Frequently Asked Questions

Why a puppy mince?


This is a finely ground mince that is easier for young puppies to get into their mouths and then digest. 


How do I switch my older dog to a raw diet?


This should be a gradual, phased transition spanning between 7-10 days. It important for the wellbeing of your pet, as it will help avoid periods of excessive wind, diarrhoea and constipation.


What’s the reason for this transition?


Firstly, the enzymes required to break down a high protein diet of raw meat and bone are different from a high carbohydrate diet such as kibble.The gut flora is also different and can take a period to re-stabilise following a change in diet. These gut bacteria are responsible for the production of gas in the bowel.The stomach pH is generally higher (more alkaline) when fed kibble compared with a raw meat, high protein-rich diet that tends to be more acidic. A raw meat diet can usually be digested more quickly than a kibble or processed food. 
 
Can I feed Raw food and processed kibble together?


We do not advocate feeding your dog a diet of both raw food and processed kibble on an ongoing basis. This is due to the differing ways and speed the diets are digested, which in turn will compromise his or her digestion. If you feed a high carbohydrate food kibble alongside a high protein diet, any excess calories will be readily converted to fat and thus can lead to obesity.


By feeding a dedicated raw diet your four-legged friend will gain a variety of texture, from the differing food components and have a means of maintaining healthier teeth. This variety in texture is not however achieved with starchy, grain-based kibble, but with crunching and chewing on raw meaty bones, as nature intended. 


My dog has allergies, can I feed raw? Will it help?


There is no reason why any dog with allergies cannot be fed raw. Feeding a human-grade, unprocessed single protein, grain-free diet can benefit many dogs with allergies that present either with skin disease or gut upset. Allergy is one of the most common issues dealt with in small animal veterinary practice and the diet is normally one of the first things addressed by vets. It is important in these cases to determine as far as is possible what your dog is allergic to - remembering that tests are only as good as what they are testing for! There are now good blood tests available for environmental and food allergy plus a saliva test for food allergy. Your vet will be able to help advise you about these tests. Where food sensitivity and/or allergy is involved then it is important to avoid any foods that have shown a strong positive reading in the tests. We clearly show the proteins in our food and don’t add ground up chicken bones to manage the bone content unless it is a mixed protein food, so it’s easy to find a diet that will suit your 
dog.


My dog has runny stools and my vet suggests putting him on a special formulated kibble. Would feeding him a raw diet be an alternative option?


Many cases of diarrhoea are caused by dietary issues and transitioning them onto a simple unprocessed food with no grains, artificial colourants or additives can be a perfectly good alternative to a special formulated kibble. We would initially recommend selecting a lower fat variety such as chicken and using a protein that is different from the one usually presents in your dog's current food. New diets should be introduced slowly over several days otherwise loose stools might be temporarily worsened. 

There are so many reasons why runny stools or varied stool consistency can occur. The first step is to rule out some simple things first and, of course, the more severe the runny stool (diarrhoea), the more important it is to have your vet check a stool sample from your dog. Stool sample checks will pick up parasites and bacterial infections such as campylobacter or salmonella. Very serious cases will also need other tests, such as blood tests, but your vet can advise you on these.

For dogs with very sensitive bowels we would suggest breaking the daily feed into 3-4 smaller meals so as not to over load the gut.Transitioning dogs should be introduced to one protein at a time over a three-week period to ensure the dog has no in tolerances to a singularprotein. For assistance with your dog’s diet please contact us on (+44) 01985208016, we will be happy to help.


 

Help, I’ve started feeding my dog a raw diet and he has started what appears to be vomiting his food back? Why? Is this normal?


Sometimes when dogs initially switch to raw, you may notice they vomit a small amount of white foam or yellow bile, most often in the mornings. This can be quite common as your dog’s digestive tract adapts to processing a higher protein/bone diet and is more commonly seen in dogs that have previously been on a kibble diet.If you see continuous sickness or you see other health issues, please consult your vet.

Email: info@stavordale.uk

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