If you have a large canine in your life, there’s no denying that food plays such an essential role in its wellbeing. Just like humans, your furry companion will get everything its body needs by eating raw food. This will give your canine friend a better quality of life and the possibility of living longer.
We’ll take you through some steps to help guide you in the right direction when it comes to raw feeding guide for large dogs.
Making the switch
Switching your pup to a natural diet couldn’t be simpler. If you’re anxious that raw feeding will be risky, difficult, time-consuming or costly, you couldn’t be more wrong!
Rest assured that this diet is 100% safe for your dog. Putting your canine on a natural diet regime is certainly much better than feeding it processed foods which cause diseases and decrease life expectancy. And unless your pet has certain issues such as a compromised immune system, or has recently had bowel surgery, there’s no reason why shouldn’t go ahead with a straight switch.
Your dog will naturally feel great and thrive on a raw diet.
The simple three-step feeding plan
The feeding plan is straightforward, simple and rests on three natural ingredients which are:
- Raw meat
- Raw vegetable
- Raw bone
You can follow this simple plan when starting your 100% natural diet plan for your large dog:
- Use minced or diced meats like beef, chicken, lamb, pork. A great option for grass-fed meat that is non-GMO and ethically raised can be found at sevensons.net.
- Grate or process some raw vegetables into the dish (ensure that potatoes are fully cooked so that your pup can easily chew and digest!)
- Give your canine a meaty bone every day or two.
The great thing about this is that you can vary the types of meat and vegetables you would like to use and away you go! A simple yet healthy bowl for your dog will be perfect to kick-starting their natural diet plan.
Essential raw ingredients for your dog
Here’s a list of all the various essential foods you should feed your dog when taking the raw and natural approach:
- Lean muscle meat. Chicken, beef, lamb, venison, rabbit, turkey and pork – these can be minced or diced.
- Internal organs. This includes heart, lung and liver. Ensure that liver makes up no more than 10% of your canine’s total diet.
- Bones. Ideally raw, meaty bones should be incorporated into the diet plan, including chicken or turkey carcasses.
- Leafy vegetables. Include spinach, broccoli, winter greens and cauliflower which are packed full of vitamins.
- Root vegetables. Look to adding carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips for nourishing vegetables.
- Oil. Oils are essential to growth and development so add some cod liver, safflower, hemp, flaxseed or sunflower oil in their bowl.
Extra nourishing foods
The following foods add extra benefits to your dog’s health and wellbeing and can be included alongside the essential ingredients as listed above. These include:
- Fish. All types of fish are beneficial particularly fatty fish like salmon, herring, sardine and pilchards. If you don’t have access to fresh fish, then using canned fish works well too.
- Dairy. Implement cheese, goat’s milk, probiotic yogurt, goat’s milk and small amounts of cottage cheese
- Eggs. An egg two or three times a week is an excellent source of protein, vitamins and omegas.
- Fresh fruit. Just be careful of high sugar content in dried fruit. Avoid grapes as they are highly toxic and avocados can cause gastrointestinal problems.
When it comes to giving your large dog oil, you may want to add a tablespoon into its diet.
How to Serve Proportions
You can variate the proportions accordingly, but if you’re struggling or worried that your dog isn’t getting the best out of the natural diet, aim to give 2/3 meat and 1/3 vegetable.
There is no fixed rule on how much food you should feed your dog, but for a dog weighing over 10kg give them roughly 2% of their body weight in food on a daily basis. Here is an outline on how much you should give your dog according to their weight:
For pups under 11kg in weight you should aim to give the following:
- 1–2kg: 10% of bodyweight
- 3–4kg: 7% of bodyweight
- 5–8kg: 5% of bodyweight
- 9–10kg: 3% of bodyweight
- 11kg+: 2% of bodyweight