How much how often?
How much Cotswold RAW do I feed?
All dogs are different and the amount of food they need depends on their daily energy requirement, which varies according to many factors including their breed, activity level, age and environment. In broad terms raw feeding guidelines suggest feeding a daily ration of 2-3% of their bodyweight. Small breed dogs will need more and large breeds, less. Note that credible research (Richard D. Kealey et al, JAVMA, Vol 220, 2002) has shown that dogs fed a restricted diet live longer so we recommend starting at the lower end of the range and increasing the amount as necessary in order to achieve an ideal body condition.
Remember to use your dog’s ideal body-weight – not necessarily its current weight. The above table represents daily needs.
How can I tell if my dog is the correct weight?
Your dog should have a natural waist when viewed from above. For very long-haired dogs you may have to feel this with your hands. You should also be able to feel the shape of the individual ribs with just a little pressure when running your hands over your dog’s chest. If his ribs are nowhere to be found he is overweight but if they are very noticeable he probably needs more food.
Should I feed my dog more than once a day?
While your puppy is growing he or she will need several meals a day. Whether or not you feed an adult dog more than once a day is up to you. A dog’s digestive system is designed to have periods of plenty and then time off.
Should I fast my dog on occasion?
Many owners do and in nature, canines don't eat every day, but there is no need to fast. The theory behind fasting our dogs is that it gives their digestive systems a chance to rest. Most people who fast their dogs do so once a week. Many people give recreational bones on fast days to help their dog get through the day.The choice to fast is a personal decision.
How to feed a puppy?
Puppies need both the right type and right amount of food during their development. They need protein to build growing bodies and calcium for developing bones. However both need to be regulated as the biggest nutritional factors causing development disorders in puppies are excess energy and excess calcium. It may seem counter-intuitive that puppies can have too much of a good thing. However a high energy diet (one high in fat) increases their growth rate leading to a mismatch of bone to body growth. Overfeeding will worsen the situation. Similarly whereas adult dogs can regulate their calcium intake to the right amount and in the right ratio to its phosphorous intake as they excrete what they don't need, puppies under six months old have less ability to do so. An excess can lead to skeletal problems, particularly in large and giant breeds.
At Cotswold RAW we regulate the amount of protein in our recipes such that the protein:fat ratio for puppies is approximately 2:1 (similar to their 'ancestral' diet). Similarly our target calcium:phosphorous ratio for puppies is 1.2:1.
Finally its important to feed the correct amount of food and to monitor and weigh the puppy every couple of weeks. We certainly do not recommend free feeding. Instead a puppy should be fed approximately the same amount of food as it will need as an adult. Slightly less (10%) for the first couple of months and then slightly more during its peak development phase (3-9 months for small and medium breeds, a little longer for larger and giant breeds).
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us in the office.