Why Is a Male Cat’s Penis Barbed

By Leslie Carver

Male cats who are neutered before 6 months old don’t develop barbs. Male cats who are neutered before 6 months old don’t develop barbs. Every physical characteristic your cat has contributes to survival. The barbs on a male cat’s penis are no exception. They help ensure that his genes are passed on through successful mating. He was not born with them, and if he was neutered very young he may never even develop them.
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Cats Aren’t Born with Them.


Male kittens are not born with barbed penises. Mar Vista Animal Medical Center, a veterinary clinic in California, says that cats reach puberty when they are about 6 months old. The barbs develop on the penis at this point because their purpose is to aid in reproduction.
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Stimulating Ovulation.

One purpose of the barbs on a cat’s penis is to aid in a female’s ovulation. Females do not ovulate before sexual intercourse. Instead, the barbs stimulate the female cat’s vulva during intercourse, which causes her body to then release an egg. This is painful for the female, but part of the process.
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Preventing the Female from Escaping.


The other purpose of the barbs on a cat’s penis is to keep the female cat from escaping before mating is complete. She may attempt to flee because cats are more likely to be loners than dogs and resent the intrusion to some point. Mating is also painful for female cats, both because of the barbs themselves and because the male cat begins by biting the back of the female’s neck.
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Early Neutering Prevents Development.


According to Mar Vista Animal Medical Center, male cats who are neutered before they are 6 months old never develop barbs on the penis. Neutering is the removal of the testicles, which stops the cat’s reproductive development. When it is done before the cat reaches puberty, there is no reason for the penis to develop barbs.
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Waarom vet of kaings in die dieët

Primêre vitamiene word in die Literatuur beskou as Vitamien, A, D, E, K, C en Vitamien B Kompleks.Van hierdie groepe vitamien is Vitamien A, D, E en K “fat soluble” of vetopneembare vitamiene, wyl Vitamin C en B Kompleks wateropneembare vitamiene is.

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Die vetopneembare vitamiene word in spesiale vetselle gestoor, wat “lipocytes” of liposiete genoem word, wyl wateropneembare vitamiene nie in die liggaam, behalwe baie klein hoeveelhede gestoor word.

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Vetopneembare kan toksies raak met ‘n oormaat inname van hierdie vitamiene. Kan selfs toksies wees vir diere as die liggaam dit in oormaat moet stoor. Wateroplosbare word deur die uriene uitgeskei en daar is geen bewys in die Literatuur dat wateroplosbare vitamien enige dier ooit skade aangerig het nie.

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Beide hierdie vitamienes is uiters noodsaaklik vir mens en dier. Diere wat nie die nodige vet inneem wat gunstig in die liggaam as natuurlik ontvang word nie, kan dus nie noodsaaklike opnames maak van Vit A, D, E en K nie.

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Pierre@ D: Bio Enzymes

Natural Biological Products in Agricultural Waste Treatment

Introduction

There is a sincere need and demand for safe and natural products to solve and deal with stenches and animal waste in animal shelters, chicken houses, piggeries, cattle kraals, slaughter houses and dairies. In household’s urine stenches or often a problem, where children are involved and general smell and hygiene is important.
Many of the shelve and household chemicals are harmful. Not only to the environment, but to man and animal in general causing skin problems, asthmatic conditions and allergies. Typical non-specific household cleaning products are harsh and contains harmful corrosive substances. Not safe and in effect dangerous to children and to pets.

When spilled, harsh chemicals can destroy the balance of the natural biotic environment, as well as good bacteria and insects of value to our surroundings and environment.

Thus, the need and quest for effective, biological safe and natural products is the quest for most informed people. Three words should be associated with Biological products.

The product must be safe, pure and effective.
Per Biological definition it would mean the following;
1. Safety
Relatively free from harmful effects and or substances, direct or indirect, when a product is sensibly administered.
2. Pure
Purity means relative freedom from unimportant matter in the finished product. Pure and purity means free from residue, fillers or moisture and or unstable substances.

3. Effective
Effective refers to the specific ability or capacity of the biological product, and best as indicated by appropriate laboratory tests, to explain and produce a given result.
Natural bacteria as a Bio degradation agent.

Bio-Enzymes are a biological formulation of multi-purpose bacteria, formulated to have a multi- purpose and broad range of natural degradation abilities and functions. In their natural environment, bacteria produce hundreds of enzymes in response to the organics present in their environment.

This group of Bio-Enzymes produce extracellular enzymes with the intention to break down proteins, starches, fats, oils, greases and toilet tissue into smaller particles, outside the bacterial cell. The bacteria then transport the smaller particles across their cell membrane for use as an energy source and for generating new cellular components.

Why is this an efficient method in stench and waste control?
Since this group of selected bacteria detect organics material as a potential food source, they produce specific enzymes to breakdown the organics present. In areas as mentioned with urine and organic waste, this selected consortium of bacteria will produce key extracellular enzymes including amylase, cellulase, lipase and protease.

This Biological method is a focused, complete and very efficient natural system, leaving no harmful waste to the environment. Many different enzymes are required to break a substrate (Urine, faeces, blood, etc.,) completely.

Extreme functionality
This group of Bio Enzymes can be therefore successfully used for the maintenance and functional working order of household drain lines, slaughter houses, French drains, grease traps, improving septic tanks, nutrient rich waste environments such as dairies, butcheries.

