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Raw Dog Food

Make Your Own Dog Food

Allowing your dog to eat a raw dog food diet results in a healthier and happier pet. Make your own dog food diet; it is believed to be what nature intended for your canine.

A good rule of thumb when coming up with what amount to feed your pet is to feed them about the same amount they were eating when you fed them commercial pet food.

Our dogs, (one weighs about 40 lbs and the other about 70 lbs) are fed around two to three cups of raw food daily.

Of course they'd eat more than that if we gave it to them but over-feeding with any food is not healthy for your pet and you will find that it can result in some serious health issues.

Watch your pooch's weight when you make a switch to any type of new food diet; even if you make your own dog food. Feeding too much is as bad as feeding too little.

Ingredients for a Raw Dog Food Diet

The ingredients are simple:

  • Fruit
  • Grain (typically a very limited amount)
  • Vegetables
  • And of course meat

Meat makes up more than half of the daily diet.

Shop at your local meat market or butcher for the best in meat cuts and prices. A good one to start with is ground turkey. Mix half of the ground turkey with some wet oats (limited oats - you don't want to make this a carbohydrate high diet). Run some raw veggies such as carrots and broccoli through a blender or juicer and mix with the meat mixture.

Enzymes are released from the juiced vegetables to aid in the digestion of the raw meat. Use a variety of fresh vegetables to maintain a healthy balance of important vitamins and minerals.

Vegetables and Fruits to Use

It's okay to use carrots daily for the vegetable base. Below is a list of good vegetables and the nutrients and advantages they provide:

  • Apples: vitamin C
  • Beets: copper and manganese and helps with keeping the blood healthy.
  • Carrots: calcium, potassium and vitamins A, B, C, D and E
  • Celery: aids in maintaining a chemical balance and in blood flow and a natural diuretic.
  • Greens: chlorophyll and vitamins A and C.
  • Kale: helps to heal digestive disorders.
  • Parsley: aids in a healthy metabolism and thyroid.
  • Watercress and mustard greens: cleans the intestines.

Limited Quantities Only

These veggies won't digest well (can cause excessive gas), but can be eaten in small quantities every once in a while:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Turnips

These foods are off-limits: do NOT feed onions, raisins, or grapes to your pet - they can cause serious digestive distress (in fact serious enough that if your canine eats these foods you need to seek immediate emergency advice from your veterinarian and/or emergency dog hospital or clinic).

Healthy additives are flaxseed and omegas 3 and 6 fatty acids which keep the joints and coat healthy.

Feeding a raw diet is believed to have significant long term benefits: dogs live healthier lives and are expected to live longer lives eating the foods that nature intended.

Allowing your pet to eat the raw dog food diet results in a healthier and happier pooch. It's believed that this diet is what nature intended for your canine. Certainly there's no guess work about whatÂ’s in your pet's dish, you can be assured that this is one of the best diets your pooch can eat.

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