The Dos and Don’ts of the Raw Diet
2. NEVER mix cooked foods (including kibble) with raw foods. Raw foods digest much fast than cooked and processed foods, this can cause digestive upset.
3. Wait at LEAST 6-8 hours between feeding a kibble meal and a raw meal.
4. Only give meaty bones large enough for the dog. You base the size of the bone pieces on the dog’s head. Example: A chicken quarter is more appropriate than a drumstick for a GSD.
5. Only give fresh blood to an animal. This means the blood must be from a freshly butchered/frozen piece of meat, such as a heart. Most grocery store meats have been injected with sodium and broths to enhance flavor. This can cause digestive upset and major dehydration!
6. Eggs are perfectly fine to feed once or twice a week, but do not mix with kibble!
7. Be weary of feeding raw pork due to the chance of trichinosis. This is deadly! Warning for people outside of the USA & Canada
8. Do not feed Pacific wild fish unless first frozen for at least 3 weeks. There is a common fluke that carries a fatal bacterium. Atlantic fish is better.
9. Do not feed canned fish stored in oil. Only feed canned fish stored in water.
10. Freeze any wild game for at least 3 weeks to kill off parasites.
11. Only feed whole bones and necks and not sliced bones or necks. The smaller cut bones can easily cause obstruction and death.
12. Only give fish oil (Pollock, Sardine, Mackerel or Salmon) once a day and base the amount on the dog’s CURRENT weight.
13. Only feed bone 10% of the diet and organ meat 10% of the diet. The rest should be natural, fresh muscle meat.
14. Base when to give bone on the formation of stool. Giving too much bone can cause constipation or in rare cases, diarrhea.