Why Feed Raw?
Dogs are facultative carnivores which means they are primarily meat eaters but can survive on plant matter if necessary. The key word here is survive, not thrive. For your dog to thrive and meet biological nutritional needs then your dog needs to be fed a fresh food, fresh meat based diet.
Making the switch
We will provide you with everything you need to switch your dog to a fresh food diet.
Switching to raw
Switching to a fresh, raw food diet emulates a way of feeding that would, in the wild, be achieved by hunting and eating prey that was caught. It is not only an inexpensive way of feeding your dog but one that will provide natural goodness you can’t achieve through processed, cooked foods found on a supermarket shelf.
Raw feeding is not an exact science, however, most people tend to follow the rule that a balanced diet 'roughly' consists of 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal (5% liver and 5% other secreting organ such as kidney). It is important to note that this balance is one that occurs over time and does not need to be regimented every single day, although many people do.
There are lots of different views on how to feed a fresh food diet and what can and should be added to your dog’s bowl varies from resource to resource. It is important to read and research as much as you can so you can make an informed decision on what will be best for your dog.
Fruit and vegetables, for example, are possibly one of the most debated topics within the social media raw feeding groups. At the Wandering Dog we do recommend that you include fruit and vegetables into your dog’s bowl as there are essential vitamins and minerals that you can’t get from feeding a diet of meat alone.
Lightly cooking or steaming vegetables helps break down the plant matter and enables your dog to digest the food easier then feeding raw. Kale, spinach, sprouts, celery, broccoli, pumpkin, apples, cucumber, berries are all fantastic additions to the bowl. Both Naturaw and Nutriment have pre-prepared vegetable tubs which make it even easier for you.
Raw Transition Guide
How do I start?
There are two ways of switching to a fresh raw food diet:
Do I need to follow this guide?
No, it is up to you how you switch your dog to a raw food diet, however, we do recommend you follow our guide as it may give you an opportunity to see if there are any foods you dog is intolerent to.
We start with MVM Lamb Tripe (depending on the time of the year we may substitute this for MVM beef tripe). Not only is it balanced in calcium and phosphorus, but it is gentle on the stomach so a great product to start with. You might find your dogs poo becomes tar like in consistency, this is normal.
We introduce minced bone in week 2 with MVM Tripe and Chicken (this contains 20% minced bone so we add extra tripe or a boneless mince to reduce it to the recommended 10%). You may find your dogs poo reduced considerably in this week.
Another new protein introduced with MVM Tripe and Duck, Beef & Chicken or similar (this contains 20% minced bone so we add extra tripe or a boneless mince to reduce it to the recommended 10%).
Last but not least we introduce offal with MVM Eco mince with a boned mince. MVM Eco mince contains a small amount of offal due to the cuts of meat used within this mince.
I've switched to raw and my dog is hardly drinking or pooing, is this normal?
Yes absolutely normal so don't worry (unless its been a couple of days and your dog hasnt been to the toilet, in that instance we would recommend speaking to a vet). Meat in itself contains a lot of moisture so your dog doesnt need to drink as much as they do when they eat dry food. The reduction in poo is because your dog is taking everything it needs from the raw food and only excreting the waste.