If you’ve jumped on the raw dog food Auckland bandwagon, you may be wondering what items you should be using in your raw dog feeding recipes. A raw diet is biologically better and nutritionally superior to modern dry foods but depends highly on the types of food you include.
One way to ensure your canine is getting the appropriate diet is to subscribe to a raw dog food Auckland company, which will both prepare the meals for you based on scientific evidence, and then deliver it to your door.
If you decide to go the natural route yourself, it will take time and preparation to successfully formulate a diet yourself. However, it is well worth it and today you can get started by looking at these key items to include in your raw dog feeding recipes.
Pure, Lean Protein
The main ingredient in all your canine’s meals should be pure, lean protein. Using a diversity is a promising idea for two reasons. First, it keeps the meals exciting so your dog does not get bored. Second, it ensures that a variety of nutritional qualities are being used.
Examples include lean beef, chicken, and fish. You can make use of meats you, yourself, may not traditionally eat like rabbit, wallaby, alpaca, and horse. Your dog will also enjoy the organ meats of all above animals and can also have eggs as part of their protein needs. These items should be 80% of your raw feeding for dogs.
Natural oils have two uses in dog food. It both adds small amounts of necessary nutrients (like healthy fats and some vitamins), while also blending the flavours together for a more full-bodied effect. There are companies in Auckland that offer a range of oils for dogs. Natural oils to utilise include:
* Coconut oil
* Hempseed oil
* Cod liver oil
The other 20% of your meals should consist of combining vegetables and fruits that will fulfil the nutritional needs of your dog. Do not rely too heavily on fruits, although in small quantities these can be beneficial. Vegetables are preferred. Also remember to constantly switch up the fruits and/or vegetables you use, as some in copious quantities may cause gas in your pet. Also remember that this should be only 20% of each meal, with lean protein being 80%.
A few things you can choose to include:
Fruits: Pumpkin, Apple, Banana, Blueberry, Raspberries, Strawberries, Pears, Cantaloupe, Cranberries, Mango, Oranges
Vegetables: Broccoli, Kelp, Carrots, Spinach, Cucumber, Zucchini, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Snow Peas, Sugar Snap Peas, Garden Peas
Things Your Dog CAN NOT Have
As important as it is to know what you should be including in your raw food recipes, it is even more important to educate yourself on what your dog can not have. The following food items eaten by humans are poisonous to dogs, and could result in death:
* Alcohol, Coffee, Tea
* Pits from peaches, apricots, and cherries
* Seeds from apples, mustard plant
* Candy, gum
* Garlic, mushrooms, onions
* Leaves and stems from tomatoes, rhubarb, potatoes
* Walnuts, macadamia nuts
* Grapes, Raisins