Raw dog food recipes: How to get the balance right


raw food ranges 80/20 60/40



Table of contents:

  • Getting your ratios right
  • The right raw meat for your dog
  • Tasty fruit and veggies
  • Do dogs need carbs?
  • The 60/40 ratio
  • The 80/20 ratio
  • Should raw dog food recipes contain bone?
  • A quick reminder of our new Natures Menu names
  • To sum it all up…




There’s a raw dog food revolution happening, as more and more pet parents make the switch to raw to give their dogs a natural, nutritious diet. But for lots of people, it’s not just about going raw, it’s about raw dog food recipes that let you know exactly what’s in every bowlful, and so you can make sure it’s packed with wholesome, handpicked ingredients.

So, if that’s the direction you’re taking, where do you start? What’s the key to great raw dog food recipes for beginners? Well, we’re here to help. With over 40 years’ experience in getting raw just right, we’ve got some expert tips on how to make raw dog food your four-legged friend loves…


Getting your ratios right 

Over the years, we’ve learnt that the heart of a healthy raw dog food recipe is the right ratio of meat, vegetables and (depending on your dog) healthy grain. Of course, every dog’s different, and it’s important to find recipes they enjoy eating. But for us, two simple ratios really stand out: 60/40 and 80/20. 

Ok you’re thinking, what does that mean? Well, we’re talking meat, fruit, veg, and the option to include a healthy grain if you choose, so…


60% meat + 40% veg and healthy grain
80% meat + 20% fruit and veg


Both of these ratios work really well for most dogs, giving them the nutrition they need to stay fit, healthy and active. They offer a diverse set of nutrients, meaning our Complete & Balanced range doesn’t need to be supported with anything else. For those making homemade recipes, use a good quality multivitamin supplement to ensure your dog is getting everything they need to be healthy on a daily basis.

In a moment we’ll look at how to make raw dog food by choosing the right ratio for your dog. But first, let’s explore those three types of ingredient – meat, fruit and veg, and healthy grains…


The right raw meat for your dog 

For the raw meat or offal part of your dog’s dinner, you’ve got lots of choice. Go for classics like beef or lamb. Choose poultry like chicken, turkey, goose or duck. Opt for tender white fish or salmon. Or pick something different like venison or rabbit. 

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s specifically prepared fo