Raw Fed Swissies
Feeding raw offers several benefits over store bought food including fresh ingredients with no preservatives, healthier digestion, higher rate of absorption of essential nutrients. This results in increased energy, healthier gut function, supporting dental health, supporting muscle development and healthier skin and coat.
First of all, understand that no one diet fits all dogs. Many dogs, for example, thrive on the fatty acids and minerals in sea vegetables, but others may experience allergic reactions to them. Grains can be a healthy part of your dog’s diet but it’s important to cook them. Go for quick-cooking and economical grains, such as rolled oats (which have the highest protein count per calorie of any common grain), cornmeal, millet, and bulgur.
When it comes to veggies, certain raw ones can be challenging for your dog to digest. Make sure you cook the following: corn, peas, green beans, broccoli, potatoes, and squash. If you have a juicer, mix leftover carrot, beet, apple, or other fruit or vegetable pulp in with the rest of your dog’s meal.
Finally, chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids for your dog. The most digestible form is a gel, which you can make by whisking one cup of cool water with 1 3/4 tablespoons of seeds. Let it stand for three or four minutes, and whisk again. Wait another 10 minutes, whisk again, and you’re good to go. The rule of thumb for feeding is one tablespoon of gel for every six ounces of food.
The specifics may vary, but raw food diet recipes typically contain the same components:
● Organ meats (liver, kidneys, spleen, heart)
● Muscle meats, sometimes left on the bone
● Bones, whole or ground. (no pork bones, beef bones except ox tail, under no circumstances any cooked bone of any kind)
● Vegetables (broccoli , spinach, celery)
● Uncooked eggs
● Apples, berries , and other fruit
● Dairy products
There are plenty of recipes out there that combine some or all of these ingredients however it can be tricky to get right. We can assist you with transistioning your dog to a raw diet. We offer several custom options to fit the needs of you and your dog. Reach out via the contact form on the home page to inquire for more information.