Below is a simple guide for people feeding raw food to their dog
This is NOT set in stone and should only be used as a rough guide
Each and every dog is totally different and what works for my dog might not work with yours, even if they are the same breed, age etc.
There is a ton of information online just search for raw feeding for dogs or barf feeding for dogs.
There are also a lot of Facebook groups which have lots of people on them who will answer your questions and offer advice, we all had to start somewhere so don’t be afraid to ask a question even if you think you might be a silly one. Do your research and make notes on how it affects your dog, it’ll take a bit of time before you work out a feeding plan for your dog.
NEVER cook or warm anything with bones in (Mince, wings, necks, carcasses etc)
RAW chicken bones are soft and will easily be chewed up by your dog.
As soon as they are cooked or even warmed they will start to harden and this can be dangerous.
RAW bones = Good
Cooked bones = Bad
One common mistake is feeding too much , it can be very deceiving and the appropriate amount usually looks like it’s not enough Never mix cooked and raw food
Pick an amount of food to feed and stick to this for a few weeks one of three things will happen:
1) Your dog will gain weight.
2) Your dog will lose weight.
3) Your dogs weight will stay the same.
If you look at our feeding guide we have given you a simple sum based on your dogs current weight and what you want them to do I.E lose or gain weight.This sum is a good starting point BUT every dog is very different in their food needs.Just because a friend has the same dog or litter mate their daily food needs will differ, don’t feed the same as they are, find out what works for your dog.
This amount of food will change throughout the year, during the hotter month dogs tend to eat less than during the winter months.
Keep an eye on your dog’s weight and adjust the food from there.
9 times out of 10 it’s not the amount of food that affects a dog’s weight its ALL THE TREATS and titbits over the course of a day or week that’ll affect doggy weight!
It’s no good trying to feed a healthy RAW diet if Fido is getting a ton of processed rubbish from a few members of the family (“Oh but he likes a curry/ sausage / bread roll” etc etc)…
Your dog will take some time to fully adjust to it’s new diet, give them time and you will see the results of the change.
Take things slowly with introducing new food sources. Each dog is different but rushing things is one of the main reasons people feel their dog cannot cope with raw.
Aim to feed a balanced diet and include a mix of seasonal foods as time passes BUT not all at once.
Supervise feeding. We would recommend this to all people.
Follow basic kitchen health practices. Wash hands, wipe surfaces etc, sensible hygiene is always necessary when handling raw meat.
Using raw minced chicken, because of this you need to follow these guidelines to ensure the safe handling and use of this product.
When you food turns up put it into your freezer as soon as possible.
To defrost ready for use we recommend removing the needed amount for the freezer and leaving in a covered dish or other leak proof container, ideally in the fridge to defrost, if you are leaving the food on the counter top to defrost only leave out until the surface frost has melted and then place back into the fridge for the rest of the thawing.
Store at between 0°c and 4°c and use within 2 days.
If defrosting or placing in fridge make sure it’s on a plate to catch drippings and place on the bottom shelf in case any blood drips and ensure it is fully defrosted before serving.
We do not recommend leaving the food out on the side for long periods of time to defrost as depending on the temperature within your room / house it could allow the food to go off.
It’s best to think ahead and defrost the food in your fridge for safety.
If any food is left uneaten do not leave it there for more than 1 hour.
If your dog is leaving food you may need to lessen the amount you are feeding.
All the tubs, spoons food bowls etc are washed in warm soapy water and hands are also kept clean before and after handling food and feeding.
Here at Go Raw we offer an impartial high level of service and information about Pet Food to customers old and new in South Wales. We believe that we can offer exactly what is best for your pet when it comes down to what to feed. On this page we will discuss Bones And Raw Food or BARF for short.
A Natural Pet Food
When feeding Bones And Raw Food (BARF) as Pet Food, the following information provides an excellent start to setting out the DAILY amounts of food to give to your dog.
The animal needs 15% to 20% of its body weight in food per week.
This equates to 2% to 3% per day.
The food should be a mixture of bones and meat as a balance. NOT Meat alone.
Below are the weights, and suggested amounts of food per day. They are a GUIDE only and the actual amount of food should be given after assessing the condition and ‘shape’ of your dog on an ongoing basis. Please contact Ian or Diane at the shop if you are unsure how your dog should look
Dog Food Feeding Guide
|Animal Weight||Daily Amount||Typical Dog|
|5kg||100g to 150g||Yorkie|
|10kg||200g to 300g||Fox Terrier|
|15kg||300g to 450g||Corgi|
|20kg||400g to 600g||Spaniel|
|25kg||500g to 750g||Staffordshire Bull Terrier|
|30kg||600g to 900g||Collie|
|35kg||700g to 1.05kg||Labrador|
|40kg||800g to 1.2kg||GSD|
|45kg||900g to 1.35kg||Bernese Mountain Dog|
|50kg||1kg to 1.5kg||Great Dane|
|55kg||1.1kg to 1.65kg||Rottweiler|
|60kg||1.2kg to 1.8kg||Irish Wolfhound|
|65kg||1.3kg to 1.95kg||St. Bernard|
As a guide, the weekly food intake should be split up as follows.
75% of the food should be Meat and 25% should be Bones. – The bones can be chicken wings, chicken carcasses, lamb ribs, turkey legs/wings etc. The important thing to remember is that all RAW bones are OK.
The meat that was mentioned earlier should be broken down too. Most of the weeks intake should be actual meat such as chicken or lamb. Beef can also be used but beef protein is not as important as the other meats. About a quarter of the meat should be offal. That is to say Tripe or kidneys etc. All is available at the shop.
Vegetables are also good to add to the diet. These can be chopped and added raw or the scraps from an evening meal are good too. About 10% of the weekly food can be vegetables.