Principles of Raw Feeding
- The food must be raw. (Other carnivores like lions, coyotes, wolves, dingoes, etc, have been eating raw for thousands of years, and the domesticated dog has been eating like so in addition to human scraps for 15,000 years through evolution. Raw can't be bad.)
- Meat on bone should provide the bulk of the diet. (Too much meat and organs result in mushy poop and creates imbalance, add bone to add substance to poop)
- Feed meaty bones from a variety of animals, thus ensuring good balance of nutrients. (Nature is forgiving, a daily balanced meal isn't necessary, the body absorbs nutrients over prolonged length of time, do you know any human who eats balanced meals every day? Not my parents)
- The bones must be of a suitable size to permit consumption - large bones are unsuitable. (Too large bones, such as femur, can cause teeth to break)
- The pieces should not be small and susceptible to being swallowed whole, but should require concentrated chewing. (So as to maximize dental benefits of clean teeth, healthy gums and strong jaws)
- Ripping, tearing and gnawing at the food takes time; time needed to scrub, clean and polish the teeth. (One of the key benefits of rawfeeding is clean teeth, healthy gums, lower risks of periodontal disease, leading to a healthier dog, therefore fewer trips to vet and vet bills)
- Muscle meat and internal organs have approximately the same high nutritional value.
- Food can be bought in bulk to reduce costs. Food is re-packaged for daily rations and frozen. Defrosted when needed.
- Fresh water must be available at all times.
- Many dogs benefit from fasting one day per week. Sickly, old dogs or puppies should not be fasted. (I get fasted once a week, sometimes twice)
- Fish is ok, but not salmon. (I hardly eat fish, because Mum says it stinks)