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Why does my dog eat grass?

Couch grass is one of the most significant medicinal plants for both humans and animals. It is the grass that dogs and cats actively seek out to eat. Couch grass is at its most effective in the Spring,  the rich mucilage content of the rhizome protects against ingested toxins and bacteria. It helps to regulate intestinal flora, soothes the epithelial cells lining the gut, and protects against gastric acidity. This helps to prevent inflammatory diseases by strengthening the immune system. Metabolic endotoxemia is thought to…

Does my dog need vegetables?

Depending on what Google search or facebook group you read you will get a multitude of answers to this question.  Many raw feeders believe that a diet consisting purely of meat will give their dog every nutrient they need. Twenty years ago I would have agreed with them.  However the science has moved on, so let’s look a bit deeper.Dogs are carnivores and definitely need a high meat based diet. Their teeth alone tell us that.  However they are definitely not pure carnivores like…

Can diet affect a dog's behavior?

Can diet affect a dog’s behavior?

Diet has a significant impact on overall health and behavior.  The nutrients, vitamins and minerals in the diet directly influence the brain which in turn affects behavior, mood and cognitive function.Many of us are familiar with the phrase ‘You are what you eat’ and that goes for dog behavior too! With dogs, as with humans, the answer lies in the gut.  The most important and often forgotten about organ in our bodies.   The gut contains microbes that directly impact energy, mood, happiness and…

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The difference between raw dog food and raw cat food

Food is really just food. There is no ‘human food’, ‘dog food’ or ‘cat food’, just fresh species appropriate food. A diet made up of fresh food is the best diet for all living beings.We are often asked whether you can feed raw dog food to cats. Dogs and cats are different. Dogs are facultative carnivores, this means that their digestive system is that of a carnivore but they are also able to synthesize proteins from other energy sources and can survive with less meat…

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Can dogs eat garlic?

Yes! If you do any Google search you will often see that garlic is considered toxic to dogs as it is part of the allium family.  The only study that has been done is an overdose study. Giving dogs ridiculously high levels of garlic (we’re talking up to 60 cloves a day here).  However, the dogs in the study still did not develop hemolytic anaemia.  The verdict of the study was that dogs ‘might’ develop hemolytic anaemia.  The good news is that garlic is…

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Why would my dog’s skin be red?

There are many causes of skin redness, irritation and itchiness but one thing they all have in common is an overreaction of the dog’s  immune system.  A large part of your dog’s immune system is based in the gut. In order to help heal your dog from allergic reactions it is vital to have a happy, healthy, functioning gut. Unfortunately, once symptoms such as itchiness and redness appear it is common practice for most vets to treat the symptom and not find the underlying cause.…

How to improve your dog’s gut health

It is now widely accepted that gut health can have a profound effect on our overall health.  Many studies in humans have demonstrated that diseases such as cancers, mental health and autoimmune disorders are influenced by our gut health. It is no different for our canine companions. The microbes in the gut do so much more than digest food. They provide a defensive barrier to help fend off dangerous pathogens, their by-products reduce the growth of pathogens and help fix any gaps in the gut…

What’s myoglobin?

When you defrost your dogs meals what do you do with the ‘blood juice’ thats left? Whatever you do, don’t throw it away. This ‘blood juice’ is actually myoglobin.  Myoglobin is an oxygen rich, iron carrying protein which is found in muscle meats.  It’s main job is to carry and store  oxygen in  the muscles cells.  The redder the meats the higher concentration of myoglobin.   So the next time you have left over ‘juice’ when defrosting your meat, pour it over the remaining…

Best flea remedy for dogs

  Flippin’ fleas Fleas make everyone itch, just saying the name makes you want to scratch.  However there is no reason a healthy dog should be treated with chemical flea treatment when they have no fleas!  We are led to believe that we are bad dog parents if we don’t get our worm and flea treatment done regularly.  But honestly, chemical flea treatments come with horrible side effects and the less dogs are treated with them the better. Let’s consider for a moment what…

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Why our handmade products are better

Hand made products are greenerFar less energy is used when creating a handmade product when compared to mass produced product.Handmade products are good for the local economyWhen buying from a small business you are supporting the local economy. As many of our meats as possible come from local farms and abattoirs in the surrounding area. We support each other and create lifelong relationships with those that produce our meat.Handmade products are more often better When people make a product by hand they really care…

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What’s pancreatitis in dogs?

Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas.  Once the pancreas begins to stop working properly the juices within it begin to leak out into the surrounding tissues within the body causing great pain and discomfort to your dog.  The body is in essence trying to digest itself.  There are two types of pancreatitis – chronic and acute.  By far the most common, and probably the reason you are reading this, is chronic pancreatitis.As the pancreas leaks, there are less digestive enzymes to digest the…

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Raw dog food for beginners

When researching a raw dog food diet for your dog as a beginner, it can easily become a bit overwhelming and seem a bit complicated.  Let’s start by understanding some commonly used terms and explain their meanings. BARF Biologically appropriate raw food ( this is a diet that is consistent with what their ancestors would have eaten in the wild)  it can also mean Bones and Raw Food.  80/10/10 (can also be referred to as Balanced) This is referring to the ratio of muscle meat(80%), bone(10%) and offal…

Raw dog food, can you cook it?

Raw dog food provides optimum nutrition for your dog in a highly digestible way. A raw diet mimics as closely as possible the type of foods dogs have evolved to eat, and the way they would naturally eat if they were in the wild. However we are asked if you can cook raw dog food.There are a number of reasons why some dog owners would like to cook their dogs’ food.One area of concern is the safety of feeding and handling of raw meats.If you…

Can I feed my puppy a raw diet?

The easy answer is YES!What to feed your puppy is possibly the biggest decision you’ll ever have to make for them. You want to make sure that what you feed them gives them everything they need to grow big and strong.A raw diet is the most natural diet you can possibly give your puppy. It allows them to grow strong and healthy with limited exposure to the toxins and chemicals that are in highly processed biscuits and dried foods. A natural diet gives your…

Do I need to add anything else to my dog’s raw food?

This is one of the top 3 questions we are regularly asked. Unless you are feeding a wide range of whole prey (that’s head to tail, fur and feathers included) your dog will likely benefit from you adding some little extras to the bowl. Here is a list of the most common additions owners may add to their dog’s raw food: veggies, eggs, sprats, blueberries, raspberries, sardines, mussels, bone broth, kefir, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds are all good additions. If you are feeding a…

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How much does it cost to feed raw dog food?

Here at The Easy Raw Dog food Co, we like to answer all your questions whether they are questions commonly asked or more specific ones.One of the most common questions we receive is cost!How much will it cost to feed my dog a raw diet?The answer to this question is dog dependent.  This is because the cost is dependent on how much you need to feed.  The two important factors in working out how much to feed an adult dog are your dog’s weight…

Can I feed kibble and raw dog food together?

This is a question that we are increasingly being asked.  Those on limited budgets wanting to continue to add fresh to the bowl but sometimes are unable to feed 100% raw due to having multiple large dogs or feeling the pinch in the current cost of living situation. The question of kibble vs raw also proves quite a controversial one, with firmly held beliefs on both sides. It doesn’t take long searching on Google, to find that there are many forums, blogs, and magazine…

Is raw dog food safe?

One of the first questions most dog owners ask themselves is whether or not raw dog food is safe. We have the answer. Yes!     Many dog owners assume that the meats we use for our raw dog food are in some way different from the meats you buy in your local supermarket or butchers.  They must be road kill, or unfit lesser quality meats.  This is simply not the case as all the meat we use is human grade.  This means they are…

What should dog poop look like?

The one thing that all dog owners that feed raw have in common – the obsession with poop! This is because your dog’s poop can tell you so much about your dog’s health.  The colour, smell, firmness and frequency are all clues to the internal wellbeing of your dog.         Let’s start at the beginning… What should dog poop look like? A raw fed dog should have firm poop with very little smell.  It should take a little effort to pass,…

How to handle Raw Dog Food

        Some people would really like to change their dog over to a raw diet, but worry about handling raw dog food.   In a nutshell, if you follow the same rules as when you handle your own meat and fish when cooking, you’ll be just fine. We’ve compiled a list of basic recommendations to follow when handling raw pet food to provide you with some reassurance and simplify the transition to a raw food diet for your dog.   All…

Can I feed raw eggs to my dog?

