Post Surgery Raw Feeding

Many of you who follow us on Instagram will know that Luna went in for surgery yesterday to be spayed.

Usually after surgery your vets will either proscribe a ‘special’ kibble or suggest Boiled Chicken and Rice to help get your dog back on track. Well im sure if you are a raw feeder you already know that this is not what you should do but if the vet is telling you its best for your dog and you have no other knowledge of another way to do it you will probably follow their advice. Which will give your dog a funny tummy and most likely prolong their recovery time.

Why does the diet need to be different?

Well some people will tell you it doesn’t. However giving bones immediately after surgery may put unnecessary strain on your dogs body. Yes dogs need the calcium and glucosamine to help promote recovery however there is another way to give them everything they need Bone Broth!!

Bone Broth is a nutritional power house for you dog and is made from simmering bones on a low heat for a long period of time either in a slow cooker or in a pot on a very low heat. This nutrient dense stock is protein rich and contains vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K, iron, thiamin, potassium, calcium, silicon, sulfer, magnesium, glucosamine, phosphorus, trace minerals, and glucosamine chondroitin sulfates!

Bone broth is a massive immune system booster which is perfect for helping get your beloved pooch back on track. It also help allergy and food sensitive dogs. Then there is the massive joint and bone heath properties it has… this stuff is amazing!

So how do I make it? 

What you will need:

  • Raw Bones (which you can get from your local butchers) most of the time you will see a bucket of bones at the front door but if not just politely ask if they have any spare bones which you can use. All the bones are great, Marrow Bones, Frame bones, Chicken Feet, Rib bones, Joint Bones. If they have a bit of meat on then that’s great, more nutrients.
  • Slow Cooker or Pot to simmer on the Hob
  • Water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (4 Table Spoons). ACV helps to draw out the nutrients from the bone! This too is also a wonderful product to give to your dog and offers the following benefits.• Relieves or prevents arthritis

    • Improves digestion

    • Acts as a urinary system tonic, clears urinary tract infections, and prevents the formation of kidney and bladder stones

    • Improves the growth and condition of fur and hair

    • Clears the skin of bacterial and fungal infections

    • Reduces skin flaking and dander

    • Makes one less attractive to biting insects

    • Helps prevent food poisoning

    • Acts as a natural antibiotic by interrupt- ing the development of infectious bacterial and viral diseases

    • Relieves muscle fatigue

    • Alleviates itching

    • Improves ability to adapt to cold temperatures

    • Reduces hock and elbow calluses

    • When applied to the ears, clears and prevents ear infections.

Extras:

To give this already nutrient dense broth even more healing potential you can add the following:

  • Turmeric (3 Table Spoons) I will do an entire post on the benefits of Turmeric soon!
  • Garlic (4 Cloves)

Process:

  1. Add your Raw bones to the Slow Cooker or Pot and cover with hot water.
  2. Add the Turmeric, Garlic, ACV
  3. Keep on a low heat for 24 hours
  4. Remove all the bones and throw them away, DO NOT GIVE TO YOUR DOG! Cooked bones can cause all sorts of problems to your dog and may even result in death.
  5. Pour the broth into containers or Ice Cube trays and leave on the side (out of reach of your dog) to cool down before placing into your freezer to give to your dog later.

You don’t have to keep it in the freezer. You could place into a jar and keep in the fridge if you like and then pour into your dogs bowl. I chose to freeze mine in ice cube trays and feed frozen but you could also defrost if you wish.

Green Tripe

If you have not already checked out my post on green tripe I would advise you to check it out. Type Green Tripe into the search box on the right near the top and you will find my post ‘The Stink on Tripe’.

In short Green Tripe offers the following benefits

  • Treats and prevents vaginal infections
  • Treats diarrhea and GI infections
  • Aids digestion
  • Treats chronic constipation
  • Treats symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Lowers the risk of pollen allergies
  • Helps weight management (both for adding lean muscle and losing weight)
  • Cleans teeth

It is full of live probiotics and digestive enzymes helping to aid your dogs digestion at this sensitive time. It will work absolute wonders to getting your dog fighting fit again! .

Manuka Honey 

If you don’t already know what Manuka honey is, it’s produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions.

This too has so many healing benefits to your dog and to yourself! It is a Super Super Food in terms of healing and antibacterial benefits and has been used throughout the world for centuries to help heal wounds and speed up the healing process.

This can be fed to your dog daily and even placed directly on wounds which will produce dramatic improvements.

