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Types of food for a wolfdog -  Raw food

Raw food or also known as BARF, is the feeding of raw meat, raw vegetables and raw meat bones. The advantages of this method of feeding is represented mainly minerals, vitamins and trace elements in their natural, ideal form for a dog, chew bones removes tartar, do not smell of dog breath, BARF is highly digestible, thus reducing the amount of excrements, dog takes maximum, the dog is healthy, vital, no problems with allergies, coat quality, and has far fewer parasites, healthier bones, tendons,...

Prejudices

Today, owners are bombarded with commercials for granulated feed, accustomed to comfort and establish the need for daily compiled diet for the dog. By the lack of time, it is only logical that rather choose the bag finished food as the raw food diet, which must be further edited. It's like pasta in a bag for people. Buy ready-made bag, ready meals. Those who do not want to eat still the same, too salty and artificial food buy vegetables and fresh foods, prepare them at home and know exactly what they used in their diet.

But I can say that breeders are returning to feeding a natural diet, chemical free, rich and fresh taste, that your dog likes and is beneficial for him.

Still feeding the same diet is not good for anyone. Even for the dog. From every side we hear, however, feeding raw meat affect your dog's behavior, increased aggression, the taste of hunting, ... But is it really so?

dog should eat the granules, in them is everything they need every day - let's look at it this way, food in nature is not exactly balanced on gram every day, sometimes just fruit, sometimes meat feast, sometimes nothing at all. It is a balance in the long time. When you pass away what all sorts of chemicals and wastes containing granules (which otherwise achieve as high durability?), why give only 20-30% of dog meat when you can have 100%? The dog is a carnivore, he has the teeth to eat meat!

 

preparation of food is too risky for the ratio - yes, it requires a moment of your time to you what is staged. Over time, however, acquire such experience that you feed the dog automatically, without much thought.


 it's expensive - from experience - I feed dog 38 kg adult, raw food - beef, pork, chicken, turkey, bones, and comes out with side dishes to about 20-25 € per month ... I think that says it all. Did really good pellets cost so much?


dogs are after raw food aggressive - very deep-rooted delusion. I'll give you a few observations - facts - to think - what did dogs ate before pellets were on market? As hunting dogs, which wear half dead, bleeding deer to its owner, or it must kill themselves the deer and can live with the hens and the owner of many years in peace? Has ever been a documented case where a dog attacked REALLY because of raw diet humans? If properly educated and trained! We are not talking about dogs that were left at the mercy of education and do not respected his master. There are dogs canisterapeuts who are fed raw ...

 

bones are dangerous for dogs - yes, but only baked or boiled. These are broken down and can really hurt your dog by being stuck in the digestive tract wall. But not by raw bone. They are in a quarry less sharp and hard and heavy dog saliva allow them to slide easily in the digestive tract. By the dog kept on granules very long time, is the risk slightly higher. Therefore caution. His digestive tract is lazy. When feeding bones, therefore make sure that they are raw, not small and sharp.

 raw meat is a health hazard - you must not worry about salmonella and parasites. If the dog is regularly de-worming, do not worry. Gastric juice in the dog are so strong, that raw meat and bones in 24 hours spread and soon moved into the digestive tract. Ganulated feed is processed by the stomach for 3-4 days, it can be called a breeding ground for microorganisms. Finally, do not buy meat of dubious origin. In the human butchery, or through friends in the slaughterhouse can I get cheap meat, for people using, it is health checked.

 time-consuming preparation - the preparation of this meal time is a few tens of minutes per month more than when feeding pellets. Does not cost you a dog that is healthy and vital for those few extra minutes? The butcher's meat you buy for yourself, just buy for dog too. There are companies that will bring the entire block of meat directly to your home. Meat rations packed in the package, and then just pull out ... If you regret the time you spend for the good of the dog, going to purchase, or certainly picked up the meat, poor dog, which owner counted every minute spent on the dog ...

 takes a lot of space - if you have not the option, just buy meat for the week ahead. Small place in the freezer is always found.

What can you fed?

Meat - beef and pork muscle meat, fish (whole), chicken, rabbit, pigeon carcass, turkey, trachea, horse, deer, turkey, ostrich meat, lamb, kangaroos meat. In winter it is good to give more fatty meats, for the creation of fat over the summer can give light meats mostly. You can also offer canned fish - fish in its own juices, especially watch out for salt, are suitable for vitamins and are very tasty, just once a week.

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Raw meat bones - ideal turkey or chicken necks, wings, fuselages, thighs - coated meat, so meat bones. Also suitable are large pork and beef bones, which in most butchers give free. Never do not give cooked bones. Bones serve coated meat, so for example ribs. However, they may cause constipation, so serve with additional nutrients to balance the diet. Exceptions are cooked marrow bones. They boil briefly, and harden the dog can chew them longer and do not hurt him. The bones are hollow, the central part between the joints  can we fill with molten cheese.

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Guts - fed the kidneys, liver, heart, lung, stomach, tripe, brain, ... This, of what animals they are, is not important, it is advisable to have a proven source. Also suitable are trachea, ears, snouts, and the like.

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Fruit and vegetables - in the rough is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Cut it into cubes or grate, or blend. Diet should contain 50% green leafy vegetables, other vegetables 30% and 20% fruit. Dogs can not make good use of vegetables and we have to help him To blend, diced or grated vegetables. Of course, some types of vegetables shall break itself :)

Eggs - whole served from 1 to 2 in week, no more, because they are a source of cholesterol.

