RAW TOP 10 FAQs

The team at Raw Dog Food Company has selected ten of the most frequently asked raw feeding questions, and responded with straightforward answers to help you on your raw feeding journey.
What is a raw dog food diet?
A raw dog food diet or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF diet), is modelled on a dog’s ancestral diet, using completely fresh, natural ingredients, and is free from harmful fillers or additives.

By giving dogs what they are biologically designed to eat – a variety of different proteins with bone and offal, and boosting with nutritional supplements, creates a balanced nutrition over time, and contains everything a dog needs to not only survive, but thrive.

What are the benefits of feeding raw?
A bowl licked clean and a wagging tail tells you that your dog loves the taste of their raw food, and you’ll see the benefits of feeding raw both inside and out:
• Even temperament
• Greater vitality
• Supple joints, stronger bones and muscles
• Enhanced digestion
• Improved appetite
• Weight management
• Smaller stools
• Improved breath and oral hygiene
• Healthier skin and coat condition
• Boosted immunity
• Reduction in allergies and intolerances
How do I start raw feeding my dog?
Deciding to raw feed your dog is a really positive decision towards your dog’s health. When new or transitioning to raw, there’s an abundance of information out there and it can be overwhelming. Each dog has their own unique requirements and nutritional needs, and no blanket approach applies.

Raw Dog Food Company is here to guide you on your dog’s raw feeding journey, and that’s why we offer complimentary consultations. By talking to us about your dog, we can tailor a raw feeding program unique to your dog’s needs with consideration to their breed, age, weight and specific health and dietary requirements. Consultations offer great peace of mind, as we’ll guide you on not only what to feed, but how much and when. And once you’re established, we’ll still be there to continue to support you, ensuring your dog is thriving on the goodness of raw.

What are Complete 80/10/10 and Complete 80/20 minces?

A Complete 80/10/10 recipe contains 80% protein, 10% bone and 10% offal, three natural ingredients essential to your dog’s nutrition and wellbeing:

80% protein: Contains muscle meat, muscular organ meat and quality meat cuts. Protein is rich in amino acids, essential for growth, maintenance and repair, and also contains fat essential for energy.

10% bone: Contains ground meaty bones that are highly nutritious and rich in calcium, phosphorus, nutrients, minerals and vitamins, and support dental hygiene and mental stimulation, as well as aiding the healthy formation and release of stools.

10% offal: Nutrient dense, offal is a collective term for organ meat, specifically secreting organs such as liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen or brain, to name but a few. In Complete minces the 10% offal contains a mix of 5% liver and 5% other secreting organs, such as kidney and spleen.

Complete 80/10/10 minces come is a large variety of both single and mixed protein flavours, including game proteins suitable for dogs with intolerances to farmed protein sources. These minces are great for raw feeders who want the convenience of a nutritious ready mixed mince, and like the flexibility of combining their own vegetables and fruits, eggs and herbal supplements for added nutritional benefits.

Complete 80/10/10 minces may also be known by different names, such as Dinners, depending on the brand. Always read the product description and the list of ingredients; if it is made to the 80/10/10 recipe then it is a “Complete”.

Complete 80/20 minces are also made with natural, fresh, human grade ingredients essential to your dog’s nutrition and wellbeing, and contain:

• 80% quality meat cuts, muscle meat, muscle organ meat, ground meaty bones and organ meat (offal)

• 20% human grade fresh vegetables, natural herbal supplements and eggs

80/20 Completes are convenient as they already contain supplemental ingredients, and come in both a coarse chunky mince and sausage form which is perfect for portion control and convenient for holiday adventures.

80/20 Completes come in a range of single protein flavours, and also flavourful mixed game flavours great for dogs with intolerances to farmed protein sources.

What are non-Complete minces?
Non-complete minces do not follow the 80/10/10 or 80/20 recipe, but rather, have differing percentages of meat, sometimes with or without offal, and may be boneless or have a bone content higher than 10%. Non-complete minces are used as an ingredient, added to other raw ingredients to make a meal.

Non-complete minces are ideal for Do-It-Yourself raw feeders. Once your dog has transitioned and is digestively showing you that they are ready and can tolerate new additions, then you can slowly introduce a DIY raw meal, remembering to achieve a balance of 80% protein, 10% bone and 10% offal over time for optimal nutrition.

