How to Feed a Raw Diet For Your Dog

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Raw feeding is a diet based on the principle that dogs are carnivorous by nature, designed to eat mainly raw meat with bone, together with the addition of fruits and vegetables, and in some circumstances, a healthy source of easily digestible carbohydrate. This principle is based on dog’s teeth structure, jaws, stomach acid pH and digestive system.

 

Raw feeding is a tasty, naturally nourishing alternative to a dried, processed diet and can be particularly beneficial for dogs with sensitive digestion or food intolerances. With Natures Menu, raw feeding is made as simple or as personable as you would like with either their complete and balance ready-made meals or their individual ingredients for a home prepared diet.

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Natures Menu complete and balanced meals contain everything needed for your dog to sustain a healthy, happy lifestyle on which they will thrive. Their raw nugget or complete and balanced block meals make raw feeding as simple as defrosting and feeding meal sized portions, just by following the feeding guide. Thaw at room temperature in your dog’s bowl for a couple of hours or overnight in a sealed container in the fridge, then serve.

 

For those who enjoy mixing and matching to make home prepared meals, Natures Menu provide all the necessary components with their Just Meat Blocks or Free Flow Minces, Mixer Biscuits and Fruit and Vegetable Nuggets. When putting together a home prepared meal, Natures Menu advise two basic recipe options, either the 60:20:20 ratio with 60% meat, 20% fruit and vegetables and 20% easily digestible carbohydrate, such as sweet potato, brown rice or swede. Alternatively, for those opting for a carbohydrate free diet, they would advise working to a 80:20 ratio with 80% of the meal being meat and 20% fruit and vegetables.

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As an additional extra to your dog’s raw food diet, you may like to consider a raw bone or chew just 1-3 times a week. Not only do they provide a natural source of nutrients, they help to keep teeth clean and breath fresh whilst providing an interactive, mentally stimulating chewing session too. Please refer to the Natures Menu Bones, Chews and Chunks Guide (see below) to see which bones and chews are appropriate for your dog.

Bones are perfectly safe to feed if fed raw and appropriately selected for the age and experience of your dog. Raw bones are moisture rich, softer and more flexible compared to cooked bones, it is only when they are cooked that they become dry and brittle causing them to splinter and potential cause problems. Therefore, we would never advise to feed a cooked bone.

All of Natures Menu’s bones, chews, chunks and meats are safely sourced, stored and regularly tested for bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter and enterobacteriaceae. When feeding a raw diet, always ensure that bowls, utensils, hands and surfaces are washed thoroughly after serving as you would when preparing any raw meat at home.


Bones are perfectly safe to feed if fed raw and appropriately selected for the age and experience of your dog. Raw bones are moisture rich, softer and more flexible compared to cooked bones, it is only when they are cooked that they become dry and brittle causing them to splinter and potential cause problems. Therefore, we would never advise to feed a cooked bone.

All of Natures Menu’s bones, chews, chunks and meats are safely sourced, stored and regularly tested for bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter and enterobacteriaceae. When feeding a raw diet, always ensure that bowls, utensils, hands and surfaces are washed thoroughly after serving as you would when preparing any raw meat at home.

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