Types of Raw Diet
There are as many different ways
to feed raw, as there are raw feeders, in my opinion, but it mainly
comes down to 3 basic types, which are then tweaked to suit every
individual, the three basic types being:
- a raw diet which typically includes minced/ground meat, bones, fruit,
veg in quite high amounts, dairy produce, eggs, fish - devised by
RMB [raw meaty bones] -
a raw diet comprised mainly of 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 10% organ
meat, with a few 'table scraps' - mince/ground meat is favoured less and
meaty bones like half chickens, lamb legs, meaty ribs and chunks
preferred, raw eggs and fish are included also - devised by Dr. Tom
Whole Prey - a raw diet comprising whole carcass's of dead animals/fish being fed to the dog/s, raw eggs i.e. whole rabbits
of these, sometimes including cooked food also, from others like
Kymythy Schultze, Juliette De Bairacli-Levy, Wendy Volhard, Dr. Richard
Pitcairn and others - even though some of these others came before
Lonsdale and Billinghurst.
When I first changed my dogs to a more natural diet, I started off on a diet modelled on Billinghursts ‘Barf’ diet and my dogs did exceedingly well, although issues like excess gas did return after a short reprieve.
had no biscuit, but had raw mince and bones, and small amounts of
pureed fruit and vegetables daily along with boiled eggs as treats once a
week and fish.
I have learned more, the diet I feed my dogs has evolved into a more
Raw Meaty Bones [RMB] or prey-based diet, but with some added
supplements which I know to be beneficial for them but it is
ever-changing based on how they develop and what I feel is needed at the
To me the pros and cons are simple -
all dogs seem to improve and do well on a raw diet, certainly better
than they did on commercial, especially those with health/behaviour
issues; this means less vets visits, better health all round, glossy,
shiny coats, less need for bathing as dirt just dries and falls out of
the coat, no teeth cleaning needed, fresh breath and often worms and
fleas become minimal or even a thing of the past.
* Small, firm, easily-pick-up-able stools.
*You know what your dogs are eating, and so it is so much easier to find problem areas if/when problems arise.
health issues are sorted out with a natural diet - can't put weight on,
need to lose weight and tone up, some seizures, skin issues, dirty
teeth, stinky breath, recurring ear infections, some pancreatic issues -
often we find the sicker a dog is, the greater the benefits once
changed to a natural, fresh, raw diet.
particular breeds seem to do well on a little carefully chosen carbs as
part of their raw diet, like collies and greyhounds, bull terriers and
Shar-Pei - undoubtedly due to breeding.
personally don’t like the idea of carbs, unless in a very small amount
occasionally for treats - but quite rarely, but having said that, I have
used mashed potato with some dogs in the past to help them put some
weight on - it’s what suits ‘your’ dog, and with all the health
issues/weaknesses many dogs may have inherited, they may need slight
alterations from time to time from what the authors would accept.
seem to grow much more steadily on a raw diet, which is much better for
their joints and they seem to have stronger bones and less joint
dysplasia issues, aswell as less pano where their bones and muscles are
growing in a more balanced way.
* Make sure your dog eats bones nicely, and finding a good supplier - or affording the supermarkets if you can’t.
may have to get used to some not-very-nice smells [altho nothing smells
worse than tinned dogfood!] and get over squeamishness.
* You may need to clear, or purchase a freezer to enable you to buy in bulk or take advantage of special offers.
* It is advisable, and absolutely necessary for some types of meat to be frozen before they are fed to kill of certain bacteria.
find people everywhere using all types of natural diet, and very happy
with how their dogs are doing on it, which leads me to feel that no one
type is ‘it’, but what we have to do is find what works best for ‘our’
dogs, which to me can mean using kinesiology also to make sure I 'get it
right' for the individual.
I feel the Pros far outweight the Cons and can find no reason I would ever revert back from a natural diet.