Although many bacteria can utilize these organics as food sources, it is this group of Bacillus bacteria with the rapid production of key enzymes that provide the most dramatic effects in waste degradation, odour control in piggeries, pens, kraals, shelters, toilets, latrines and slaughter houses. Extremely safe and effective in with in-house stenches and odours and stenches caused by pets.

Safety of Pierre@ D Bio-Enzymes
Pierre@ D contains a blend of safe Bacillus microorganisms. Toxicity studies done by an independent laboratory shows that Pierre @ D Bio-Enzyme consortium of microorganisms has no acute oral toxicity, no acute dermal toxicity, and no acute inhalation toxicity at maximal test dose.

Acute dermal irritation and acute eye irritation studies classify Pierre@ D Bio-Enzymes as non-irritating it does not elicit a skin sensitization reaction.

Bio Enzyme Product Data Sheet
Benefits

1. Drain lines and grease traps – degrades and eliminates organics found in drain lines and grease traps. Regular addition of PIERRE @ D BIO ENZYME maintains a cleaner and odour-free system.

2. Septic and waste treatment – maintains effective activity in septic systems, eliminating the need for excessive pumping.

3. Eliminates odours caused by incomplete digestion of malodorous volatile fatty acids.

4. Bathroom cleaning and odour control: penetrates cracks, crevices and pores of surfaces where organics accumulate, removing the organics leaving a visually cleaner surface.

5. Provides long term odour control by removing the organics that cause odours and prevents their return.

Features
1. A stable consortium of safe Bacillus spores
2. Production of multiple enzymes providing a wide range of degradation capabilities
3. A synergistic blend that works in concert to provide superior performance across multiple applications
4. Excretion of high levels of amylase, cellulase, lipase and protease enzymes
5. Ability to work under aerobic and anaerobic conditions
6. Single product simplicity for multi-application flexibility

Product Characteristics
1. Bacteria Counts: 5.4 X 107 cfu/ml
2. Bacteria Type: Blend of Bacillus Spores
3. Salmonella: Not detected
4. Appearance: Creamy white
5. Fragrance: Pleasantly perfumed
6. Shelf-life: One year; maximum loss of 1.0 log at recommended storage conditions

Dose Rates: (Follow dilution rate)
PIERRE @ D BIO ENZYME can be diluted to the following ratio;

1. 1:9 (One-part BE (BIO ENZYME) and 9 parts of water. The blend must be used on the day and any reaming liquid should be discarded.

2. AGRICULTURE WASTE
Reduction of high solids and crusting of waste: liquefaction and cleaning of cowsheds, piggeries, poultry farms etc.) Area Initial Dose Rate Regular Maintenance Rate Method of

 

3. SEWAGE PLANTS
General aid to the processing process.
Area Initial Dose Rate Regular Maintenance Rate Method of Application
Trickling filters

Anaerobic digesters Retention Ponds Activated sludge 1 kg/ 4.5 million liter’s

500g/ 45 000 liter’s 500g/4.5 million liters per week
Repeat for 3 days then per week Add to primary settling tank
Add to inflow pipe

4. ABBATOIRS
For easier handling of high protein/fats in concentrated areas.

5. FOOD WASTE – DOMESTIC & INDUSTRIAL
Reducing blockage of drains, pipes: treatment of effluent not on main drainage: reduction of odours.

PIERRE @ D BIO ENZYME

Is designed as a bio-technical aid to treatment of organic waste material offering the following advantages:
1. Liquefaction & reduction of solids
2. Reduction of odour
3. Easier disposal of waste
4. Aids general cleaning of soiled areas
5. The safety in operation of effluent systems offers a viable alternative to current processing techniques using a bio-technical approach.

How does PIERRE @ D BIO ENZYME Liquid out-perform various harmful pathogens?

The SABS Standard requires a 5-minute killing time for the most common hygiene microorganisms such as S. aureus, E. coli and P. aeruginosa.

From a hygiene point of view, especially where pets and farm animal’s health or zoonotic diseases are at stake, hygiene factors are of great importance and a critical management matter. Such is products used in creating a hygienic environment.

The responsible value of a healthy and hygienic environment would be to sanitize the working environment effectively before continue working. It could be food preparation, preparing feeding for dairy calves, chicken houses, bird cages, shelters, restaurants, home cooking and food preparation.

The value could also be the sanitizing of public areas, where hygiene factors such as toilets or urinals or cleaning hard surfaces in shops the public use. The same principles and values and codes reign in households, public schools, offices and other public areas.

Mode of Function of Bacillus bacteria as Bio-Enzymes
In contrast to the SABS standard, being the quickest time a sanitizer (QAC- based) is supposed to kill, Bacillus-containing sanitizers such as the Pierre @ D Bio-Enzymes operate in a different mode. Bio-Enzymes are live bacteria that needs to compete with other microorganisms for a food sources. Hence the longer contact time required by these bacteria to kill its competitors.

1. The pattern that bacillus bacteria uses, (as seen in the study), is to kill or out compete the other bacteria. The answer lies in its morphological structure. Where Bacillus bacteria grows, other microorganisms will move away from that specific waste food source.

2. Bacillus bacteria have a larger morphological structure than other organisms. It creates a zone of inhibition, preventing growth of other microorganisms (known as morphological inhibition).

3. This ensures fewer numbers of other microorganisms surviving, but a rapid growth of bacillus bacteria absorbing waste product such as sewerage, milk spills, waste pills, grease traps etc.

