Switching to a Raw Dog Food? 10 Essential Rules You Need to Know - Furry Ark
Switching to a Raw Dog

Switching to a Raw Dog Food? 10 Essential Rules You Need to Know

At this point most likely you know the incredible benefits of feeding your dog healthy and natural, and maybe you decide to switch to raw


Maybe as a newbie you are asking yourself where I start? Or maybe you are worried about not feeding your dog properly

To achieve the greatest benefits of raw diet, it´s very important to maintain the proportions of vitamins, minerals, proteins and antioxidants that our dog needs. That's why it's important to consider some rules before starting your dog in RAW diet that mention next:

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1.- Meat Is The Foundation

Your dog's new RAW diet should include 60-80% meat

Meat is the basis of any carnivore's diet and of course your dog's. The proteins that contain meat are often called the "building blocks of life" essential to the survival of animals, and found in every organism on the planet

The Benefits of Protein :

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    It is essential to develop strong muscles, support vital organs and promote a healthy skin and coat
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    Animal sources of protein are better nutritionally because they contain all the essential amino acids
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    Too much poor quality protein and too little protein can be damaging to the body
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    Protein isn't stored in the body like fat — it must be eaten daily 
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    The protein in raw meat is superior to that found in processed pet foods in every way. It is not damaged by heat, easily digested, and has high levels of balanced essential amino acids.

Some sources of meat are:


2.- Bones

The raw diet must have calcium and Bones are a great source of this mineral. The dog’s body is designed to use bones as their main source of minerals. That's why your diet should contain between 10% - 15 of bones

The two minerals that are most needed are calcium and phosphorus but there are many other minerals such as zinc, magnesium, manganese, iodine, selenium, chromium, iron, etc. that are also necessary.

To maximize the health of our pets, we must provide them with minerals of the same spectrum, in balance and form

Some good choices for meaty bones:


3.- Organs

In their raw state Organs are a valuable source of nutrients, water (around 70%), proteins, essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants

This percentage must be between 10% and 15% of the dog's diet. Additionally, liver should never take more than 5% of your pet’s diet. Since liver is very high in vitamin A, too much can cause vitamin A toxicity

Organs to feed:


4.- Fresh fruits and vegetables

The diet of your dog should also include 15% fruits and vegetables You should opt for fresh, raw and (mostly) non-starchy vegetables and fruits

Vegetables contain soluble and insoluble fiber that promotes health, contain only small amounts of starch and some simple sugars. More importantly, they are full of essential nutrients for health such as enzymes, nutraceuticals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids

Here are some good choices for Vegetables


5.- Dangerous Bones

Watch out! Never give cooked bones because:

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    They splinter more, increasing the risk of accidents.
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    Cooking can also remove the nutrition contained in bones.
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    They can break the teeth
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    They can cause Mouth or tongue injuries
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    Bone gets stuck in esophagus, windpipe, stomach & intestines
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    They can cause Constipation

6.- Watch The Fat

Fats are an essential and biologically appropriate part of the dog's healthy diet. Fat is the main source of energy in the raw diet, helps with nerve and immune function and is essential for skin health. That's why your diet must contain approximately 10% of fat

Fatty acids and proteins, are part of all cell membranes and Life can´t be developed without fat in the diet and a healthy life depends on a healthy fat


7.- Recreational bones

Recreational bones are big bones, I mean the long bones of the extremities of
Beef, sheep, cows, pigs or other large animals. They are not designed to be chewed up and swallowed, only gnawed on

Dogs that are allowed to gnaw these bones benefit in many ways. There are psychological benefits, they clean your teeth and massage your gums. They also exercise practically all
muscles of your body. This exercise when eating is important in all stages from the life of a dog, from three weeks of age onwards.

Chew bones for dogs have multiple benefits like:

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    They clean your teeth and massage your gums, the equivalent of a good brushing and flossing
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    Psychological benefits because provide mental stimulation

8.- Just Relax

Surely you feel scared by the change your dog is about to make. You are likely to see him healthy and happy and ask yourself Why risk then? But it is important to think that your dog can be even better, healthier and that you can still provide a better quality of life than he already has.

Try to overcome fears of change but always well informed and considering the aforementioned recommendations. If you do it in a proper way it is most likely that your dog loves the RAW diet and the best thing is that it will be a huge advance in his health and happiness.

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9.- The 100% Balanced Myth.

A nutritionally adequate diet can be achieved through a series of meals, where each meal by itself doesn´t necessarily have to be complete or balanced.

This means that the balance can occur over time, you do not have to calculate the percentages for each meal

To achieve an adequate balance the variety is very important that means combining different sources of proteins (Beef, Bison, Lamb, etc) different sources of Organs (Liver, Kidney, Brain) and different sources of fruits and vegetables


10.- Keep Away from Plant-based Protein Sources & Starchy

Starchy foods like grains, peas, beans, oats and potatoes are not good sources of protein

Many pet food companies argued that animal protein and plant protein are equivalent forms of nutrition for dogs and cats but This is absolutely not true,

Gluten is highly allergenic and causes gastrointestinal fermentation and other GI upsets. Corn in all forms is a high glycemic, poor quality, incomplete, biologically inappropriate protein source for pets. It's a cheap filler ingredient that is highly allergenic.

Soybeans also are considered a low-quality, incomplete protein well known to create food allergies in pets. Soybeans contain large quantities of anti-nutrients (natural toxins), including enzyme inhibitors that interfere with the body's ability to digest protein

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