This is a very expensive product and the more potent the product the more expensive it is. The strength is measured on a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

Obviously the more potent the better healing benefits to you and your dog. I am using 15+ which was on offer £15 for a tub in Holland and Barrats. I could have probably found it cheaper online but at the time it was on my list to pick up so when I seen it I grabbed it.

How long to feed Broth and Tripe?

This really depends on the type of surgery you have had done. As Luna’s spay was Laparoscopic (Key Hole) it was not as invasive as the normal Spay so she will be fed solely this for two days and then she will have half this mixed with other meats including bone for the rest of the week and then back to her normal diet after that.

For other surgeries which are more invasive Its recommend to continue feeding for 7 days before feeding half which normal foods for the following week.

That being said this can still make up part of your dogs diet when ever you feel like feeding it. It has so many health, joints and immune system benefits which will your dog will thrive with for the rest of its life.

I will take a photo of her dinner bowl later for you to see 😀

Rawsome Treats!

This is one of the most frequently asked question I get. What do you do for treats???

I DO NOT feed any biscuits or grains of any kind! Whats the point in giving them a highly nutritious healthy raw diet and then giving them some processed junk full of carbs, preservatives, E numbers, and tones of other junk like Bonios or dog biscuit shapes???

Well my everyday treat is Liver. I take 50g of Lambs liver out with me on our daily walks and its used for everything from recall to posing for photos. My dogs absolutely LOVE it! They will do anything for it, which is why I use it.

Now liver can be gross. Pigs and Beef liver STINKS, but Lambs liver doesn’t seem to be as bad so I opt for this. I also pan sear it for 10 seconds on a hot pan just to take away the stickiness which makes it more pleasant to handle.

For treats which I want to last longer for when the dogs are being left in their crates or I have somebody coming to the house and I want to keep them calm, I use Dehydrated Treats. Dehydrating treats is the most nutritious way to preserve food – enzymes, vitamins, and minerals aren’t destroyed by high canning temperatures.

Pigs ears, Beef Strips, Tripe Sticks, Bully Sticks and Chicken Strips.

These can be bought from your local supermarket. Aldi have a huge range of dehydrated and dried treats.

But you can also make these healthy treats yourself! Buying a Dehydrator and doing it yourself can be easier and cheaper than you think. This is the one I have and I got It from ebay for only £25!!

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I usually give a small treat before bedtime too which is given to them for running to their beds when I ask.

I have been trying various store bought treats recently as I came across some new Natures Menu treats in Pets at Home.

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My dogs absolutely loved these. They are all natural and full of goodness. However each bag is about £4 and all you get is 50g!!! 

So tonight I have decided to make my own!!

Ingredients: 

  • 500g Beef
  • 250g Lamb
  • 150g Garden Peas
  • 1 x Large Carrot
  • 1 x Skinned and cored Apple
  • 2 x Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 2 x Raw Eggs

Method:

First of all chop up the carrot and apple and put into a food blender with the peas and blitz.

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Mix your blitzed veg up with the meat and then portion up into small nugget sized portions. Remember once they have been dehydrated they will be much smaller.

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Place in the oven on a low heat around 140 degrees for 10 minutes.

Why do I put them in the oven first? Because the moisture, fat and other junk which comes out at the start is disgusting and you certainly do not want it clogging up your dehydrator. Below is a pic of all the junk which came out after 10 mins. Make sure you put this into your bin as it may block your sink if you put it down.

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Then after blotting the underside of the nuggets with a paper towel place onto your dehydrator and set at 60.c for 6-8 hours.

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Keep rotating your trays because the bottom tray received more heat than the rest. To ensure all is dehydrated equally I swap the trays every hour.

Check them to see if they are completely dehydrated as if they are not they will go off quickly! I made the mistake of not dehydrating chicken heart enough and after a couple of days I opened the box and Pheeewww its stunk and the box was sticky! Fully dehydrated treats can be left out in a dry box for a long time. However to be make sure all is fresh bag up into weekly portions and freeze.

Here is the finished product. The dogs have been going absolutely mad for them! I have put them in a sealed glass jar to keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible.

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Let me know if you make up your own batch. I would love to know what your dogs think too!! 😀

Luna’s Rawsome Week

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So here is a weeks diet for Luna the 14 month old Hungarian Vizsla. She currently weighs 27kg and is on 3.5% of her body weight.

Most dogs this age would be on around 2-3% but if Luna eats any less then she loses weight. She is very active and exercises around 2.5-3 hours a day off lead.

On top of these meals she also has 50g of Liver every day fed as treats.

She also eats a mix of Natural Yoghurt, DE and Garlic after each meal 2.