Important knowledge to cfu Calculation
For Bio Enzymes to be most effective and efficient, it is always important to know the cfu value of any biological product that has been diluted. Or in its concentrated form. This is to know if the product you have diluted has sufficient active ingredient to fulfil the desired outcome in waste or stench management:

The ready to use (diluted) product PIERRE @ D BIO ENZYME following thee analyses within SAP – shelf life is typically one year. The cfu count on the diluted product is calculated on a mass balance as follows:

1. Let a = Volume of Bio Enzyme
2. And the concentration = 10 X FF
3. Let a = 1 gallon
4. Let b = volume of water = 9 gallons
5. Let c = volume of Bio Enzyme
6. And a + b = c
7. c = 10 gallons

Doing a mass balance on the spore count:
1. There are 2 x 1012 cfu in 1-gallon Bio Enzyme 10 XFF
2. Count of spores in c = unknown = z Then 2 x 1012a + 0b = zc
3. Then [(2 x 1012 x 1)/10] = [(z x 10)/10]
4. 2 x 1011 cfu/gallon of PIERRE @ D BIO ENZYME

Converting from gallons to liters
2 x 1011 spores 1 gallon
1 gallon 3.8 liters

= 5.2 x 1010 cfu/liter of PIERRE @ D BIO ENZYME
Or 52 billion CFU/liter

Disclaimer
The information contained in this leaflet is to the best of our knowledge, true & accurate, but any recommendations or suggestions which may be made are without guarantee since the conditions of use are beyond our control. No license or immunity under any patents is granted or implied.

Toksoplasmose en katte

 

Inleiding

Vroeër jare het medici swanger vroue aanbeveel om hul katte liewers te laat uitsit tydens swangerskap, om te verhoed dat hul toksoplasmose tydens swangerskap opdoen. Die Wetenskap het uiteindelik bewys om katte aan te hou verhoog nie noodwendig die risiko van besmetting nie.

Dit sou n ramp gewees het as daar nie huis en vrylopende katte gewees het wat nie rot- en muisgedraagde plae skadelik vir die mens beheer het nie.  Katte is baie geliefde en gewilde troeteldiere wat ‘n baie belangrike rol speel in die mens se geestesgesondheid.

In die stedelike omgewing speel hul ‘n baie meer as belangrike rol waar hul rotte en muise, asook ander draers van bosluise, vlooie en skadelike bakterie, protosoa soos Toxoplasma gondii wat hul voëls en ander prooi besmet het, van die mens en sy kinders af weghou.

Draers van Toksoplasmose

Toksoplasmose is ‘n soönotiese siekte (oordraagbaar tussen mens en dier) wat wêreldwyd voorkom. Studies in Suid Afrika het bevind dat tussen 29% en 47% van mense teenliggaampies ontwikkel het teen Toxoplasma gondii. In Frankryk is dit so hoog soos 84%.

Katte is in die Literatuur wel die belangrikste gasheer van die protosoa parasiet Toxoplasma gondii. Maar so is daar ander soogdiere naby aan die mens wat ook belangrike draers is hiervan. ‘n Protosoa is ‘n eensellige organisme.

Risiko by verwagtende vroue en mense met HIV infeksies

Besmettings van die parasiet kan lei tot stilgeboorte en aborsies by verwagtende vroue. Kinders wat wel gebore word, kan met ernstige disfunksionele organe en siektes gebore word soos epilepsie, vergrote lewer, disfunksionele pankreas, depressie en milt-verwante siektes.  Dit word genoem “Kongenitale toksoplasmose”

Kliniese tekens van Toxoplasma gondii

Baie kinders toon geen simptome tydens hul geboorte en hul peuter en kleuterjare nie. Eers in hul latere tienerjare word simptome soos gehoorverlies, psigosomatiese siektes en ooginfeksies gevind.  Ander tekens is vergrote limfkliere, spierpyne, hoofpyne, moegheid of lusteloosheid. In normale omstandighede wys mense geen simptome van besmetting nie.

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Swangerskap en swanger vroue

Sou ‘n vrou vir die eerste keer geïnfekteer word, voor of tydens swangerskap, is dit moontlik dat sy geen tekens van die besmetting sal toon nie. Maar, dit beteken nie dat sy hiermee nie die infeksie na haar ongebore kind kan oordra in kongenitale toksoplasmose nie. Vele vroeë geïnfekteerde moeders kan ook stilgeboorte of misgeboorte beleef.

HIV pasiënte en mense met ‘n Immuungebreke en of laer weerstand, of medikasie wat die immuunsisteem se reaksies moet onderdruk, is baie vatbaar vir toksoplasmose. Vroue wat swangerskap beplan in bogenoemde gevalle sal wys wees om hulself vir toksoplasmose te toets.

Belangrik om te weet

Daar is baie goeie toetse vir toksoplasmose. Sou in ‘n vrou /persoon teenliggaampies gevind word, wys dit dat hul voorheen aan die parasiet blootgestel is en dat hul immuniteit verwerf het teen die Toxoplasma gondii parasiet. Sou hul opnuut besmet word tydens swangerskap, sal hul ongebore baba NIE deur die parasiet besmet word nie.

Besmetting van katte

Katte raak besmet in die eerste ses maande van hul lewens wanneer hul knaagdiere soos rotte en muise en voëls vang en vreet en die Toxoplasma gondii protosoa besmet is. Katte kan ook in grond waar hul krap besmet raak as hul blootstelling kry aan die oösiste in die uitskeiding van ander  geïnfekteerde katte deur hul mis.

