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  1. What is purging and why is my pet suffering after this transition?

    During the transition to a raw diet, you may notice that your dog vomits a small amount of either bile or foam during the day. This is referred to as purging. Commonly, this is digestive reaction to a higher protein diet and should come to an end as their bodies get used to this change. To counteract this, consider supporting their diet with supplements or by feeding your pet a small meal before bed to help support this system change.

    If this issue persists, we would recommend discussing with your vet.

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  2. What are the correct food quantities for dogs or puppies?

    When working out meal quantities, there are a number of factors to take into consideration:

    • Lifestyle - Does your animal live a very active life or spend a considerable amount of time in stationary positions? This information will determine how many calories they are likely to burn in a day.
    • Appetite - If your pet has a higher appetite, you may need to provide more healthy snacks or a larger diet of nutritious foods.
    • Breed - Some breeds, including working pets, may need larger meals to supplement for the increase in calorie usage.
    As a general rule, puppies from 8 weeks should have between 5% and 6% of their body weight within 3-4 meals. As they mature, we recommend an adult dog should consume between 2% and 3% of its ideal body weight in one day. A healthy dog should have a natural waist without being able to see the ribcage (which should be able to be felt during an examination).
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  3. What are the correct food quantities for cats or kittens?

    Cats are naturally smaller than dogs and require alterations to be made to their meal sizes. Kittens should be fed little and often while being allowed to eat as much as they want. Around 5-6 months of age, we would recommend dropping down to 2 meals at a quantity of around 4% - 5% of their body weight. When they reach maturity, an adult cat requires 2% - 3% of its ideal body weight every single day.

    Make sure to take advantage of scales or weighing equipment in veterinary practices to fully understand the health of your cat. This will help when serving appropriate sized meals according to whether they need to loose, gain or maintain their weight.

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  4. Is a raw food diet suitable for animals with allergies?

    Many people see a significant improvement in their allergy prone pets when switching to a raw diet. If you choose to serve human grade, single protein and grain free meals, a raw diet can eliminate the added ingredients that commonly cause them problems while still providing them with all the required minerals and nutrients for growth. When discussing with expert vets, allergies are one of the most common issues seen in animal practices with a change in diet usually recommended - so opting to move to raw could show significant benefits.

    We recommend discussing this change with your vet to establish what allergies your dog or cat currently suffers with. This will help you decide whether this change in meals is likely to have any benefit to their everyday life. Most of our meals are grain free - which, taking current research into account that indicates many canine food allergies are linked to the consumption of grains, can help to soothe your pet's digestion within a few me

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  5. How can I use a raw food diet to treat obesity?

    A raw diet is a great way of combating obesity in dogs and cats by providing good nutrition without excessive carbohydrates. The raw diet doesn't contain any grains or easily stored carbohydrates which allows your pet to feel satisfyingly full without over feeding. We would recommend steering clear of meals with high levels of fat and opting for leaner meats including turkey or tripe. These will help ensure your pet's muscles are repaired after exercise while providing their body with the nutrients needed for healthy growth.

    We recommend feeding an adult dog anywhere between 2% and 3% of their ideal body weight every single day. Always consult your vet before making the transition to a raw food diet to seek advice on metabolism rates for your pet and the appropriate amount of food in accordance with their exercise routine.

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  6. How can I manage heightened hunger after transitioning to a raw diet?

    An increase in hunger is a common place when transitioning from a high carbohydrate diet (common in conventional pet foods) through to a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. This is due to carbohydrates taking longer to digest and therefore making them feel fuller for longer. This will diminish as they get used to their new diet but can usually be adapted by introducing a small amount of added carbohydrates to their meals - for example a small quantity of sweet potato. Alternative additions that will help keep your animal fuller for longer include butternut squash or carrots as snacks but we would recommend you avoid grains including pasta or rice.

    If your dog or cat had a kibble-rich diet beforehand, serving raw bones to occupy their minds and time can help to bridge the boredom which would have ordinarily become associated with hunger.

    Most dogs and cats that enjoy a raw diet are noted with having an increase appetite. It is important that, when serving high qu

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  7. Should I combine a raw diet with kibble?

    In the long run, there is no need to continue with a diet of kibble for your dog or cat. Any dental benefits your animal may have gained from this grain-based addition can be achieved through chewing and crunching on raw meaty bones. A high carbohydrate diet achieved through added kibble combined with the increase in protein in a raw diet can result in an increase in their calorie-to-fat conversion, leading to obesity.

    However, if your animal is accustomed to kibble as part of their daily diet, you may choose to include kibble for a very short period of time until they become used to the texture of minced bone.

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  8. How should I transition my pet onto a raw diet?

    We recommend spreading this transition over a 3 week period to allow your pet’s digestive system to adjust to different textures. This will also help you to establish whether your pet has any specific allergies or sensitivities that may not have been apparent on his existing diet.

    Over this period of time, begin by swapping out a spoonful of kibble or conventional pet food for a raw meat and bone meal. Adjust the spoon size according to your pet breed - etc. a tablespoon for an Alsatian or a teaspoon for Cupcake Chihuahua. By using this method, you will be able to track this significant change to their diet and monitor it throughout to ensure your pet is benefitting appropriately.

    During this transition, you may notice your pet's stools becoming looser at any given time. In this situation, we would recommend you reduce the quantity of raw food for a short period of time (2-3 days) in order to stabilize their digestion before continuing with the transition.

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  9. How do I store raw meals?

    Your raw food meals should be stored in a freezer before serving. This keeps all the meat fresh and locks in the nutrients until it's time for your pet's next meal.

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  10. Can raw food meals be re-frozen?

    If your meal has reached room temperature, it can be safely stored in your fridge for up to 3 days. However, we would not recommend re-freezing if the thawing process has reached this stage. Your meals should all arrive frozen and can be packed away in your freezer as soon as they arrive.

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