Dairy products - you can add to the diet white yogurt, cottage cheese and other fermented products. Watch out for milk, not every dog shall bear him, and dairy products only 2 to 3 times a week - watch by puppy, dairy products are rich in phosphorus.

Ingredients - here I advise the joints nutrition, calcium, herbs, sometimes a little salt, nuts, flaxseed, olive or salmon oil (exact ingredients, see supplements)

Ration - the composition and quantity

Ration may not be the same every day. It changes so that within a week received dog several kinds of food. Assuming that the dog eats twice a day, that is twelve servings per week. One day a week can be a hunger day - if we have adult dog. Of these 12 are 4 servings of meat-and-bone, 4 and 4 vegetable-grain milk.

If you want to feed without cereals should constitute 10-25% of vegetables, beef bones, meat and offal of 75-90%. The proportion of bone (meaning raw beef bones) should not exceed 30% of the total diet, ideally about 10%.

By amounts get oriented according to the actual weight of the dog. On one kilogram weight falls 30 to 60 grams of cooked food. By puppy is it 6-10% of current weight and 2% by adult. Attention! These percentages are indicative, each individual can lose weight for a given percentage of gaining or vice versa. Consider the degree of burden and adjust the dose according to the current state. Percentages are not dogma, but serve as a springboard, how much falls on the ration.

 

Age of dog Percentage of feed
2 - 4 months 6 - 10%
4 - 7 months 6%
7 - 12 months 4%
12 and more months 2%

Attention! This is a rule:

Cooked food + raw food

Cooked food + pellets

Raw food + granules

Do not mix granules with a home prepared food! It is a high burden of the stomach, change the ratio of substances in the diet to  unknown and do more harm than good. Only one kind of food!

Concrete example of diet

The following sections identify a few examples of foods for a healthy, adult dog. The dog has a day to receive 2% of their body weight. The portion of meat and attachments can be expressed as 70% meat and bone meat and 30% vegetables, offal, ... The exact ratio is an individual matter the age, the burden of disease, allergies, ... If the dog is fatter, increase the percentage of vegetables and if poorer the percentage increase to the dishes and fatter meat and meat bones.

It is not important what meat we feed. During one week, try to keep this ratio: 50% meat, 20% bone, 15% offal, vegetables. This means for feeding 2 times per day is 6 x meat, 4 x fleshy bones and offal 2 x, one day hunger day. The hunger day is that the dog don´t get meat, but perhaps only vegetables, fruit, meat or vegetable broth or only water.

Example diet for a 40 kg adult dog. Shall receive 2% by weight approximately 800g a day.

Day Breakfast Dinner
Monday

nothing, only water

Tuesday
chicken necks 450g
300g beef, vegetables (fruit) + oil + joint nutrition
Wednesday stomachs of poultry 400g 350 g chicken breasts + whole egg with shell
Thursday turkey wings 450g calf's liver 300g + vegetables (fruit) + oil + joint nutrition
Friday chicken back 450g 300 g beef tongue
Saturday beef 400g 350 g fish + vegetables (fruit) + oil + food articular capsule
Sunday sheep meat 450g 350 g beef

Example of dinner by us (ground beef, oatmeal, whole raw egg, oil, carrots and parsley, cheese, chicken carcasses, beef heart, and cut and whole)

Fig.1 minced meat with oat flakes, pieces of chicken and lettuce, chicken carcass, oil.
Fig.2 beef on the bone, ground meat, oatmeal, apple.

 

The beginnings with raw food

At the beginning of the transition to BARF be careful Especially a dog that has long been fed pellets can have problems first days. His digestive system is slimy and lazy. May have diarrhea or have mucus feces. He does not really taste him and the flavors are fully controlled by flavored salty granules. Try slightly cook the meat, it loses its typical raw smell and may be dog friendly. Diarrhea or vomiting after BARF may occur because of the changeover, gluttony in eating, hypothermia - the meat was still too cold, drink cold water - fat from meat are precipitated on the walls of the stomach, or may be allergic to any food.

How to switch from granular to BARF? There are several ways and each owner will choose another. Either you do it at once and one day get a dog only raw, or one day get nothing and the next day meat. Another way is to do milk day the next day give the meat. The method of combining meat and pellets in a single dose or in one day is not recommended. Stress the body and can cause more harm than good. If the dog is picky, we cook first meat few minutes, use a fine chicken meat.

Do not cut meat, give the dog the whole piece. If the dog is greedy, slice him into pieces and gradually increasing, possibly fed from hand. The dog has a tendency, a large piece of meat or bone to transfer to a place where they can feel free to chew. If you live in an apartment, get ready that he can choose a place on the carpet ...

If you freeze the meat remember that in the feeding of meat, should have room temperature. This means that by frozen meat could occur vomiting, or diarrhea. Some dogs have no problem with that, but take out the meat from the freezer long enough before serving. I take out the meat in the evening, give into the refrigerator overnight and then take out the morning. The dog eats in the evening. If the meat is unfrozen before it is mixed with additives goes into the refrigerator again. And about half an hour before dinner I take it out again. I use also the water, that comes from the meat.

If the dog has diarrhea from raw food, slow down the transition, first start with just a few foods, do not mix many kinds of food. Apple helps in diarrhea, which is worth adding to the diet, although you not see any digestive problems. You can shred, serve without peel and stir it for example in minced meat. Or severe by diarrhea probiotics.