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The Nutritional Value of a Raw Dog Food Diet

To ensure the best nutrition for your dog, put him on a raw dog food diet. In this diet, food is fed in its natural state, allowing it to provide the correct nutrients your dog needs. It is a great diet for growing dogs (puppies) and dogs that need to maintain good health (adult dogs, pregnant dogs, older dogs, dogs with diseases.) When fed in proper portions, raw food will give your dog the best diet it could possibly have. This means it will be healthier for longer.

Raw dog food which contains the proper nutrients for your dog should be comprised of raw meats, raw meaty bones, vegetables, and fruit. Raw meats provide protein, which is important for a dog’s health and immune system. Raw meaty bones, on the other hand, provide calcium and phosphorous, which growing dogs need to help their bones develop and pregnant dogs need in order to help their developing pups build strong bones.

The nutrients and vitamins your dog derives from vegetables include Vitamins A, B, C, and K. These vitamins help your dog’s sensory organs – eye sight is one example. Apart from this, however, a raw dog food diet which contains vegetables helps your dog digestion by providing it with lots of fiber.

Fiber helps clean out your dog’s system by ensuring regular bowel movement. This is good because toxins are flushed out of your dog’s body regularly, and it also prepares your dog’s system for optimal digestion of the future foods it will ingest.

Two other foods that you should include in your raw dog food diet are fruit and liver. Fruit pumps your dog with lots of vitamin C which will help keep their immune system up. They also contain anti-oxidants, which will help your dog fight off free radicals which can cause cancer and aging. Berries are particularly good sources of anti-oxidants.

Liver, on the other hand, gives your dog essential nutrients like iron, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin B12, all of which your dog needs to maintain its strength, and keep it’s body lean.

The natural food for pets provides your dog with all the vitamins and minerals it needs at each stage of life. In fact, when fed in the right proportions, you won’t need to give your dogs vitamin supplements.

But how do you determine how much of each type of food to feed your dog? How can you tell if your dog is indeed getting all the nutrients it needs? Are there signs that can confirm if your dog is thriving on a raw food diet?

This is the subject matter of the new book by Maggie Rhines called “Going RAWR! Dog Lovers Compendium”. Find a complete list of the vitamins and minerals your dog needs, and learn how to spot deficiencies. This book also discusses the dog food pyramid, and tells you how much of each type of food to  meet the various needs of growing and grown puppies, as well as big dogs and small dogs alike.

Read more about this book by clicking HERE, which will bring you to the book’s website.


Buying Raw Diet Food – Part 2

Dogs on a raw food diet will face less health problems both in their
present state and in the long run when compared to their kibble fed
(or other dog diets) counterparts.

When buying raw food for dogs, be sure to shop in the right
quantities, which is how much you can store giving your freezer or
refrigerator space. Keep in mind that different dog foods have varying
shelf lives. Fresh vegetables lasts about a week and frozen meats
lasts three to six months in the freezer, depending on the kind of

If you would like to store vegetables for longer periods of time,
you can create a vegetable slosh in bulk and freeze it in the
portions that you will be feeding your dog.

When feeding puppies, keep in mind that they will need a higher
percentage of protein in their diet compared to fully grown dogs
because they’re at a critical growth stage. Puppies will eat about
four times a day in their  first three months. Afterwards you can
switch to fewer feedings.

Older or fully grown dogs will eat less often than puppies, but if
they are very active, they will need more feedings or a higher
percentage of protein as well. It is important to keep  details
like these  in mind when buying raw food for pets so that you know
how much of each kind of dog food to buy.

For more details like these, a good place to get more information
is from the ebook ‘Going Rawr! Dog Lovers Compendium’ Its author,
Maggie Rhines, shows you exactly how to choose raw food for dogs,
as well as proper methods of storage and preparation. For more
information click HERE.

Buying Raw Diet Food – Part 1

Dogs on a raw food diet are naturally healthier, happier, and more
energetic. However, buying raw food for dogs can be a challenge to
some dog owners since there are several considerations to keep in mind.

First, when buying raw diet food for dogs, make sure the food is human
grade food or fit for human consumption. This means it is the
highest quality raw food available. Making sure that everything is
fresh and safe to eat is one of the keys to success when following
the raw food feeding model.

Next, make sure you buy organic fruits and vegetables. Organic
fruits and vegetables are grown without pesticides or insecticides
or any growth enhancers. This means the product is all natural and
good for your dog

Be sure you purchase your meat from a reliable butcher who takes
his product from a farm which does not use growth stimulants for
their livestock. Like fruits and vegetables that are not grown in
an organic manner, meats with growth stimulants is not an ideal
raw food for pets. These stimulants can give your dog health
problems or create unnatural growth in your dog.

