The Doggytread Protocol Raw Dog Food Primer
You think you’d like to feed raw? Look no further than your local grocery store.
The Doggytread Protocol lets you say goodbye to feeding your dogs mystery meats and hard-to-pronounce ingredients.
Potential benefits of feeding a raw diet to your dog include:
• Shinier coats
• Healthier skin
• Cleaner teeth
• Higher energy levels
• Smaller stools
• Less gas
Potential risks include:
• Threats to human and dog health from bacteria in meat
• Extended periods of unbalanced diets can damage dog health
• Potential for whole bones to choke an animal, break teeth, or cause an internal puncture
Dogs that should not be on a raw diet:
• Dogs on chemotherapy or suffering immunosuppressive diseases
• Dogs with pancreatitis or other digestive tract diseases start with cooked, homemade diet
A raw diet consists of:
• Muscle meat, often still on the bone
• Bones, either whole or ground up
• Organ meats such as liver or kidneys
• Raw eggs
• Vegetable like broccoli, spinach and celery
• Apples or other fruit
• Some dairy, such as yogurt
How to begin transitioning your dog to a raw diet:
• Start slowly
• Use raw food as a treat for a few days
• Watch out for loose or unhealthy stools
• Gradually increase the number of treats over several days
• If your dog is producing healthy, solid stools, move on to the next steps.
Animals in poor health or with fragile digestive tracts will require a holistic veterinarian. Some animals may require special protocols to facilitate healing.
• Kibble and raw are digested very differently, so don’t mix them together
• Mixing them together will result in burps and farts from your dog.
• If your pup is successfully digesting the raw treats, replace one whole meal with raw food instead of kibble
• Continued healthy stools mean a successful transition to a raw diet. Congratulations!
Detoxification process after the transition:
• Detoxification can last 1-3 months
• Your pet will act normal
• May shed excessive amounts of hair
• Coat becomes shinier
• Clean out excessive earwax from the ears
• May pass blobs of mucus in the stool
Mistakes to avoid:
• Present appropriate sized foods so they don’t choke
• May include grinding the food until they learn how to chew
• Supervise raw bones
• Dogs can chew their faces bloody on bones because they’re so excited
• Take bones away when dogs are unattended (prevents resource guarding)
• Multiple dogs requires adequate space and individual bones
DoggyTread DIY Raw Dog Food Recipe
This is the do-it-yourself alternative to purchasing pre-made pet food from the store.
• Not for the faint of heart
• Involves cutting of raw meat and bone
• Makes the highest quality dog food
Natural prey diet consists of:
• 80% meat (60% meat / 20% fat)
• 10% bone
• 10% organ
Using those ratios, prey will be recreated at the supermarket and supplemented with fish oil and kelp.
• 10 pounds whole turkey or chicken (raw)
• 1 pound beef liver
• Fish oil (capsules or liquid)
• Organic kelp meal
• A cleaver, the bigger the better
• A sharp, non-serrated knife
• Cheap-o knife sharpener
Chop the turkey / Chicken up into pieces.
“Bread” it with kelp.
Add the fish oil (capsules or liquid).
Toss in some beef liver 2-3 times a week.
Voila, raw dog food!
How often should I feed?
Once a day feeding is an option. Supplements like CBD tincture and golden paste work best if spread out over the course of a day.
If doggy is fussy about taking supplements, you may choose to use the excitement surrounding mealtime as an enticement and feed twice per day.
How much should I feed?
Technically speaking, 2-4% of body weight per day. Less technically, don’t overthink it.
If they’re a little chubby, you can skip a day or simply reduce their ration.
If they’re skinny, feed twice a day.