|At LorWin we believe in feeding a 'species appropriate' diet and have
been doing so for 20+ years now. We would recommend that anyone
wanting to feed this way first read about the BARF (Bones and Raw
Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet as explained by Dr.
Ian Billinghurst in his books "Give Your Dog a Bone" and "Grow Your
Pups with Bones".
All of dogs are fed a variety of raw foods daily. Yes, this includes raw
meats - but not only raw meats, they also receive bones, fruit and
vegetables. We feed limited dairy (yogurt and cottage cheese)
however we avoid 'most grains' - our dogs still get their daily
biscuit-type cookie at bedtime though.
Before reading any further please note that this is what we do at OUR
KENNEL. In no way are we suggesting that we know it all; in no way
are we judging other kennels' feeding practices as being incorrect. We
are continually learning and are doing more research every chance we
get, not only on the raw diet but in other dog health-related areas as
well. Now in understanding that this is OUR way and without any
expectations please continue reading...
A few of the changes we immediately noticed when we switched from
a high quality kibble are: smaller stool with virtually no odor,
extremely clean white teeth accompanied by fresh breath, copious
amounts of correctly textured coat, clean ears, clean anal
glands, an almost nonexistent vet bill and a zest for life that we have
yet to see with any kibble fed dog!
We supplement our dog's diet with vitamins and minerals - NOT
because we believe this diet to be unbalanced (we strive for balance
over time), but because reality has shown us that today's soil is not as
rich in vitamins and minerals as it once was and both stress and
pollution are much more common today as opposed to yesteryear. We
care about our dogs' overall health and well being and would do
nothing to jeopardize them.
We supplement approximately 3 times per week according to each
dog's individual weight with Sea Kelp, Colladial Silver, Glucosamine
Chondriton, Vitamins B, C and E and essential oils such as Cod Liver
Oil, Salmon Oil and Omegas 3-6-9.
There are 2 meal times at our kennel - morning and evening - exact
times are not important to us as we want the dogs to be as flexible as
we need to be.
We try to maintain a 75/25 ratio - that is 75% RMB's (raw meaty bones)
and 25% veggie/ground meat and bone mixture. We also give our dogs
recreational bones (the rec bones consist of knuckle, hip or rib bones)
approximately 3 times per week. This stops boredom from setting in
and adds 'just for fun' chewing and exercise.
The morning meal is that of the RMB's. We alternate between chicken
backs, turkey necks, beef and pork bones. The dogs are fed this meal
at cool room temperature and the RMB's are from young animals to
ensure that the bones are soft and pliable. The amounts vary
depending on the age and condition of each individual. We know all is
well when we can easily feel the ribs, yet not see them, on each dog.
The sparkle in their eyes also lets us know that everyone is happy and
Remember, NEVER to feed your pet cooked bones! These bones can
splinter, puncture and cause major damage, sometimes even death in
The evening meal is that of the ground meat & bone with ground
veggies... or once every 2 weeks a muscle meal. The veggie meal has
a variety of green leafy veggies (lettuce, kale, parsley, etc) as well as
extras such as carrots, broccoli and sweet potatos/yams. It also has
various extras such as eggs (with shell), tuna or sardines, peanut
butter and offal mixed in. Each batch is a little different than the last.
We would not want to eat the same meal every night for our entire
lives, why would anyone think a dog would be happy doing that is
beyond us!?! The ground meat involved could be chicken, turkey,
pork, elk, bison, moose, deer, rabbit, duck, etc... and always has
ground bone in it.
We do try and avoid the 'night shade' veggies as well as all grapes,
onions, garlic and tomatos which, if fed in abundance, could be toxic to
your dog. We also avoid table potatoes, peppers, cabbage, beans,
turnips, bok choy, radishes, etc - as these may depress the thyroid
function in the dog.
The supplements we use 3 times per week are added to each dog's
dish at these evening meals. This helps to keep the amount of
supplements given recorded as well as lets us know who can pick
what out of their bowls. Yes - they can be picky and will try to pull one
over on you - typical kids!
Dogs do not produce amalyse which is need to break down the
cellulose walls in fruits and vegetables therefore you need to run
everything through the food processor (or juicer) in order to allow the
dog's system to access the nutrients within the fruits and veggies.
The ground meat in the veggie mixture need not be pulverized any
further unless you want it ground up finer for the pups or seniors, in
this case be sure you use a good quality meat grinder as bones can be
hard on kitchen machinery!
Regarding fruit for the dogs - we rarely feed fruit at the same time we
feed veggies. Fruits are fed an hour before or after a veggie meal, and
sometimes even as a stand alone meal during a weekend. Fruits
contain more natural sugars and are digested faster in the dog's
system thus they tend to 'push' the veggies through the intestinal tract
quicker than the vegetable nutrients are able to be absorbed by the
We still want our kennel to enjoy the benefit fruit has to offer so we
make 'smoothies' by running assorted fruits through the food
processor, add yogurt, peanut butter and honey and freeze the
mixture in ice cube trays. These are the treats the dogs get every once
in a while - more so on hot days! The fruits we have used include but
are not limited to: pears, pineapple, apples, bananas, nectarines and
seedless watermelon. We do avoid grapes/raisins for health reasons.
We hope this has helped to give you an idea as to what we do at