How To Feed Your Dog A Raw Food Diet
This video effectively outlines the basics of how to safely and effectively get started feeding your dog a more natural and unprocessed diet.
I'm going to talk to you about a very popular thing which is feeding your dog a raw food diet. This has become increasingly popular over the years but appears now to be going out of favor a little bit. It's felt to be a more natural approach because obviously, wolves don't go down to the local supermarket and buy take-away meals.
What they do is they kill their own prey and eat most of it. I've seen people doing what I call the “Posh BARF Diet”. This is bone and raw food, and it's how raw feeding is often referred to, BARF.
I've seen what I call the posh version of that, where people go down to their butchers and buy, I remember, a wonderfully lean cut of meat, I remember lovely clean bits of rabbit, beautiful cubed steak. I'm vegetarian, so I object to this anyway, but I get the point. Dogs do eat meat.
But in the wild, they wouldn't kill a rabbit, skin it, cut off the best bits, and only eat those. So, to feed an effective diet that has enough nutrients and vitamins, has enough fiber and enough protein in it, ideally, you should ask the butcher for a clean rabbit. What you want is the whole thing - the fur, the guts, everything- because that is how they would eat it.
So if you want to do a natural diet, you've got to think very carefully about the process of actually doing it. People sometimes do a half and half. They do raw chicken wings - never cooked! Never feed cooked bird bones to your dog.
The bones will simply shatter into pieces that will hurt. Raw - not a problem but don't give them the leftover chicken and turkey bones from your Sunday lunch. It's not a good idea.
They're dangerous. But if you want to feed the raw version, it's not uncommon to see people buying bags of frozen chicken wings and feeding those. You have to be careful with this because it's quite difficult to get in a raw food diet the exact balance at the quality that manufacturers make commercial food at.
There are now a few companies if you search the internet who actually do a kind of pre-packed raw food and make your life a little bit easier. It will contain some of the bits you don't like. Some of them are a little more obvious than others.
But if you want to do it properly, natural means a whole animal, not some nice diced steak. So that is how you would feed your dog a raw diet. This video effectively outlines the basics of how to safely and effectively get started feeding your dog a more natural and unprocessed diet.