As raw dog food quickly gains in popularity as the food of choice for many of our dog owns due to it’s perceived health benefits, we thought it timely to look at this in more depth in our latest blog post here as we have an awesome raw food range available at Grange Spa now!
Fact: We all love our dogs and want the best for our pets.
Fact: A balanced, healthy diet is the best way to ensure a happy, healthy dog.
RAW DOG FOOD EXPLAINED
The first thing we want to note is that feeding your dog a raw food diet is not simply a trend or food fad. Our dogs’ bodies and digestive systems are actual designed to process and extract the nutrition they need from a well-balanced, raw food diet.
The second most important point when considering a raw food diet for your dog is the fact that you will effectively be feeding your dog whole foods that have no preservatives, additives or grains – all of which play havoc on sensitive stomachs but also long-term problems for most dogs in general.
A raw food diet is the best way to provide a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals which dogs need to build healthy organs, muscles, teeth and hair. Feeding your pets (not just dogs!) a variety of meats gives them the balance they need to build and maintain a healthy body and long-term well-being.
RAW FOOD BENEFITS
To understand the benefits of feeding raw food to your dog, it is important to understand the risks of other, highly processed pet food which often contain added sugars, salts, preservatives and meat derivatives.
A raw diet is close to what they would have eaten in the wild and can be easier to digest and much lighter on sensitive stomachs, meaning much firmer and easier to pick up stools that are noticeably less smelly. A raw diet can be incredibly beneficial for dogs suffering from anal gland issues as the firmer stools really help to naturally empty the glands, rather than an uncomfortable trip to the vet to have them manually expressed.
Other health benefits to a raw food diet can include:
- Less faecal odour & output
- Cleans teeth leading to fresher breath
- Less inflammatory reactions so lower risk of ear infections, tummy upsets, skin problems and hotspots = Fewer vet bills!
- Shinier coat
- Stronger immune system
- Strong, clean white teeth
HOW TO CHANGE TO A RAW FOOD DIET
The process of changing your pet’s diet can seem like a daunting prospect, however, your friendly Grange Spa team is a tonne of experience with feeding a raw food diet and can give you all the advice, guidance and support you want to help make this transition a smooth one, as well as an awesome raw food range to choose from in store. Some of our top tips include:
- Do your calculations– how much food will be required for your dog based on its size? A balanced raw food diet should include:
- 80% muscle meat
- 10% bone
- 8% offal/organ meat
- 2% raw fruit & vegetables
- Be patient– a slow and gradual transition to raw over a period of seven days is advised, in order to avoid any tummy upsets and promote healthy digestion and metabolism.
- Safe production and delivery – always keep in mind that the same hygiene rules apply when handling raw pet food as they would for handling your own raw meat for consumption at home.
- Be careful when kissing your dog– a 2019 study by Swedish researchers Veterinary Recordfound high levels of harmful bacteria in some raw meat dog produce, including E.Coli and traces of salmonella. This can be harmful if passed to humans.