Dogs were never designed to eat processed commercial foods. It is obvious that canines were built to consume raw meat, bones and organs just by looking at the physical attributes of the animal. If our beloved pets are to reach their genetic potential, their modern-day diet must mimic as closely as possible to their evolutionary diet.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where commercial dog food is commonly used and backed by so many veterinarians as “high quality”, even when our pets continue to suffer from countless illnesses and diseases.
Persuasive marketing has led many dog owners to believe that commercial foods are the most beneficial food source on the market. Modern grain based pet foods, no matter how well researched cause so many health problems. Fillers such as rice, corn and soy are cheap and provide huge profit margins for large commercial companies. These companies use fillers along with decaying, non-human graded meats to keep costs to a minimum.
Kibble or heavily processed foods allow organisms such as yeast to thrive on its sugar and carbohydrates, this simply fuels yeast to feast and grow, as a result we are seeing an increased number of poor skin conditions in the growing canine population. Medication prescribed to treat such issues can become obsolete when sugar and carbohydrate ridden kibble is given to your dog.
Study indicates that a raw fed animal tends to be free of poor skin, dental, eye, bowel, kidney, heart, pancreas, liver and immune system problems.
It is impossible for dog food manufactures to match the health enhancing attributes of the evolutionary raw diet. Raw fed animals enjoy life with an enormously reduced chance of developing both infectious and degenerative diseases.
Our Feeding Guide
RAW K-9 provide preservative & grain free, natural, biologically approved raw meals and treats for all breeds of dogs, conveniently delivered to your door.
We sourced our fresh ingredients from local Australian butchers and suppliers. We take pride in supplying raw meals composed of 100% wholesome human grade meats and where possible, we use free range produce.
Our meals are based of the PMR (Prey Model Raw) feeding ratios.
A complete PMR diet consists of 80% Muscle Meat, 10% Edible Bone, 5% Liver, and 5% Other Organ.
Nutritionally different values apply to different meats.
Red Meats such as beef, kangaroo and lamb have vitamins and minerals that can be difficult to find in significant amounts elsewhere. These include vitamin B12 and heme iron.
White meats such as chicken and turkey are an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and contains about six times more omega-3 fatty acid than red meat. White meat also contains more easily digestible amino acids, making it the perfect protein source for dogs transitioning to a raw diet.
Fish (like salmon, trout, sardines, tuna and mackerel) are higher in fat-based nutrients, these include the fat-soluble vitamin D. Fish are also much higher in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are crucial for the body and brain to function optimally and are strongly linked to reduce the risk of many diseases, also helping promote a shiny coat.
Tripe is the untreated contents of a grazing animal’s stomach. It may sound disgusting, but this food is highly nutritious, containing an abundance of digestive enzymes, good bacteria, and nutrients that are excellent for your pet’s health. It is the missing link in many raw diets and is essential for dogs to optimise their digestion.
Liver is known to be one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A assists in digestion, keeps reproductive organs healthy, and is a powerful antioxidant. It is also a great source of Folic Acid, B vitamins (especially vitamin B12), and iron. Liver should never take up more than 5% of your dog’s diet.
Organ meats are packed with minerals like phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine which provides the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Compared to regular cuts of meat, organs are densely packed with just about every nutrient. This includes heavy doses of B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, folic acid, & B12) as well as traces of vitamin D.
Raw meaty bones in a raw diet continues its brilliant role as the most important food item for our pets by supplying the bulk of their liquid and fat requirements. There are also psychological benefits, the crunching/ gnawing acts as a natural toothbrush cleaning and whitening their teeth. Chewing bones also exercises practically every muscle in the body. This eating exercise is important in every stage of a dog’s life from as early as 3 weeks of age.
Our beef, lamb, kangaroo, chicken, fish and green tripe make up perfect feeding ratios. We stress the importance of supplying a variety of fresh products for our dogs.
Each meal is carefully prepared as per your dog’s size and weight. This allows us to determine not only the quantity but the appropriate ingredients and bones required.
Dog raw diet
Daily meal requirements are portioned in to two quantities (breakfast and dinner).
We offer a more superior meal range consisting of human grade meats and hard to source proteins. We don’t mince our meats, we portion each meal precisely, by hand, according to weight class of each individual dog and then blast freeze in our industry advanced freezers to eliminate bacterial growth.
Transitioning to RAW
Transitioning From Kibble To Raw
Dogs new to a raw diet should only be offered white proteins with green tripe during the transitioning period.
When transitioning to raw feeding it is not uncommon for your dog to experience an upset stomach caused by the sudden change in diet. This should only during the transitioning period.
Over a few days, you should notice firmness and a dramatic decrease in normal stool size. Bear in mind that ever dog is different, the transitioning period may vary anywhere from 1 – 3 weeks. If diarrhoea persists, please contact us so we can discuss other transition ingredient options, again, the process is different for every dog.
The best indicator that the transitioning process is complete, is firmness of stools. This is when organ and red meats can be introduced into your dog’s diet. Again, your dog may experience diarrhoea within the first few days, this is not uncommon and should subside once the body is familiar with the newly added meats.
You may also notice a mucus layering around your dog’s stool. Although the layering may look alarming, it is an extremely healthy sign that your dog’s digestive system is functioning naturally. This layering acts as a natural lubricant when your pet is passing a stool. Something you would never have notice when feeding kibble or commercial processed foods.
If you are transitioning a puppy onto a Raw diet, the exact process can be followed, the only change is feeding frequencies. Puppies under 6 months of age require 3 meals per day to support their fast metabolism.
- Feed a meal, defrost a meal. Place a meal in fridge during the day or overnight to defrost after feeding. Try get into this routine so you don’t disappoint your furry friend come feeding time.
- If you forget to defrost, don’t stress. Place the frozen pre-packaged meal in a sink or bowl of cold water.
- Feeding a meal or raw treat semi frozen is a great way to keep your dog cool in the summer months. This will also keep them stimulated for longer.
- Feed your dogs outside or in a place that can be easily cleaned. Unlike when feeding kibble, your dog must work for their meal. They will be chewing and dropping food out of their bowl with excitement.
- Do not over feed your dog. You will not be used to seeing their bowl half full. It may seem like you aren’t providing your dog with enough food. Our nutrient packed, fresh, raw meals don’t need to be massive for your dog to receive their daily food intake. Just remember that all meals are custom made so don’t fall for the puppy dog eyes at the dinner table!
- Teach your dog new tricks and commands prior to feeding. They will do just about anything for his bowl of raw goodness.
- Always monitor feeding.
- We recommended that you wipe your dog’s mouth after feeding with a damp cloth.
- It is important to wash your dog’s bowl after each meal to eliminate the chances of bacteria growth.
- Take before and after photos of the transitioning process. You’ll look back and be amazed of the transformation!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about raw feeding.