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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.

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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.

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How to start

There are two ways of switching to a fresh raw food diet:

 

1. If your dog does not have any digestive conditions then we recommend stopping their current food immediately and switching to raw.

 

2. If your dog has digestive problems, we would suggest that you introduce the raw gradually over 7-10 days.  Each day add a small amount of raw into your dog’s bowl, decreasing the amount of their current food, until you have the full daily allowance of fresh raw food.

 

When starting a fresh raw food diet, we always recommend you introduce different proteins slowly over a 4 week period which enables you to see if there are any potential problems with different meats.

We start nice and easy with plain stinky tripe for week 1.  

Week 2 we introduce bone and feed tripe and chicken.

Week 3 we introduce a new protein and include turkey (or duck).

Finally for week 4 we not only introduce duck (or turkey) but we also add a small amount of offal to the bowl.

You can find our 4 week transition guide at the bottom of this page with our product recommendations.

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How much to feed

Dogs are fed as an individual but as a starting point we aim at feeding an adult dog with no weight issues at 2.5% of their body weight. Don't panic, just click on our raw feeding calculator link here and it will work everything out.

We start the majority of puppies on 10% of body weight and decrease that percentage as pup grows.

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Types of raw

You will see from our website we stock a huge variety of raw foods from a number of different manufacturers and we have split our website into different categories to give you a hand choosing what to feed.

 

Companies such as Benyfit, Natural Instinct and Nutriment manufacture foods that already contain fruit, vegetables and botanicals. Some have ratios of 80/10/10, some are boneless and some contain no offal. 

 

The other manufacturers you see on our website produce a varied range of 80/10/10 minces along with boned and bones minces. There is information on each product record to help with what you can add to the bowl to balance the meal.

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Healthy diet

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
Weeks 1-4 Products
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    Freezer Van Deliveries You will recieve your order on the next delivery run for your area providing you have ordered before the 10.00 deadline Orders placed after the deadline will be sent on the subsequent delivery run for your area. Courier Deliveries Mainland UK courier orders placed before 10am Monday to Thursday will be dispatched on a next day delivery service. Orders placed after 10am Thursday will be dispatched on the following Monday for Tuesday delivery (not including public holidays). While we endeavour to dispatch all Southern Scotland on a next day delivery, our courier has advised us that some orders could take up to 48 hours. Please be aware of this before you place an order with us as we will not accept responsibility for orders that have been dispatched to Scotland and have thawed due to a delay with our courier. We want to ensure that your order reaches you on time, therefore, during times of extreme weather conditions it may be that your order will be detained by ourselves and dispatched when it is safe to do so. In addition, we will not be dispatching orders on public holidays and black monday shopping events. While it is rare this happens, there may be instances when your order is unable to be delivered on a next day service and may take two days to reach you. Orders are packed in poly boxes designed to keep food frozen, however, if food has started to thaw you can put it straught in the freezer and refreeze.
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    Ideally we would recommend that you are in to take delivery of your order, however, we do appreciate this isn’t always possible. It is therefore advisable that you always provide us with a safe and shaded place to leave your food ‘just in case’ you have to nip out. This information can be left in the delivery comments box at the payment screen of our shop. Please also ensure you have provided us with a correct and up to date email address and telephone number.
  • How much does it cost?
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  • How is my food delivered?
    Freezer Van Deliveries Freezer van deliveries are packed in recycled, cardboard boxes. These will not keep your food frozen for long after we have delivered to your chosen address. If you are not going to be in on your delivery day, please use the comments section when ordering to request that you order be packed into insulated boxes if required. Courier Deliveries Courier orders are packed in insulated polyboxes, designed to keep food frozen for at least 24 hours. Please be aware that courier companies are experiencing high volumes of orders and there may be delays in receiving your delivery. The insulated boxes will keep your food frozen.
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    We recommend that as soon as you receive your order you check it against the delivery note left by either our driver or in your box. If after checking all the items are there you think a mistake has been made please contact us within 24 hours of receiving your order to notify us of the problem. Our email address is help@thewanderingdog.co.uk
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  • Will deliveres be affected by COVID19?
    In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak we are implementing a ‘safe door’ policy on all deliveries with immediate affect to reduce the risk of exposure for our drivers. The safety of not only our staff but our customers is of the upmost importance and this is not a decision we have taken lightly. Our drivers will now knock at your door, leave your food on your doorstep and retreat to a safe place until the door has been answered. If there is no answer then they will find a safe place to leave your order and send a text advising where it is. If you have provided delivery instructions of a specific place to leave your food our driver will automatically leave it there without knocking or sending a text. For those of you needing assistance carrying orders, please email us at info@thewanderingdog.co.uk to arrange in advance. This method of delivery will continue until further notice and we appreciate your support and understanding during these uncertain times. Please ensure that you provide us with a safe place to leave your order.
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    We do yes, just select the day and time you would like to collect your order when you are at the online checkout. Please read our collection instructions carefully at checkout.
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