All our dogs are fed a Raw Meat Diet or
SARF - “Species Appropriate Raw Food” or “Whole Prey Diet”
Dogs may be able to survive on kibble dog food but they do not thrive.
Dogs are carnivores, they were never meant to eat the average 70% carbs that
come from different grain types that fill most kibble dog foods.
A natural carnivore diet contains 1 - 2% carbs.
Unlike humans, dogs have no fundamental requirement for carbohydrates.
Their major energy source comes from free fatty acids derived from meat fat.
This fat is stored in muscle tissue, their metabolism can only store very small
amounts of glycogen from carbs. Excessive carbs from grain are the major
cause of the diabetic epidemic in the dog population today.
This is an excellent article on why a dog’s system does not
require carbs - Myth’s About Raw Feeding - Carbohydrates
Nor are they meant to eat their protein sources cooked.
This dramatically changes the make-up.
What Happens When Cooking Dog Food
Raw meat diets are NOT, “high” in protein as many people are inclined to think.
A SARF diet is approx. 16% - 20% protein.
(This being the protein percentage of most meats.
The remainder is 75% - 80% water, and approximately 5% combined
fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.)
Many kibble dog foods contain protein levels of 22% - 26% .
Many puppy foods contain protein near the 30% mark.
This is too much protein for a growing pup!
Canines have a DNA that directly link them to the wolf.
Wolves and wild dogs do not eat corn or rice....they eat raw meat!!!
Would you feed a horse steak? Of course not!
Then why are we feeding our dogs like they are grain eating animals?
Over the past 50 - 70 years (depending on the country) that kibble feed has become commonplace, many ailments have surfaced in the canine population - including:
- skin allerigies
- weakened immune systems
- gum disease and tooth decay
- hyper activity
- “dog” smell
- phobic problems
- weight problems
- ear and eye ailments
- allergies to cooked protein sources or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Most of this can be reversed by switching your dog to a Raw Meat and Bone Diet.
There are many many sites where you can find more information on feeding your dogs raw. Here are some that I found very informative and helpful -
Raw Meaty Bones
This website is full of great information and you can either
buy the hard copy book “Raw Meaty Bones” Promote Health”
by :Dr Tom Lonsdale's or download it as an E-book for $9.50
The Wolf’s Natural Diet - A Feeding Guide For Your Dog
This is an E-book that is well worth the $11.88 to download.
Myths About Raw Feeding
Give Your Dog A Bone
Book by Ian Billinghurst
Get The Facts - “What’s Really In Pet Food”
Excellent article regarding kibble dog food.
Pictured Below -
What We Feed Our Dogs And An Idea On The Pricing
**Note** - The canine stomach differs from a human’s, in that it is
like an accordion and folds into itself when empty and expands when full.
It’s better to feed a dog one larger meal a day, rather then two smaller meals,
as the more extended their stomach becomes the more efficiently it works
and the more nutrients can be drawn from the food.
An older ewe that did not birth a spring lamb....too old for
human meat, but perfect for the dogs at only $1.75/lb
The leftover carcass of the chicken after the meat
has been stripped for human consumption - .25 cents/lb
This is expensive!!!! at $5.00/lb so the dogs are only fed
this once every 2 weeks.
Offal - (Ground Beef Organs)
Kidney, Liver, Heart and Intestine
.75 cents/lbs. ($1.50/lb for Elk)
The dogs are fed this once a week as they do not
require as much organs as they do meat and bone....think of the
ratio of meat to organs of a live animal, such as a deer.
The perfect protein! Each dog gets 1 - 2 eggs
per week, mixed in with something else.
**Note** - recent studies with canines has shown a dramatic
decrease of cancers - 90% - when dogs are fed green, yellow and orange
vegetables, so you might want to add this 2 - 3 times a week for good measure.
Ground Beef (Hamburger)
I stock up on this when it comes on sale,
.79 cents - .99 cents/lb
Shown is Wild Halibut. I also try to get Salmon.
I purchase this as the cutoffs or fish stock from the fresh fish
and seafood counter at my grocery store. Great price at only .30 cents/lb
The dogs are fed fish once every week or two.
These 2 - 3 lb fryers make a quick and easy meal
for the dogs at .99 cents/lb
I get these from the meat packages, for approx .30 cents/lb
They are full of marrow, meat, fat and bone that leaves
the dogs with the FULL stomach!!
They get one or two of these a week.
Ground Chicken Backs & Necks
At .50 cents/lb I get this for a great price.
I’ve seen it sell for as high as $1.50/lb. though
Anything that is ground has a higher price tag.
Great stuff!! Full of meat, fat, marrow and bone
$2.00/lb. from the meat packers.
From Universal Games Farms.
Their Elk is organically raise and great to feed the dogs.
$2.50/lb buying in bulk. The dogs get this once a week.
Great wild game, couldn’t ask for anything
better for the dogs!!
Hard to cut up but a good chew for the dogs.
Venison, Moose and Elk are very low in fat content if all outside fat has been trimmed, you will need to add another source of fat to your dog’s diet if feeding large amounts of wild game meats. Chicken fat is great for this purpose.
Remember protein is not stored, your dog will need meat fat for this purpose.
I also add these supplements to the dog’s diet:
(usually 4 times per week)
Fish Oil (Salmon)