Our Goldens are only given the highest quality premium foods and supplements. We switched our dogs over to a complete raw diet in April of 2016. We have noticed many improvements in our own dogs since making the switch from kibble to raw; including a few things like better breath, cleaner teeth, less stool, and improved coat condition, just to name a few. If you'd like more information on raw feeding, please see our "Raw Feeding Notes" below.
We encourage every pet owner to continue feeding premium foods. Suggested high quality foods are available at your local pet food store or butcher. Please note: premium dog food is NOT available at a grocery store. Unless you are purchasing raw food or vegetables.
Suggested high quality brands we recommend:
Big Country Raw Brand
For all Golden Retrievers, we recommend choosing formulas of food that do not have peas or legumes listed in the ingredients. Please visit this link for more information: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy
Raw Feeding Notes
We highly recommend starting with a commercial raw dog food that has nutritional analysis done such as Big Country Raw or Iron Will Raw Dog food. Both companies have great websites that are very helpful. There is no math or calculations necessary with these ones, just measure the food, add herring oil and feed your dog. It's that simple!
If you are interested in learning more about raw dog food, here are some links to excellent articles on getting started with raw feeding.
Here is a good video by Dr. Karen Becker on raw feeding as well:
In addition to the above links, here are some of my notes that I've made for owners making the switch over from kibble to raw.
Remember balance over time (generally a week or so).
Mixes *should have* 5% liver, 5% other organ meat, 10% bone, and 80% meat.
Start with ground up mixes - the first week or two, try chicken mix or turkey mix.
After they get used to this, then you could start adding other proteins like beef, lamb, pork, rabbit, etc.
Feed farm fresh eggs (shell and all) 2-3 times a week (if store bought - omit the shell).
Add in your own fruits and veggies - but remember to chop them up very small and/or puree them.
Make sure to add in an omega oil or pill. (Our dogs get herring oil every day)
Stools should be firm and brown - but can turn white within hours. Stools that come out white, mean there is too much bone in the mix.
Any pork meat or bones should be frozen for at least 2 weeks before feeding to the dogs – this kills a parasite that can sometimes be found in pork.
Change the protein every 2 to 4 days (ie 3 days of chicken, then 2 days of beef, then 4 days of turkey, then 4 days of beef, etc)
The amount to feed to your adult dog will vary. 2-3% of adult body weight is usually recommended, but we find that's too much for our dogs. They get about 1.5% of their adult weight. You can split up the amount into 2 meals or feed one meal a day. All will depend on your own dog and their energy level as well as how much exercise and treats they get. Puppies get 3 meals a day until they are 6 months old. From 6 months to 2 years of age we feed them 2 meals a day. From 2 years until they are a senior dog, they get one meal a day.
The only supplement that is needed is herring oil. Our dogs get herring oil and kelp daily.
The fruit and veggies we will add in:
Blueberries (any berry really, but mostly just blueberries)
It's pretty easy and simple once you've done it for a month or two. We always feed our dogs in stainless steel dishes, and are very careful to clean all counters where food is prepared - just like you would when preparing your own food.