Raw feeding is currently seeing a trend in interest. What is interesting about the raw diet is that the same reported benefits have been consistently noted and talked about for at least the last 30 years. If you too have heard people discussing the benefits you may be wondering just how easy the diet is to provide for your dog, and raw feeding needn’t be difficult.
The crunch of the matter is - does your dog need something to crunch in his meal?
It has become very common for dog owners to believe that a dog needs something to ‘crunch’ in his meals and that by doing so his teeth will then be healthier, and even that he will have more fun when eating his dinner than a bowl of soft meat could provide.
You simply have two options;
1. Feed your pet a complete and balanced raw meal from a reputable supplier, such as Natures Menu.
Their varieties including 4 grain free, are tested for safety, and balanced across the range which means you can safely vary the type of meat your pet receives from day to day or week to week.
Variety of meats and ingredients is key with raw feeding.
With this way of feeding you should ideally still feed pets some raw meaty bones such as chicken wings at least every other day as these are an integral part of a raw feeding diet and natures toothbrush.
2. You make the raw meals up for yourself at home using a variety of Meaty chunks, Minces, Raw Meaty Bones, and for some dogs Ground down Fruit and Vegetables and a non Starchy Grain such as oats or brown rice or even the seed quinoa.
This way of feeding is commonly based on weight as a guide to know how much to feed. Using a rule of around 2% of your dog’s body weight as the amount in weight that their daily food needs to be. As with all feeding you will have to take a note of your dogs lifestyle and adapt the guidelines to fit your pet as an individual.
Many raw feeders do not include foods like rice or oats, with their dogs meal. Many do not even include vegetables or fruits. Neither including or not including those ingredients of the meal has ever been proven or shown to be better for the animal, it is really up to the owner and the preference of the dog.
Either way it is the starches pets often find harder to digest and can often react to, so any white or refined grain is to be avoided. So definitely no pasta, tempting as it maybe!
So, it's crunch time!
Perhaps because we humans eat this way, it has become very common for dog owners to believe that a dog needs something to ‘crunch’ in his meals and that by doing so his teeth will then be healthier, and even that he will have more fun when eating his dinner than a bowl of soft meat could provide.
In nature a dog does spend longer with his food and does clean his teeth with the components his meal. However he does this with meaty bones! And not starchy grain based biscuit or kibble.
Raw bones still contain moisture, both water and lipid (fat) moisture as that hasn’t been cooked out of them. They are softer, more pliable even somewhat bendy and definitely digestible, in the dogs far stronger acid stomach. It is the ripping and chewing action of the bones that acts as natures toothbrush.
Adding a starchy based dry biscuit or kibble will not provide the ripping and chewing action that a dog needs to clean his teeth. Does crunching on crisps or custard creams clean your teeth?
Do you feed your dog a raw diet? If so, what do use as your 'dog's natural toothbrush'? Let us know!