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Raw Feeding Q & A's

Feeding Wolf Tucker raw dog food ensures your dog is getting a naturally balanced diet with all the essential proteins, vitamins and minerals necessary to promote excellent health, a happy disposition and a long life. 

Wolf Tucker meals provide possibly the most hypoallergenic, commercially available dog food in the United Kingdom; containing no grains, cereals, preservatives, fillers, “meat” derivatives, gimmicky powders or supplements; just 100% natural human grade ingredients.

We appreciate that “feeding raw” may be new to the majority of dog owners and that you may have several questions to enable an informed opinion. That is why we have written this guide for feeding dogs the “Wolf Tucker Way.” Here you have everything you need to take you through the process of starting with BARF with a new puppy, and adult or a senior dog. We also advise on how best to make the transition.

If you still need convincing of the benefits of feeding the dog food that is taking the UK by storm, then have a visit to our testimonials page which has many examples of how Wolftucker has enhanced the lives of dogs in the UK.


Common Raw Feeding Questions


  1. The Benefits Of Raw Bones
  2. Nutritional Guide
  3. Common Problems & Diet
  4. Complimentary Feeding
  5. General Information On Raw Feeding





The Benefits Of Raw Bones

There is actually much more to feeding your dog than meets the eye.

To really help your dog benefit from a natural, BARF, feeding regime they need bones! And even though we incorporate bone in to our chicken range there is nothing quite like a real bone to benefit your dog in a variety of ways.

Bones are a natural toothbrush for dogs, clearing away plaque whilst massaging and cleaning your dogs gums.

Bones also provide your dog with a magnificent all round body workout as they stretch, tear, pull and gnaw at their bone. Using their mouth and front feet, your dog will use virtually every muscle in their body.

Fed twice a week with a raw meaty bone you will see the difference in your dogs overall dental health in no time.

Wolf Tucker requests that dogs are supervised whilst eating bones.



Nutritional Guide

At Wolf Tucker we have created what we believe to be a BARF raw dog food diet as close to what nature intended but packaged to the like of humans! The wolf, our canine friends closest ancestor, would have consumed their prey, devouring and ingesting not only the prey itself but the intestinal contents also.

This would provide them with a low level of carbohydrates, typically much lower than commercially produced dog food nowadays. Higher levels of carbohydrates are known to lead to health issues, obesity being one of them. It is important to realise that the naturally occurring carbohydrate found in fruit and vegetables will lead to a happier gut in your dog. This in turn can make it far less likely for a dog fed on raw food to develop allergies than in a dog that is fed a cereal based diet.

The human grade meat in Wolf Tucker has been carefully selected to provide your dog with high quality protein that their body needs to thrive on. Meat is the most valuable source of protein that nature has given us. Your dog can naturally digest meat utilising the important amino acids it has to offer. In our chicken meal your dog will benefit from just the right amount of bone, a valuable source of calcium and minerals.

The fruit and vegetables in Wolf Tucker are carefully selected to provide your dog with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Fibre is an important part of your dog's diet. Too little will lead to constipation and too much, diarrhoea and wind. Giving your dog the adequate amount of fibre will help to keep their stomach happy and their anal glands healthy.

Flax oil provide's your dog with omega 3’s and 6’s. These oils are vital for your dog’s skin and coat as well as healthy vision and brain power, supple joints and strong bones.

The kelp we add to Wolf Tucker makes sure that your dog enjoys a healthy level of iodine, important for the regulation of the thyroid gland. Kelp will also aid the condition of your dog’s coat.

We believe by rotating our selection of meals with raw meaty bones your dog can enjoy a balanced healthy and natural raw dog food diet... and we are sure they will tell you that it tastes good too!



Common Problems & Diet

Commercial dog food has only been with us since the 1950's and has grown into a multi-billion pound industry. Unfortunately, with the explosion of convenience, high-carb, low animal protein food now available, there has been a resultant explosion in the number of illnesses effecting dogs. No matter how old a dog, whether he is a puppy or a wise old senior, owners are finding themselves making regular trips to their vets regarding one or another common problems. It may be a skin or coat problem, digestion or behaviour. We are seeing more and more problems that usually can be directly linked to your dog's diet.