Die toksoplasmose parasiet voltooi nie sy lewensiklus in die prooi van katte  nie, maar in die maagwande van die kat waar dit oösiste vorm wat deur die kat se mis uitgeskei word.

Katte skei oösiste vir ongeveer 3 weke in hulle mis uit nadat hulle die infeksie opgedoen het. Daarna word hul immuun. Hierdie oösiste gaan eers deur ‘n proses van sporulasie (vorming van spore) vir ongeveer drie dae, voordat die protosoa parasiet besmetlik raak.

Katte kan weer tydens hul leeftyd besmet raak met die parasiet, maar na immuniteit baie minder oösiste uitskei. Grond asook sandbakke van katte sal besmet raak en kan sowat ‘n jaar oorleef en die mens kan infekteer.

Opsommend

  • Oösiste word nie op n kat se pels gedra nie.
  • Binnenshuise katte kan nie maklik met die toksoplasmose parasiet besmet raak nie.
  • Die mens kan nie toksoplasmose aan ‘n ander mens oordra nie.

Interessant van besmette rotte en muise is dat hul baie skugter raak wanneer hul besmet geraak het. Die Literatuur wil die hê dat dit ‘n evolusionêre taktiek is van die parasiet om te oorleef in die Natuur. In hierdie verband speel katte, slange en uile ‘n uiters belangrike rol in die beheer van die en verskeie ander soönotiese siektes wat deur hierdie diere aan die mens oorgedra kan word.

Besmetting by die mens

In die VSA het meer as 60 miljoen mense positief getoets teen die parasiet, wat met ander woorde teenliggaampies wys in toetse.

Die grootste risiko by besmetting van toksoplasmose by die mens is by die eet van rou vleis wat nie goed gaar gemaak is nie. Beeste word nie deur die parasiet besmet nie. Skape wel. Hul word besmet deur voer en water wat met mis besmet word. Wind speel ook hierin n baie belangrike rol in die verspreiding hiervan.

Besmetting by skape asook varke

In Australië, Nieu Seeland, Britse Eilande en Noorweë word toksoplasmose verantwoordelik gehou vir tot 20% van stilgeboortes en aborsies by skaap en boktroppe. Aborsie vind plaas wanneer die fetus (plasentitus) infekteer word in die eerste tweede weke van hul dragtigheid. Toksoplasmose kom in byna alle warmbloedige spesies voor. Sommige is net meer vatbaar vir toksoplasmose.

Rotte, beeste, perde en buffels toon baie weerstandigheid teen die parasiet, wyl katte die teenoorgestelde is en baie vatbaar vir besmetting. Honde wat onder stres is van bosluiskoors,  bosluisbytkoors en honde siekte (distemper) mag hul meer vatbaar maak vir toksoplasmose. Mense wat besmet is moet weet dat die toksoplasmose parasiet se oösiste enige gedeelte van die liggaam kan affekteer.  Spiere, brein, die hart.

‘n Gesonde immuunsisteem sal die parasiet onderdruk en die mens en sy diere gesond hou. Verswak jou gesondheid en gebeur iets wat die immuunsisteem onder druk plaas, kan ‘n herlewing veroorsaak van die parasiet in die menslike liggaam ernstige nagevolge hê.

Laastens

Sandbakke van katte moet veilig gehanteer word en nie in die tuin begrawe word waar dit onveilig kan wees vir ander nie.

Bronnelys

Torrey, E.; Simmons, Wendy; Yolken, Robert (June 2015). “Is childhood cat ownership a risk factor for schizophrenia later in life?”. Schizophrenia Research 165 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2015.03.036

lFlegr Jaroslav. “Effects of Toxoplasma on Human Behavior”. Schizophrenia Bulletin 33 (3): 757–760. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbl074PMC 2526142.PMID 17218612.

RAW: A Starter Guide

A Starter Guide

People new to raw feeding all have the same questions: “how do I start”, “what exactly do I feed?”, “how much do I feed?” All too often, people are not given the information or confidence they need to begin and this is an unfortunate barrier to getting their dog off kibble, especially if their vet is against raw feeding.  This is the guide that we give to all our dog adopters at K9 Rescue.

As you will learn, there really are only a few hard and fast rules in canine nutrition.  No one has all the answers, not the pet food manufacturers, not the vets and not even the canine nutritionists. Yet what you will also learn, as you see the health of your dog improve and your dog start to glisten with health and vitality is that it doesn’t matter.  Just as we ourselves do not scientifically analyse what we eat, nor do we need to do it for our dogs.

