At Total Canine, we believe that dogs should be eating as close to a natural diet as possible. Just some of the well-documented effects of raw feeding include:
- A shinier softer coat
- Healthier skin
- Reduction to allergies
- Cleaner teeth
- Fresher breath
- Increased energy
- Smaller and fewer faeces
From an evolutionary standpoint, dogs and cats are carnivores. Dogs can handle a small amount of non-starchy vegetables and fruits, however, cats are obligate carnivores and are not meant to eat any grains, vegetables or fruits.
By feeding your pet a natural diet that mimics what it would eat in the wild, you are going to have a healthier and longer-lived furbaby.
There are some precautions that should be taken when feeding a raw diet.
Care must be taken when handling and storing the meat to protect it from bacteria.
An unbalanced diet can cause deficiencies that may lead to long term health damage. We base our food on the ‘prey model’, 80% muscle meat, 10% bone and 10% organ meat. We add a little vegetable matter, which mimics what you would find in the stomach of the prey for extra vitamins and minerals, providing a very balanced diet.
There is a potential for your pet to possibly choke on a bone, but If you feed raw bones, not smoked, dried or cooked, you are going to be very safe. Some dogs will need to be taught to chew bones and may need supervision in the beginning.
Puppies should be introduced slowly to a raw diet and are better started on a cooked diet to mimic their mothers regurgitating food. Puppies also need extra calcium and phosphorous for good bone growth and general development.
We supply a range of ready-made meals and treats, and our team is able to help discuss your specifc dietary needs. Keep an eye out for all the latest nutrition news!