Note that many vets will say they are against raw feeding because they are worried that your dog will not get all the nutriments. Be assured, our G4P nutritionists have well balanced our recipes to meet the NRC requirements. You are more than welcome to give our website as a reference for your vet’s inquiries. Often, this reticence regarding raw feeding is due to a lack of researches and statistics, as all statistics are issued from kibble companies. So, not much compilation of information on the benefits observed with raw feeding.
Raw food manipulation demands precaution.But not more than when you prepare chicken or another meat for yourself or your family. Dog’s gastro-intestinal tract is completely different from ours.They can digest raw food, when we would be sick.
If you have a good hygiene in your kitchen, and that you serve your dog’s meal from the fridge to his bowl for a maximum of flavors for him, there is no reason to worry.
If you feed your dog with Gourmet 4 Pattes, all our recipes are balanced to meet the NRC (National Research Council) requirements.
No. But It is dangerous to give cooked bones to dogs. When we cook a bone, there is a molecular change and the bones become breakable, so, dangerous to break in splints.
It is important to mention that any bearing bone such as deer leg, beef knee (too hard), can break in splints. Please avoid giving to your dog.
For a good bone structure, it is essential that your dog eats raw bones. They are easy to assimilate by their system, good as they contain calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Gourmet 4 Pattes puts in the patties the needed quantity of broken bones to meet the calcium/phosphorus daily ratio for your dog. If you give bones, give a recreational bone, such as ribs, or shoulder bones. Adding chicken carcasses on your own would make your dog exceed his daily ratio of calcium/phosphorus needed and could have an effect on his zinc absorbtion capacity.
Aggressivity in dogs has nothing to do with food. A kibble eating dog, can be aggressive.It is a question of each individual dog.In some cases it is a breed genetic problem. Some possessive behaviors follow from either lack of training when puppy, but also depends on the type of dog.If you encounter such problems (either on kibbles or on raw feeding) you could get help from a canine behaviorist or a canine psychologist.
G4P’s formulas are easy to work with. All our patties are in 1 pound portion, except our minus 20 pounds dog’s diets.You just have to put in the fridge the portion for the next day, put it in the dog’s bowl. You don’t have to manipulate the different foods.
There is no bacterias in raw food unless it is badly manipulated or not fresh. All our meats are manipulated with a lot of care, without temperature differences. As long as you have the same care with your dog’s raw food than you have for your own food, there is no risk of bacterias. On top of that, a healthy dog will not get a bacterian infection easily.
The digestive dog’s track is very short to facilitate a rapid disposal of the food and at the same time, the elimination of possible bacteria. Our meats come from federal and provincial slaughterhouses and we are regulated and inspected by the Mapaq.
You will instantly see that your dog’s stools will diminish by half.
When you feed your dog with kibbles, you don’t really have the choice. If you mix two kinds, he will automatically get diarrhea. When you raw feed your dog, every food is good for him. The variety, as for the human being, proposes different sources of protein. He won’t have a GI disorder due to a new meat, as he is able to digest all of them. This could be helpful to avoid allergic situations.
As we are using human grade foods, there are no parasites. Any dog, having a good health, with a strong immune system, should not worry about parasites. He is easily able to get rid of them in his GI tract before the parasite gets installed in his body.
A parasite will look for a weak host, with a deficient immune system. If your dog is treated each year for hearth worms, you could maybe deworm him once during the winter as prevention. Follow your vet recommendations and everything will be fine.
Definitely, the coat changes will be astonishing, already in the first weeks. The coat will be shinier, the moult will appear only at season’s changes. Consider that the first place where the body reacts, is the skin. It is the same for a dog. When accumulated toxins (due to kibbles ) needs to go out, it will start by the skin…so, the dog loses hair, has skin allergies, scratching, food allergies, foul odors, etc.
Very often, we have to make a difference between, allergic to additives in a chicken meal kibble versus real chicken. It is at your discretion to try the real meat to ensure if he is or not allergic.To be sure, you can have your dog pass some allergic tests.
The decision to raw feed comes from a desire of getting to your dog a better food and a longer life. The benefits being seen very rapidly (in the first weeks) the majority of people don’t hesitate long…There will be a transition period through which we will accompany you, as a support to your questions.
The basis of our recipes is raw ingredients. But certain nutritionnal values are maximized when cooked.
By example, pepper squash has a lower calcium oxalate level when cooked, and will maximise the minus 20 pounds small breed recipe. The broccoli is blanched. Other veggies like zucchini and green beans are raw, as well as sweet potatoes. Eggs are cooked.
Normally we use sweet potatoes as carbs in the recipes. As sweet potatoes don’t have a low oxalate content, we use rice for the minus 20 pounds dog’s recipe to meet the aims of the formula.
Olive oil has anti-cancer components such as squalene and terpenoïd. The squalene in a lipid that is an essential intermediate in cholesterol biosynthesis, inter alia. Squalene is considered as a powerfull antioxidant. Terpenoïd is a lipid that plays a role in the traditional herbal remedies and which is the subject of research to discover, among other things, its anti-bacterial effects. In vitro experiments, and on animals suggests a role for anti-cancer inhibitor for both.
It is a rapidly assimilated sugar by the digestive mucosa, such as: sugar, lactose, fructose, sorbitol and mannose. Many flours founds in kibbles form a simple sugar and creates an imbalance in their blood sugar, that, long term, affects certain dogs with diabetes, etc.
Consisting of an accollement of many molecules of carbohydrates, and unsweetened. Glycogen (animal sugar synthetized in the liver), starch(stachy roots and tubers) and the cellulose (raw material of the vegetable substance).
The great advantage is, in addition to being an important energy take, it can be used quickly. When they do not use it right away, the dogs accumulate it as glycogen as a reserve for the future.
You can diminish the daily portion by 25%, and replace it by raw crushed green beens, mixed to his food. Green beens have an excellent taste and will fill your dogs stomach, without adding calories.
Certain dogs are nervous type, or more active than others. You can add up to 1/3 of their daily portion with glutinious rice (sushi style) cooked 1 cup of rice for 3 cups of water. Don’t forget to rince the rice before cooking. Check the stools regularly, if too smooth, lower the rice.
For a large or extra-large breed, you can feed up to 1 banana per day. Always check the stools.
You have to add vitamin E and B because they are soluble in water. The fact that we freeze the food, can make us lose the vitamins values. It is far more simple to ask you to add them to your dog’s patty and be assured that he doesn’t have any deficiencies. Certain raw food companies uses synthetic vitamin E in their food. The synthetic vitamin E is assimilated by only 50% of the dogs. So why take a chance?
Many dogs are allergic to beer yeast. Also, it is not proven that beer yeast has a steady vitamin B level in quantity to be assured that your dog gets his daily necessary dose. My nutritionists recommend that we give B50 separately, 1/3 of a tablet, per day, in the dog’s patty.
With beef, (we could also use lamb) that has a higher fat content, we can vary the chicken carcasses by the turkey necks. We wouldn’t be able, by example, to mix turkey necks with horse meat as both ingredients are too lean together, and it would be extremely difficult to balance a diet. We would need a truck load of sweet potatoes.
In season, we might use baby spinach or fresh green beans, that are good alternatives to broccoli.
Those are the only changes we ever make in our recipe s content. That way, our customers can rely on the recipe’s content regularity.