A to Z Challenge – E - Sponsored by Natural Pet Pantry
Preparing and feeding raw dog food is so not easy. Not at all. If you’ve done any homework, then you’ve heard about the 80/10/10 rules. 80% meat, 10% offal (organs), and 10% bones. Have you tried to measure this out for multiple dogs? I have. It was hard the first time.
Feeding raw dog food comes with a pretty steep learning curve for some of us. And if you’re an obsessing nerd like me, then you won’t make a move until you read the book, take some notes, ask tons of questions, and then read the book again.
Transitioning over to feeding raw dog food isn’t what I would call easy. It’s not as scary as I thought it would be, if you do your homework and learn as much as possible, you don’t have to worry about poisoning or killing your dog, and before you know it, you’ll be talking, preparing, and feeding raw like a pro. But you’ll still have a lot to learn.
If you want to feed raw successfully, I have a few dos and don’ts…
- Do read books on raw dog food
- Do ask questions, lots of questions, until you gain clarification
- Do join groups that you feel comfortable in and follow along (and ask questions) with the discussions: a great group is Raw Dog Food Chat
- Do connect with a holistic vet either in your town or online (you can do phone consultations)
- Do take your time switching over; don’t do it under pressure
- Don’t ask questions without reading books/blogs; don’t read books/blogs without asking questions
- Don’t email strangers and ask them for a detailed recipe of what to make for your dog. Not all dogs are the same and unless it’s your breeder who feeds raw, then it’s best to take the time to learn what your dog needs
- Don’t buy ground beef or chicken wings and feed it, and only it, to your dogs. One of the concerns about people feeding raw is that their dogs won’t get the nourishment they need – feeding only ground beef or chicken thighs is NOT a balanced meal
- Don’t let the raw food bullies scare you away. If a group is a little too aggressive, then move on, there are plenty of nicer groups out there
- Don’t switch to raw to cure health issues unless you’ve looked into this being a viable option; if your dog’s immune system is compromised, raw may not be the best option (I’ve heard pros and cons on this one)
- Don’t be intimidated by the learning curve. If this is important to you, then take the time to learn what you and your dogs need to make this happen successfully
Although it’s not easy, once you commit to learning what you can, it does become easier. A year ago, I never thought we’d be making raw at home, today – I’m making deals with butchers to save on meat for our dogs and I’m elbow deep in raw meat (never chicken) weekly.
One thing that is easy are making healthy dog treats. We give our dogs apples and carrots. Check out this great post I found on SlimDoggy.