Raw Dog Food Calculator

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How much raw meat to feed dog?

In general, you want to feed your dog between 2 and 3% of their body weight. Individual needs will vary as it does with humans based on your dog's activity level.

To save you the trouble of doing the math, I've created this super simple raw food calculator for dogs. All you need to do is enter your dog's weight and their activity level.

How to calculate raw dog food portions

Calculating the correct portion of raw dog food is vital to your pet't heath. It's very easy to overfeed them. Here's a quick guide on how to do it right:

  • Step 1: Weigh your dog

  • Step 2: Assess your dog's activity level - low, moderate, or high.

  • Step 3: Calculate daily food needs: Dogs typically require 2-4% of their body weight in raw food daily, adjusted for activity level.

  • Step 4: Regularly monitor your dog's health and weight to adjust portions as needed.

  • Step 5: Consult a veterinarian, when transitioning to a raw food diet.

Note: Portion sizes vary based on individual dog needs. Professional guidance is recommended when transitioning to the BARF diet.

What is the BARF diet for dogs?

The BARF diet, which stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food, is all about feeding dogs food that closely mimics their natural diet. Think raw meats, bones, fruits, and vegetables.

It's a shift from gross, processed dog foods to what they'd naturally eat in the wild.

In my experience, the BARF diet leads to shinier coats, healthier skin, and more energy. It also focuses on reducing food allergens and improving overall digestion.

Can dogs only eat meat?

While dogs love meat and are primarily carnivorous, they are actually omnivores. This means they can benefit from a more varied diet that includes not just meat but also grains, fruits, and vegetables.

These additional food types provide essential nutrients that meat alone might not offer.

It's all about balance. A diet consisting only of meat can lead to nutritional deficiencies over time.

For optimal health, dogs need a well-rounded diet tailored to their specific health needs, age, and activity level. I've notice with my dog that too many bones in their diet leads to constipation so I make sure to include more fiber friendly foods.

What type of vegetables can dogs eat?

Many vegetables can be healthy additions to your dog's diet. Here's a list of some dog-friendly options:

  • Cucumbers: Low in calories and high in water content, great for hydration.

  • Brussels Sprouts: Full of nutrients and antioxidants, but introduce slowly to avoid gas.

  • Celery: Good for freshening dog's breath and high in vitamins A, B, and C.

  • Peas: Fresh or frozen peas provide protein, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Broccoli: Rich in fiber and vitamin C but should be given in very small quantities.

  • Spinach: High in iron and antioxidants, but only in small amounts due to high oxalic acid content.

  • Zucchini: A safe and healthy option, best served cooked.

  • Cauliflower: Can be a healthy snack in moderation but might cause gas.

  • Asparagus: Best served cooked and chopped into bite-sized pieces.

  • Bell Peppers: High in vitamins A, E, and C, but start with small amounts.

  • Kale: Offers a good source of vitamins, but give in moderation due to potential bladder stones risk.

  • Beetroot: High in fiber and nutrients, but feed sparingly to avoid staining and sugar content.

  • Butternut Squash: A good source of beta-carotene and vitamin C.

  • Parsnips: High in fiber and vitamins, but best given in small amounts.

  • Turnips: Can be a healthy, low-calorie treat; better served cooked.

  • Cabbage: Rich in antioxidants and fiber, but introduce slowly to avoid gas.

  • Romaine Lettuce: A great source of hydration and fiber, safe for dogs in moderation.

  • Arugula (Rocket): Nutrient-rich but has a strong flavor that might not appeal to all dogs.

  • Radishes: Low in calories and high in fiber, though some dogs may not like the taste.

  • Swiss Chard: Contains vitamins K, A, and C, but give in small amounts.

  • Bok Choy: Packed with vitamins A and C and can be a crunchy treat for dogs.

  • Eggplant (Aubergine): Okay in moderation, but avoid if your dog has kidney issues or is sensitive to it.

  • Fennel: Good for digestion, and some dogs like the licorice taste.

  • Okra: A safe vegetable that's high in fiber, magnesium, and folate.

  • Pumpkin Flowers: Edible and safe for dogs, often used as a garnish or in salads.

  • Endive: A leafy green that's a good source of fiber and vitamins A and K.

  • Jicama: High in fiber and vitamin C, but peel the skin as it can be toxic.

  • Yam: Similar to sweet potatoes, yams are a nutritious option when cooked.

  • Leek: Only in very small amounts, as large quantities can be harmful.

  • Mustard Greens: Nutrient-rich but start with small amounts to ensure your dog likes them.

  • Watercress: High in nutrients, it can be a good addition to a dog's diet in small amounts.

  • Collard Greens: A nutritious choice, but give in moderation to prevent digestive upset.

  • Acorn Squash: Safe for dogs when cooked and provides beneficial nutrients.

  • Artichoke: Contains antioxidants and fiber, but only serve the fleshy part, not the leaves or choke.

  • Rutabaga: A root vegetable that's safe in small amounts and better served cooked.

  • Zucchini Flowers: Edible and safe; often used in gourmet dog food recipes.

  • Mushrooms (store-bought): Safe varieties like button mushrooms are okay, but wild mushrooms can be dangerous.

  • Seaweed: In dried form, it can be a good source of minerals. Ensure it's unsalted and from a safe source.

  • Snow Peas: Safe and nutritious in moderation, and a good low-calorie snack.

  • Cucumber Flowers: Non-toxic and can be used as a decorative addition to dog meals.

The best raw dog food diet

The best diet is whichever one works for your pet and your wallet! There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dieting for any creature.

If you'd like some ideas on what raw meal to feed your buddy, check out my article on tasty raw dog food recipes.

Matt Irving is the CEO of Super Easy Tech, LLC.
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Posted by: Matt Irving on 12/25/2023