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Feeding Guide and FAQ's

You’ll be surprised how little you need to feed your pet once you begin the RAW TO GO diet, and you’ll probably find that you’re saving money compared to previous feeding choices. That´s because there are no starchy fillers – just good, healthy, natural meat and bone. There’s less waste, and less  packaging to recycle or throw away.

A fit, healthy adult cat or dog requires 2.5% of its weight in food per day. The guide below might help, or you can contact us for assistance if your pet is young, old, overweight or underweight.

We’ve compiled this table as a guide to feeding quantities dogs need. Let’s look at the first line to understand what it means. A small dog in the minimum weight range of 2kg would need between 40 to 60g of food per day. A similar dog in the maximum weight range would require between 80 to 120g per day.

FEEDING GUIDE FOR ADULT DOGS
Please remember these are general guidelines. Active and working dogs will need more food.   
Breed with typical dog weights in Kg. Weight   Min Wt Range Max Wt Range
2% 3% 2% to 3%
Chihuahua, Yorkie, Toy Poodle 2-4kg 40g 60g 80g 120g
Cairn Terrier, Jack Russell, Pug, Whippet 4-10kg 80g  – 200g 120g 300g
Beagle, Border Collie, Dachshund, Staffordshire Bull Terrier 10-20kg 200g  – 400g 300g 600g
Airedale, Basset, Bulldog, Chow-Chow, Dalmatian 20-30kg 400g  – 600g 600g 900g
Boxer, Greyhound, Labrador 30-40kg 600g 800g 900g 1200g
Bloodhound, German Shepherd, Old English sheepdog 40-50kg 800g  – 1000g 1200g 1500g
Alaskan Malamute, Bull Mastiff, Great Dane, St. Bernard Plus 50kg  —  —  Plus 1500g

 

FEEDING GUIDE FOR PUPS   
Depending on the breed type, young puppies need to begin on about 5%  of their body weight. Gradually decrease this until they reach about 9 months. 
Pup’s age % of pup´s body weight..
7 – 10 Weeks (up to 2 months) 10% – 8%
10 – 16 Weeks (3 to 4 months) 8.5% – 7.5%
16 – 20 Weeks (4 to 5 months) 7.5% – 6.5%
20 – 24 Weeks (5 to 6 months) 6.5% – 5.5%
24 – 36 Weeks (6 to 9 months) 5.5% – 4.5%
36 – 56 Weeks (9 to 14 months) 4.5% – 3.5%
56 – 68 Weeks (14 to 17 months) 3.5%
Plus 68 Weeks (Plus 18 months)

2.5%

Dog Weight

Food per Dog @ 2.5%.(age 18months plus)

4kg (8.8lb) - 10kg (22lb)

100g - 250g

10kg (22lb) - 20kg (44lb)

250g - 500g

20kg (44lb) - 30kg (66lb)

500g - 750g

30kg (66lb) - 40kg (88lb)

750g - 1000g

40kg (88lb) - 50kg (110lb)

1000g - 1250g

50kg (110lb) - 60kg (132lb)

1250g - 1500g 

 

The above is a guide only, as individual dogs requirements will vary depending on activity level, age and environment. Please ensure fresh drinking water is always available.

FAQ'S

How do I start with raw feeding?

The easiest way to start is to simply stop feeding kibble or similar one day, then start with raw food only from the very next day.

How much should I feed?

For adults, it is recommended to feed between 2% and 3% of their ideal body weight. A good place to start is at 2.5%, then adjust if necessary.

For puppies from 8 weeks to 13 months, we recommend using the puppy feeding chart, which can be viewed above.

What should I be feeding?

To begin, start with only 1 or 2 proteins that are easy to digest. We suggest chicken minced with bone and some boneless  tripe. Feed only these for the first week or two. If everything is going smoothly, introduce more proteins each week. It is a good idea to always feed something new, along with something old for the first few times.

What about organs?