  1. i) RAW FEEDING GUIDELINES

The key points to remember with a raw diet are:

  • Balance over time – one meal could have more bone content, another more meat or organ.  The approximate ratio to aim for overall is:

80% meat, sinew, ligaments, fat
10% edible bone [replace with finely ground egg shells]
5% liver
5% other organ meat

  • Meats are high in phosphorus, bones are high in calcium. When meat is fed with 10% bone you have the exact ratios of calcium to phosphorus required by a dog.  Whole prey, fish, eggs and tripe have a balanced ratio.
  • Organ meat should not exceed 10% of the diet overall and 5% of that should be liver (beef liver has the highest nutrient levels). Feed liver once a week (or several small servings per week) and try to find an organic, free range source if possible because the liver is responsible for filtering toxins out of the body.
  • If feeding pork or salmon, be certain to freeze the meat for two weeks before feeding to reduce the small risk of parasites.
  • NEVER feed cooked bones of any type as when bones are cooked they become harder and are dangerous for the dog as they can splinter and pierce the stomach or intestines. Raw bones are soft enough to bend and digest easily. Dogs are carnivores as per their scientific category (their DNA is 99% wolf) so dogs are designed to digest raw meat and bones – they have a stomach PH level of 1 or 2 which is highly acidic – perfect for digesting raw bones. It is therefore important to remember the difference between raw and cooked bones. For optimal safety, meal times should always be supervised.
  • Feel free to feed ‘weird and icky things’ such as chicken feet, beef trachea, tails, lung, kidney, testicles and pizzles (penis).  Beef trachea, trim, chicken and turkey feet are loaded in natural chondroitin and glucosamine which help to build healthy joints.
  • Avoid the weight bearing leg and knuckle bones of large animals such as beef – also the vertebrae as these are too dense and dangerous to teeth.  Remember! ALL bones must be fed raw – cooked bones are dangerous as they are too hard and could splinter and pierce the stomach or intestines as well as damage teeth.
  • If possible, try to find grass fed animals that are not given hormones or medications if possible. Younger animals in general will have accumulated fewer toxins to pass on to your dog. You can be creative, approach organic and free range farmers and ask to buy their off-cuts.
  • Carbohydrates, in particular grains, are not a natural part of the dog’s diet and we do not recommend they form any part of the diet.  Dogs do not have the ability to digest grains properly, so instead, an extra strain is put on the liver as it has to produce more bile to break down the insoluble fibre.
Russell Swift, D.V.M. feels that grains suppress the immune system. Grains are mucous forming and provide an ideal environment for parasites to thrive in. Grains also contribute to the formation of dental plaque and tartar on the teeth, as well as bad breath and flatulence. Dr. Swift details how cats and dogs have no dietary requirements for carbohydrates nor are they equipped with the teeth to process them.
  1. ii) HOW MUCH TO FEED

Most dogs eat around two to three percent of their ideal adult weight per day.

So for example:

2% of adult weight: 3% of adult weight:
30kg dog 30,000g x 0.02 = 600g of food 30,000g x 0.03 = 900g of food
20kg dog 20,000g x 0.02 = 400g of food 20,000g x 0.03 = 600g of food
10kg dog 10,000g x 0.02 = 200g of food 10,000g x 0.03 = 300g of food

Initially, when switching your dog to raw, we recommend starting with 2% of body weight and splitting the daily amount as follows:

  • over 6 months old – split into 2 meals per day
  • for 4-6 months old – split into 3 meals per day
  • for under 4 months – split into 4 meals or more per day

Once your dog has been on a raw diet for two or 3 weeks and the stool is fine, dogs over 1 year old should be switched gradually to one feeding per day as it is better for their digestion when on a raw diet.  If your dog regularly does not eat all of his meal in one go, then you know you are feeding too much and should adjust accordingly.

Once established on raw, then you can increase the amount of food to 2.5% or 3% of adult body weight depending on your dog.  If your dog is very active, you may need to feed a little more than 3%, or if your dog is more of a couch-potato, you may need to feed a little less than 2% – every dog is different. The best way to tell if you are feeding the right amount is to run your hands over your dog’s ribs. If you can feel the ribs, yet not see them, your dog is at a good weight.

Puppies

Puppies should receive about 2-3% of their ideal/expected ADULT weight split into 3 or more meals per day depending on age. When puppies are four to six months old, they require a great deal of food and a little extra edible bone as they are building their adult teeth.  Do not let puppies get too thin at this important age as their energy demands are tremendous when cutting new teeth.

iii)                WHAT TO FEED

One common concern with raw feeding is that it is not ‘complete and balanced’. This is untrue for two reasons. Firstly, no one truly knows what complete and balanced is for a dog, so it is difficult to make this claim. Secondly, balance can occur over time just as we do with our own meals; every meal does not need to be completely balanced as long as the nutritional needs of the dog are met over the long term. You don’t calculate the exact percentages of protein and carbohydrates, or the exact amount of vitamins and minerals in each of your own meals, and you don’t have to do it with your dog’s meals. If you feed a variety of meats and organ meats, then it will balance out over time.

Starting Out – Gently…

It is a commonly believed myth that dogs switching to a raw diet will experience diarrhoea in the first few days or weeks.  This is a myth and is solely caused by an over-zealous approach to the switch to raw food which can cause diarrhoea and/or constipation.

Some robust dogs (such as former street dogs) can usually handle just about any raw food that is given to them, yet other dogs, particularly those that have been on kibble for several years, or who may have an underlying medical condition, need a gentler approach, so it is this gentle approach that we detail here…

1)      Choose a meat type to start off with – usually something that is easy to obtain and an acceptable price to you, such as chicken. We usually start off with just one item, and get the dog used to that first.

2)            Assuming you will start with a supermarket style prepared chicken (i.e. gutted, and without head, feet etc) then this chicken is around 33% bone in total – with the breast portion being less bone, and the bony parts, such as the wings, being higher bone.

So start with a section of the breast, cut a piece according to the size of your dog that includes breast meat and the ribs – remove the skin for now. Feed this portion for a day or so, storing the rest of the bird in the freezer for later use. Then check your dog’s stools – you are looking for stools that are not too loose and not too firm, just like Goldilocks, you are looking for “just right”.

