Raw Education Corner
Your Raw Education Corner
Our Raw Education Corner will tell you all about feeding raw diets, including:
- The risks (and how to overcome them)
- Raw feeding safety guidelines
- Feeding guidelines
- And more
The risks of raw diets
Have you ever wondered if feeding raw is safe? Expand the sections below to find out how to feed your dog raw in a way that’s safe for them and for you!
Bacteria and raw diets
Raw diets sometimes get a bad rap when it comes to bacteria. Bacteria is present in many human food that we consume daily. In additions to meats and poultry, bacteria is present in grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables that we eat every day. A dogs system is built to break down and handle bacteria as they have an abundance of hydrochloric acids to facilitate this. With that said, every dog is different. It is important to consult your vet of any concerns you have. But the truth is, if you’ve prepared meat for your own family, you’re probably already aware of how to feed a raw diet to your dog safely.
To make sure you stay safe, follow some common-sense, easy guidelines.
- After handling any raw meat, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water
- Thoroughly wipe down any counters or other surfaces the raw meat touched with a disinfectant/cleaner
- Wash any tools or other things the food came in touch with (including the bowls you served it in and the container you defrosted it in)
Bones and raw diets
Dogs are carnivores, and that means they need bones as part of a healthy, species-appropriate diet.
Our food contains ground bone, which means it’s safe for dogs to eat, but please understand, not all bone digests. Your dogs system will digest what it needs and eliminate the rest. If you have any concerns on small fragments of bone, please contact Vibrant K9 with any concerns.
If you decide you want to give your dog a bone to chew on in addition to our food, just follow a few simple guidelines to keep your dog safe:
- Only feed raw bones. These bones are pliable and relatively soft. Cooked bones, on the other hand, can splinter, which can severely damage your dog’s digestive system.
- Feed bones that are bigger than your dog’s mouth. That will help prevent your dog from trying to swallow the bone whole.
- Feed bones that have meat attached to them (what we call “raw meaty bones” in the raw feeding world). That will encourage your dog to take their time eating the bone, instead of gulping it down and possibly choking.
- Monitor your dog at all times while eating. This is especially important for novice chewers, but even dogs that are pros at eating raw bones should still be monitored in case they need help.
Curious how much you should feed your dog? Check out our feeding guidelines to find out!
Note that all feeding guidelines are starting points. Your dog may need more or less depending on their metabolism, activity level, and more.
To determine if your dog is a healthy weight, look at them from the side. They should have a abdominal tuck. If you look at them from above, they should have a narrowing where their waist is. You should be able to easily feel their ribs (but not see them, unless they have a very short coat). If you can’t feel their ribs or do not see a nice defined waist, they may be are too heavy. If their spine and hip bones jut out sharply, they are too thin.
Puppy (<1 year old) feeding guidelines
If your puppy is less than 1 year old, follow the below guidelines to see how much to feed them. Remember, these are just guidelines. Watch your puppy and adjust according to their individual needs.
- 0-4 months: Feed 3% of their adult body weight (or 10% of their current body weight) daily, split into 4 meals.
- 4-6 months: Feed 3% of their adult body weight (or 10% of their current body weight) daily, split into 3 meals.
- 6-9 months: Feed 3% of their adult body weight (or 10% of their current body weight) daily, split into 3 meals.
- 9-12 months: Feed 2.5-3% of their adult weight daily, split into 2 meals.
Puppies under 1 year old should never be fasted.