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We are what we eat and this is equally the case for our dogs. Feed your dog real & raw food and be in charge!
We carry a range of free range, chemical free, raw meat and bones, freeze dried natural and preservative free gourmet dog treats and organic, grain-free pet food which can also help maintain and even improve the health and vitality of your BFF.
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Thinking about feeding raw but don’t know where to start?
It’s undeniable that a raw meat, organ and bone-based diet is what canines are built for, one needs only to look at their teeth and anatomical structure to see this. Your dog’s hinged jaws are strong and equipped with teeth for tearing and crushing meat and bones. Over time, savvy businesspeople capitalized on the fact that people wanted cheaper and mass-produced sources of food. This led to canned meats that have evolved into the cereal, grain and processed carbohydrate ridden pet foods we see today. Whilst this food was easier to transport, store and sell, (making it appealing for manufacturers, retailers, and consumers) it does nothing beneficial for your pet. Presently, dogs are plagued with all manners of health issues and allergies. Often the disease is treated without addressing the cause. We firmly believe that returning back to a dog’s natural diet will nurture and fuel your dog’s health, offspring, and overall well-being.
Oral Health & Well-being
One of the more notable features of a dog is of course their mouth. Their teeth, jaw and mouth structure has been designed to suit a carnivorous diet. Whilst dogs can survive on a variety of food, it is often forgotten that these carnivorous variants are not only for nutritional value, but for hygiene and mouth health. A diet including bones, helps remove tartar build up. Chewing on a bone cleans the gums and teeth, promoting overall oral hygiene. Diseases of the mouth can often spread to the head and other parts of the body. A recent study of 60,000 canines has proven a link between gum disease and heart disease in dogs. It is important to prioritise your pet’s oral health and hygiene.
Physical Development Dogs
Dogs undertaking working or sporting duties require the correct structure and muscle development. If we study the diet of human sporting athletes we can see that they consume a diet that provides the right nutrients for their physical and mental health. Dogs are plagued by hip dysplasia, ACL and bone diseases with the root causes not being discussed. Blame is instead placed on genetics rather than malnutrition, which we believe is the cause of most these ailments. Consideration must be placed into providing the correct nutrition for your dog to ensure they have the foundations to properly develop their bones, muscle and ligaments to their full potential. For example, a large dog can grow more than 400 grams per month, the right nutrition must be provided to keep up with this growth rate to ensure they are healthy throughout their adult years.
Pets, like us, need diversity in their diets. Providing the same food to your pet each day increases the possibility of them developing an allergy to it. The style of food you give your pet is important as well, as there are high chances the meat contains added antibiotics and hormones, which can cause your dogs immune system to overreact. We caution against the overuse of antibiotics as they also destroy good bacteria. The majority of your dog’s immune system is located in the GI tract, which means the right balance of gut bacteria is vital for their protection against allergies and determines their overall health. This is why a raw diet is the key to fighting allergies and to building a solid foundation of health. Raw diets are easily absorbed by the dog and do not clog up their GI tract with “fillers”, which can be found in most kibble and processed pet food/ meat.
Skin issues and yeast is a massive scourge to an increasing number of dogs. The skin is a living organ and reflects their health externally and gives an insight to their internal health as well. Yeast thrives on sugar and carbohydrates. Kibble or dry food is simply more fuel for the yeast to feast and grow. The medication used to treat such issues can become obsolete when sugar and carbohydrate ridden kibble is given to your dog. Raw feeding provides almost no carbohydrates and sugars, so this condition is starved of its fuel, whilst providing your dog optimum nutrients that fortifies it’s immune system and other vital elements such as the epidermis and coat. This is a simplified example of how feeding a correct diet satisfies the nutritional needs of your dog.
A raw diet strengthens a dogs immune system. It does this by delivering a balance of essential fatty acids, trace elements, cartilage, marrow, immune normalising agents, and strengthening nutrients that all help fight infections and reduce inflammatory conditions. The omega-3 fatty acids in fresh fish act as immune boosters by way of increasing the activity of phagocytes; the white blood cells that eat up bacteria. Essential fatty acids also protect the body against damage from overreactions to infection.
Natural raw feeding has NO FILLERS. Fillers such as rice, corn, and soy are cheap to provide the huge profit margins involved with kibble sales. Pet food companies are always researching for new and clever fillers that appeal to their consumers. For example, “grain free” is the latest buzzword, which simply means another cheap filler has been used instead of the grain. Just because it’s “grain free” it doesn’t mean it will be of nutritional value or benefit to your dog. It could be potato or beet pulp, it’s still a filler. Raw meaty bones, meat, organs, and offal contain no fillers, every gram your dog eats is direct nutrition and readily absorbed by their system, which is why the stools are smaller. Research conducted showed up to 70% of dogs stools was made up of what was fed to dogs the day before.
The very act of chewing and relishing a bone provides mental and physical stimulation, whilst also being an enjoyable past time for your pet! It is a wonderful stress reliever and a filling, healthy meal for your dog to sleep off and digest.
