Raw Feeding Guide for Dogs
We're thrilled that you're considering starting raw feeding for your dog with Rathlin Raw! This is your go-to guide, providing insights into the health benefits and a seamless process for embracing our premium raw dog food.
Here’s everything you need to know about raw feeding for beginners:
1. Talk to your vet:
Before starting your dog on a raw diet, it is important to consult with your vet. to ensure it is the suitable for your dog’s health and lifestyle.
2. Calculate the daily feed:
Determine the appropriate daily feed based on your dog's specific needs. Consider factors such as age, weight, and activity level to establish a tailored feeding plan.
3. Learn about nutrient requirements:
Make sure you understand the basic nutrient requirements of your pup, and what type of food he would need to get enough of those nutrients.
4. Choose your raw food:
Explore the various types of raw foods available, including frozen pre-made raw diets, home-prepared options, and freeze-dried or dehydrated choices. Select a food that encompasses all the essential nutrients required for your pup's well-being.
5. Introduce the food gradually:
To prevent digestive upset, you should introduce the new food slowly; gradually increase the amount of raw food over the course of 10 days while decreasing any kibble or canned food.
Here’s how to follow the transition period, if you never fed your dog raw food before.
How much do I feed?
Several factors contribute to determining the right amount of raw food for your dog, but as a general guideline, you can aim to feed 2-3% of their body weight daily. Wondering how this translates into a practical feeding amount?
You need to know the weight of your dog to calculate the daily feeding amount. Try using our free raw feeding calculator below.
Raw Dog Food Calculator
Recommended daily food amount: grams
Breakdown for two meals:
1. Dog Weight: 15kg
Daily: 300-450 grams
Twice a Day: 150-225 grams per meal
2. Dog Weight: 20kg
Daily: 400-600 grams
Twice a Day: 200-300 grams per meal
3. Dog Weight: 30kg
Daily: 600-900 grams
Twice a Day: 300-450 grams per meal
How this is calculated?
15 kg * 3% = 0.45 kg
0.45 kg * 1000 (grams in 1 kg) = 450 grams
PRO TIP: Every dog is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach, therefore monitor your dog's weight and adjust the portions accordingly. All of the above are just guidelines.
How to know if I am doing it right?
Ensuring you're on the right track with your dog's raw food diet is best assessed through their stool. Ideally, the stool should be firm, striking a balance between not too hard and not too soft. If you notice white and crumbly stools or observe your dog straining during toileting, it may indicate an excess of bone in the diet. To address this, consider boosting the tripe content. On the other hand, if the stools are too loose and runny, consider reducing the tripe and increasing the bone content for a well-adjusted diet. Expect reduced thirst and stool frequency.
Store in the freezer. Once the product is defrosted, consume within 72 hours.
PRO TIP: For optimal convenience with our large Rathlin Raw products, consider slightly defrosting the items first. Once slightly thawed, divide them into portions based on your dog's feeding requirements. Place these portions into containers or plastic bags and freeze them again. This method ensures easy access to pre-measured servings, making mealtime a breeze while preserving the freshness and quality of the remaining product.