The ebook ‘Going Rawr! Dog Lovers Compendium.’, by Maggie
Rhines, is great for people who are just starting out their dogs on this
diet and who would like to know more  about how to implement it and
how to avoid food contamination. You can check out the book’s
website by clicking HERE for more information.

How To Start A Raw Dog Food Diet For Puppies

How To Start A Raw Dog Food Diet For Puppies

Starting dogs early on a raw dog food diet will allow them to gain the most benefit from this type of diet. If you can get them on this type of diet from puppy-hood, that would be the best. That will make sure they get all the nutrients they need in a form that their bodies are fully equipped to handle.

That is why I strongly advocate weaning your puppies to a raw food diet as soon as this becomes possible.

When you wean your puppies, you actually start off with milk meals to wean them from their mother. This means puppies as young as 2.5 weeks old can already be started on this type of diet. If you prefer to wait till your puppy is 3 to 5 weeks old, that’s fine too. When preparing milk meals, you want to use raw or fresh milk when you do this. Goat’s milk is preferred because it’s easier for the puppies to digest it, but if that’s not available, other kinds of milk like cow’s milk are suitable as well.

Aside from goat’s milk, you would need to mix in some other ingredients into your puppies milk meal to make sure that it gets all the nutrients essential for it’s growth. Typical things to add include eggs (without the shell), unprocessed honey, flaxseed oil and yogurt. Some pet owners also add vitamin c and vitamin b supplements just to make sure. Put all of these ingredients in a blender and mix them well together before serving to your puppies.

When they’re just a few weeks old, you will need to feed your puppy on demand, which is usually 4 to 5 feedings in a day. Take your cue from how frequently they nurse from their mother.

When your puppies are around 6 weeks old, you can begin looking for indicators that they are ready for solid food. You may notice the mother regurgitating her food and feeding it to her puppies. You may also notice that your puppies now have teeth.

When you see these signs, you know you can start introducing some solid food into your puppies’ diet. An ideal first food would be a vegetable mush that has 50% protein content.

Delicious Dogs Diet

Here are some key things to remember when starting your puppies on solids:

Make sure to puree or to mix the food together very well. This will make sure that your puppies get all of the nutrients that they need from the meals that you serve them.When serving vegetables, avoid greens from the cabbage family as they can give your puppygas or thyroid problems. Avoid serving grains at all times. Puppies cannot tolerate grains and you may end up giving them allergies.

Serve one kind of vegetable or meat at a time for about a week, before moving on to another kind of meat or vegetable. This is to help you identify potential food allergies. Once you are certain that your puppies are not allergic to a selection of vegetables and meat that you have served them, then you can go ahead and mix those food together to serve to your puppies.

You want to strive for balance and variety over a period of time. You can achieve this by alternating the meals that you serve your puppies.

When starting your puppies on solids, make sure that you still continue to serve milk meals. Animal offal or organs are a good source of protein and other nutrients that your growing puppies need. But make sure that these do not make up more than 10% of your puppies meals.

Introducing the raw dog food diet to your puppies will require a lot of attention to details. A great resource on this topic can be found in Maggie Rhines’ book called “Going Rawr! Dog Lover’s Compendium”. This book is strongly recommended for anyone who is seriously considering putting their puppies or adult dogs on a raw dog food diet.

Delicious Dogs Diet


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Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat? You Be The Judge

Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat? You Be The Judge

Domesticated dogs descended from wolves over thousands of years. They are man’s best friend and considered loving members of the family. Does this mean since wolves hunt down their prey and eat it raw, can dogs eat raw meat as well?

BARF – It’s What’s For Dinner

Depending on whom you’re speaking with, BARF either stands for ‘Biologically Appropriate Raw Food’ or ‘Bones And Raw Food’. At its core, it supports feeding your dog a complete raw diet, whether you buy it or prepare it yourself.

Raw diet supporters allude to such benefits as smaller stools, healthier teeth, and overall better health if a dog returns to a natural, organic diet. For many dog owners, it’s the answer that makes sense to buying traditional store-bought dog food.

So, is feeding your dog raw meat okay?

Veterinarians agree the answer is no, for a couple of reasons. First of all, raw meat has something that fully cooked meat does not – the risk of infection and disease.

Second, preparing a nutritionally-sound, well-balanced diet is beyond the scope and knowledge of most dog owners. Therefore, vets tend to advocate feeding your dog the right commercial dog food is simply much easier and more effective to ensure they’re getting all the necessary nutrients in their diet.

BARF Advocates vs. Mainstream Veterinarians

For the most part, advocates of raw food diets (BARF) disagree with mainstream veterinarians. They point out that a dog’s stomach is very different than that of a human’s and therefore able to digest raw meat and anything else that comes its way.

