A Prey Model raw blog for dogs, cats and ferrets (also their owners). Raw feeding is based on long-term pet health and carnivore physiology. I post tips about how to start Prey Model Raw, the benefits of a healthy unprocessed diet, where to locate cheap meat and how to easily create a complete diet. Good nutrition is the very foundation of good long-term health. Pet diets should be based on what they thrive on, instead of what they can simply survive on.
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Complete Starters Guide
Starter guide is aimed at dogs but 80/10/10 ratio applies to cats/ferrets too. Just disregard recreational bone feeding for cats/ferrets, and feed edible bone instead.
Why Feed Raw?
Raw Feeding Myths
Kibble Ingredients Diagram
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Hi, fish oil is a good source of EPA/DHA so perhaps you could look into that. You can just add part of a capsule to his meat so it’s quite convenient too. Here is a post I made awhile ago about dosages and how to choose a good fish oil. :)
Hi fish oil certainly has its benefits so it’s a great inclusion to a raw diet. I made this post awhile ago about choosing fish oil and also dosages. Its important not to overdo it becuase too much can deplete Vitamin E levels. The best way is to read the back of the fish oil and measure based on the EPA/DHA levels stated there. It will just have to be approximate too. Also open up a capsule and smell it to make sure its not rancid, as rancid fish oil has the opposite effect (damaging/cancer causing free radicals). Once you’ve opened the capsule to get out the right amount, dont save the remaining oil either becuase it will go rancid quickly once opened. :)
That’s awesome, its always cool to hear from other owners who found my blog useful. Raw feeding is definitely the cheaper way to go; I fed Science Diet once upon a time but now I wouldnt touch it with a 10 foot pole haha.
Yep you sure can when its from a human-grade source and not straight out of the wild. Sardines are a really good whole fish to feed too. The bones in raw fish are very small, soft and digestible.You might just have to introduce it slowly though as some dogs get initial stomach upset from fish. :)
Hi Ive heard this is a common concern with Dalmatians as a breed. There are a lot of owners out there who feed raw successfully however most avoid beef meat, large game (venison), all organs, and occasionally lamb. Instead they feed chicken, turkey, other poultry, and eggs/fish a few times a week. The best idea to replace the nutritional value of organs would be a broad spectrum multivitamin that is designed to be adequate for canine long-term use. Not sure of any specific brands as I live in NZ, but there are a lot available online. Synthetic nutrients arent preferable for normal dogs but since your Dalmatian cannot have organs it would be essential in order to prevent deficiencies. Just be sure to read reviews and check the quality of ingredients used (maybe your vet even sells them?). Locating a holistic vet or vet naturopath nearby might be very useful too as they can help you tailor the diet around it and monitor his urinary PH. A lot of owners also buy sticks that allow them to test it at home, which is useful for finding the normal range for their dog and monitoring ph levels. It is also recommended that you add water to your dogs food in order to dilute the urine. :)
Raw feeding dalmatians (Barf, but still relevant)
Hi yeah I guess it depends on where you live, as to its availability unfortunately. Canned green tripe wont be as good as fresh as usually it is cooked/heat processed, however it can still be beneficial for your dog or cat. Depending on any preservatives/additives used it may certainly be a good inclusion, as opposed to not feeding it. :)
Hi the raw feeding myth index may be of use in this situation especially these: Bacteria, Kibble, Bloodthirsty and the Omnivore myth. This video by Karen Becker DVM is also very informative. It’s important to remember that both kibble and raw have high levels of bacteria too (small study here).The difference being that a diet based on meat protein actually improves your dogs ability to manage bacteria levels through decreased PH levels (kibble raises PH toward alkalinity) and increases in gastric acid secretion. I think education is the key, so if possible encourage her to join some of the raw feeding fb groups as it will allow her to see that it is actually quite a simple, common, and effective diet. Raw feeding is basically just wholefood for dogs - similar to a human gaining nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables (etc) as opposed to solely relying on synthetic nutrients such as vitamin pills. If you can locate a holistic vet or vet naturopath that would also go a long way in convincing her too. A lot of other vets support raw, but the only way to know is to ring around and enquire. It might also help to convince her if you can start to locate cheap sources and plan the diet. For example you could locate chicken/turkey frames or backs, green tripe, trimmings, heart, and organs in order to emphasize that it can be done for a low cost. The first step is always the hardest though. I remember the very first time my older dog ate chicken bone and despite doing all the research I was still anxiously chewing off my nails. So over time she may become accustomed to raw feeding and even very supportive; it just takes education and then that initial leap. :)
Yep that should be fine. Any dog may be at risk of bloat in its lifetime so its good that you are aware of it and take steps to prevent it. Bloat can still occur even when these steps are taken, so basically dont worry about it too much. Just continue resting before/after food and when you can, try to split her meals. Being vigilant is the most important thing in case it ever does happen (hopefully it doesnt), as this will help you to react quickly.
It says much more alkaline, when compared to dogs. Meaning less acidic than dogs. Not meaning it is alkaline itself.
The human stomach ph is very acidic when it is fasted. When fasted, both dogs and humans have a relatively low ph (highly acidic); which is even relatively similar. However studies show that human gastric ph spikes after a meal, to a ph higher and more alkaline than dogs. "Overall results suggest that while the gastric ph in dogs and humans is very similar in the fasted state, the initial postprandial ph peak that occurs consistently in humans appears to be absent in dogs and the ph response to meals is less predictable, ranging from no change relative to the pre-meal ph to a 2-3 unit elevation during the first postprandial hour," (Source study). Following a gradual decline, dog gastric ph was still lower than humans. They concluded that "Gastric ph and intestinal ph in the postprandial phase both appear to be more acidic in dogs than in humans".
This beagle study also found that dogs have a more acidic postprandial gastric ph when compared to humans. While ph may slightly rise, there was no statistically significant ph spike as seen in humans.These dogs were also fed a processed (carbohydrate-based) dry diet. High carbohydrate meals actually increase the ph more so than protein, and there are studies showing the effect of different foods on gastric acidity in humans. Dr Syme BVSc (hons) also stated that "In dogs and cats that eat these diets with high carbohydrate, high plant protein and lower meat protein, we find that the acidity level of the stomach begins to decrease (gastric acidity relates to meat protein), and the stomach becomes progressively more alkaline (PH 4 and above)." Thus there’s the very likely possibility of an even further ph reduction (toward acidity) in raw fed dogs - especially when compared to humans. Acidity is greatly affected by the type of macronutrients ingested.
Also there was another study by Saint-Hilaire et. al which Im going to post in a few days that directly tested gastric acidity of dogs against 29 various types of foods. No surprises, the meat and egg based meals increased volume of gastric acid secreted whereas the low protein/carbohydrate-based diets caused a drastic reduction (over 50% in some cases).
Its due to the high carbohydrate content of kibble (40-70%) as many types of carbohydrates ferment and create gas buildup. Breed predisposition and other factors play a role too, but cutting out the unnecessary carbs is definitely a good step. Trypsin is an enzyme found in many meat products too, and low levels of Trypsin are also linked to bloat occurrence. ‘Higher Trypsin levels contribute to a healthier pH level in the digestive system, which is important in maintaining a healthy balance of microflora, which require a more acidic environment to survive’ (source). The same source also found that ‘According to a report on studies of bloat done at Purdue University, bloat cases have risen 1500% in the thirty year period between 1964 and 1994’. This is exactly the time frame in which krapple started to become extremely popular.
Yay that’s awesome, hopefully you find some bargains tomorrow. :)