Below is a simple guide for people feeding raw food to their dog.There are also a lot of Facebook groups which have lots of people on them who will answer your questions and offer advice, we all had to start somewhere so don't be afraid to ask a question even if you think you might be a silly one.
This is NOT set in stone and should only be used as a rough guide.
Each and every dog is totally different and what works for my dog might not work with yours, even if they are the same breed, age etc.
There is a ton of information online just search for raw feeding for dogs or barf feeding for dogs.
Do your research and make notes on how it affects your dog, it'll take a bit of time before you work out a feeding plan for your dog.
NEVER cook or warm anything with bones in (Mince, wings, necks, carcasses etc)
RAW chicken bones are soft and will easily be chewed up by your dog.
As soon as they are cooked or even warmed they will start to harden and this can be dangerous.
RAW bones = Good
Cooked bones = Bad
One common mistake is feeding too much , it can be very deceiving and the appropriate amount usually looks like it's not enough Never mix cooked and raw food
Pick an amount of food to feed and stick to this for a few weeks one of three things will happen:
1) Your dog will gain weight.
2) Your dog will lose weight.
3) Your dogs weight will stay the same.
If you look at our feeding guide we have given you a simple sum based on your dogs current weight and what you want them to do I.E lose or gain weight.This sum is a good starting point BUT every dog is very different in their food needs.
Just because a friend has the same dog or litter mate their daily food needs will differ, don’t feed the same as they are, find out what works for your dog.
This amount of food will change throughout the year, during the hotter month dogs tend to eat less than during the winter months.
Keep an eye on your dog’s weight and adjust the food from there.
9 times out of 10 it’s not the amount of food that affects a dog’s weight its ALL THE TREATS and titbits over the course of a day or week that’ll affect doggy weight!
It’s no good trying to feed a healthy RAW diet if Fido is getting a ton of processed rubbish from a few members of the family (“Oh but he likes a curry/ sausage / bread roll” etc etc)...
Your dog will take some time to fully adjust to it's new diet, give them time and you will see the results of the change.
Take things slowly with introducing new food sources. Each dog is different but rushing things is one of the main reasons people feel their dog cannot cope with raw.
Aim to feed a balanced diet and include a mix of seasonal foods as time passes BUT not all at once.
Supervise feeding. We would recommend this to all people.
Follow basic kitchen health practices. Wash hands, wipe surfaces etc, sensible hygiene is always necessary when handling raw meat.
Using "They Love It" Dog Food
"They Love It" is 100% raw minced chicken, because of this you need to follow these guidelines to ensure the safe handling and use of this product.
When you food turns up put it into your freezer as soon as possible.
To defrost ready for use we recommend removing the needed amount for the freezer and leaving in a covered dish or other leak proof container, ideally in the fridge to defrost, if you are leaving the food on the counter top to defrost only leave out until the surface frost has melted and then place back into the fridge for the rest of the thawing.
Store at between 0oc and 4oc and use within 2 days.
If defrosting or placing in fridge make sure it's on a plate to catch drippings and place on the bottom shelf in case any blood drips and ensure it is fully defrosted before serving.
We do not recommend leaving the food out on the side for long periods of time to defrost as depending on the temperature within your room / house it could allow the food to go off.
It's best to think ahead and defrost the food in your fridge for safety.
If any food is left uneaten do not leave it there for more than 1 hour.
If your dog is leaving food you may need to lessen the amount you are feeding.
All the tubs, spoons food bowls etc are washed in warm soapy water and hands are also kept clean before and after handling food and feeding.
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Always feed under supervision
Always ensure fresh drinking water