** raw feeding is a personal choice, and following is written by a member who chooses to feed raw **
One option in the feeding of your pet dog is that of raw feeding. The one I’m going to talk about here is that of BARF (Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food).
This type of feeding is goes back to the way canines originally ate, by eating raw food of their prey. This is not to say that your dog is a wolf, but that your dogs digestive system is fundamentally the same as that of a wolf’s.
So don’t look at your dog as a little beagle trying to bring down a whole deer, more as a beagle sized digestive system eating the appropriate amount from appropriate prey.
By feeding your dog raw meat, bones, offal and vegetation, you are allowing them to get the correct nutrients they need for their body, in a natural way.
There are many places you can look for help and direction in starting raw feeding.
You can find a mentor who’s opinion you value, to help you start
There are a number of web sites and Facebook pages that can help. I have found Perth (W.A.) Raw Feeding Community to be the most diverse and helpful.
One of the most knowledgeable raw feeding/natural health veterinarians, Dr Claire Middle, lives here in Perth and has written simple and straight forward books about raw feeding.
Raw feeding can be made as simple or as complicated as you want to. When I started it was quite a complicated regime, but after a number of years of research and learning, I have come to a healthy, nourishing yet simple recipe that my dogs enjoy, this is enough to feed a 6kg dog for about 35 days;
3kg diced beef and diced goat
1 pumpkin and 1 sweet potato
300g liver, kidney, lung, heart
200g pilchard or sardine
1 cup parsley
1 tablespoon dried kelp
Daily raw bones of either chicken carcass, lamb shoulder or neck, roo tails
Sadly you may be faced with some people who believe you are doing your dog a disservice by feeding them healthy and natural raw food and not kibble.
What I feed my dogs is my choice and while I happily recommend raw food to all dogs, I don’t shame anybody who does not do likewise.
If you do feed your dog a form of kibble always remember to read the list of ingredients carefully and understand what is meant by these ingredients