I try to give her as much variety as possible not only for health benefits but to also keep it interesting for her.

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Day 1:

Meal 1: Chicken Wings, Beef Mince and Green Beans

Meal 2: Sardines, Green Tripe. Beef Kidney and Chicken Feet

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Day 2: 

Meal 1: Duck Carcass with Skin

Meal 2: Whole Mackerel, Beef Cheeks, Lamb Mince, Carrot and Broccoli

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Day 3: 

Meal 1: Veal Breast and Beef Chunks

Meal 2: Turkey Tail, Beef Kidney, Carrot and Broccoli

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Day 4:

Meal 1: Lamb Breast

Meal 2: Half Chicken Carcass, Beef Mince, Green Tripe and Raw Egg with Shell

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Day 5:

Meal 1: Turkey Wing

Meal 2: Beef Mince, Green Tripe, Chicken Gizzard and Coconut oil

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Day 6:

Meal 1: Chicken Leg, Beef Mince, Broccoli, Raw Egg with Shell, Coconut oil and the insides from the Trout

Meal 2: Beef Kidney, Chicken Gizzards and Whole Rainbow Trout

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Day 7:

Meal 1: Half a Pheasant, Beef Cheek with a Cottage Cheese and Natural Yoghurt Mix

Meal 2: Liver, Kidney, Heart and Half a Turkey Wing

A Rawsome Week in the Life of Handsome Hendrix

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Hendrix is now 12 weeks old and currently on week 4 of raw and is LOVING every meal!

He very active running around with Luna most of the day so he is still eating 10% of his body weight which currently is 12kg so he is eating 1.2kg every day. This was split into 4 meals for the first part of the week but when he turned 12 weeks old I reduced him to 3 meals a day. He was still having the same amount each day but it was portioned 3 times not 4. He is now eating Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Green Tripe, Liver, Kidney, Mackerel, Sardine, Veal, Eggs, Cottage cheese and Natural Yoghurt. Tomorrow I introduce Turkey and Duck!

Here is what he chowed down on this week! One meal a day has a TS of Yoghurt with his DE and a clove of garlic mixed in and then all mushed. I take the photos before I mash it all up so you can better see what he is eating.

On top of these meals I feed 50g of liver fed as treats every day.

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DAY 1:

Meal 1: Ox Heart with a Chicken Leg

Meal 2: Chicken Necks and Gizzards

Meal 3: Beef Mince, Green Tripe, Egg with Shell and Raw Broccoli.

Meal 4: Beef Mince and Green Tripe

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Day 2:

Meal 1: Chicken Leg and Beef Mince

Meal 2: Beef Mince and Lamb Heart

Meal 3: Chicken Mince, Half Mackerel and a dollop of Cottage Cheese

Meal 4: Chicken Mince and Half Mackerel

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Day 3:

Meal 1: Veal Breast and Beef Cheek

Meal 2: Chicken Wings and Beef cheek

Meal 3: Lamb Mince, Lambs Liver, Veal Rib and Cottage Cheese

Meal 4: Lamb Mince and Raw Egg with Shell

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Day 4:

Meal 1: Chicken Necks, Chicken Gizzards, Green Tripe and Yoghurt

Meal 2: Half Lambs Heart, Chicken Leg, Chicken Mince, Raw Egg with Shell

Meal 3: Half Lambs Heart and a Chicken Leg

Meal 4: Chicken Necks and Green Tripe

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Day 5:

Meal 1: Beef Trachea, Lambs Liver and Lamb Mince

Meal 2: Cottage Cheese, Beef Mince and Half Lambs Heart

Meal 3: Beef Mince, Half Lambs Heart and Raw Egg with Shell

Meal 4: Lamb Mince, Chicken Leg

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Day 6:

Meal 1: Beef Cheek, Half Chicken Carcass and Tin of Sardines in Sunflower Oil

Meal 2: Chicken Wings, Beef Mince and Broccoli

Meal 3: Half Chicken Carcass and Beef Mince

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Day 7:

Meal 1: Chicken Leg and Green Tripe

Meal 2: Half Chicken Carcass, Green Tripe and Beef Kidney

Meal 3: Half Chicken Carcass, Green Tripe and a Raw Egg with Shell

He will be eating most of these meals next week with the additions of Lamb breast, Turkey Tails, Turkey Necks and Duck Necks.

This is one well fed puppy! 

Throw your Dog a Bone!

First things first NEVER feed your dog cooked bone!!

When a bone is cooked its molecular structure is altered and it not only loses all its goodness but it also becomes very hard and brittle. Not only can this cause serious fractures to your dogs teeth but it makes it much harder for your dog to digest and can cause blockages and gut pain (colic), scarring of the gut lining and bleeding, leading to constipation.

