Raw Food FAQs

Here, you’ll find answers to the most common questions we receive from raw food newbies. What is raw food? What are the benefits? And why do dogs love raw? Understand how much to feed and how to transition. This is a must-read for anyone that’s new to the site. Welcome on board.

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  • What is raw dog food?

    Raw dog food.

    Raw food.

    Fresh dog food.

    BARF. Either, Bones And Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.

    Or what about the evolutionary diet?

    Whatever you call it, it’s food prepared in recognition of the fact that our dogs are carnivores and they’re happiest and healthiest when fed in accordance with nature.

    It’s how dogs should be fed.

  • What are the benefits of raw dog food?

    Raw dog food has many natural enzymes, healthy bacteria, vital probiotics and everything your dog needs to be at its best.

    Real, healthy, whole foods.

    Not only is raw feeding natural and supported by science, as active trainers, we see the benefits every day out in the training field.

    Try it for your yourself.

    Or rather, let your dog try it.

  • Why should we feed dogs raw?

    We want what’s best for our dogs.

    Dry and cereal-based kibble type food is high in starch and doesn’t reflect the natural balance of nutritional elements your dog needs for optimal health.

    Highly heated and processed, tinned foods don’t contain the source goodness, enzymes, probiotics and healthy bacteria for prime well-being, without synthetic supplements.

    Fresh is best for us and fresh is best for our dogs.

  • What is complete and balanced raw dog food?

    Dogs need a wide and proportionate range of macro and micronutrients, just like us. Proteins, fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals in the right percentages to suit their size, age, constitution and activity level.

    The term – complete and balanced – is applied when a food is prepared in the perfect ratios with everything your dog needs.

    At FCN, we’ve worked with a leading Canine Nutritionist to develop our complete and balanced range.

    Dogs come first.

  • How much raw dog food do I feed?

    Feed 2-3% of your dog’s ideal weight.

    Very active dogs might need a little more and puppies even more still, maybe as much as 2-3% of their adult weight.

    With time – feeding raw – you’ll see a healthier coat, cleaner teeth, fresher breath and better health. If you’re unsure of how to check whether your dog is a healthy weight, contact us.

  • How to feed frozen raw dog food?

    It’s so easy.

    Simply remove from the freezer, put in the dog bowl, thaw and feed.

  • How do I transition from a processed/kibble diet to a raw dog food diet?

    Go cold turkey or switch gradually – both methods have their benefits.

    Because you can expect some changes, a cold turkey switch is better for confident dog owners. Transitioning to raw dog food may take several weeks, or even months for more sensitive dogs and owners.

    After eating artificial, processed or grain-based foods, raw dog food can ask your dog’s digestion new questions. Your dog may have poor gut bacteria or diversity, suppressed digestive enzymes, weakened immunity or other sub-optimal health considerations, so many dogs need time to kick-start into prime well-being. Be patient.

    Many owners adopt a ‘treat first’ switch.

    Some slowly increase the percentage of raw food in a bowl.

    Some offer a combination – one kibble meal and one raw meal per day – and some owners lightly cook raw food initially.

    How your dog makes the switch – and at what speed – depends on how your dog responds. Puppies and healthy dogs tend to adapt better to a faster switch, senior dogs and sensitive dogs may need to take things a little more gradually.

    At FCN, we help dog owners all over the UK transition to raw feeding day in day out with great results.

    For advice on taking the positive step to raw dog feeding, we’re happy to help.

  • Do vets support raw dog feeding?

    Some do, some don’t.

    The veterinary industry is well supported and funded by processed pet food industry. Many pet food bodies have broad statements advising against raw food diets, citing the potential hazards of bringing raw meat into your kitchen. Often, vets side with this information because they have limited training or experience in raw feeding. This explains the conflicting information online about raw dog food.

    At FCN, we’re seriously informed on what diet is best for dogs. We’ve many years of experience in feeding elite dogs, dogs come first for us, and we want the very best for dog health.

  • Is raw dog feeding safe?

    Firstly, let’s say, at FCN we love dogs and dogs come first.

    For sure, the concept of eating raw meat can be strange to us humans. That’s not how we’re built and we’re right to have natural concerns about ingesting raw meat.

    But it’s different for dogs.

    Dogs are natural carnivores and they’ve evolved with a different constitution and different tools to suit their nutritional needs. Dogs have a higher stomach PH – far more acidic than humans – and dogs don’t become symptomatic as easily with salmonella.

    People have raised questions about the safety of introducing raw meat into the kitchen, but your beef steaks are raw and your chicken breasts are raw before you cook your dinner. It’s just the same.

    We all know to handle raw meats with respect and we all know to clean up properly.