They also conclude that mainstream veterinarians do not support raw food diets because of the nutritional values they’ve been taught by the commercial dog food industry. Vets suggest that feeding raw means you are allowing the risk for meat contamination and also putting the health of your dog in jeopardy as well.

Raw Meat Differences Between Domestic Dogs and Wild Wolves

Feeding raw meat to your family dog is much different than what a wolf eats in the wild. When a wolf makes a kill in the wild, it’s clean.

The wolf is eating a fresh animal carcass, not a filthy piece of meat from regulated USDA slaughterhouse. The ongoing debate stems from the quality of meat rather than the ability of a dog to process it.

If you choose to feed your dog a raw diet, be prepared to provide him with the highest quality meat available.

Want to Feed Your Dog Raw Meat? Here’s what you need to know:

– Only get your meat from a trusted, high-quality, local butcher that incorporates the regulation, monitoring, and sanitation of the meat he sells. This will substantially diminish the risk of parasites and/or infection.

– In addition to meat (raw or cooked), your dog needs a complete, balanced diet including vegetables and supplements.

Be aware of advertising lingo. Some dog food companies market their product as “human grade”, which literally means nothing. From a legal standpoint, they aren’t obligated to adhere to their claims in any way. “Human grade” looks good and sounds good in terms of marketing, but it’s not a guarantee their product is any safer than a raw meat diet.

Keep in mind though, there are risks associated with commercial dog foods as well. Most go through extensive processing and contain many additives and chemicals that not only are not beneficial for your dog, but may ultimately make them sickly and cause them to die earlier than they should.

So, Can Dogs Eat Raw Meat or Not?

The short answer is yes. However, does that mean they should? The answer depends on how much your dog will benefit by eating a raw meat diet. It’s up to you, the dog’s owner/parent, to weigh the pros and cons and determine what’s best for your particular dog.


How to Prepare Raw Food for Pets

The main goal in preparing raw food for pets is to establish an all-natural diet, just like what their ancestors (wolves) naturally eat everyday in the wild. By giving up commercial dog food and instead consuming a diet rich in meat, raw bones, organs, and some fruits and vegetables, raw food advocates claim your dog can attain better health than their industry-fed counterparts.

Guidelines for Feeding Your Dog Raw Food

1. How much does your dog weigh? Your dog’s weight will ultimately determine the amount of ingredients that go into their daily diet. Experts recommend providing amounts between 2% – 3% of a dog’s weight, or roughly 1/2 lb. of food for every 25 lbs. of body weight. Puppies shouldn’t consume more than 10% of their weight or 2% – 3% of their optimal adult weight. Keep in mind that an active dog will consume more than a lazier dog. Most raw food feeders follow these guidelines:

– 80% meat with fat
– 10% raw meaty bones
– 10% organs
– Raw eggs once a week
– Green tripe, no more than 20% of overall diet

Balance these foods throughout the month. The key is to establish variety.

2. Only use the most organic meats if possible. Recommended meats include beef, pork, bison, and poultry; organ meats include liver, ovaries, eyeballs, kidney, brain, and spleen. Any other secreting organ meat can be included as well.

3. Store enough bones and meats to last up to 5 days total and wrap up the leftovers to freeze for later.

4. Finely chop, grind, or steam a few pounds of fresh, low-glycemic, organic vegetables like broccoli or spinach. Some fruits are okay too.

5. Most dogs can tolerate the switch overnight. For example: commercial food for supper, then their first taste of raw food for breakfast. Some dogs require a fasting period of a few days, but never go longer than one meal for puppies.

Also, never mix commercial food with raw food since it takes quite a bit longer to digest commercial food than raw, which can sometimes cause the dog an upset stomach.

6. Only use one protein source as long as needed in order to monitor your dog’s stool. For example, if the first meal you give them is raw chicken, feed them chicken until their stool is normal again – firm and relatively small. Eventually add a second source of protein, then a third, and so on. Let their stool be your guide.

7. Keep an eye on your dog’s weight and alter their proportions of food accordingly. If you can still see a faint outline of their ribs, you’re feeding them enough. Veterinarians agree it’s better to keep your dog on the thin side rather than too heavy.

8. Remember, your dog has been fed a commercial diet all their life. Therefore, when switching to a raw food diet, their system will naturally detox and cleanse itself. Commercial food is full of added ingredients such as oils, fats, preservatives, grains, etc. At first, things may get ugly before they get better.

In the interest of your dog’s overall health and vitality, continue to research the benefits of raw food for dogs. There is always something new or different to learn that may ultimately help your dog and/or help you save money along the way as well.