RAW Feeding Guide
Raw feeding must be done with some degree of science to provide your dog with a complete and balanced diet. The key pointsfor a RAW diet:
1. Balance over time – one meal could have more bone content, another more meat or organ.
2. The approximate ratio to aim for overall is 80% meat (tripe and heart forms part of meat), sinew, ligaments and fat, 10% edible bone, 5% liver, 5% other organ meat.
3. Rotation of proteins – don’t feed just one protein source day in day out.
4. Fasting for adult dogs.
5. Pet rolls ( overboiled processed sludge) is NOT raw feeding.
6. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t NEED it!
The Difference with Our Diet
Our tripe is not to be confused with the “bleached” tripe commonly available. Bleached tripe has been doused in chemicals that strip almost all of the nutritional benefits. As it is illegal to sell unwashed raw green tripe in Australia, ours is washed without harsh chemicals and not bleached. Tripe IS NOT organ or intestine meat. Tripe is the wall/lining of the stomach of animals such as goat, cow, deer, or lamb. Like a large sponge, it soaks up digestive and gastric juices, which are rich in essential fatty acids, omega 3 & 6, and an excellent source of protein. Due to the fermentation process and the way that the ruminant digests, the abomasum provides a food that is incredibly rich. Not only will it provide completely natural digestive enzymes to the dog but also vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids.
The enzymes not only help digestion in the canine but are also said to have a substantial effect on the cleaning of your pup’s teeth, keeping them white. Fatty acids are another benefit. All dogs need omega 3 and 6 in their diet – especially to maintain healthy skin and coat. The vitamins and amino acids are what gives your dog energy and spunk – tripe has plenty of these. Whilst many dog owners feed probiotics to their dogs to help with runny stools, upset tummies, and recovery and regeneration of good bacteria from depletion via prescribed antibiotics, tripe is the healthier alternative. Tripe is an excellent source of probiotics due to the large numbers of helpful microorganisms contained within the digestive tract. Raw tripe also has a perfect 1:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorus, which is vital for proper bone and joint development and sustainability.
Benefits of raw meaty bones
Raw bones are consumed first and foremost for their nutritional value to the cat or dog. A natural, and highly digestible source of calcium is provided by raw bones, and is required to provide a natural balance to the higher levels of phosphorous found in raw meat. Sufficient supplies of calcium is vital for normal growth and development, for correct mineralisation (strength) of the teeth and bones, and structure of joints. It is vital for muscular contraction in the body, including the heart muscle, and is involved in a wide array of metabolic processes. The calcium in raw bones can be up to 4 times more digestible than most common calcium supplements available. Bones also supply smaller amounts of cartilage (natural glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate to prevent arthritis), bone marrow and other minerals like boron, which are vital for bone health.
Fasting involves the withholding of food from adult dogs; this does not include withholding water, which should be available at all times. Fasting is NOT starving your dog. Whilst this can be a foreign concept in many societies, fasting has an abundance of health benefits for humans also. Remember, a dogs internal anatomy is completely different to a humans so they are designed to process food in a different manner. The issue is our disposition to humanise animals, which creates an incorrect view of what they actually need to exist as nature intended