Getting Raw Food For My Pet

BARF DietThe right balance of meat, bone and greens is important and easy to achieve now that frozen minced meat and bone mixes are readily available and easily stored.

Meat And Bone

You can order packets of good quality frozen minced meat and bone mix, with or without vegetables, from Prize Choice, Natural Instinct or Honey's Real Dog Food. They will deliver a month's supply at a time. Most large pet shops also sell Prize Choice.

Frozen food should be allowed to defrost naturally at room temperature in a bowl, to preserve it's enzyme activity. Do not microwave!

Grass Soup

Dogs and cats also need raw green leafy vegetables, liquidized or pulverized, mixed in with their minced meat and bone mix, as part of the 'grass soup' element. Dogs do well on about 1/3 veg to 2/3 meat and bone mix, whilst cats need about a teaspoonful of the pulverized greens.

Mixing Pet Plus in with this meat, bone and vegetable mixture will provide plenty of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, prebiotics, fatty acids and enzymes to complete the grass soup.

RAW Meaty Bones

Chewing raw meaty bones (like raw chicken wings and drumsticks) and raw fibrous vegetables (like carrots and broccoli stalks) 3 - 4 times a week helps to keep their teeth clean and provides entertainment and satisfaction. Dogs and cats love to chew!

Never give cooked bones as they are brittle, so can break into sharp splinters. They are also indigestible, causing constipation and obstruction.

Snacks

Raw fruit can be given as snacks between meals, but it best not to mix it in with their meat as it would be difficult to digest such a combination. The grape family has been associated with poisoning in dogs so avoid grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas.

And To Drink?

An unlimited supply of fresh, chemical-free water is essential. Naturally, they would choose to drink fresh running water from a stream, so we need to filter the chemicals out of our tap water and give them a plentiful, fresh supply every day.

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2 comments on “Getting Raw Food For My Pet”

  1. Thanks for your comment. 
    Most carnivores like to chew and gnaw, preferring meaty chunks and raw meaty bones to mince.  It's more natural and better for their teeth and entertainment!
    Bone meal is all sterilized, so not raw and therefore relatively unavailable as a source of minerals. So best to use the Pet Plus which provides readily absorbed minerals in the greens. 
    Maybe you could cut up raw meaty bones like chicken wings into chunks so he eats them like the chunks of meat he eats readily. Just found an interesting looking supplier called Woldsway. They do wild rabbit too...might be of use to you.
    Hope that helps.
    Suzi

  2. Just wanted to let you know that my cat loves meaty chunks with PetPlus.
    Unfortunately he will not eat mince with bone, maybe because he does not like the texture, and he thinks chicken wings are toys!
    Can I give him his daily calcium by adding a quarter teaspoon of bone meal to his food?
    Any advice would be great. Thank you.
    Clare

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