              The answer is yes. Eggs are a wonderful addition to your dog’s bowl, little bombs of perfect nutrition.  They are nutrient dense and contain all the essential amino acids your dog needs. Eggs contain Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron, Vitamin D, Lutein, Selenium and fatty acids and more.  The best nutrition will come from the best eggs.   Always try to buy free range or organic if possible. If your dog isn’t too keen on the…

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Allergies in dogs and cats

Allergies are becoming  the number one health problem in dogs and cats today. There are many reasons why this may be the case such as:Too frequent vaccinations leading to an overburdened immune systemThe feeding of highly processed diets Inappropriate breedingNeuteringAny or all of these may contribute to the epidemic of allergies our dogs and cats face today.What is an allergy? An allergy is where the immune system is out of balance and over reacts to substances that would otherwise cause no harm. Types of allergyEar/nose/throat…

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What is the best raw dog food in the UK?

Raw dog food has been gaining in popularity over the last 10 years in the UK, and we are fortunate to have a wide choice of brands to choose from.  There are brands for every need and budget.Here at The Easy Raw Dog Food Co we have made meals and fed many dogs over the years. We have established a large customer family of dogs of all shapes,sizes and needs.  It is an absolute joy watching them grow from little pups into big strapping dogs. However,…

Why we put a rocket up our veggie meals and created our Supercharged Meals.

  The inclusion of veggies in a dog’s raw food diet has always been quite a hotly debated topic.  Surely a dog is a carnivore and we should only feed them meat, right? Our main ‘foundation’ 80/10/10 meals are based on the prey model principle which is a balanced approximation of the make-up of typical prey. The ratio of raw meat, offal and bone. Nutritionally everything is then in the right proportions and is the perfect foundation for your dog’s diet.      However,…

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What fruits and vegetables are good for dogs?

        Adding some fruit and to your dog’s bowl can provide some much needed, hard to find nutrients. However it is important to know what is safe and what to avoid. In general, seeds, pips and stones should be removed as they can be toxic. Here’s a list of safe to eat fruits and veg What fruits are safe for dogs to eat? Blueberries Strawberries Raspberries Blackberries Bananas (in moderation) Pineapple Apple (no seeds or core) Lemons Limes Grapes Rhubarb Fruits…

In stock or not in stock?

So it says the meal I want to buy is in stock? Yep, on our website you will see whether or not a specific product is in stock. So how does that work if it’s made to order then? When you see a product is ‘in stock’ on the website what that is telling you is that we have all the necessary ingredients to make that meal in stock ready to go. So what happens when I place my order? We hand-make the orders…

How do I know my dog is overweight?

Spring is a time when you are surrounded by fitness ads and many of us think about shifting a bit of the bulge in preparation for summer. Be honest, could your dog do with losing a few pounds too? Vets from the PDSA estimate that almost half of all the dogs in the UK are overweight. Being obese puts your dog at risk of serious health problems that ultimately can shorten their life. We are so used to seeing overweight dogs around us every…

My dog is allergic to chicken, can you help?

Many dogs are sensitive to chicken products.  This happens for a number of reasons, over exposure when young being one of them.  Often it is hard to find a wide range of raw foods that have no chicken in them. why is chicken bone used so much in raw dog food? The simple answer is because it’s convenient to work with, easily available and a cost effective way of getting the 10% bone content in an 80/10/10 meal.  We only use the finest UK…

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Help, my dog has a sensitive tummy

I’ve tried 10 different brands and still my dog’s tummy isn’t settled… We hear this often, from sometimes quite desperate owners at their wits end trying to help their dog.   Many different foodstuffs can generate an allergy or sensitivity in your dog. By removing grain and preservatives and feeding a raw diet you are already helping to reduce or eradicate these problems. if your dog has any of these then read on… gurgly tummy​ runny poos vomiting 99% of the time raw feeding…

a whiter shade of friday…

Yes we do realise its Black Friday here at HQ. If your inbox is anything like mine it is brimming with Black Friday deals and has been for the last week or so.  We are being told that today we must make the most of the amazing offers available to us before they run out. Whether its the latest gadget, clothes, our car insurance, mobile phone and broadband package, or more recently and relevant, introductory free or 50% off dog food boxes on subscription. Why…