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Discover the benefits of a raw diet from Raw Pet Food Pantry, based in Southampton, Hampshire. When considering the best diet for your dog, it's important to understand how a dog's digestive system works. As pet owners, we have a great responsibility to provide the best nutrition to afford them a healthier, happier life. We provide expert advice and high-quality products for your canine companions, so get in touch today or pop into the shop.

Raw Feeding for Dogs

Holistic digestion

Dogs’ digestion works holistically, making raw food a healthier option than grain-based food. For instance, grain-based treats break down the natural starch digestive enzymes in dogs’ saliva, which helps to protect their teeth from decay.

Vs Grain-based foods

Furthermore, grain-based foods contain very few nutrients and compromise the dog’s stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, and nutrient-absorbing villi. Whether it’s affecting the flexibility of the colon walls or the liver’s metabolism, grain-based food may cause an array of digestive problems in the long run.

Salt and imbalance

Worse still, too much salt in a dog’s diet can damage their stomach lining, leaving them open to disease. An imbalance of intestinal bacteria or an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria may cause gut dysbiosis, (damage to the intestinal wall) and cause intolerances and allergies. Candida and other unwanted bacteria feed on nutrients and sugars found in grain-based foods.

Raw food helps digestion

Dogs digest food in their stomachs (not their intestines, like us) for four to eight hours. As the stomach expands, it releases gastrin from the glands, which activates the release of hydrochloric acid. This stimulates the folds in the stomach to contract and expand, churning and chewing the food.

On a grain-based diet, the stomach rarely expands due to the lack of amylase, the enzyme required to digest starchy carbohydrates, and the dog’s high pH level. Hence grain-based food will just sit there undigested, stagnating and creating gas, which leaves the stomach unable to expand.

By contrast, the high pH level in the dog’s stomach enables it to digest bones, raw meats, and muscle, as well as killing off the unwanted bacteria that make raw meat unsuitable for consumption. This is why we are passionate about raw feeding for dogs.

Raw food digestion in dogs

How Much Raw Food Does My Dog Need?

This is a guide only, based on the weight of your dog alone. It is important to also take into account activity levels, treats given and any other health issues that may affect diet and wellbeing. This steers and guides you to the amount of food your dog is likely to require.

Adult dog raw food feeding guide

Adult dogs (1yr+)

2%

of a dog’s body weight for

• Older dogs that are less active than they used to be.
• Dogs that are generally less active as a rule or breed.
• Dogs that need to lose a few pounds!

2.5%

of a dog’s body weight for

• Dogs who tend to gain weight on 3% but seem hungry between meals when on 2% of their body weight.
• Dogs who enjoy an active walk per day but are then generally sedentary for the remainder of the day.

3%

of a dog’s body weight for

• Dogs that are underweight and need to gain a few pounds.
• Dogs that are on the go all day and extremely active.

5%

of a dog’s body weight for

Working dogs who are active both mentally and physically from morning to night.

Puppy raw food feeding guide

PUPPIES (up to 12mths)

2 – 4 months

8 – 10% of puppy’s body weight

4 meals per day. Your puppy will be super active and will need a
regime that keeps up with his active lifestyle.

4 – 6 months

6 – 8% of puppy’s body weight

3 meals per day. As your puppy grows, % of food per body weight will gradually decrease keeping his weight healthy and consistent.

6 – 8 months

4 – 6% of puppy’s body weight

2 meals per day. Whilst we gradually drop the percentage per body weight, do monitor how puppy is reacting to his regime. Is his weight stable? Is he seeming to gain too much weight? Is he finishing everything in the bowl or leaving some? It is important to monitor these things as he grows to ensure portion sizes are right.

8 – 12 months

3 – 4% of puppy’s body weight

1 – 2 meals per day.

At this stage, the amount of food is very similar to that at maturity, 1 year. Continue to keep a close eye on weight, if there is any gain and then adjust accordingly. At 12mths, use our adult feeding guide to continue monitoring daily intake.