 Organs need to make up 10% of the overall diet. Organs can be fed daily, or less frequently in larger portions, if it suits your pet. Organs include liver, kidney, heart, lung, spleen and heart. Our minces (unless specified meat only)contain the correct ratio's of organs so you don't have to worry.

Do I need to add any veg or other supplements?

If you are feeding a balanced and varied raw diet at the correct ratios of 80% meat/muscle (which may include some oily fish and tripe), 10% bone and 10% organ, there should be no need to supplement the diet. Veg can be added and maybe beneficial to some pets but we do not feel it is an essential part of a raw diet.

I’m worried about feeding bones, aren’t they dangerous?

Your pet was designed to eat meat and bones (prey). Poultry bones are super soft and a great staple to include to help with maintaining great oral hygiene, along with meaty ribs and necks.

Weight bearing bones from large cattle such as cows  should be avoided since these bones are so dense, they are able to break the teeth of intense chompers!

 

Can I refreeze after defrosting?

There is no straight forward answer to this question. You can find studies saying it's safe and studies saying never.

Many raw feeders  divide packs into smaller portions and consider it quite safe to do. We advise to always defrost for re-portioning in the fridge so products are kept at a chilled temperature and not allowed to reach room temperature to keep any bacteria to a minimum.We do not as a rule advise re freezing unless you can control the de frosting procedure. If in doubt, don't.

I forgot to defrost food for today, what shall I do?

Don’t panic . Place frozen packs in a bowl of tepid water for half an hour or so. Alternatively, feed frozen – it’s perfectly fine and a lovely treat during warmer weather!

I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the information I need to understand before raw feeding, can I just give my dog some raw mince along with his/her regular dried food to make it more interesting?

Some owners do this but in our opinion..

 we do not advise this way of feeding raw. We believe there is no point in feeding your pet a part raw and part kibble (for eg)diet. The goodness you are adding with the raw, you maybe taking away by feeding a dried out, processed biscuit that is potentially full of fillers, additives and preservatives.  If you really want to do what is best for your pets diet, a fully raw diet is the way forward we believe. You do not need to become an expert in nutrition, plus there are many products available that can make it very straightforward and easy to understand.

My vet says raw feeding isn’t good, why would my vet say that?

We feel it may be that many vet/veterinary professionals consider it hazardous to handle raw meat and are duty bound to make this clear to their clients. Their nutritional training may not include information about anything other than commercial dried or tinned pet food brands. Nutritional training is mostly provided, or sponsored by larger pet food manufacturers (Royal Canin, Hills Science Plan, Purina etc), in the hope they will stock those brands at their practice.

And let’s be honest, even with the best intentions, a poorly executed raw diet can be worse than feeding processed food. With the popularity of raw feeding, vets are seeing an increasing number of cases where the raw diet isn’t being done correctly.

What about bacteria?

 our suppliers bones and chews are safely sourced and stored to ensure it is safe for raw consumption. Their batches are regularly tested for bacteria such  as salmonella and enterobacteriaceae.  We keep our feeds frozen to ensure safe, fresh products.

  

We recommend to defrost the bones and chews in a sealed container on the side for 2 hours or overnight in the fridge. We advise to use the product within 24 hours of defrosting

Feeding Raw bones, chews and chunks

The table below gives a detailed guide to the age and experience level at which to introduce each of the raw bones, meaty chunks and chews 

RAW BONE DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDED AGE EXPEREINCE LEVEL
Duck Wings Whole bone From 10 weeks + BEGINNER
Chicken Wings Whole bone From 10 weeks + BEGINNER
Duck Necks Soft, whole bone From 10 weeks + EXPERIENCED STARTER
Turkey Necks Soft, whole bone From 10 weeks + EXPERIENCED STARTER
Lamb Necks Whole bone From 6 months + INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
Lamb Ribs Whole, tough bone From 10 months + ADVANCED
Marrowbone Extremely tough, whole bone containing marrow From 10 months + ADVANCED
Beef knuckle bone Extremely tough, whole bone From 10 months + ADVANCED
Beef Ribs Whole, tough bone From 10 months + ADVANCED

 If you would like to give your dog a natural chew but do not want to give bone, we also have a range of meaty chews & chunks available, including Beef Trachea and Meaty Beef Chews. 

