Follow These Simple Steps To Feed Your Dog or Cat The Perfect Raw Food Diet

One of the biggest concerns many pet owners have about feeding raw, is whether a pet will be getting all nutrients they need to be healthy.

And it doesn’t help that there is a lot of conflicting advice out there on what to feed for the best and how, and that the majority of vets assert that it’s very difficult to feed a balanced diet this way.

While it’s important to realise that there is a lot more to feeding raw than giving a dog or cat raw meat, bone and other animal parts, or a so called ‘complete’ raw food, it needn’t be complicated, costly or time consuming if a few simple steps are followed.

The holistic feeding plan described here, is based on 30+ years clinical expertise, and is highly effective at ensuring that a completely healthy, balanced raw food diet is fed, which provides all the nutrients necessary to promote THE VERY BEST OF HEALTH.

If your dog or cat is healthy, simply follow the instructions below (and if you have any questions or queries at all – at any stage – please don’t hesitate to contact us or call 0740 3663263 for advice).

Note

If your pet suffers from any health problems at all (e.g. itching, skin eruptions, sore ears, anal sac issues, kidney disease, recurrent digestive disturbances or diarrhoea) the diet should be modified to take into account the condition(s) present. If this is the case for your dog or cat, please contact us for advice.

Your Pet Is Unique and Their Diet Should Reflect This

Every pet is different, and because of this, so too are their nutritional needs which vary according to genetic make up, breed, age, sex, temperament, activity, environment, health status, hormone levels and many other factors.

Dogs and cats also vary in how they react to different foods.

What is healthy for one pet for example, can cause diarrhoea, an itchy skin, dull coat, bad breath or lethargy in another – all indications it may not be good for their health. And with dietary sensitivities and intolerances affecting more and more dogs and cats, this is becoming an increasingly common problem.

These variations in nutritional needs and reactions to different foods, is why it’s so important to tailor your dog or cat’s diet so it provides what’s right for them.

Four Easy steps to feeding the perfect RAW FOOD DIET:

      1. Keep it simple.
      2. Feed the highest quality.
      3. Add only one new ingredient at a time.
      4. Observe your pet.

1. KEEP IT SIMPLE

Feeding a single protein raw food to begin with, is the easiest way to see if the meat, bone and offal from a particular animal is good for your dog or cat, and is healthy and nutritious to feed long term.

The exclusion of non-organic vegetables, fruits, botanicals, oils and other ingredients eliminates exposure to the toxic herbicide and pesticide residues many of these contain.

Feeding a single protein food also keeps to an absolute minimum the number of potential allergens (to one) that can trigger inflammatory reactions – unlike multi-ingredient foods (which often contain 5, 10, 15 or more possible allergens) which are much more likely to cause problems.

2. FEED THE HIGHEST QUALITY

Vince the Vet Superfood is made from the highest quality, natural, human food grade ingredients, packed with nutrients which have been clinically proven* to promote health.

Our raw food contains a high proportion of prime muscle meat (typically 70% in the beef and lamb) and all are offal enriched to supply essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins important for healthy nerves, joints, skin, endocrine gland function and a strong immune system.

The supplements contain many highly prized and often difficult to obtain ingredients which are rich in potent nutrients not found in ordinary foods.

Together these provide unrivalled nutritional support, to help ensure that a completely healthy, balanced diet is fed, which provides MAXIMUM HEALTH BENEFITS.

  

3. ADD ONLY ONE NEW INGREDIENT AT A TIME

As simple as it may sound, introducing a single new food at a time and waiting a week or more to observe the effect of this, is the only way to tell if a new food suits your pet and is good to give long term or is best avoided in the future.

4. OBSERVE YOUR PET

Your dog or cat’s body will show you whether a particular food promotes health or causes problems.

As a general rule, if the stools are well-formed and health otherwise good (no itching, sore ears, flaking skin, discharges or lack of energy, for example) then its fine to continue with the food introduced.

If any of the above problems appear and continue for more than a week following a new addition to the diet, this may indicate a:

      • cleansing reaction‘ triggered by the switch to a much healthier, more natural diet (which encourages the body to eliminate accumulated toxins)
      • dietary sensitivity / intolerance (where a pet’s immune system perceives a food as a ‘threat’ and so triggers an inflammatory reaction – as occurs in people with nut allergies, for example)

Vince the Vet Superfood Raw Feeding Plan

If you are already feeding raw go straight to WEEK 1, otherwise begin here.

Transition to a raw food diet as follows:

STOP feeding all other foods, supplements, tit-bits and treats apart from those described below.

Replace ¼ of the food currently being fed with Vince the Vet Superfood Raw.

To begin with, it is best to choose a single meat protein that you know from experience doesn’t cause any problems.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Single protein Beef, Chicken, Lamb and Turkey)

After 2 – 4 days, if the stools remain formed increase Vince the Vet Superfood Raw to ½ of the amount fed.

If after a further 2 – 4 days the stools are still formed, increase Vince the Vet Superfood Raw to ¾ of the amount fed.

After another 2 – 4 days if the stools remain formed, feed 100% Vince the Vet Superfood Raw.

NOTE

Some people prefer to switch completely to raw all at once.

In our experience a gradual transition is best for the reasons described.

WEEK 1 (of being fully on raw)

If the stools are well-formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed Vince the Vet Superfood Raw as before.