3)            If stools are okay, then you can start to introduce cuts of the whole bird – bearing in mind that the bony parts such as wings and drumsticks are much higher than the 10% bone recommendation, so you will need to add some breast meat to balance the ratios in these early days.

4)            If stools are ok with all parts of the chicken, continue to feed for two or three weeks before considering choosing another meat type.  Whichever meat type you choose next, follow the same slow, introductory procedure.

5)            Some dogs may object to one meat type, yet adore another.  If you are having difficulty getting your dog to accept chicken for example, try a different meat source and come back to chicken once fully established on raw.

6)            Once your dog is fully established on raw food, then you can start to add in a little organ meat.  Liver is an essential part of the diet, so we recommend starting with that.  Organ meats, particularly liver, can cause loose stools, especially if too much is fed too soon, so again, depending on how robust your dog is, start with a tiny piece and build up slowly to the full 5% of the diet by checking stools at each increase.

7)            Repeat the process for other organ meats.  Heart meat can be fed as muscle meat, although not exclusively.

Puppies & Bones

Puppies adapt quickly and can be weaned onto raw straight from the dam – from about three weeks of age they start to take an interest in what their mother is eating, by six weeks of age they can eat chicken carcasses, rabbits and fish.

During the brief interval between three and six weeks of age it is advisable to provide minced chicken, ground chicken carcasses or similar (the meat and bone should be minced together).  This is akin to the part-digested food regurgitated by wild carnivore mothers. Large litters will need more supplementary feeding than small litters. They should also have access to larger pieces to start to encourage them to rip and tear to build jaw strength. Meat off the bone can be fed, but only for a short time, until they can eat meat and bone together — usually at about six weeks of age.

From six weeks of age, you can start off with meaty chicken ribs and chicken wings as the bones are not too dense so are considered soft for puppies to build up jaw strength plus some muscle meat to make up the ratios. Some raw fish is also a good starting food for puppies as the bones are also nice and easy.  To help them get their small teeth into it, just slice into the meat a bit so they can chew into it easier.  Chicken skin in particular should be sliced as they find that hard to chew through as it’s stretchy!

Chicken wings should have the wing tip cut off at the third joint, as if the puppy is tempted to swallow it whole, the double joint of the wing is a major choking hazard.

Between four and six months of age puppies cut their permanent teeth and grow rapidly. At this time they need a plentiful supply of meaty carcasses or raw meaty bones of suitable size.

Orphaned Puppies

Use Goats milk, as fresh from the goat and unprocessed as possible. It can be fed 1:1 i.e. 50% whole raw goats milk/ 50% pure water (such as spring, filtered, or pre-boiled water) or whole raw goats milk can be fed without diluting it – it really does depend on the health of the puppies. Some will find undiluted goats milk too rich and give them diarrhoea, others are fine with it. We recommend to start with diluted, check the stools and over time work up to whole milk. Whichever you choose, diluted or whole milk, add one egg to 1 litre of milk (or milk dilute) once the pup is happily established on the goat’s milk.

The milk should preferably be raw/unpasteurised and not boiled. Once you’ve made up the litre and beaten egg, then store in the fridge in a glass/china container (not plastic). As you need it, pour out what you need and warm it just a little to replicate mom’s milk temperature. Goats milk is a perfect substitute as it is much closer to bitch’s milk than cow’s milk which most puppy milk replacers are made from – we have raised many orphaned litters this way, some from as young as 2 days old.

Raw goat’s milk will also still contain a certain amount of antibodies as they are not just contained in the post-birth colostrums. It is therefore preferable for the milk to be raw, and from a goat that is as naturally reared as possible, i.e. preferably pasture fed/free range – obviously practicality reigns on this, just to say the more natural the milk, the more beneficial to the puppies. At around 3-4 weeks old, you can start to offer some raw meat alongside the milk and egg, usually minced meat, and then build up to full raw food over the coming weeks as detailed in the previous section.

  1. iv) SAMPLE MENU – STARTING OUT

For a 15kg adult dog at 2% – 15,000g x 0.02 = 300g of food per day

  Morning Evening
Week 1   150g bone-in chicken breast 150g bone-in chicken breast
Week 2  150g chicken thigh & breast meat 150g chicken thigh & breast meat
Week 3-4 150g small chicken quarter with beef trim 150g small chicken quarter with beef trim
Week 5-6 150g chicken wing & beef trim 150g chicken wing & beef trim
Increase food to 2.5% – 15,000g x 0.025 = 375g of food per day
Week 7-8 225g small chicken quarter with pork meat 150g small chicken quarter with pork meat
Week 9-10 225g pork ribs with beef trim plus occasional raw egg 150g pork ribs with beef trim
Week 11-12 275g pork ribs with beef trim and tiny piece beef liver 100g chicken wing & breast meat
Week 13-14 310g pork ribs with beef trim and 15g beef liver Alternate 50g small chicken breast with ribs or whole egg
Week 15-16 285g pork ribs with beef trim 25g kidney & 15g beef liver Alternate 50g small chicken breast with ribs or whole egg
Week 17-18 335g chicken quarter, 25g beef heart & 15g beef liver Training treats (e.g. slow baked organ or meat slices)
Week 19-20 295g chicken quarter, 50g heart, 15g kidney & 15g liver Training treats (e.g. slow baked organ or meat slices)

Notes:

–        the main meal can be either morning or evening – in this example it is in the morning.