Meaty chews and chunks are particularly good for puppies as they are softer than bone but offer all the satisfaction of a good chew session - great for teething gums. For more information on the range of bones, meaty chews and chunks we offer, see table below. 

CHEW DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDED AGE EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Beef Trachea Cartilage chew From 8-10 weeks + BEGINNER
Meaty Beef Chews Cartilige chew From 10 weeks + BEGINNER
ORGAN MEAT DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDED AGE EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Poultry Liver* Bone free From 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Poultry Hearts* Bone free From 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

CHUNKS DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDED AGE EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Beef Chunks Bone free From 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Tripe Chunks Bone free From 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Breast Meat Bone free From 8-10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Fish Fillet Small, soft fish bone From 10 weeks +

BEGINNER

Frequently asked questions:

Is it safe to feed bones?

Only if they are fed raw and selected appropriately for the age and experience of the animal. Raw bones are moisture rich, softer and more flexible compared to cooked bones. Once a bone is cooked they become very dry and brittle, this is when they can easily splinter and potentially cause problems. Please do not feed cooked bones.

 

Why should you feed raw bones?

  • Bones are a fantastic source of nutrition. They contain glucosamine, calcium and phosphorus, and many are rich in omega 3 fats, too.
  • Benefits can include improved skin health, improved joint health and firmer stools. In addition to this, chewing can be an immensely satisfying and relaxing experience for raw fed dogs. Raw bones also make a fantastic natural tooth brush!
  • A wide variety of our raw foods contain minced bone, with the exception of beef mince and tripe.
  • We recommend that you can offer a raw meaty bone or chew up to 3 times a week to help keep your dog's teeth clean, as well as providing an enjoyable, relaxing and healthy treat.
  • If you have just switched to raw, please wait 3-4 weeks before introducing raw bones to your dog's diet.

 

A few pointers before you start...

  • Never cut or saw bones
  • For older dogs, stick to the softer bones or the meaty chunks and chews
  • Never feed bones, meaty chunks or chews with small children present
  • Never leave a dog unattended with a bone, chew or chunk
  • Never feed cooked bones
  • To dogs, bones/ chews can be considered high value items - if you have more than one dog you may wish to seperate them before feeding.
  • Always feed bones, meaty chunks or chews appropriate to an animal's age, breed, experience and size
  • Do not feed raw bones, meaty chunks or chews from the butcher, as their storage history is unknown and bacteria may be prevalent
  • If storing after a chewing session, rinse the bone, meaty chunk or chew under cold water and store in a plastic bag or container in the fridge
  • Always dispose of any uneaten material after 24 hours post defrost
  • Chews denoted by * are offal meats and should always be fed in moderation. In excess, they can cause diarrhoea and an excess of vitamins, in particular hypervitaminosis A. We recommend offal makes up no more than 5-10% of the total diet and is offered as a treat no more than once or twice a week
  • As an owner, it is your responsibility to ensure safe practice when feeding meaty bones, meaty chunks or chews
 

I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the information I need to understand before raw feeding, can I just give my dog some raw mince along with his/her regular dried food to make it more interesting?

In a nutshell, no – we do not advise this way of feeding raw. There is no point in feeding your pet a part raw and part kibble diet. The goodness you are adding with the raw, you are taking away by feeding a dried out, processed biscuit that is potentially full of fillers, additives and preservatives.  If you really want to do what is best for your pets diet, a fully raw diet is essential. You do not need to become an expert in nutrition, plus there are many products available that can make it very straightforward and easy to understand.

 

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