For example: Feed a non-complete lamb and chicken mince with 25% bone with some tripe chunks for breakfast, then for the next meal feed a boneless beef and tripe mince (choose a boneless mince as the previous meal had a high bone content). The following day for breakfast feed a Complete 80/10/10 turkey mince.

Always observe how your dog is responding digestively by monitoring stools, and always introduce changes slowly and in small portions. And remember to attain a nutritional balance over time.

What’s tripe?

Tripe is the untreated contents and lining of a ruminating animal’s stomach, and is naturally strong smelling. The aroma, texture and colour of tripe varies seasonally as it is determined by diet. Green tripe means that it is tripe in its natural state, and has not been processed, washed or bleached. Lamb and goat tripe are generally lower in fat compared to ox or beef tripe.

Tripe is a nutritious organ meat and is known as a superfood for dogs as it contains natural probiotics and gastric juices that aid digestion and food absorption. Tripe also boosts a dog’s immune system, assists in building healthy muscle and supports skin and coat condition.

Tripe also contains:

  1. Calcium essential for bone structure and controls muscle and nerve function
  2. Phosphorous aids in the formation of bones and teeth, supports muscles and aids kidney and heart function
  3. Amino acids including leucine which promotes muscle recovery and repair; proline which support the production of cartilage and heals wounds;
  4. Aspartic acid which boosts antibody production

Tripe is an essential part of your dog’s raw feeding. Dogs naturally love the smell and texture. Tripe can be fed as a meal by itself, or can be mixed with other proteins. It is also a helpful enticer when introducing new protein flavours to your dog.

How can I feed meaty bones and chunks?
Raw meaty bones contain muscle meat and connective tissues and chunks with bone in or boneless are great nutritionally, as well as for the dental and mental well-being of your dog.

Feed a variety of raw meaty bones such as chicken wings and feet, turkey necks, poultry carcasses, veal frames, riblets and ribcages. Always choose bones suitable to the age, size, dietary requirements and chewing style (gentle or intense chewer) of your dog.

Chunks satisfy your dog’s natural instinct to chew. Chunks come in a range of proteins such as pork, salmon or venison, as well as tripe and offal, with or without bone, and may be are served as a treat or snack and as an ingredient to add to Do-It-Yourself raw recipes.

Why is my dog’s poop important?

As raw dog food is completely natural, free from unnecessary fillers and additives, your dog’s stool will be noticeably smaller and far, far less smelly.

The perfect poop should be easily passed, and be firm but not hard, will maintain its shape when picked up, and the colour will vary depending on the type of protein eaten and the amount of calcium from the bone content left.

Stool consistency and colour is an indicator of how your dog is digestively responding to their raw diet, and reflects what ingredients have been fed:

Yellow Stool: feeding a diet high in poultry such as chicken and turkey.
Dark Brown Stool: feeding red meat, such as beef or lamb.
Dark Black Stool: a raw meal containing a lot of blood will result in a black stool. The excess blood from the diet oxidizes in the colon, resulting in very dark stool. Organs such as liver and spleen have high amounts of blood present and can make a dog’s stool darker.
Tar-Like Stool: an unformed or loose tar-like stool is caused when there’s too much organ meat in the diet. Organ meat should consist no more than 10% of a dog’s diet and be made up of 5% liver and 5% other secreting organ (such as kidney, spleen or pancreas).
White/Grey Chalky Stool: hard and chalky stools mean that there is too much bone content present in the diet. To remedy, feed one boneless meal, and return to meals with a lower bone content.

Is variety important when feeding raw?
Feeding a variety of proteins, textures and mixes, is an important component when feeding raw. Like humans, dogs enjoy and thrive on variety in their diet, and can become bored or develop intolerances when fed the same meal. Furthermore, different proteins deliver different nutritional benefits, and always introduce new ingredients in small quantities over time.
What else can I add to my dog’s raw bowl?
Ready mixed supplements made with human grade vegetables, herbs and natural probiotics pack a nutritional boost containing natural carbohydrates, fibre and anti-oxidants. From your own pantry, you may like to feed organic eggs with the shell (or washed supermarket eggs), parboiled or pureed vegetables such as carrots, sweet potato, broccoli or spinach, and even fruit such as blueberries, cranberries and apple.