is essential for their long term health.
A Biologically Appropriate diet for a dog is one consisting of raw whole foods. The food must contain such things as muscle meat, bone, fat, organic meats, vegetable and fruit materials combined in precisely the correct balance, just as Mother Nature intended. At Nutriment we use human grade British meat, vegetables and fruit in all our meals along with the addition of kelp, garlic, flaxseed oil, Omega 3 and Brewers’ Yeast to provide the correct balance of essential nutrients in a dog’s diet. Natural Senior also includes glucosamine.
A BARF diet should avoid ingredients such as wheat, rice, soya, eggs, dairy produce, animal by-products, animal derivatives, preservatives or colourings. Many people believe that such ingredients have been the cause of many health problems in dogs including allergies, skin irritations, ear infections, dental calculus, stomach and bowel problems, anal gland blockages and many degenerative conditions such as arthritis.
How to feed a dog on the BARF diet.
BARF diet food is a frozen product so defrost as much food as you need per day. Do not re-freeze food once it has been defrosted but, any food that you have not used, can be kept safely in your fridge for 3-4 days.
Occasionally, you can feed your dog the frozen food - just break off what you need and put the rest back in the freezer. This is a good way of cooling a dog down in hot weather and it will also take longer to lick and chew when presented in one piece.
How much should I feed a dog?
A dog will require about 2-3% of its body weight in food per day. Therefore, a dog weighing 10 kg should be eating approximately 200 gm of food per day.
Dogs’ activity levels vary greatly and no two dogs are the same, only you know how active a dog is so adjust the amount you feed accordingly. A dog should not be fat, it should have a waist and you should be able to feel its ribs under its coat.
Dogs should be fed twice a day and you could replace one or two meals a week with raw bones.
A dog’s faeces will appear different after eating bones; they are normally quite dry, crumbly and whitish in colour. A dog that regularly eats bones rarely, if ever, has anal gland problems as the passing of bone in their motions clean the glands from the inside out. A dog will certainly appreciate fewer trips to the vet for this procedure!
Always supervise a dog when a bone is on the menu and get him used to you handling the bone whilst he is eating it.
Rapid and Lasting Benefits of the BARF Diet
- Tarter build-up on the teeth is eliminated, breath is improved and a dog will have stronger teeth.
- Itchy skin conditions associated with allergies will be alleviated.
- Chronic Diarrhoea often disappears and stool volume and odour is significantly reduced.
- A dog’s weight will be brought into line and it’s easy to maintain a leaner, fit body.
- The immune system is strengthened and you’ll begin to see increased mobility in arthritic dogs
- A dog’s health, well being and vitally will improve.
Scampers Natural Pet Store is located on the A142 Soham By Pass, between Ely and Newmarket and only 15 miles from Cambridge.
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