Some frequently asked questions...
Where do you source your ingredients?
We source our raw materials through reliable and experienced wholesalers that have the same ethos as ourselves.
The suppliers in which we use focus on both welfare of the animals and the quality of the product. Only the highest standards are demonstrated and full traceability is provided. In fact many of our raw materials come from family run businesses where the business has been passed down from generation to generation, where many of them can boast award winning practice.
The furthest sourced product is our green tripe which we have delivered from Ireland. The reason for this is that although green tripe is readily available in Great Britain we have only ever been able to find a product that we are solely happy with from Ireland, with regards to quality.
Our fresh fruit and vegetables are sourced locally through a wholesale greengrocer. Our flax oil is also sourced locally from a very experienced farm, where again quality is paramount. Our organic sea kelp is harvested in the British Isles and is sourced from the human food chain, this is because we have found that it was of a much higher quality than that supplied to the pet food industry (sadly).
How much should I feed my adult dog?
We recommend feeding adult dogs twice a day, splitting their daily allowance equally over morning and evening meals. The recommended amount per day for an adult is 2% - 3% but, you will need to monitor their weight and consider their age and activity levels. A dog that spends a lot of time outside may need a higher percentage.
Working Dogs: We recommend feeding 3% - 6% when working; reducing this amount to 2% - 3% when not.
Neutered Dogs: Neutered dogs and bitches have a tendency to increase fat stores from before they were neutered. A dog that may have once required 3% to maintain their ideal weight may only now require 2%. As ever, we recommend keeping a close watch on your newly neutered dogs so that you can adjust their intake as necessary.
Dog's that need to gain weight: Our Primal Lamb Meal is an ideal addition to your dog's diet to help them put on weight healthily.
It is important to feed a variety of meals including: chicken, beef and lamb. We have a number of tripe meals that are lower in calories and the “Primal” meals include offal which is a very important part of a dog’s diet and you should try to feed this twice a week.
How much should I feed my puppy?
Feed your puppy 4 meals a day up until they are four months of age this can then be reduced to three meals a day then 2 meals from 6 months onwards. Begin by feeding 5% - 8% of their body weight per day split between the meals. This amount will increase as they grow, you will need to have your puppy weighed regularly and continue to feed them on this method. Alternate the chicken and beef mixes.
Smaller breed puppies generally require a higher percentage than larger breeds. For example an 8 week old Bichon Frise weighing 2kg would require approximately 7% of their total body weight = 140g per day spilt between four meals. Whereas a 8 week old Rhodesian Ridgeback weighing approximately 8kg would require approximately 6% which would equate to 480g per day. It is important to remember that as your puppy grows so indeed will their daily intake. So for example once your puppy Rhodesian Ridgeback weighs 9kg is daily intake would increase to 540g per day.
Your puppy should gain weight at a nice steady pace; they should be nicely covered but not fat! This is especially important in larger breed puppies; we do not want any unnecessary strain on growing bones and joints. Many skeletal disorders are caused by inappropriate diet and feeding so we can help to avoid such conditions as hip dysplasia.
No supplementation of calcium is required when using this method of feeding.
We recommend feeding:
- A daily intake of 5% - 8% of your puppies weight, across four meals a day, until they are four months of age.
- A daily intake of 5% - 8% of your puppies weight, across three meals a day, until they are 6 months.
- A daily intake of 5% - 8% of your puppies weight, across 2 meals a day, until they are 12 months.
- A daily intake of 3.5% of your puppies weight, across 2 meals a day, until they are 18 months.
- At 18 months, your puppy will now be on our adult feeding requirements, please see the tab above.
Can I feed only one meal type?
Some customers ask if they can feed their dog/puppy just one meal type, say for instance the Chicken Meal. We would advise against doing this as it does not give your dog enough variety within their diet which is important to ensure all their nutritional needs are met. Our Oscar variety pack is convenient and contains all the meals your dog requires to get the balanced diet they need. If your dog has allergies, or for any other reason may need to feed on a limited number of proteins please get in touch with us and we will advise further.
Can I cook my dogs food?
We wouldn't recommend cooking your dog's food due to the bone content, as the bone becomes brittle once cooked. Cooking raw food also reduces the nutritional value of the meal.
How do I switch from a non raw diet to a raw diet?
For healthy dogs the switch is easy and goes as follows:
- End one day on your dog's current diet
- Begin the next day on the raw food, and discontinue your dog's previous diet
- Start your dog on our Chicken & Tripe meals for the first 7 days
- After the first 7 days you can introduce the other meals within our range
Always ensure your dog has plenty of water.
Can I feed my dog dry food and raw food?
We would advise against this as mixing the two different meal types may cause digestion issues, this is caused by the different digestive times for each meal type. If you must absolutely must feed a diet which contains dry food and raw food then the best advice that you could follow would be to feed one of the meals in the morning and the other later in the day ensuring at least 6 hours is left between each meal type. Again, your dog will benefit more from being on one diet.
What are 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.