Recommended Daily Allowances

For adult dogs, aged 1 - 7 years, feed 2-3% of bodyweight

Weight

2 meals of

Daily intake

2kg
20-30g
40-60g
3kg
34-45g
60-90g
4kg
40-60g
80-120g
5kg
50-75g
100-150g
6kg
60-90g
120-180g
7kg
70-105g
140-210g
8kg
80-120g
160-240g
9kg
90-135g
180-270g
10kg
100-150g
200-300g
11kg
110-165g
220-330g
12kg
120-180g
240-360g
13kg
130-195g
260-390g
14kg
140-210g
280-420g
15kg
150-225g
300-450g
20kg
200-300g
400-600g
25kg
250-375g
500-750g
30kg
300-450g
600-900g
35kg
350-450g
600-900g
40kg
400-600g
800-1200g
45kg
450-675g
900-1350g
50kg
500-750g
1000-1500g
For puppies, feed 5-8% of bodyweight

Weight

0-4 Months
4 meals of

4-6 months
3 meals of

6-12 months
2 meals of

Daily intake

2kg
25-40g
33-53g
50-80g
100-160g
3kg
38-60g
50-80g
75-120g
150-240g
4kg
50-80g
67-107g
100-160g
200-320g
5kg
63-100g
83-133g
125-200g
250-400g
6kg
75-120g
100-160g
150-240g
300-480g
7kg
88-140g
117-187g
175-280g
350-560g
8kg
100-160g
133-213g
200-320g
400-640g
9kg
113-180g
150-240g
225-360g
450-720g
10kg
125-200g
167-267g
250-400g
500-800g
11kg
138-220g
183-293g
275-440g
550-880g
12kg
150-240g
200-320g
300-480g
600-960g
13kg
163-260g
217-347g
325-520g
650-1040g
14kg
175-280g
233-373g
350-560g
700-1120g
15kg
188-300g
250-400g
375-600g
750-1200g
20kg
250-400g
333-533g
500-800g
1000-1600g
25kg
313-500g
417-667g
625-1000g
1250-2000g
30kg
375-600g
500-800g
750-1200g
1500-2400g
35kg
438-700g
583-933g
875-1400g
1750-2800g
40kg
500-800g
667-1067g
1000-1600g
2000-3200g
45kg
563-900g
750-1200g
1125-1800g
2250-3600g
50kg
625-1000g
833-1333g
1250-2000g
2500-4000g

Weigh your dog regularly

We have vet-standard weighing scales in our shop and will happily weigh your pet for you and keep a record card, or you can ask next time you are at the vets. With a little added information from you such as activity levels, amount of treats fed and any other health issues that may affect the amount your pet eats, we can recommend the correct portion size. In general, it is recommended to feed 2-3% of your dog’s weight, and for puppies 5-8% of their weight and as they grow, their meal sizes will gradually increase and adjust until they are fully grown and classed as an adult.

They go above & beyond!

'Lovely shop, they go above and beyond for customers and their pets. '

Lucy Kilby •  Botley, Hampshire

Highly recommend!

'We have been using the Raw Pet Food Pantry since the day we got our Rottie and the staff are excellent, extremely helpful, and most importantly, our dog loves the food and has clearly improved after his transition! I would highly recommend using them if you feed your dog raw food.'

Sarah Smith •  Shedfield, Hampshire

Such helpful staff.

'Would highly recommend! Such helpful staff and very prompt delivery. Offered advice on the food needed for both my dogs and they are both really enjoying their new grub. 5 STARS!!!'

Sarah Thompson •  Hampshire

Always fantastic service!

'Absolutely fantastic service and very knowledgeable staff. The shop is fantastic with so much choice, the prices are very reasonable, and they offer a delivery service. It is brilliant - 10/10'

Trudy Blake •  Hampshire

Always friendly & helpful

'Always friendly and helpful. So impressed with the staff members knowledge too. Dudley loves going to get his food each weekend! Special shout to Jody.'

Michelle Wickens •  Hampshire

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