Shopping Considerations for a Raw Dog Food Diet

Shopping Considerations for a Raw Dog Food Diet

A raw dog food diet will make your dog happier, more energetic and healthier. They will face less health problems both in their present state and in the long run when compared to their kibble fed (or other dog diets) counterparts. However, dog owners face a few challenges when it comes to selecting and buying good food for their dogs.

First, when buying raw food for dogs, make sure the food is human grade food or fit for human consumption. This means it is the highest quality raw food available. The quality of the food you pick is central to success with the raw food approach to dog nutrition.

The vegetables and fruits you buy should be organic. These are grown without chemical insecticides or pesticides or any artificial growth enhancers. The result is a diet that is both natural and healthy for your dog.

Fruits and vegetables which are not grown the organic way are not ideal because the traces of pesticides and chemicals used on non-organically raised produce can be ingested by your dog and lead to health problems. Even a careful washing will usually leave behind some trace elements of these poisons, and you do not want your dog to ingest them.

Before you settle on your butcher, make sure they know where their meat comes from and that it is not from herds that have been feed growth stimulants. For the same reason you want organic vegetables and fruits, you want to be sure your meats are free of contaminants. Not only can these stimulants trigger health problems they can cause your dog to suffer abnormal growth issues.

Keep in mind your storage capacity when bulk buying raw food for your animals. Keep in mind that different foods have varying shelf lives. Fresh vegetables last about a week and frozen meats last three to six months in the freezer, depending on the kind of meat.

When vegetables are in season, cheap and plentiful you may want to combine them into a slosh and bulk freeze serving size portions for later use.
When feeding puppies, keep in mind that they will need a higher percentage of protein in their diet compared to fully grown dogs because they’re at a critical growth stage. During their first three months, puppies should be fed four times a day. Afterwards you can switch to fewer feedings.

Usually older adult dogs do not need as much protein nor as many feedings as puppies, unless they are very active, in which case you will want to increase their protein and possibly their feeding frequency as well. Details are important, and need to be kept in mind. It’s not difficult really, but you do want to pay attention so you know not only what buy how much to buy.

A good resource for more information on how to provide your dog a healthy raw diet is the ebook, “Going Rawr.” It outlines not only how to choose raw dog foods, but details how to prepare and store them.

It’s an excellent resource for anyone starting out on a raw dog food program for their dogs or just interested in know more about the whys and hows of this type of diet.

Get more information on how to prepare nutritional Raw Dog Food meals for your dog now. Get your copy of Going Rawr

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