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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.

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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
meat.

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 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.