Cooked bones can also splinter and can pierce to your dogs mouth and internal organs!

 Raw bones are safe to feed your dog and help to make up a balanced diet.

Bones are naturally high in calcium and balance the high levels of phosphorous found in the raw meats. Calcium is vital for normal growth and development, for correct mineralisation (strength) of the teeth and bones, and structure of joints. It is vital for muscular contraction in the body, including the heart muscle, and is involved in a wide array of metabolic processes. The calcium in raw bones can be up to 4 times more digestible than most common calcium supplements available.

Raw bones also aid in the cleaning and massaging of the teeth and gums. They hep to prevent many dental problems like Tooth Decay and Gingivitis. The bones also aid to the neutralising of the dogs breath.

Feeding raw bones also aid your dogs digestive system too.   It has a cleansing / scouring effect, providing much needed roughage in the diet, and provides bulk for healthy faecal motions that stimulate anal gland emptying.

Picking the right Bone for your Breed                                                                                

If you have a Chihuahua its not going to make much sense giving it a large Venison neck!

So as a rule I recommend picking a bone which your dog can completely consume either in one sitting or if you are able to remove it from your dog and feed the following day then that’s fine too.

Smaller dogs may be best suited for poultry bones like chicken necks and carcasses.

Moving up the scale of breed size the size of the bone can be increased.

All bones from most animals are safe to feed. Heads, Necks, Shoulders, Spines, Ribs, Trotters…

With Larger breeds you should be careful feeding small bones. I feed Luna (27kg Hungarian Vizsla) some small bones like chicken necks because I know she is a very sensible chewer and she does chew these bones. However some dogs are not so sensible and if they believe they can swallow a chicken leg in one go they may just try. So if you think your dog may not a very sensible eater then do not feed bones which as smaller than their snout. Or for bones that are like ribs, try to feed as a full rack so that they have to bite down and chew.

How much bone to feed?

Bones should make up around 10% of your dogs diet. But this does not mean that it has to be 10% every day. You could feed 50% bone on day but the day before and the following meals after make sure they are boneless. Balance over time is key to a healthy raw diet.

What will happen if I feed too much bone?

It is very unlikely that you are going to feed too much to cause any health problems. There is always the potential of constipation if too much bone is fed but leading up to the constipation you will notice that their stools are white and powdery (almost chalk like).

If your dog does appear to be constipated you can help reverse this by giving them

  1. Organic apple cider vinegar (ACV).Organic ACV is a bit of a natural wonder drug, in that it can alleviate a wide variety of conditions in both people and pets. It is well known to improve digestion, including relieving constipation. I prefer raw, unfiltered ACV, 1/4 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight added to your dog’s food 1-2 times daily.
  1. Aloe juice (not the topical gel): 1/4 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight 1-2 times daily on food.
  1. Chiropractic, acupuncture/pressure and massage. All three of these natural modalities have been proven to help with chronic constipation in pets.

Puppies

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It is essential that your puppy is eating bones to help with the development of healthy bones and teeth. It is advised to feed slightly more bone to puppies between 2-6 months old as this is when their bones are having spurts of growth. The high calcium and glucosamine content will pave the way for their longevity of joints and bones for years to come.

But as above feed bones which are suitable for your puppies breed and size. Hendrix (Hungarian Vizsla) was eating entire chickens at 8 weeks old. Necks, Wings, Backs, Legs and everything else on the bird. At 9 weeks he was tucking into Veal ribs.

If your puppy is not strong enough to tuck into at least chicken wings then you should find a bone in minced meat either from your butcher or a raw food supplier. It really is important that they are eating bone whole or ground they will benefit from the nutrition. The only difference is if ground they will not reap the rewards of tooth cleaning.

Bones to stay away from

Stay away from oddly shaped or cut pieces of bone, like T-bones. These bones are more likely to cause a blockage and can splinter due to trauma sustained from the butchers cutting method.

I do not recommend you feed Cow bones of any kind. Cow bones are very dense and may break your dogs teeth. I know of a few people who do feed Cow ribs to their dogs without a problem but in my opinion it is a accident waiting to happen. Best just to steer clear. It is widely know not to feed weight baring bones like knuckle bones or marrow bones as they are too hard and may cause tooth fractures yet some people still do let their dogs chew on them to help with teeth cleaning. I strongly advise you not to feed these nor any bone which your dog cannot chomp and actually eat!

So give your dog a bone today and feed how nature intended!!