Biologically Appropriate Raw Food for Pets
You can start feeding your 8 week old puppy immediately, providing it weighs more than 500 grams. The younger a dog starts eating a natural dog diet, the healthier and happier it will be. Our PaleoPet Pure™ Chicken Meal and 100% Chicken are the ideal foods for a growing dog. Puppies should consume half to two thirds (depending on breed and size) 100% Chicken for adequate calcium and one third complete meal until at least six months of age. We recommend puppy food is always fresh and never kept in the fridge for more than a day and is not mixed with kibble or cooked food. This can slow down the digestion of the raw food and may create issues. We don’t recommend dogs under 500 grams in weight begin on raw food, only once they have reached this weight they can begin a raw diet.
Our food has been tested for its nutritional adequacy and more than meets the AAFCO dietary recommendations for dogs. We pay particular attention to the calcium/phosphorous ratio of the foods, most pet foods on the market today are too high in phosphorous which over time can cause kidney issues. Meals which are ‘Complete’ and may be fed every day, are described as such. Products which may not meet this criteria, by being too high in phosphorous or calcium or because they do not contain adequate amounts of certain nutrients, are not labelled ‘Complete’ meals; these are complementary foods that can be fed intermittently and should not form the basis of your dog’s diet (unless you use them to make your own complete food).
Older dogs may need a longer period of transition from dry pet foods to barf. Gently ease the old guy or gal into the new food regime, keeping an eye on him for any real discomfort while he/she detoxes. If you want to make the change, try starting off with a 90/10 ratio split of old food to new food, over a week gradually decrease the amount of old food as you increase the amount of Paleopet Pure™.
Some breeds that have been fed dry food for an extended period of time may have a “detox” period which is indicated by a runny tummy for 2-3 days. This is normal and is an indication that the intestine and gastro enzymes are readjusting to the natural diet. It is also the body’s way of ridding itself of any gunky intestinal lining that may be present from the dog’s current diet. The runny tummy should clear up after a couple of days. However, should it persist for longer, please contact us for further assistance.
Some dogs are simply fussy eaters and will take a little longer to transition from their diet of “fast food” to healthy food. However, a hungry dog will eat Paleopet Pure™ without hesitation! If your dog turns their nose up at first, simply remove the food for an hour and try again. Keep repeating hourly until they are hungry enough to eat. Very often, dogs fed dry food are overfed and it may take some time for them to feel real hunger. A day or two at the most of not eating will not harm your dog, so do not worry they will not starve. Simply persevere, it’s worth it!
While a valid concern, Paleopet Pure™ is made from human grade meat and vegetable ingredients and is produced according to the highest standards of food preparation. All the offal, meat and carcass used is handled with great care, prepared and frozen with this particular threat in mind. In the 15 years of feeding our dogs BARF, we have never had a dog suffer from Salmonella poisoning. We also regularly send our food for testing to ensure it is free from this bacteria. Our test results are available on request. Dogs have a stomach pH of 2, this is extremely acidic and it is highly unlikely that Salmonella or even e-coli will survive in a dog’s digestive system, the Salmonella testing is really done to ease the pet owner’s mind and prevent any occurences of human infection. Research has indicated that some dry foods are much higher in certain more dangerous bacteria than raw food is.
The simple answer is no – as long as the bones are fed to the dog raw and they are too big to swallow whole (if they come from a cow, game animal, sheep or other large mammal). The rule of thumb is that the bone should be larger than the length of the muzzle of the dog. Whole bones that have been swallowed can lead to blockages, perforation of the stomach or colon and ultimately death. Hard bones are good for teeth cleaning and recreation and you should monitor your dog while they eat them, chicken bone is considered soft bone and is a different story. A good starter bone for small and medium breeds is chicken neck. We cannot stress how important it is that your dog is NEVER fed cooked bones, raw bone on the other hand is a necessary component of a healthy dog’s diet. If you have a dog that suffers from Pica or you know cannot digest raw bone, then please do not feed your dog bones.