FAQ

Is it safe to give or feed bones to my pet?

Yes, Yes, Yes “BUT” they must be Raw! When bones are cooked they become Hard & brittle, this can lead to chipped/broken teeth or choking.  A bone in its natural form is soft, flexible and very easily digested by the powerful stomach acid dog’s & cat’s produce.
Raw meaty bones (RMB’S) are part of the balanced and complete diet your pet needs. Bone in its raw natural form contains much needed Nutrients like Glucosamine, Chondroitin, essential fatty acids, calcium & phosphorus.
sure4pets provide a wide range of raw meaty bones, these will provide your pet with great behavioural and emotional benefits, our mince meat range offers 10% ground bone content that will provide the nutritional benefits stated above. Please note however nothing comes risk free and too much of a good thing can cause

How often should I feed raw meaty bones?

A raw meaty bone (RMB) also acts like a tooth brush helping to keep your pets teeth strong, white and gums healthy, we recommend you give one to your dog every other day.
You can choose the most appropriate bone for your dog from our range,

Can I feed my Puppy/Kitten a raw diet?

Yes,Yes,Yes! This is the best time to introduce your pet to a raw diet; you can feed puppy’s a raw diet from around 6 weeks old. This is the diet that nature intended and would be the staple diet your dog would eat in the wild.

What if my dog suffers from a sensitive stomach?

The BARF diet can very often solve problems with stomach sensitivity or other gut issues! As cooked, processed, high grain & starch based foods are unnatural for our pet’s diet & digestive needs.
However if you know your pet has one or more specific allergy’s or a strong intolerance &  you are worried about the health of their digestive tract, you may wish to visit a specialist Natural or Holistic Vet. These vets will have studied nutrition & will have a good understanding of how to treat these symptoms

My dog’s stools are different?

This is normal and how they should be; if you speak to any of our raw feeders they will have experienced exactly the same with their dog/s. Because sure4pets food has the right ratio of meat, bone & offal your dog’s stools are smaller, firmer and less smelly, the reason for this is because you’re dog/s are getting the correct nutrients with no additives or fillers, this means less waste is produced.

 

Do I need to feed my dog vegetables?

It has been proven that, domestic dogs and wolves are 99.8% genetically identical! They are carnivores!! A dog’s main diet in the wild is raw prey (meat, offal, bone). They will eat virtually everything – the flesh (a great source of essential protein), fat (a source of energy), bone (a source of calcium and other minerals), muscle, organ meats and stomach (an excellent source of enzymes, minerals and pre-digested plant material). In the wild they eat very little vegetation at all and no grains. Dogs have a relatively short foregut and a short, smooth, unsacculated colon. This means food passes through quickly. Vegetable and plant matter, however, needs time to sit and ferment. This equates to requiring longer, sacculated colons, larger and longer small intestines, and occasionally the presence of a caecum. Dogs have none of these, but have the shorter foregut and hindgut consistent with carnivorous animals. Dogs also do NOT normally produce the necessary enzymes in their saliva (amylase) these start the break-down process of carbohydrates and starches; amylase in saliva is something omnivorous and herbivorous animals possess, but not carnivorous animals. This places the burden entirely on the pancreas, forcing it to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose, and carbohydrates in plant matter. 

If for your own sake you feel the need to feed some kind of vegetation, keep it as close to what a wolf or wild dog would eat naturally, such as organic sprouts or leafy greens, Don’t pulverise or juice them though and only feed small amounts. Don’t feed carrots, broccoli squash etc, it has never been observed to see a wolf in a veg patch eating these types of omnivore foods. However they have been observed in pastures killing and eating sheep, cattle, chickens from pens, Fruits, organic blue berries , rasberries and blackberries but only when they are scavenging because they were really hungry!!

What will compromise my dog’s health?

There are many things that can compromise your pet’s health, immune & digestive system but First and foremost it’s nutrition. Kibble/dried or tinned “foods” are processed, this means they have been rendered, over cooked, over processed, & will contain artificial vitamins & supplements,  despite of what food went in at the beginning of the process i;e organic  meat & veg, these ingredients are still of a poorer quality & are no comparison to fresh, whole, raw foods.

How much raw food should I feed?

There is a calculator on our website and an ideal body chart that shows you how much food you need to feed your dog, please note the %’s are different for,  (pups at different ages), (adult dogs ideal weight, (adult dogs under weight) & (adult dogs over weight) the calculator will help you with all this information, please note these are guidelines to help you establish the correct amount you need to feed, each dog’s metabolism can be different, as can their levels of exercise and activity.

What’s the best way to change my dog over to a BARF diet?

This is simple, the most preferred & easiest method, is to changeover today, so yesterday you fed your dog dried or tinned “food” and today you feed raw. The reason for this is because if you start to mix up their old food with new it can increase the chance of them vomiting or having diarrhoea.

Is my dog too old to changeover?

A dog is never too old to changeover to a raw diet, in most cases people report seeing a new lease of life in their dog. But generally speaking older dogs will experience the same benefits as any other dog i;e improved digestion,  healthy skin & coat, stronger immune system, improved stool volume & odour, it will also improve any degenerative disease such as arthritis your pet may have.

my dog has Diarrhea ?

First you need to understand that diarrhea is not a disease but is simply the body’s way of getting rid of toxins. These toxins need to be allowed to be forced from the body. Most of the time, firming up the stools can do the dog more harm than good as those toxins are now being suppressed and not being allowed to leave the body fast enough.If your dog has constant watery diarrhea for more than 2-3 days and at the same time is unable to hold food or water down then dehydration is a real threat, we advise you seek professional help to identify the route cause of the diarrhea, otherwise, allow the dog to be rid of those toxins – as inconvenient or unpleasant as it may be for you. It is crucial to locate and address the cause of the diarrhea not just suppress the symptom (diarrhea) . If the stools are runny due to feeding too much organ meat or because the dog is new to the raw diet, feeding more raw bone in the form of chicken necks and/or feet will help to firm the stools back up naturally.

My dog has unique digestive needs 

These claims fail to take into account that all dogs have the same internal anatomy and physiology and the same nutritional needs despite size and breed. please use the link below to find out more.

http://rawfed.com/myths/designer.html