Feeding the correct amount of raw food to your pup is essential to maintain a healthy weight. Every dog is different like us and may need different dietary requirements. We like to see a slim waist but no protruding hip bones or ribs! An overweight dog is likely to have multiple health issues and a raw diet with no added carbohydrates (sugar) will certainly be better than a highly processed diet.
Depending on the foods you have chosen to feed your pup, we would recommend a variety of different proteins. We believe in “balancing over time”. Would you know how much zinc, magnesium, vitamins and minerals were in your own food daily? Probably not and the same goes for our dogs. Offering your pup different meats, fruit and vegetables will give optimum nutrition and health.
For an adult dog, we would advise feeding 2-3% of their ideal body weight per day – some pups may need more and some less but this is a good place to start.
Depending on the exercise they are doing, their energy levels, and their age, this can be adjusted to suit each individual dog.
For a puppy, we advise feeding 5-6% of their ideal body weight. With puppies, it is important to remember that they have growth spurts and will need more food at this time. Weighing regularly will help you work out how much your pup needs.
My dog is a little chubby.
Feeding less or choosing lower fats meats should help your pup to shed some weight. Increasing exercise will also help – keep an eye on the number of treats he gets too as they all add up.
My dog looks thin.
Increasing the food slowly and feeding higher fat meats such as duck and lamb will help your pup to gain weight. Depending on the amount of exercise your pup has, this can make a difference too.
Often a change of diet to raw food makes your pup more food orientated – suddenly they start to enjoy their food and this is normal to see. Try giving a bone, or deer antler to keep your pup entertained if you have given the correct amount of food.
On a raw diet, your pup will do a lot less poop as there are fewer carbohydrates – nothing to worry about here as the less waste that goes into your pup, the less waste will come out!
On a raw diet, your pup will drink less as the food is naturally around 70% water (none added). This is totally normal but always keep an eye on their pee to make sure they are not dehydrated.
The conclusion here is to keep an eye on your dog and his weight. Up to 80% of our dogs are overweight and we believe this is due to the wrong diet. Feeding the correct amount of raw, nutritionally balanced food will enable your pup to lead a healthy and happy life and have a lot fewer visits to the vet.