When a dog changes from eating pellets which are a grain based food to raw bones and meat, the gastric ph changes from alkaline to acidic. This acidic environment is designed to break down meat and bone. However this change may cause digestive issues for some dogs. We suggest feeding a probiotic and for the first 4 days keeping the diet bland and avoiding excessively fatty proteins.
After 4 days if the stools look good and there are no digestive issues, different cuts of meat can be added. After a week, you can introduce a different protein. Pork should be introduced to the diet last
Recap: – For the first 4 days feed a bland protein
– Give a probiotic
Once your dogs has settled into their new food. Now you can start looking at providing the ideal balance of proteins and bone. Think along the lines of what your dog would eat , if he/she had to hunt and pulled down a dear.
When wolves are observed in the wild, they will eat the stomach and organs (secreting and non secreting) first and then they move on to eating the meat and the bone is eaten last.
|Muscle meat, heart, gizzard, lung, skirts, gullets,
|Weight bearing should not be fed
|If liver is the only organ fed, this can then be increased to 10%
|Spleen, Kidneys, Testes, Pancreas, etc.
|There should not be more than 10% fat in the diet.
Bones to avoid
Cooked bones should never be fed, as these become brittle, puncture the digestive tract and cause blockages
Weight bearing bones are your smooth bones and are usually sold as marrow bones or soup bones. These bones can be detrimental to your dogs health as they break and chip teeth and splinter which could lead to injuries of your dogs mouth or digestive tract. Weight bearing or Marrow bones should not be fed. If it is a meaty marrow bone and your dog is not an aggresive chewer and as long the dog is supervised, the marrow bone can be fed to your dog. However remove the bone once the meat is gone.
Dried Cows Hooves pose the dual dangers of breaking your dog’s teeth or splintering, which could lead to puncture injuries of your dog’s mouth or digestive tract.
Smoked or dried bones again pose the dual dangers of breaking your dog’s teeth or splintering, and causing a blockage.
Search around on the internet with regards whether dogs should be getting vegetables or not and you will be more confused than ever. Terms such pre-biotic, probiotic, microbiomes, antioxidants, oxalates and phytic acid will flouted in the for and against camps.
Our position on feeding vegatable is to mimic nature. Dogs and Wolves are unable to absorbe nutrients from cellulose i.e. vegatables unless it is ground up or steamed enough to break down the cellulose walls. In the wild, wolves are oppertunistic scavengers and during times of famine, they will eat what they can to survive, which also explains why our dogs are able to continue surviving when fed a diet of pellets. However in times of abundance, wolves shake out the stomach of their prey removing any excess plant matter. The remaining plant matter is already predigested and the wolves will gain some benefit. To mimic this, either feed green tripe or feed table scraps i.e. leftover vegatables.
When testing the scat of the wolves in xxx, only 13% of the scat collected contained vegatable matter, and 27% of the scat contained garbage. Again attesting to the fact that wolves will eat what they can to survive .If you want to feed vegatables because you believe that the farming methods of today has robbed meat of valuable, then go ahead, but please ensure that the vegatables are organic and pesticide free. Pesticides contain blockers and this residue is injested by the dog, which in turn prevents the dog from absorbing certain minerals resulting in causing an lack of nutrient as opposed to filling a gap
Vegetables should not make up more than 5% of the whole meal.
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