Raw dog food is exactly what it sounds like – feeding your dog (and cats) a natural diet of raw ingredients, rather than the traditional kibble or cooked food that is more commonly available.
Raw diets usually contain a combination of natural ingredients such as raw meat and sometimes other uncooked healthy items such as certain fruits and vegetables. It is recommended to feed meals with a variety of meat and proteins such as turkey, chicken, beef, lamb and fish.
Premium raw dog food should be natural, complete and balanced, strictly controlled, safe to feed and convenient, with zero ‘gore-factor’.
But highest quality ingredients is the most important thing. If you decide that raw feeding isn’t for you, then whichever healthy dog food you choose needs to be the best you can get. It’s the quality of diet, whether dry or raw, that’s the most important thing to your dogs wellbeing.
Complete raw dog food should contain muscle meat, offal, bones and then fruit and vegetables are a natural optional extra. The highest quality raw dog food should be clearly labelled with a full list of ingredients and nutritional breakdown of each recipe, DEFRA licensed and traceable.
Bad raw dog food will not be clearly labelled, often sold in 'bulk' with no ingredients listed. If it seems cheap then ask further questions. Raw feeding done badly is incredibly detrimental to your dog's health as it can be lacking in vital nutrients and is the reason raw dog food gets a bad name which leads to why many vets recommend against it.
Correctly prepared raw dog food which is complete and balanced, strictly controlled, safe to feed and convenient, with zero ‘gore-factor’ has many nutritional benefits for your dog. But quality of diet is the most important thing. If you decide that raw feeding isn’t for you, then the commercial dog food you buy needs to be the best you can get. It’s the quality of diet, whether commercial or raw, that’s the most important thing.
The benefits of raw dog food are plentiful:
Oral health benefits
Natural skin conditioner
Smaller, firmer stools
Good for dogs with allergies
There is no need to gradually introduce raw dog food. We recommend starting with a straight switch in a morning. Raw dog food digests differently to dry food so feed your dog their last dry meal then night before and start their raw dog food for their breakfast.
Kibble needs an alkaline digestive system whereas raw dog food needs a more acidic environment to help digest the raw bones. Mixing the two can cause some digestive discomfort.
Yes! Raw dog food meal should be fed exclusively for breakfast and dinner for a healthy dog. Swap between recipes to keep your dog interested and their nutritional needs balanced.
A complete raw dog food is the easiest way for raw feeding beginners to start with their dog's meals. Complete means your raw dog food has been prepared for you to defrost and feed. No additional preparation is required.
Once you are confident in raw feeding, some people choose to DIY and make their dog's raw food themselves using various raw dog food ingredients sourced individually to formulate recipes.
Puppies have different nutritional needs to adult dogs to keep them healthy. Many commercial raw dog food manufacturers have puppy specific formulations with all the required natural nutrients and minerals but if in doubt, ask your supplier for advice. Puppies also require a lot more food per kg as they grow.
Many senior dogs love a raw diet, it is never too late to make the switch to this healthy and natural way of feeding. Many owners are shocked how much their senior dogs love raw dog food and can lead to a more active life for their older dogs. A range of senior recipes are available and help promote vitality into your senior dog with the extra vitamins and nutrients included.
Each dog is different but as a general rule of thumb, you should use the following raw food calculator for your dog or puppy:
AGE IN MONTHS | % OF BODY WEIGHT TO FEED
1-2 months - 10%
2-3 months - 9%
3-4 months - 8%
4-6 months - 6%
6-9 months - 4%
9-12 months - 3%
12 months + - 2-3%
If you feed your dog a raw diet we offer frozen raw dog food in our store in Huddersfield or as part of our raw dog food Huddersfield delivery service every Wednesday & Thursday.