Give half the amount of DIGESTION suggested on the label sprinkled on food.

This is best divided between meals if fed more than once.

Please ensure fresh water is down at all times.

Digestion is a unique blend of two natural prebiotics (Brewer’s yeast and Fructooligosaccharides from chicory).

It is designed to promote the digestion and assimilation of nutrients from the diet AND to encourage the growth of beneficial bowel bacteria in both the small and large intestine.

A healthier intestinal environment helps your pet to extract more of the nutrients in food and supports healthy digestive organs – including the pancreas and liver.

A healthy gut flora population also has a positive impact on the immune system, because 60 to 70% of the white blood cells circulating in the body can be found in the walls of the bowels.

WEEK 2

If the stools are well-formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed Vince the Vet Superfood Raw as before.

Increase DIGESTION to the full amount suggested on the label.

Continue to ensure fresh water is down at all times.

WEEK 3

If the stools are well-formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed Vince the Vet Superfood Raw and DIGESTION as before.

Give half the amount of VITALITY suggested on the label in food.

This is best divided between meals if fed more than once.

 

Vitality is a specially formulated blend of two of the richest whole foods in the world (organic Spirulina and Chlorella).

It provides an exceptionally rich supply of many of the amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, co-enzymes and many other potentially important nutrients the body needs to be as healthy as it can be, and which can be missing from the diet.

It also supports a healthy immune system, helps the body combat inflammation (anti-oxidant effect) and promotes tissue healing, regeneration and repair.

WEEK 4 

If the stools are well-formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed Vince the Vet Superfood Raw and DIGESTION as before.

Increase VITALITY to the full amount suggested on the label.

Give half to one (depending on size) organic egg (without the shell) every 2 or 3 days.

WEEK 5

If the stools are well formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed Vince the Vet Superfood Raw, DIGESTION, VITALITY and egg as before.

Give ¼ – 1 teaspoon (depending on body size) of a high quality salmon oil every other day (made from wild caught fish not farmed, and from a reputable supplier – Icelandic or Alaskan eg Grizzly Salmon Oil).

Continue to ensure fresh water is available at all times.

Salmon oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids important for the body’s natural anti-inflammatory pathways and for healthy nerves, skin, joints and glands.

WEEK 6

If the stools are well formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed Vince the Vet Superfood Raw, DIGESTION, VITALITY and egg as before.

Increase the salmon oil to ½ – 2 teaspoons (depending on body size) every other day.

WEEK 7

If the stools are well formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed Vince the Vet Superfood Raw, DIGESTION, VITALITY, egg and salmon oil  as before.

Give half the amount of IMMUNITY suggested on the label in food.

This is best divided between meals if fed more than once.

Immunity is a unique blend of Echinacea purpurea (the whole plant – root, stem and leaf) and organic kelp.

It provides potent health-promoting nutrients to support a healthy immune system and strong, natural defences.

This is especially important for modern day dogs and cats given the prevalence of immune related diseases, and the daily exposure to a wide range of toxic environmental chemicals which can weaken the immune system.

  

WEEK 8

If the stools are well formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed Vince the Vet Superfood Raw, DIGESTION, VITALITY, egg and salmon oil  as before.

Increase IMMUNITY to the full amount suggested on the label.

WEEK 9

If the stools are well formed and health otherwise good, continue to feed as the core diet:

Vince the Vet Superfood Raw
DIGESTION
VITALITY
IMMUNITY
Egg
Salmon oil

A raw meaty bone (from the same animal being fed) can also be given (under supervision) once or twice weekly to help clean the teeth and promote healthy gums. Beef ribs, chicken wings / feet, lamb ribs, and turkey necks / feet are best. Avoid large, weight-bearing bones as these can fracture the teeth.

An additional meat protein may be introduced at this stage if desired or one of our dual protein raw foods.

  

 

 

 

 

(Chicken with Lamb Offal and Turkey with Lamb Offal)

There is no need to feed lots of different meats or constantly change the diet, as this can cause digestive and other health problems where none existed before.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Additional raw foods which may be given weekly / fortnightly in small amounts to complement the diet (be sure to introduce them one at a time, and at intervals of no less than a week to make sure they suit your pet) are as follows:

      • live goats milk yoghurt
      • pure, natural, organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil
      • 100%, pure, natural, additive-free, raw dehydrated treats (same protein as above)
      • a little raw and pureed organic vegetables

Amounts

Typically, feeding 2 to 3% of the ideal body weight in raw food daily is a good place to start.

It’s important however after the first 7 days to adjust the amount fed up or down going forward to maintain an ideal body condition,

Aim for a lean and well-muscled frame that’s neither thin nor fat.

Health Problems

If your pet has any medical condition(s) or special dietary requirements, please contact us for advice before following this feeding plan, as a special diet may be more appropriate.

Support

A big advantage of buying your natural supplements and raw food from Vince the Vet Superfood, that it gives you access to expert holistic advice.

And so if you have any questions or queries at all with regards to your dog or cat’s diet, or general health, or would like a free bespoke feeding plan emailed to you which takes into account your pet’s needs, please do not hesitate to contact us or call (0740 3663263).

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Author: Vince the Vet

Vince MacNally BVSc VetMFHom MRCVS - An expert Holistic Vet in the UK with 30+ years clinical expertise.

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