Updated: Nov 6, 2019
The first question you may be asking yourself is what is wrong with processed dog food, and why might it not be the optimum diet for my dog?
Before the introduction of commercial pet food, invented by an American gentleman by the name of James Spratt in 1860, dogs ate table scraps salvaged from their human companions or anything they could scavenge or kill. There was no such thing as tinned processed dog food or kibble.
We now know that processed convenience foods are not healthy for humans, so why would processed dog foods be good for our dogs?
As a society, in general, we have become used to eating convenience foods, and unfortunately, we have passed this ‘convenience’ on to our canine companions. In addition, health issues that were unheard of years ago are nowadays worryingly common in our canine companions, from obesity to food intolerances, dental conditions and cancers.
Modern Dog Food
It cannot be denied that in modern times the dog’s natural diet has been increasingly replaced with highly processed pet foods containing a high level of grain products (as opposed to meats, offal, bones and vegetables).
This poor nutrition combined with improper amounts of exercise (or none at all) is leading to serious health problems for our canine friends.
Nowadays dogs suffer numerous problems which appear to be inextricably linked to their modern-day processed diet, and unfortunately, these conditions are on the increase. The incidence of obesity, cancers, dental problems and allergies bear testament to this.
At Organic Dog Chef we believe that an appropriate diet for a dog is one that consists of food groups similar to those eaten by the dogs' wild ancestors i.e., the wolf.
What is the Raw Food Diet?
Muscle meat, often still on the bone
Bones, either whole or ground
Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery
Apples or other fruit
Some dairy, such as yoghurt
Benefits of Raw Food Diet?
Higher energy levels
Transitioning Your Dog From Dry Food To Raw
It’s important to remember that transitioning your dog to a new diet is a slow process. Below is a rough schedule you can use for this dietary shift. If you notice your dog isn’t feeling well, you should go back a day in the transition plan and proceed at a slower pace. For example, if your dog struggles with 1/2 serving, shift back to 1/4 serving for another day or two before moving forward.
Day 1: give your dog only water, no food
Day 2: 1/4 of the raw diet serving and 3/4 of a regular diet
Day 3: 1/2 of the raw diet serving and 1/2 of a regular diet
Day 4: 3/4 of the raw diet serving and 1/4 of a regular diet
Day 5: full raw diet serving size