Natural Nutrition for dogs
raw food meal plans and information
Just as nutrition plays a massive role in the lives of humans, the same goes for our dogs. Natural nutrition means feeding a diet that is species appropriate. For a dog, species-appropriate means a raw diet. If you want to start feeding your dog(s) raw food but are confused where to even start or how to feed raw food daily, then this is for you and your dog. The raw diet is life changing for dog and owner alike. You will notice an immediate and long-term difference in your dog’s health and well-being. Your dog will go from surviving to thriving with this diet change alone! Learn more about the two options available below.
How does it work?
There are two options for you to choose from:
Premade Raw Food Consultation: If you want the convenience of a premade raw food but have no clue which brand to choose or what to look for, this is for you. I will help you calculate how much you need to be feeding your dog(s) based on weight and activity level, which premade food to choose and why. The cost for this consultation is $40 for one dog, $20 for each additional dog.
Raw Food Meal Plan: This is for the DIY person and can be more cost-effective, but you will be chopping up meat, liver, etc. and getting your hands dirty! You also may have to source from multiple grocery stores, co-ops, online stores, etc., in order to find what you are looking for and you should be prepared to store the food properly and have ample space to do so. I will help you find places in your area but cannot guarantee your area will have what exactly you need. You will receive three (3) custom meals for your dog based on their weight and activity levels that you can rotate throughout the week. The cost for this consultation is $75 for one dog, $40 for each additional dog.
I wish I had fed all three of my dogs a species-appropriate diet when I got them, but unfortunately, you live and you learn. I am making up for those lost years by feeding them a diet that is rich in nutrients from raw meat, organs, and bones. I follow the 80/10/10 rule of DIY raw feeding, it is known as the ‘Frankenprey model’.
80/10/10: 80% muscle meat, 10% raw edible bone, 10% secreting organs. I do add veggies and fruits as well because I find benefit in them.
Frankenprey: Is a term used to describe a type of raw feeding where you use different parts of different animals to create the raw meal. Did you know that in the wild, wolves would get the fruits and veggie portion of their meal from the contents of their prey’s stomach? This is why I believe it is important to feed predigested veggies and fruits, or those that mimic the predigested stage.
Vegetables & Fruits: I find value in feeding vegetables and fruits, but this has to be done properly and with the pets overall health in mind. This is optional to include in the meal plan depending on your preferences.
Balanced Meals: The three (3) meal plans aim to be fully balanced but depending on your resources and your dog, they might be aimed to balance over the week. I personally balance my dog’s raw meals throughout the week. This will be addressed during the consultation process.
Transitioning to Raw: Transitioning your dog to a raw diet takes time, patience AND dedication. You will need to be actively monitoring their poop to understand if your dog needs less bone, organ, etc. Your dog will be the best way to tell how the raw diet is working. The introduction of raw foods will be slow and over weeks of time. You will receive information on how to transition your dog to avoid GI upset, but as with any new food, this might occur. If you have been feeding kibble, vaccinating yearly and/or giving antibiotics for your dog’s entire life, your dog’s gut pH balance will be off and will need time to adjust.
What if my dog has special needs or can’t handle raw food? One of my dogs cannot handle raw food due to her severe IBD and EPI. If you are looking for a balanced cooked food diet, I recommend the University of Tennesee Veterinary Nutrition Service. That is where my dog Mylah’s diet was formulated based on her specific health needs. If your dog is not a complicated case and you just prefer a home-cooked option, I recommend NomNomNow.
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