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 carnivore needs. Bone in its raw natural form contains much needed minerals/nutrients like Glucosamine, Chondroitin, calcium & phosphorus.
sure4pets provide a wide range of raw meaty bones, these will provide your little carnivore with great behavioural and emotional benefits, our mince meat range also offers 10% ground bone content that will provide the same mineral/nutritional benefits as stated above. Please note however nothing comes risk free and too much of a good thing can cause imbalances – potentially leading to a bone blockage which can be life threatening, the general rule of thumb is to feed our carnivore companions RMB’s every 2-3 days. remember if in doubt don’t hesitate to contact us.
A raw meaty bone (RMB) also acts like a tooth brush helping to keep your carnivores teeth strong, white and gums healthy, we recommend feeding RMB’s to your dog for example, around 2 to 3 times per week, these raw meaty bones can often contribute to a carnivores daily feed allowance too.
You can choose the most appropriate raw meaty bone from our RBM range (the bigger the bone the better) this helps to reduces the risk of it becoming a choking hazard, because dogs are naturally greedy animals they will try to consume it quickly, smaller bones are sometimes consumed without much chewing, before they attempt to swallow them, this then produces the gagging/chocking symptoms, it also burdens the stomach acidity which is responsible for efficient bone digestion. if you are in doubt don’t hesitate to contact us.
Yes,Yes,Yes! This is the best time to introduce a young animal to their SARF diet. Remember, this is the diet that nature intended and would be the staple diet your puppy or kitten would eat in the wild. We can in fact start to wean puppies on to their species appropriate raw food diet between 3-5 weeks (as observed naturally), people often give chicken or duck wings, to help them learn how to chew too.
Feeding a SARF diet can very often solve problems with stomach sensitivity or other gut issues! As cooked, processed, high grain & starch based foods are unnatural for any animals diet & digestive needs they cause an irregular digestive pH level and burden the digestive process which then creates inflammation, which then produces symptoms such as, colitis, IBS, twisted bowel and bloat, at the root of all disease and illness is inflammation, which is simply acidosis, if this is something you’re fur baby is struggling with please check out the following links, or contact us for further support.
There are also some other pages that may be of interest under the advice section on the homepage.
When a dog for example produces 3-7 large amounts of faeces per day, which are smelly and generally soft, this is not normal, it’s a direct result of firstly the food being fed – offering no mineral/nutritional benefit and secondly, from the additives and preservatives used to give the product a long lasting shelf life.
The fact is that when an animal produces faeces, this is waste that the body hasn’t been able to utilise after digestion, When we feed provide a SARF diet, the amount of waste is dramatically reduced, this is because around 95% of a SARF diet can be utilised by the body (it was designed to do so specifically) meaning there is very little faeces/waste produced. If you speak to any of our customers who now feed a SARF diet, they will confirm that they too experienced exactly the same with their dog producing less waste.
Ultimately this is your choice, but people’s decisions are based upon the information they have been provided, and there are lots of sources at the moment proving information based on assumption. Dogs (scientifically-canis lupus familiaris) have been proven to be a direct decendant of the Grey wolf (Canis Lupus) mainly due to the fact that they have the same Mitochondrial DNA by 99.8%, the grey wolf is in fact a carnivore!!
A dog’s main diet in the wild is raw prey (meat, offal, bone). They will eat virtually everything – which in turn provides them with certain and specific minerals/nutrients the cells of their body require to maintain health and vitality and that their digestive/processing system is naturally designed to break down. 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 their body 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, and always ask your self these 2 questions.
1; Is what I am feeding found in the wild (is it natural)
2; Would my dog eat this naturally?
These 2 questions will help you to keep it simple (just like nature) a typical example is question 1; Is what I am feeding found in the wild (is it natural) when the following vegetables are given – carrots, broccoli squash etc, and the previous question is asked, you find that all these are grown in a farmers filed (in specific environments) however they do not grow naturally in the wild, 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, and occasionally some Fruits, such as organic blue berries , rasberries and blackberries but never in excess.
There are many things that can compromise a dogs health, immune & digestive system creating illness and dis-ease. The main 2 are what foods are provided/consumed, the second is chemical treatments. At the core of health and vitality is, A, a SARF diet (Species Appropriate Raw Food) one that is designed by nature to suit the animal in question biologically and B, chemicals, we must ensure what we use treat and deal with illness is totally natural and also provided by nature, this can be harder than you think as there are many hybrid plants (man made) If we can do this from an early age we can help to ensure health and life longevity.