Raw versus Processed
Did you know that cancer is the number 1 killer in our dogs today? Studies have shown that disease problems in dogs have increased concurrently with the increased consumption of processed and cooked dog food. We know dogs are not designed to digest rice, wheat, cereals, corn etc. Grains are difficult for a dog to break down. They can cause problems with the mouth and digestive system as the dog needs to work hard to digest such food. However, you will find that most processed dog foods contain large amounts of grains as these are cheap fillers to add weight to the product
BENEFITS OF RAW FOR YOUR DOG
Study - Raw meat diet best for dogs + fresh food diet increases longevity in dogs
There are many popular myths about feeding dogs, many of which are ‘manufactured’ by companies and individuals to suit their own interests – usually profit! Myths such as…
Raw Meaty Bones
Raw meaty bones are a major component of what your dog needs and wants in his diet. In fact, up to half of a dog’s diet can comprise of raw meaty bones. Raw bones are a great source of calcium and good fats plus they act as ‘Nature’s toothbrush’ for your dog as such Nature Dog encourages you to feed lots of raw meaty bones to your dog. The best bones are the ones that come from young animals such as chicken and lamb. These bones are relatively soft and your dog should be able to eat the whole bone. Any part of a chicken, for example a chicken neck, chicken wing or the whole chicken carcass are great. A lamb neck, turkey neck or turkey wing or other parts of a lamb, turkey or duck are good options.
Larger, longer, weight bearing bones can be a lot harder on your dog’s teeth and your dog may not be able to digest such a large, hard bone. So you may find these ones discarded around the back yard!
Puppies - From six weeks of age, you can start off with meaty chicken ribs and chicken wings as the bones are not too dense so are considered soft for puppies to build up jaw strength plus some muscle meat to make up the ratios. Some raw fish is also a good starting food for puppies as the bones are also nice and easy. To help them get their small teeth into it, just slice into the meat a bit so they can chew into it easier. Chicken skin in particular should be sliced as they find that hard to chew through as it’s stretchy!
Chicken wings should have the wing tip cut off at the third joint, as if the puppy is tempted to swallow it whole, the double joint of the wing is a major choking hazard. Between four and six months of age puppies cut their permanent teeth and grow rapidly. At this time they need a plentiful supply of meaty carcasses or raw meaty bones of suitable size.
Warning: NEVER feed a dog a COOKED bone. Cooked bones can easily splinter and may cause serious damage to a dog’s intestines, throat or mouth and could cause choking, plus the cooking process actually depletes them of much of their nutrients and goodness
Dr Karen Becker & Rodney Habib - Kibble, Canine Cancer, and Fasting Dogs
Benefits of fasting
Is it okay not to feed my dog for a day or two?
Yes, it is perfectly okay to give your dog a ‘day off’ food at least once a week. What, I hear you say? Yes, giving your dog a rest from food gives their digestive tract a rest. If you consider a dog in the wild it does not necessarily eat every single day. This allows the digestive tract to fully eliminate all food and thoroughly digest what has been eaten. It is quite healthy for dogs to have one (some people say two) days a week off the food. No, they will not starve, and it does not hurt them at all. It is just very hard for the owner when you have those loving eyes gazing at you as you devour some food!!! Did you know a dog can survive 50 days without food, but only 5 days without water – they are amazing animals. We do not recommend you test this please.
Fasting involves the withholding of food from adult dogs; this does not include withholding water, which should be available at all times. Fasting is NOT starving your dog. You may give bone broth on fasting days.
HOW DO I SWITCH MY DOG TO RAW FOOD?
There are two general approaches to switching dogs to raw foods – rapid and slow. With healthy young dogs, the rapid method is typically the simplest and most successful. However, for older pets that have been eating commercial foods all their life or dogs with gastrointestinal problems, a slower transition is recommended.
1. RAPID SWITCH
Most puppies, young and healthy dogs can switch to raw overnight using the “rapid” method. That is, yesterday you fed them kibble or canned food, and today you begin feeding them raw food.
2. SLOW SWITCH
The most successful slow transition method to a raw food diet is to begin switching your dog gradually over 7 day period. You may find your dog may need anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks to make the full transition, depending on age, weight and activity level. Start the process by providing one feeding of their regular diet to one feeding of the raw diet of your choice. Be sure to keep each feeding separate as both products are consumed and processed at different rates and should never be mixed. Over the course of a few days gradually decrease the amount of dry food and increase the amount of raw until your pet’s diet consists of 100% raw food. If you are noticing loose stools early in the process, cut back on the amount of raw food being fed and increase it at a slower rate. The final result should be small and firm stool consistency, which is a direct result of better nutrient absorption.
Another transition method is to switch directly from kibble by offering one meal of raw food followed by one meal of kibble, and gradually reducing the number of kibble meals. Because of the difference in digestive times between raw and kibble, we do not recommend mixing the two foods.
For older dogs that have been fed commercial foods most of their lives, adding probiotics and digestive enzymes to their new food can help ease the transition to their new diet.
Alternatively, you can start by cooking the food slightly to help with the transition and pique the interest of those finicky dogs that are reluctant to try the new diet. Start by cooking the food halfway through and cook it less and less over a week until it is completely raw. Please note ground chicken meals containing chicken bones and should not be cooked!!!
Some dogs that are suffering from immune deficiencies or gastrointestinal problems
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SWITCHING?
Detoxification is a natural process in which the body releases toxins through the exterior of the body as a way of cleansing internal organs and tissue. Some dogs and cats may go through a period of detoxification, where their system clears the toxins accumulated from their former diet. During this period they may experience some loose or mucous stool, runny eyes, and excretions through their ears.
In some cases, they may lose some of their coat – to make room for a healthier new one; all of these are positive signs that the body is ridding itself of toxins. Each detox period should last for a few days, after which your dog or cat should look and feel much better. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, please contact your vet and have them checked over for other medical problems.
HOW MUCH DO I FEED MY DOG?