Blendbetter&s Raw Feeding Guide

What is raw feeding & why feed raw.

Some experts believe that a high meat diet, one that mimics that of a wolf, is better and more biologically appropriate for your dog. The BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Feeding) diet, created by Dr Ian Billinghurst for his book 'Give your dog a bone' (1993), has kick-started a trend in raw feeding that has been growing ever since. There are now many different takes on raw feeding from an almost exclusively meat diet to one consisting of around 50% Meat to 50% Vegetables, eggs and fruit.

Many dogs do very well on a raw diet. Most notable is the Coat and skin condition and smaller, firmer stools. Raw diets are often very beneficial for dogs with allergies or intolerances. However, if your dog suffers from either, it is advisable to speak to a vet before changing your dogs diet.

Getting started & what to expect.

Raw feeding is very different from kibble based diets, so the first thing to do is some research on the different types of raw feed diets. There are many great resources available online – try searching 'BARF diet' or 'Raw feeding for dogs' there are also many great books on the subject. Most dogs do better with a 'Cold Turkey' switch over rather than half kibble half raw. Start off simple with chicken or turkey and some necks or wings, let your dog get used to this new diet before introducing some of the huge variety of other raw feed. If you dog has never had raw bones before it may take them a while to get used to them but don't worry, most dogs will not only figure it out for themselves, they'll soon grow to love them. Introduce vegetables slowly, starting with bland vegetables, only adding richer foods as your dog becomes accustomed to his or her new diet.

Some dogs will experience loose stools, itchy or flaky skin or other minor irritations to begin with. This is very similar to humans doing a detox diet, if you persevere these symptoms should disappear within a week or two.

Once your dog has fully transitioned to a raw diet you should begin to notice a difference in Skin and Coat condition and in many cases a better body shape.

Do I need to feed more than just raw meat.

Although there are some people who advocate a diet of nothing more than meat, offal and bone, most people feed vegetables and some supplements too.

How much should I feed ?

This will vary depending on the size, age and activity level of your dog. A good starting point is 3% of your dogs body weight, to calculate this you can use the following formula just change the 20kg to the weight of your dog.

20kg x 0.02 = 0.4 (400g per day)

If you are feeding a 60% Meat & Offal to 40% Vegetables and Fruit then you can workout the ratio like this:

400g x 0.4 = 160g (40%)
400g x 0.6 = 240g (60%)

The ratio of meat to bone and offal should be around 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% offal. To make life easier most of our frozen minces are formulated to the 80/10/10 ratio.

This is only a starting point, remember all dogs are different, so monitor your dog's weight and adjust the quantity up or down as required.

Food hygiene

The biggest concern that most people have with a raw diet is the presence of potentially dangerous bacteria in raw meat. This should be taken seriously as contaminated meat can carry salmonella etc. This presents more of a danger to you than your dog as their digestive system is evolved to process foods that would be harmful to humans. The best way to avoid the potential health risks associated with raw meat is simply to practice good food hygiene, wash your hands and your tools regularly and don't store raw meat, especially uncovered, next to your own food.

I don't think raw feeding is for me, what other options are available ?

It's not possible to completely substitute a raw diet for a kibble based diet. However, there are some exceptional kibbles on the market that come very close. Orijen, for example, consists of 80% meat and 20% forage, the meat content is nutrient-dense whole prey ratios of fresh meat, organs and cartilage plus whole fish and whole eggs to provide a natural source of virtually every nutrient your dog needs. If your dog weighs 20kg then Orijen will only cost around £1 per day to feed and will still provide many, if not all, of the benefits of raw feeding.

Other options include Acana (50% meat) and various grain free feeds. Although the grain free foods may not have the same meat content as the Orijen and Acana they do eliminate grains like rice from your dogs diet, thereby reducing the risk of allergies and other conditions possibly linked to large quantity of grain in your dogs diet.


Raw feeding can be a great and rewarding way to feed your dog, but it does require some time and commitment, it's not for everyone or every dog! If you do decide to give it a go that's great, we're always here to help. If you decide that it's not for you, that's okay too! With so many fantastic grain free feeds on the market and high meat feeds like Orijen there are plenty of other ways to improve your dogs diet and overall health.

Whatever you decide to feed your four legged friend we are always available, to offer advice and support on the types of food available and the best way to introduce new foods into your dogs diet.