So First and foremost is the food that’s consumed, there are 80 million species of animal in the wild which consume a SARF diet, one that’s specifically designed to be digested/processed in order to extract the minerals/nutrients that are available whether for a herbivore (plant form) or a carnivore (animal form) this is what provides the trillions of cells that make up the physical body with as mentioned the necessary minerals/nutrients they need in order to maintain health and vitality, we are only ever feeding the cells of the body, whether with the oxygen we breath or the mineral containing foods that are eaten.
It is said that around 75-80% of health for any animal comes from nutrition/MINERALS, because 75-80% of the immune system resides in the gut, it’s also suggested that disease and illness begins in the gut, and when you understand that a digestive system is simply a processing plant, and is specifically designed to hold specific foods and foods that are of nature, we begin to understand that statement a little more clearly, as we either eat to live or live to eat, in other words we feed the cells of the body or hunger!.
The immune system protects the body from virus and bacteria) but is only going to be as strong as the minerals/nutrients we provide. Kibble/biscuit or tinned “foods” are processed – synthetic, this means they have been rendered, over cooked, over processed, thus are basically inorganic & will contain artificial & supplements, despite of what food went in at the beginning of the process ie, organic meat & in many cases veg, these ingredients are of a much poorer quality & are no comparison to fresh, whole, raw foods and cannot proide the life energy the cells of the body need.
There is a calculator on our website and an ideal body condition chart, the calculator has been used in raw feeding for around 60 years, is proven and it works – but is only however a guideline, the ideal body condition chart has also been around for approximately 30+ years and shows us the correct body shape we should be looking to achieve with our fur babies, both these tools used together help us ensure they are a healthy shape and size.
Please note the percentages the calculator will show 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 but 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, they also have totally different eating habits and won’t always eat how we expect them to, they are not designed to have a set meal, at a set time and a set amount, remember as long as their tails are wagging, they are playing or going about their normal daily routine – other than not eating how we think they should, and most importantly maintain an ideal body condition, they are happy and healthy.
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.
A dog is never too old to changeover to their species appropriate raw food diet and in nearly all 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 – improved digestion, healthy skin & coat, stronger immune system, improved stool volume & odour, any degenerative diseases such as arthritis your pet may have will also improve.
First you need to understand that diarrhea is not a disease but is simply the body’s way of eliminating waste/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.
For more information regarding cleansing/healing/detoxing, please see the following links –
Through poor information and a real lack of understanding, these claims fail to take into account that all dogs have the same internal anatomy and physiology and the same mineral/nutritional needs despite size and breed. please use the link below to find out more.
More often than not, if this statement has been made due to having constant issues with a sensitive tummy, this almost always result from a diet that is not one that is a Species Appropriate Raw Food (SARF) diet and is the result of a synthetic “food” being given and or medications that damage the digestive system, which can also lead to disease’s such as leak gut.
The only way to bring about health and homeostasis again is to first begin to feed a SARF diet, this is the food that their digestive/processing system was designed to process naturally. depending on the level of damage, you may also nee a little more intervention, for more information/understanding, please see the following link –
There can be a number of reasons for this and it can cause difficulties and upset for you and your fur baby.
It’s important to know and remember at this stage, that as much as dogs become very much a part of the family and even fur babies, we do have to remember, they are a totally different beast, not only do they have different eating habits, they are not designed to have a set meal at a set time and a set amount.
If this is happening during the changeover, the first thing you should know, is that a healthy dog will never starve itself, and providing your dog is playing and going about a daily routine normal – other than not eating (and of course pooping) there is nothing to worry about, healthy dogs have a natural ability to go without food for up to 6 weeks providing they have water.
So if we do get a dog that’s going through the changeover and we get to duck for example and refuses to eat, remember they are deciding not to eat (you are not starving them) you are offering a perfectly good Species Appropriate Raw Food (SARF) natural food. If this is happening please note that you are not alone and although it doesn’t happen all the time, many of our customers have gone through this, in fact it’s know as “playing the long game”) It’s very normal at this point for them to refuse to eat from anywhere between 4-5 days and then on the 5th or 6th day, once they work out that Human “mum” or “dad” isn’t going to give into them this time, they begin to try the new meat type, this doesn’t mean they will not get hungry and even produce hunger pukes (normally – yellow bile that is the result of the stomach producing acid to break down food but when there is no food available, this acid has to be removed) so remember, this is their choice, and they’re doing this because they can. I read on a raw feeding forum, one experienced lady had her dog refuse to eat for 10 days, then on the 11th day decided to start eating, she had never seen a dog go for so long and began to question herself, but in the end, her dog ate. Please also note that if you feed your dog treats or other food during the “long game” they have not gone without food and will continue to refuse to eat, ultimately we will loose the game. I should also point out that if you are feeding other foods along side, this may also cause them to stop eating too.
