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Raw Dog Food Feeding Chart by Weight

 

RAW DOG FOOD FEEDING CHART BY WEIGHT

 

Why Should I Feed My Pets Raw?

A good diet can contribute to a long, healthy life. A raw diet allows you to specifically meet the needs of your pet. Raw diets can be prepared to avoid foods your pet may be allergic to, control weight, and meet your pets specific diet requirements. Bones in the raw diet help naturally clean teeth, which can be good for overall health.

Rah Raw provides several different proteins to choose from to give your pet a good variety for meals. Who wants to eat the same thing every day? We provide everything from single sources of meat such as beef, turkey or chicken to blends that contain multiple proteins. This allows you to easily adjust meals if your pet is sensitive to a specific meat.

Our meat is immediately frozen to preserve its freshness and maintain the most nutrients. Always thaw the meat before serving to your pet, so they can easily digest.

Liver Guide: For Dogs That Won’t Eat Organs

Dogs sometimes are unwilling to ingest organ meat. The texture or the smell could be the cause of this, sometimes it just takes a little extra help to get them to eat organs. Being as organs are an essential part of the raw diet and that your pet needs them to strive, we as owners have to find a way to get our fur-kids to eat them.

Here are some things you can try to help them get used to eating the organ meat. The best option is always raw, as cooking denatures the proteins.

Chop into small pieces and mix in – Cut liver/organ into tiny pieces and mix it in with the meal trying to hide the smell and texture of the organ. Preferably mixing it in with a ground meat that your dog is known to love. Another option you can try would be taking a larger piece of meat and cutting a slit into it and stuffing the organ inside.

Feed Frozen – Cut the liver/organ into smaller chunks and freeze. This technique will help hide texture and smell of the organ. Too much frozen meat can lower your dog’s body temperature, so you will want to limit the amount of frozen food you give them. As your dog progresses eating the organs, try offering less and less frozen until they eat them normally and unfrozen.

Sear the outsides – Get a pan scorching hot on the stove and throw the organ on the hot pan for just a few seconds, flip and after just a few seconds on the back side remove from heat. You can add seasoning (salt, pepper) to the organ to help with taste. This changes the texture and smell of the organs. You will want to make sure you don’t overcook, as cooking denatures the meat. As you go with no problems, try cooking less and less until you can feed raw without problems. Remember never to cook anything with bone in it.

Try Variety – Some dogs will refuse the organ of one animal while loving the same organ from a different animal. For example, if you try beef liver and the dog noses up to it, you could try turkey liver and the dog may love it. Try a variety of different animal sources to see where your dog stands on this.

Tough Love – Sometimes if all else fails the tough love approach is the only option. This option should only be used on healthy adult dogs that require no additional medicine with daily feeding. A healthy dog will not starve themselves, although they might try and “out stubborn you”, they will eat. Dogs have been known to hold out for days thinking they will get something better the next meal. There should be nothing but organ in the dog’s dish. After about 20 min or so when the dog doesn’t eat, take the bowl up and try again next meal offering nothing but the organs again. Continue until the dog eats the organs you have offered him/her. This option may be hard to do but after a few times of doing so your dog should get used to them and feeding raw organs should no longer be a problem.

Puppy’s that won’t eat organs – A stubborn puppy is harder to deal with and the tough love approach should not be used on a growing puppy. In this case dehydrated organs could be used. The organs do lose some nutritional value when dehydrated but it is an essential part of the diet and is better than nothing. Always work toward feeding raw.

Is Raw really better than Kibble?

How Do You Feel When You Eat Unhealthy, Processed Food All Day?

Now think about what you are feeding your pets. A dog’s body is not made to process all the grains, carbs and fillers that make up the majority of what’s in kibble.

Dry and canned pet foods were created for a cheap, convenient way to feed your pet with little to no mess. Kibble is cooked at a high temperature for long periods of time, which destroys most of the nutrients. Cheap additives are replaced in dog food as fillers in kibble, such as grains, which are difficult for your pet to digest.

