WHY WILL FEEDING A RAW MEAT DIET HELP MY PET’S HEALTH?
Dogs and cats are carnivores, eaters of raw meat. Their systems are designed to extract protein and nutrients from meat in its naturally raw state. Dogs and cats have no use for corn, wheat, soy, rice or grain, which is the base ingredient used for most dry and canned foods, even the “healthiest” brands. Feeding dogs and cats carbohydrates that they cannot utilize, frequently leads to health problems. Furthermore, once meat is heated, during the canning or pelletizing process, much of the nutritional quality is lost.
IF COMMERCIAL PET FOOD IS SO BAD, HOW CAN MY PET SURVIVE ON IT?
Humans could eat fast food every day for our whole life, and we might survive, but we sure wouldn’t be very healthy! It is the same for pets when feeding a kibble or canned diet, they might survive it, but not without health problems.
HOW DO I SWITCH MY PET OVER TO A RAW DIET?
You may add a little meat to your pet’s diet each day and slowly build up to an all-meat diet or you can switch completely “cold turkey” to the raw diet right away. Pets that are not used to eating raw meat can be given plain yogurt, Kefir or digestive enzymes to ease the switch in diets.
HOW MUCH DO I FEED?
Dr. Ian Billinghurst, a veterinarian who advocates raw diets for dogs, suggests feeding amounts that equate to between 2 – 3% of a dog’s body weight. This means a 25kg dog should be fed between 500 – 700 grams, of food per day. This can be fed in a single meal or divided into multiple meals. Puppies need 5 – 10% of their body weight daily. In general, younger, small, active, underweight and growing dogs need more food.; and older, sedentary, and overweight dogs need less food.
After a week on the new diet, do a “rib check” (see our weight management guidelines), and depending on your dog’s condition adjust the amount you’re feeding up or down. If you find your dog is becoming overweight, or moving in that direction, feed LESS. If your dog seems to be “ribby” or underweight, feed more.
Remember that we are also available to assist you in the planning of your pets diet taking into consideration all the relevant factors for the optimum diet.
CAN I MIX DOGGY CHEF RAW FOOD WITH DRY OR CANNED FOOD?
Meat digests better without carbohydrates in the stomach. We do not recommend feeding dry food, but if you do, feed it at a separate meal.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF THE RAW DIET?
Doggy Chef raw diets can be refrigerated for 3 days. Can safely stored in a freezer for up to 1 year.
CAN YOU LET THE MEAT DIET THAW OUT AND THEN RE-FREEZE IT?
Yes, you can re-freeze the meat diets, if you refreeze them shortly after they have thawed.
CAN I COOK THE RAW DIET?
We recommend that you feed Doggy Chef Diets raw for maximum absorption of protein and nutrients.
CAN YOU SWITCH FROM ONE DOGGY CHEF DIET TO ANOTHER FROM DAY TO DAY?
Yes, you can switch from one diet to another, but for pets just starting on a raw diet, it will be easier on the digestive system to stick with one diet for a while. Some pets prefer variety and some prefer one type of meat to others. It is not a problem to just feed one type of meat diet for extended periods of time.
WHAT IF MY PETS GET LOOSE STOOLS OR VOMIT WHEN THEY EAT THE RAW DIETS?
This is a very normal and natural response when changing from one food to another. May times they will eat it again if their stomach rejects it the first time, which is also very normal and natural. Feeding plain yogurt or pro-enzymes at least 1/2 an hour to an hour before feeding will definitely reduce the likeliness of vomiting or loose stools. Once their body is used to the meat in its raw form, the stomach will create the proper acids and enzymes again on its own. You will not need to continue to feed pro-enzymes and they will not vomit or have loose stools anymore.