I feel it’s important at this point to also mention that all animals naturally fast (stop eating – even us humans) when the body needs to heal/cleanse, this isn’t necessarily something to worry about, and is an opportunity for the body to find homeostasis/health, so if they are lethargic, or have sickness and or diarrhea, they are in a process of healing, to learn more about this, please see the following link –
It’s important to know and remember at this stage, that as much as dogs become very much a part of the family and even our fur babies, we have to remember they are a totally different beast, not only do they have different eating habits, they are not designed to have a set meal at a set time and a set amount.
This happens quite often once we get a month or so into the changeover to feeding a Species Appropriate Raw Food (SARF) diet and we get customers, even after all the information regarding fake commercial foods consider putting their fur baby back on to biscuit (kibble) because when it comes to food, we are conditioned into believing we need 3 staple meals per day and automatically pass these habits onto our pets, feeling we need to see them eat and thinking that if they do they will be healthy.
But it isn’t about the amount of food, it’s all about the natural and real minerals/nutrition available, and SARF food is packed with minerals/nutrients, we don’t feed the stomach, we feed the trillions of cells that make up the physical body, remember all life starts with one single cell, this cell multiplies in to trillions and forms the physical body, The physical body is said to be made up of approximately 76 trillion cells. So, no matter what group of cells are called tissue (organs, glands, bones, etc.), the body is simply made up of a whole bunch of cells, Some are so small you can hardly see them. Others are as much as a foot long! these cells also consist of specific minerals simply put, the physical body is comprised of cells and two major fluids, blood and lymph. The digestive system processes these Species Appropriate Raw Foods (SARF) extracting the minerals/nutrients which are then absorbed into the blood stream and carried like oxygen to the relevant cells, and the waste the cells produce is eliminated via the lymphatic system. we are only ever feeding the cells of the body, the stomach simply receives a signal from cells asking for fuel.
So providing your dog has an ideal body condition as per the chart in the following link –
they are playing and going about their daily routine, other than the fact they are not eating (when we think or expect them to) there is nothing to be concerned about, it simply indicates that their cells, the physical body is full of minerals and the only thing it requires, which is the most important thing of all is oxygen.
If however they are not eating and they are lethargic or have sickness and or diarrhea, then this is a sign that the body (cells) are going through a cleansing stage, for more information about this, see the following link – https://sure4pets.uk/advice/detoxing/
This is being touted even more so and pushed by media companies, due to the fact raw feeding is growing at an alarming rate and the £65 billion commercialised pet industry is panicking. The reason raw feeding is growing so quickly is because people are seeing that their dogs are much healthier, and in most cases where long term health issues have been occurring with months and even years in some cases of repeat vets visits with ineffective treatments, after switching to species appropriate raw feeding diets these issues are improved considerably.
They use the fear of bacteria in many cases to help sell products and control peoples decisions, but this is a myth made possible by our society’s pathological fear of bacteria. Of the millions of bacteria on this earth, it is estimated that less than 1% are harmful. Media and society as a whole have played up bacteria, painting it as an evil nemesis that must be stomped out with disinfectants, antibacterial everything, and unnecessary vaccination.
Raw diet critics tout this myth as a main reason for not feeding raw. Yes, there is bacteria in raw meat. Yes, this bacteria can harm you. Yes, this bacteria is sometimes shed in dogs’ fecaes, but this is also the case with synthetic kibble and tinned “foods”. So if a raw-fed dog licks you, are you going to get sick? I suppose all things are possible, but on the whole: no, you will not get sick. This bacteria does not persist in the mouth of a raw-fed canine. Canine saliva contains lysozyme, an enzyme that lyses and destroys bacteria, but more importantly, the absence of plaque means the dog’s mouth is no longer a hospitable place for bacteria to inhabit. A kibble-fed dog’s mouth, however, provides the perfect environment for bacteria growth.
People proclaiming this “serious health risk” claim seem to think people are incapable of a) properly feeding their dogs and b) cleaning up after themselves. Use good hygiene practices: clean countertops and utensils used to feed dogs, and wash your hands.