  • Does your dog's coat lack lustre and shine? Do they scratch excessively or have dry or flaky skin?
  • Does your dog have episodes of vomiting, diarrhoea or excessive wind?
  • Do you notice your dog getting stiffness in his joints?
  • Does your dog suffer with recurrent ear or eye infections?
  • Is your dog overweight?
  • Have you noticed your dog's behaviour is at times challenging or does he show signs of hyperactivity?
  • Do you feel your dog is growing old before his time?

If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions then, perhaps a natural place to start looking is to investigate what you are feeding your dog?

A healthy diet is paramount to the wellbeing of your dog. Providing your dog with an abundence of antioxidents, healthy oils, vitamins and minerals will help them to fight against pollutants and strengthen their immune system. Antioxidents fight the free radicals that can slow your dog down, resulting in lack of energy. Wolf Tucker is packed full of antioxidants, delivered in a 100% natural way!

Feeding our BARF raw dog food which is free of artificial colours and additives will result in a calmer and happier dog.

A rising problem in the canine world is obesity. Dog's fed on a commercial diet that is full of fillers and sugars are more likely to suffer with weight problems than a dog fed on the raw diet. Excess weight will put stress and strain on joints, the heart and other organs, much the same as in humans. A dog fed on a BARF raw diet will lose excess body fat and gain muscle tone.

Allergies can manifest in lack of skin and coat condition or they can irritate your dog's stomach and digestive system resulting in vomiting and/or diarrhoea . We do not use any cereals, grains or fillers, they are well known causes of allergies in canines. The enzymes present in our meals are essential for ensuring proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.

However, if you are at all concerned about your dogs health then you should consult a veterinary surgeon for advice.

 


Complimentary Feeding

Wolf Tucker aims to provide the highest quality BARF raw dog food across several different varieties to keep your dog in the best possible condition. However, in addition to feeding your dog Wolf Tucker, you may also like to occasionally add some of the following into their diet.

 

  • Cottage Cheese

A great source of protein.

  • Eggs

A fantastic provider of Choline, an essential nutrient important for a sound mind and nervous system.

  • Goats Milk

Much kinder to a dogs digestion than cows milk.

  • Pro-biotic Yoghurt

A helpful way to aid a healthy gut. Ensure you go for an organic "no added sugar" type.

 

General Information On Raw Feeding


The advice in this guide has been gleaned from many years of experience working with all diffferent breeds of dogs. One thing this experience has proven is that, even dogs from the same litter will develop at different rates and there is no exact formula that applies for all dogs. Please use the guide but rely on hands on inspection of your dog. When an adult, it will be very easy to establish the ideal range of weight for your dog and you can use your eye, or indeed, weigh your dog to keep them in optimal shape.

There are a number of considerations to take into account; your dog’s age, their activity levels and the environment in which they live. A dog that spends a lot of time outside may need a higher percentage.

We’ve broken the guide out predominantly by their life stage, Puppy, Adult and Senior.

Obesity in dogs is unfortunately becoming an increasing problem; made worse by the number of processed foods available which essentially do not meet the nutritional requirements of dogs, requiring overfeeding to get the necessary amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

At WolfTucker we have created our very own Weight Loss Programme. If your pet has a few pounds to lose then we are here to help; we can guide you through the process by creating a 100% tailored feeding regime for your dog.

When working out your dog's daily nutritional requirements we recommend taking into account your dog’s activity level, age and weight.

Each dog has a different metabolic rate and therefore the amounts we suggest for feeding are as a guide only.

You also need to consider your pet’s current weight, are they overweight? Or could they benefit from gaining a little extra weight?

We suggest feeding your adult dog 2% - 3% of their total bodyweight. As an owner you should be watching your dog’s weight, if they are becoming heavy then feed them a little less and if you feel they could do with more coverage then increase their daily amount. Ideally you will feed your dog their daily amount over 2 meals during the day.

For your puppy we would recommend around 5% - 8% of their bodyweight. Feed your puppy’s recommended amount over three to four meals a day. Do make sure you regularly check the weight of your growing puppy so that you can adjust the amount they are fed accordingly.

It is extremely important to watch your puppy as they grow, neither allowing him to become too fat or too slight. As a general rule they should be nicely ‘covered’. Puppies should gain weight at a slow and steady pace.

It is particularly important with the larger breed puppies that they should not be allowed to carry excess weight as this could lead to skeletal problems in the future.