Healthy Dogs

Nutritional Advice

 

Dingoes and feral cats keep themselves healthy by eating whole carcasses of prey animals. Ideally we should feed our pets in the same manner. Until a dependable source of whole carcasses becomes available, pet owners need a satisfactory alternative. The follwing recommendations, based on raw meaty bones, have been adopted by thousands of pet owners with excellent results. 

The diet is easy to follow and cheap, and pet senjoy it.

  • Fresh water constantly available.
  • Raw meaty bones (or carcasses if available) should form the bulk of the diet. 
  • Table scraps both cooked and raw (grate or liquidise vegetables, DISCARD COOKED BONES)

Puppies and Kittens

From about three weeks of age puppies and kittens start to take an interest in what their mother is eating. By six weeks of age they can eat chicken carcasses, rabbits and fish. 

During the brief interval between three and six weeks of age it is advisable to provide minced chicken, chicken carcasses or similar for young animals (as well as access to larger pieces that encourage ripping and tearing). This is akin to the part-digested food regurgitated by wild carnivore mothers. Large litters will need more supplementary than small litters. (The meat and bone should be minded together. Meat off the bone can be fed, but only for a short time, until the young animals can eat meat and bone together- usually about six weeks of age.)

Between four and six months of age puppies and kittens cut their permanent teeth and grow rapidly. At this time they need a plentiful supply of carcasses or raw meaty bones of suitable size. 

Puppies and kittens tend not to overeat natural food. Food can be continuously available. 

Natural foods suitable for pet carnavores

Raw meaty bones

  • Chicken and turkey carcasses, after the meat has been removed for human consumption, are suitable for dogs and cats. 
  • Poultry by-products include: heads, feet, necks and wings.
  • Whole fish and fish heads.
  • Goat, sheep, calf, deer and kangaroo carcasses can be sawn into large pieces of meat and bones. 
  • Other by-products include: pigs' trotters, pigs' heads, sheep heads, brisket, tail bones, rib bones. 

Whole carcasses

  • Rats, mice, rabbits, fish, chickens, quails, hens 

Offal

  • Liver, lungs, trachea, hearts, omasums (stomach of ruminants), tripe.

Quality-Quantity-Frequency

Quality

Low-fat game animals and fish and birds provide the best source of foord for pet carnivores. If using meat from farm animals avoid excessive fat, or bones that are too large to be eaten. 

Dogs are more likely to break their teeth when eating large knucle bones and bones sawn lengthwise than if eating meat and bone together. 

Raw food for cats should always be fresh. Dogs can consume 'ripe' food and will sometimes bury bones for later consumption.

Quantity

An approximate food consumption guide, based on raw meaty bones, for the average pet cat and dog is 15-20% of body weight in one week or 2-3% per day. On that basis a 25kg dog requires up to 5 kg of carcasses or raw meaty bones weekly. Cats weighting 5kg require about 1 kg of chicken necks, quails, rabbit or similar each week. 

Pregnant or lactating females and growing puppies and kittens may need much more food than adult animals of similar body weight. 

Wherever possible, feed the meat and bone ration in one large piece requiring much ripping, tearing and gnawing. This makes for contented pets with clean teeth.

Frequency 

Wild carnivores feed at irregular intervals. In a domestic setting regularity works best and accordingly we suggest that you feed your adult dogs and cats once daily. If you live in a hot climate, it is recommended to feed pets in the evening to avoid attracting flies. 

Take care

  • Old dogs and cats addicted to a processed diet may experience initial difficulty when changed on to a natural diet
  • Pets with missharpen jaws and dental disease may experience difficulties with a natural diet.
  • Create variety. Any nutrients fed to excess can be harmful.
  • Liver is an excellent foodstuff but should not be fed more than once weekly.
  • Other offal, e.g. ox stomach, should not exceed 50% of diet.
  • Whole fish are an excellent source of food for carnivores, but avoid feeding one specie of fish constantly. 
  • There are no prizes for the fattest dog on block, nor for a lifetime of health. Prevention is better than cure. 

For expanded description of dietary requirements and further information, please visit www.rawmeatybones.com .

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us via (02) 4577 7061 or email: clinic@rawmeatybones.com .

 

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