FAQ about raw diets
Omega 3 / 6 balance.
Some modern farming methods mean that Omega 3 and 6 are no longer balanced in a feed animal’s meat. To aim for a balance in your animal’s diet, Utterly Rawsome will source grass fed, free range or wild caught meats where possible. However, balance is still difficult to maintain. Hence, it is recommended to either feed an oily fish at about 15% of their weekly rations, or add in a good quality Omega 3 supplement like fish or krill oil / phytoplankton as per manufacturers instructions.
Many dogs will not take easily to fish. They will often refuse to eat it or do so quickly, only for it to reappear a short while later. From experience with Dobby, Rose & Brian know how difficult it can be. It is suggested to feed the fish semi frozen so the dog must chew it to eat it. This reduces the chance of it being regurgitated soon after eating. As the dog gets used to eat you may be able to feed defrosted. Many dogs however are like Dobby and will never fully take to fish.
There are different reasons that a dog will vomit. As when eating fish or other food, it may simply be that it has been eaten too quickly. In this case it is suggested that you leave the dog to re-eat the food at their own pace. Taz, Rose & Brian’s mini Schnauzer used to do this when he was first changed to raw. It seems quite disgusting, but totally is ok. If it happens often it may be worth looking at why they are eating so fast and if there is a way you can slow them down. Taz felt he was in competition with Mollie the Rottie and had to finish first. They were fed them apart for a while and Taz soon realised his meal would not be stolen.
Some dogs, like Dobby, will have sensitive stomachs. If he goes too long between feeds (and often overnight) he will have a what is known as a ‘hunger puke’. This is characterised by a small, foamy, clear or slightly yellowy, green vomit. It is believed that the acidity level in the stomach is too much so the dog vomits to settle the discomfort. (Raw feds dogs will have more acid stomach contents to help break down their food). If your dog suffers this it may settle with time. However, it is also recommended to feed smaller, more frequent meals with something just prior to going to bed for the night. Dobby is given a chicken neck, dried tripe stick or chicken foot.
Stomach upsets are thankfully unusual in any dog however they are fed. Occasionally though they will pick up a bug. Dobby (yes, he is the awkward one in the Utterly Rawsome household) will eat anything he finds on walks so will get stomach upsets more often than the average dog. He tends to self-starve for 24 hours. He is offered Tree Barks or Slippery Elm mixed with Kefir. He’ll eat it when he is ready, and very quickly will revert to full vigour.
If your dog is vomiting frequently, is not drinking, has liquid stool or not passed a stool for a longer than normal period, it is recommended that you seek advice from your usual veterinary practice.
Puppies especially should not be left without veterinary attention as they do not have the reserve to go without food or fluid for long.
Utterly Rawsome meals are complete with a 10% ground bone content. Many dogs however love to chew on a meaty recreational bone. The chewing action releases happy hormones in the dog and helps to clean their teeth. If you want to feed recreational bones it is suggested that you remove the bone from the complete meal before defrosting, and replace with a meaty bone such as an appropriately sized neck or rib portion. Taz, Dobby and Mollie have a meaty bone in place of a meal at least weekly. With trial and error, you too will know how your dog responds to bone and if it will adversely affect their poo.
Unfortunately, some dogs will become resource guarders. This will not be because they are raw fed. It can happen with any dog. It is potentially a very serious issue that can have dire consequences for you, your dog and other dogs or humans in the household. Do not attempt to deal with this alone. You can unwittingly make things far worse. Please seek advice from a recognised dog behaviourist.