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How to feed the DIY raw diet


Just like humans, dogs are all different in their digestive abilities and any homemade food you provide will need to be tailored to suit your dog’s individual needs. Factors such as your dog’s activity levels, age and lifestyle will all need to be taken into account, and we recommend closely monitoring your pet’s body condition (we like this visual guide from PFMA) and adjusting accordingly when changing your dog’s diet.

 


We strongly recommend doing your research before embarking on a homemade raw diet, seeking advice from a raw supportive vet or qualified nutritionist where possible. Natures Menu also recommend that you invest in an appropriate supplement when feeding the home prepared raw diet to ensure all micronutrients are included. Even the smallest deficiency can have serious effects on over-all health over a prolonged period of time, so it is highly important you consider all the essential nutrients which are required.

 


All of our complementary meats contain a bone content of approximately 4% (apart from beef and tripe which are bone free). We would recommend feeding complementary whole bones 1-3 times per week for a healthy bone content to be included in the diet. All dogs and cats will differ on how much bone they can tolerate in their diet and one level will not suit all pets. Start on a low bone content per week and gradually increase if necessary whilst keeping check on stool consistency and ease of passing.

 


Creating a raw meal

 

Natures Menu recommend a combination of 60% meat, 20% blended fruit and vegetables and 20% non-starchy grains such as brown rice or oats to make up a raw meal. For those wishing to feed a grain free diet we would recommend 80% meat and 20% blended fruit and vegetables.

 


Our mixer biscuits can be used to make up the fruit, vegetable and grain component of a dog’s raw diet.

 


Offal meats 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.