–        only change the menu each week if stools are ok, if not, keep to the same weeks menu until they are ok, before proceeding.

–        when introducing any new meat or organ meat, test with thumbnail pieces first, and check stools before slowly increasing.

–        when introducing egg, test with a small amount of beaten egg first, and check stools before increasing to a whole egg.  Eggs can be served whole, and used as a complicated meal where they have to figure out how to get at the contents.  Sometimes you have to make a tiny hole in the shell so they can smell the egg inside and figure it out.

Remember, you’re aiming for:

80% meat, sinew, ligaments, fat, can also include heart meat
10% edible bone
5% liver
5% other organ meat

So for 375g of food a day this equals:

300g meat, sinew, ligaments, fat, heart meat
37.5g edible bone
18.75g liver
18.75g other organ meat

These measurements don’t have to be exact, just to bear in mind.

  1. v) AIM FOR VARIETY…
  • Raw bones are living tissue composed of living cells and just like any other part of the body, they are a complex source of biologically balanced minerals, especially calcium, yet also copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. It is highly probable that bones in a dog’s diet play a similar role to fibre, that is, a role of bulking out the food, thereby removing toxins and promoting general bowel health. The easiest way to provide balanced calcium is by feeding raw meaty bones that have around 10% edible bone in them – such as whole chickens, halves or quarters, with perhaps some extra meat added in to allow for the bird having being processed (i.e. the innards missing) – a whole processed chicken is considered to be 33% bone, with some parts higher in bone content such as the wings (46%) whereas the bone-in breast portion is lower, perhaps 20%.
  • Raw, meaty bone choices – all poultry, pork, lamb/mutton, cow, deer, fish etc. Whilst the flesh of any animal is fine, bone type should be restricted to the type of animal a dog pack could realistically hunt in the wild – a cow would be unlikely and the bones are said to be too dense for a dogs teeth (especially small dogs) so could cause teeth chipping or breakage.  Common cuts can include chicken backs, wings and necks (or even whole carcasses), lamb necks, pork necks, turkey necks, pork hocks, pork ribs, ox tails, turkey tails, even lamb, pork or poultry heads for the adventurous; any meaty bone that can be completely consumed by your dog in fact. If you are feeding meaty parts then you can feed them alone, if your choices are bonier (such as chicken backs, pork necks, wings or ribs), then you will need to add meat or heart to correct the ratios.  Basically, you are trying to replicate whole prey, so look at what you’re about to feed and visualise the actual bone content – if a third or even half of it would be bone, then you know you need to add more meat.  Remember you are aiming for 10% bone, although for robust dogs there is some tolerance for slightly higher bone content.
  • Whole prey, as the name suggests, is the whole ungutted animal or bird. Depending on the size of the dog, this could be anything from small birds to a rabbit or hare.  Some people feed larger prey and then remove what isn’t eaten and store for the following days until the whole prey is eaten.
  • Raw muscle meat from a variety of sources should be fed daily. You can feed heart as a muscle meat yet not exclusively. Cheap sources are waste trim from the butcher – this is often fatty, yet also has some lean, sinewy content.   Muscle meat is a great source of protein, and protein contains essential amino acids, the building blocks of your dog. Muscle meat also contains a lot of phosphorus and is low in calcium. When fed with 10% bone you have the exact ratios of calcium to phosphorus required by a dog.  Free range grass-fed meat is also rich in omega 3 and beta-carotene – intensively farmed grain-fed meat has very little, if any.
  • Raw Fat is an excellent natural source of energy for a dog, however too much fat too soon can cause loose stools so you need to build up fat content nice and slowly – this includes chicken skin which is considered a fat, so for sensitive dogs should be removed in the early stages of raw feeding.
  • Raw fish (preferably whole, small, oily fish) can be fed for one or two meals per week. You may also opt to feed fish body oil such as Salmon oil. This supplementation is recommended if the meat you feed is not grass-fed because grain-fed animals lack Omega-3 fatty acids which protect the dog’s joints and immune system. It is preferable to feed smaller whole fish, than portions of a larger fish since the mercury and toxin levels in fish are a concern.
  • Raw offal (organ meat such as liver, heart, kidneys, brains, lung, pancreas, spleen) from a variety of meat sources should be fed for one or two meals per week or 10% of the diet. Some dogs do not like the texture of organ meats and need to have it lightly seared to change the texture. Other dogs don’t tolerate offal in larger quantities well, so it may be best to divide it up and feed a little each day to avoid loose stools. Liver is particularly important and should form 5% of the overall diet as it is the main source of water-insoluble vitamins in organs that a dog needs. Organs in general provide an enzyme-rich mixture of protein, B-complex vitamins, vitamins A and D, vitamin E, some vitamin C, and essential fatty acids EPA, DHA, and AA, along with minerals such as manganese, selenium, zinc, potassium and copper. Like muscle meat, organs contain a lot of phosphorus (and potassium) and are low in calcium.

Essential organ meats in particular:

–   Liver has a vast range of important nutrition – it has the most concentrated source of vitamin A as well as vitamins D, E, and K in substantial quantities. Liver is an excellent source of the minerals zinc, manganese, selenium and iron. It also contains all the B vitamins, particularly B1, B2, B3, B5, B12, biotin, folacin and is a good source of vitamin C. Liver provides a source of good quality protein and the essential fatty acids, both the omega-3 and omega-6 type. It’s a fantastic food for your dog!

