WHAT IS RAW AND BARF FEEDING ALL ABOUT?
It’s called lots of things – raw dog food, fresh dog food, PMR, even BARF!
They are based on the biological facts that dogs are carnivores, (or some even argue evolved omnivores), and as such they should be fed a fresh meat and bone diet. A quick glance at a label of even the most premium of dry dog foods is all it takes to understand how much colour, additives, grains and fillers are in incorporated. It really gets you questioning whether it’s good for your dog.
The acronym BARF was coined in Australia by Dr Ian Billinghurst. It stands for Bones and Raw Food (but was later tweaked to Biologically Appropriate Raw Food).
PMR stands for Prey Model Raw which similar to BARF, is based on a belief of feeding ‘prey’ style meals such as whole kangaroo tails, fish skeletons etc. The primary difference between BARF and PMR is the inclusion of fruit and veggies in BARF whereas PMR is purley meat, bone and organ.
As a guide, an adult dog on a raw diet should eat approximately 2.5% of their body weight per day . If your dog is a little heavy or a bit lazy, they may need a little less. If they are active and well exercised, they may need a little more. Puppies from 3 – 12 months should be eating closer to 3 -6% of their body weight per day.
HOW DO I TRANSITION MY DOG’S DIET?
Some dogs will adapt to a new diet without any bother, but there’s a chance your pup may experience some light digestive upset when making the switch to The Naked Paw. We recommend transitioning their meals over a period of 7-10 days.
As a guide, we suggest a transition such as the below. Please use this as a guide only – you know your pup best so be mindful of any signs of an upset tummy such as diarrhea and always ensure they have access to plenty of fresh water.
Days 1 – 3 : 25% The Naked Paw & 75% old diet
Days 4 – 6: 50% The Naked Paw & 50% old diet
Days 7 – 9: 75% The Naked Paw & 25% old diet
Day 10: 100% The Naked Paw and never look back!
*If your dog is experiencing any lethargy or appears generally unwell please contact your vet.
Now that you are feeding a raw based diet, it is important to treat hygiene as you would do for yourself. Store The Naked Paw meals in the freezer. Thaw the amount of product you will use within 4-5 days. Make sure to wipe down all surfaces and clean all utensils with anti-bacterial products after use. Don’t forget to pop your dogs bowl through the dishwasher. Last but not least make sure to wash your hands after handling any raw meat product.
WANT TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR DOG’S MEALS?
While some dry and raw dog food claims to be ‘complete’ or fulfilling ‘all your dogs vitamin and mineral needs’ this is almost impossible to achieve from a single or few products. For example a human could not eat the same exact meal day in and day out and get all of the nutrition they need. The Naked Paw offers a great combination of proteins, vitamins and minerals to give your dog optimal health. For those who are keen to journey in to the world of raw feeding, you may choose to add things into your meals to give it a supercharged nutrition boost.