Even if you are feeding the “organic, grain free” brand, you still are feeding highly processed food that has different additives to the dry food. If a cat or dog is lost, they will be searching for an animal to eat, not searching for the nearest bowl of kibble. Cats and dogs must eat uncooked, whole prey for optimal health.

Checklist: the Benefits of Feeding Raw

  • Shinier coats and healthier skin – decrease in skin problems and fuller coats
  • Higher energy levels: getting all the right nutrients from healthy foods
  • Healthy gums and strong, white teeth: dogs naturally clean their teeth using bones
  • Improved digestion
  • Boosted immune system
  • Smaller poops: because the dogs are using all of the raw meats nutrients and no fillers
  • Stronger joints and muscles
  • Longer and healthier lives
  • Naturally treat health issues in pets – less allergies
  • Happier pets!

What Is a Raw Diet?

A raw diet consists of feeding what is more natural to what a dog’s diet would be in the wild. A raw diet consists of raw meat, raw bones, and organs. Supplements, fruits and veggies are optional but are a great source of natural vitamins for your pet.

A raw diet is extremely healthy, natural, and affordable. Raw pet food is made up of 100% raw meat. There are no grains or fillers in a raw diet.

A Journey From Kibble to Raw

The changes we saw when making a full switch from kibble to a raw diet were nothing short of amazing. We have witnessed the changes in other people’s dogs after making the switch from a dry kibble diet to a balanced raw diet as well. The results were fast and after seeing many positive improvements, we are no longer surprised.

In the Beginning – Kiki, Nolla, and Bronnie

Megan and I have been feeding raw since day one with our first three fur kids, Kiki, Nolla, and Bronnie. We adopted Kiki and Nolla at 8 weeks old and completely switched their diets to raw the first day we brought them home.

We adopted Bronnie at four months, and made the switch to raw the night we got him. We were frequently asked if we saw changes when we switched to raw and were never really able to say as they were never kibble fed in our family. We knew the benefits were there, as we saw how shiny their coats were, how their teeth stayed pearly white with absolutely no plaque on them and how they are excited to eat each and every meal.

A New Friend Visits the Family – Robby

Then came fur kid number four, Robby. Robby joining our family was not planned, as four large breed dogs can be a handful. He was our foster fail but what can we say, we LOVE dogs!

Robby is such a good natured, lovable guy. He was a reservation dog in North Dakota. When Robby came to us through rescue, he was very unhealthy with very thin patches of fur, extremely skinny, and shedding more than anything we have ever seen. He was aggressive about food and would eat anything he saw- whether it was spilled food, going in the garbage, or plants outside.

Guests at our house would keep their distance from Robby because of the amount of hair that would be left on their clothes after petting him. While fostering Robby we had to feed him the kibble that the rescue provided and it became apparent he was not putting on weight. He ate his food extremely fast and seemed to always be craving more.

During the weekly poop pick-ups, Robby’s stools stuck out compared to the other’s stools. They were stinky, covered in flies and huge! I forgot what kibble poop was like and honestly, I do not miss it one bit.

Robby ate kibble for one month and we didn’t notice any changes in his health. We loved Robby and were very worried about how long it would take to get him fully healthy.

And Then There Were Four – Robby Joins the Family

After making the decision that Robby was going to join our family, we immediately tossed the kibble and made the full switch to Raw overnight. Within a week, we started seeing results. He shed less, his stool was smaller and he was excited at meal time! Robby was overall starting to look like a healthy dog.

A month after being on a raw diet the results were in full effect. Robby has strong, white teeth and a beautiful coat that is full and shiny. He has gained weight and is now at a healthy weight for his age.

Our friends and family want to pet and play with Robby, as his shedding is nothing like it was when he first came home with us. His stool has fully normalized and does not stand out among the others. Robby is also not food aggressive and is able to share food because he is finally not starving for needed nutrients. Robby loves meal time and we are so happy that he is getting the diet he needs!