–   Kidneys supply good quality protein, essential fatty acids and many vitamins including all the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Kidneys are a rich source of iron and all the B vitamins. They also have good levels of zinc.

–   Heart is an excellent source of protein, B vitamins and iron. It contains some essential fatty acids and a little vitamin A. Heart contains good levels of taurine which is an important food… for the heart!

  • Raw whole eggs with shells (a perfect ratio of phosphorous to calcium) can be fed two or more times per week. You might have heard that raw egg whites contain a protein that binds with biotin and that is true. To avoid deficiencies, feed the entire egg, yolk and everything. The yolks are where most of the nutrition is found anyway. Egg yolks are an excellent source of magnesium, calcium, iron, folate, vitamins A, E and B6 and free-range eggs have lots of beta-carotene. If you buy your eggs commercially, they are likely sprayed with wax and other chemicals to improve their appearance.  These chemicals are harmful for your dog so if you cannot find fresh farm eggs, feed commercial eggs without the shell and count them as a meat meal.
  • Raw green tripe has long been quoted as being “the finest of natural foods”. It should be unprocessed, unbleached – basically straight out the animal and is a great food as it is the edible lining and accompanying content of a cow or other grass eating animals’ first or second division of the stomach. Paunch tripe comes from the large first stomach division and honeycomb tripe comes from the second division. Both wild canids and domestic dogs benefit from eating tripe as it contains a very diverse profile of living nutrients including digestive enzymes, omega- 3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamin B, probiotics, and phytonutrients. Raw tripe is considered as meat yet has a very good calcium/phosphorus ratio – it’s not an essential part of the diet; yet is extremely nutritious if you can get it.  Tripe should be from grass-fed herbivore animals (not grain fed) to get maximum nutritional benefit.
  1. vi) THE “DETOX”

You may have heard of dogs “detoxing” when they first start a raw diet.  This all depends on the current health levels of the dog, particularly how many toxins it has been exposed to, and this in particular includes the number of vaccines, heartworm medications, flea preventatives etc they have been given which all have chemicals in them that are difficult for the dog to expel from the body.

With the increased health that raw provides, occasionally this build up of toxins will start to be excreted, usually through the body’s largest organ; the skin.  Typically, this will present itself as unexplained itchy skin, itchy ears with or without discharge and runny eyes.  These are all signs that the body is cleaning itself naturally and no oral steroid or injections, antibiotics or topical treatments are needed, and in fact, if used, will suppress the detoxification process and cause it to internalise into the major organs to cause organ disease later in life.  Please see the herbal health section for more information.

Raw Feeding Summary

Overall, raw feeding is quite simple. If it still seems complicated, try to visualize a rabbit or bird whole, before it gets cut up and put into containers. Try to feed your dog the rough percentage of bone, meat and organ meat that would occur naturally in this animal. This is what we strive to recreate for our dogs diet.

Remember to feed a variety of meats, not just different parts of a chicken or turkey. Over time try deer, pork, rabbit, goat, duck, turkey, beef, a variety of fish and any other meat that you can get cheaply.

As you have read, there are only a few guidelines to follow. With time, you will become more comfortable with your dog’s new diet and you will start to see the results in the form of better coats, cleaner teeth, fresher breath and fewer health issues. Switch to a raw diet and feel confident that you will be joining thousands of people who have safely and effectively made the leap to raw and have never looked back.

No matter what breed it is… No Matter what their size…

We wish you happy raw feeding with your lucky dog!

Health benefits of rawfeeding:

Natural food equals natural health and helps provide the essential building blocks of a strong immune system!

After just a few weeks of rawfeeding you will start to see an improvement in their health. After a few months the benefits are incredible and the list of health benefits are endless!!  Here’s just some of the benefits I’ve experienced with my four dogs:

  • Enjoys their food and looks forward to meal times with excitement.
  • Helps create a stronger, healthier immune system so more resistant to disease and ill-health – much cheaper vet costs, if any.
  • Shiny healthy coats.
  • Sweet smelling skin (no doggy smell) – I never bath my dogs.
  • Pearly white teeth, healthy gums and sweet breath (no tooth decay, or periodontal disease, therefore no infection on the gums and no bacteria swallowed with every gulp of saliva, this in turns leads to…… reduced chances of heart, kidney and liver disease.)
  • Better concentration with commands and less hyperactive yet more energy.
  • Easier to keep at the right weight.
  • Better muscle tone.
  • Smaller poops.
  • More mental stimulation eating dinner when they have to figure out how to attack it – helps to stop boredom.
  • No parasites (I don’t use any flea preventatives, I just occasionally use a neem herb spray instead and my dogs never have fleas, as fleas/ticks like unhealthy bodies) so no need for harmful neurotoxins for flea/tick control.
  • No need for harmful chemical dewormers again due to the added health from raw food; worms are prevented by the healthy immune system.
  • No metabolic problems
  • It’s cheaper in the short run if you buy wisely
  • It’s cheaper in the long run as vet bills are dramatically reduced – in over 4 years of rawfeeding I’ve never needed a vet.

In general dogs that eat raw are more balanced. Even their characters improve. Any raw feeder that has switched from commercial will tell you this.

Further reading: Vitamins and Minerals Present in the Components of Raw Diet

http://www.rawfeddogs.org/rawguide.html