Saturday, February 09, 2008

Principles of Raw Feeding

For the most of us, going out into the woods or grass plains is almost an impossible, unrealistic way to catch our food for the day (although I must add I've seen my neighbour's two cats bringing home mice and baby rabbits). So the next best alternative my Mum can come up with, is to provide me with food according to some raw-feeding principles. (Borrowed from Tom Lonsdale's books "Raw Meaty Bones" and "Work Wonders: Feed Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones")

  1. 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.)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. Muscle meat and internal organs have approximately the same high nutritional value.
  8. Food can be bought in bulk to reduce costs. Food is re-packaged for daily rations and frozen. Defrosted when needed.
  9. Fresh water must be available at all times.
  10. 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)
  11. Fish is ok, but not salmon. (I hardly eat fish, because Mum says it stinks)
Mum says there is a lot of "brainwashing" going on, by the pet food industry today, to put owners on guilt trips if they don't feed a particular food, or to make humans think only pet industry food is nutritionally balanced and good, and to spread myths about canine nutrition. It is so important for humans to do research and re-educate themselves about what is good for us. Then make their own informed decisions on how to best provide for us.



At 11:58 PM, Blogger Amber-Mae said...

Many people say raw meat or home cooked food is much better than kibbles. But some other people say that kibbles are much better than raw meat or home cooked food. So my hoomans are really confused on who to listen now...Everybody could be right or some of them could be wrong. My hoomans don't believe in feeding dogs too much raw meat with or without bones becoz the moment the animal is slaughtered, the meat starts to rot. Bacteria goes into action the minute the animal is killed. So, they says that we're actually eating half rotten meat even after they're thawed from the refrigerator. Bones are good as they make us chew but not all bones are safe & eventhough many dogs have been eating bones months or years, one day, you don't know what could happen. Maybe one day, the dog gets choked or the bone goes into the wrong place in the throat or maybe the dog swallows a sharp piece of it becoz of not chewing it properly & then it cute the stomach or blocks the intestines. And then what happens after that? We really love raw meat & bones but when I eat just one small piece of raw chicken meat, red meat or even fish meat, I get serious diarrhea the next day. That bad! It is becoz the meat that was given to me is already half rotten eventhough it is still fresh to my hoomans. My hoomans don't believe in feeding too much kibbles too as they have watched a video of one of the person's dog who have dies of kidney failure due to eating too much kibbles. So my hoomans, mixes our food, half home cooked (boiled meat, meaty soup & vegetables) & high quality dog kibbles. Our hoomans give us the best of both worlds! Raw pork bones are given to us once or twice a year as treats only. To your hoomans, they believe feeding you raw meat with bones is very good for you. But my hoomans don't. Actually, it depends on every owner. What they think is good for their dogs, what is bad & what is safe & what's not. It's always good to go back to basics but we're pedigrees remember & we don't have strong immune systems to protect ourselves from bacterias in the meat.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

At 2:57 AM, Blogger Noah the Airedale said...

Hi Kimi
We are raw fed too. On certain days we eat BARF patties which is part of the raw diet. Pinky mixes our patties with tomatoes, yoghurt and egg. Other days we eat meaty bones or chicken legs and some days we eat fish fillets. Our food is often frozen in summer as it also helps cool us down. The only bones we eat apart from chicken legs are marrow bones and brisket bones.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

At 4:26 AM, Blogger Maggie & Mitch said...

You're very smart, Kimi! Thank you for all the information!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

At 4:55 PM, Blogger erin said...

I wonder why not salmon? Is cooked salmon okay for dogs to have?

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Kimi Wagner said...

Hi Erin,

Raw Salmon is excluded from my diet because, "An unusual microbe, Neorickettsia helminthoeca, lives in parasites which live in fresh water fish along the west coast of North America from San Francisco to Alaska. If dogs eat infected fish, they may develop the potentially fatal disease 'Salmon poisoning'. Long time residents of the region know not to feed their dogs raw fresh-water fish" so my Mum has tried to follow this advice.

taken from "Work Wonders" by Dr Tom Lonsdale pg 56


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