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Frequently Asked Questions

 What is the raw food diet for dogs?
 Why change to a more natural raw diet? My previous pets were all fed on dried commercial kibbles.
 Should I cook the raw food?
 What about bacteria in raw foods?
 Are there safe handling and storage procedures for the raw diet?
 Is it alright to serve puppies and pregnant bitches raw food?
 Will my pet choke on the bones?
 Is it more expensive to feed my pet raw food than dried kibbles?
 Can I feed dried kibbles with the raw diet?
 Why is there vegetables and fruits in your raw formulas?
 Why does my dog’s stool seem different when switching to a raw food diet?
 Can I expect a change in stool volume?

What is the raw food diet for dogs?

The bones and raw food diet for dogs is a feeding program that aims towards feeding dogs with the food they were biologically meant to eat. The foods in this type of diet consist of whole uncooked foods such as various types of meat, fruits and vegetables. Dogs are meat eaters by nature. That's why raw, fresh meat is the most instinctive diet for your pet. A diet consisting primarily of raw meat, organs, bone, and fat reflects what your pet would eat in his natural habitat. With natural proportions of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, and amino acids, raw diets provide wholesome nutrition for the health and well-being of your animal companions.

Why change to a more natural raw diet? My previous pets were all fed on dried commercial kibbles.

There are numerous commercial foods available in the market but they may not be meeting your pet’s nutritional needs. Also, a great number of dogs have strong reactions to processed dog food since their bodies are not equipped to digest and take in such foods. Unlike commercial pet food which is heat processed, our raw food diet does not involve any heat processing and consists of high human-grade quality ingredients with no additives, preservatives or colouring.

Should I cook the raw food?

Cooking makes the food biologically inappropriate for your pet in a fundamental way. Cooked food loses much nutritional value as heat processing destroys naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and biologically active essential fatty acids.

What about bacteria in raw foods?

The presence of bacteria in raw food often worries pet owners and vets. Most people assume these bacteria will make pets sick. However, dogs, being scavengers, have evolved to eat and thrive on bacteria laden food, requiring them for immune system maturity. Wild dogs eat the gut contents of their prey, and the faeces of many different animals. They eat soil, contaminated meat, buried bones, and infected meat and so on. These are all a source of microbes and any toxins they might produce. That is why the bacteria in raw meat are of little to no consequence to ninety-nine plus percent of dogs. Dogs naturally have a digestive system which helps them deal with and ward off bacteria, leaving them unaffected. The most important thing to remember is to practice good hygiene when preparing the raw food to avoid any contamination or spoilage.

Are there safe handling and storage procedures for the raw diet?

Always handle raw food with common sense as you would each day when you prepare a meal for the family. After handling raw meat for your pets, do wash your hands before eating your own food. Properly clean any knives, surfaces or utensils used in the preparation or handling of your pets’ food. All fresh frozen raw foods must be kept frozen and refrigerated. Once thawed, it should be consumed by your pet within 4 days.

Is it alright to serve puppies and pregnant bitches raw food?

Certainly, in fact, many would recommend doing this since it will provide them with the nutrients to grow properly. Just make sure that you give your puppies the right size of raw food and bones so that they don’t have a difficult time chewing on it. As for pregnant bitches, there is pretty much no restriction as to what you can give them.

Will my pet choke on the bones?

The chunks in our food are specially chosen to minimise the risk of your pets choking on it. We would recommend supervision when they are eating for a start especially for those pets that gobbles up their food. Moreover, uncooked bones are softer and more digestible than cooked bones. However if you are worried about the bones we have our range of minced bones products and it is finely grounded making them very safe to feed to your pets. The raw ground bone should not present any digestive issues for your pet.

Is it more expensive to feed my pet raw food than dried kibbles?

Comparing to premium kibbles it is definitely much cheaper to feed raw to your pets. Furthermore the benefits are beyond the immediate dollar. Your pets will have a better overall health, cleaner teeth and you can save on medical bills too.

Can I feed dried kibbles with the raw diet?

It is not recommended to combine a raw food diet in the same meal as processed foods. The digestive rate for dry processed food is much longer than for raw foods which can cause digestive disturbances.

Why is there vegetables and fruits in your raw formulas?

The fruits and vegetables in our raw diets mimics what dogs would eat in the wild (fruits and vegetables would be present in the stomach of their prey). Our fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables provide beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote health and well-being.

Why does my dog’s stool seem different when switching to a raw food diet?

It is normal for your dog’s stool to undergo some changes most especially if it has just transitioned from a dry food diet to a raw food one. Its body begins the process of eliminating toxins which have built up during the time that it was eating commercial dog food. Loose stools as well as those with mucous may be completely fine just so long as you do not observe any other changes in your dog.

Can I expect a change in stool volume?

Depending on what your dog’s raw diet consists of, stool size is generally much more compact and odourless than when a dog has been fed dried processed pet foods. This is because there are no extra or unnecessary fillers or grains. Fillers and grains are much harder to digest and thus are eliminated from the body without being utilized causing a higher volume in stools. Stool colour may vary somewhat depending on which protein source is being fed and may be as light coloured as white if the bone content is high.