A friend told me about Moddie Lambert and I was instantly fascinated by her knowledge about raw feeding. So naturally, what did I do? I invited her to give a talk at my salon… not once, but twice.
Moddie Lambert BCCSDip. HthNut is a qualified Canine Nutritionist with over 7 years experience of tailoring enhanced raw feeding solutions for dogs of all breeds. Moddie is also on the committee for The Raw Feeding Veterinary Society.
Moddie’s ethos is very much based on what a dog would have eaten in the wild. She says, “The very basics of animal husbandry dictate that dogs are more healthy when fed a fresh, species-appropriate diet, evolved over countless millennia to eat. In the case of dogs, this is a diet of raw meat, bone and offal. When would you have seen a dog scavenge for a wheat-based carbohydrate diet? Never and sadly this is adding to the many problems dogs have with skin and digestive issues”.
Are you thinking about changing your dog’s diet to raw?
I asked Moddie to answer these three very common questions about raw feeding…
1/ Why is raw better for dogs?
Raw food is considerably better for dogs as it is not processed. It improves coat, skin and dental health very quickly, plus it does not swell in the gut like dry kibble which encourages dogs to drink more which can cause kidney problems. Raw food does not stick to teeth like kibble and if fed the correct raw diet allows your dog to thrive and have energy and good health.
I have seen so many dogs recently with poor dental health, pancreatitis, kidney and liver disease plus awful skin conditions. A raw diet can change this as it is what a dog is designed to eat! You will notice much smaller poop and a dog that smells completely different! The high carbohydrates in dry and processed diets are unnecessary and are just a cheap filler to bulk out an incomplete diet. Also, synthetic vitamins are added which can cause a lack of vitamin D in the diet amongst many other things.
2/ How can you go about changing the diet? Gradually or cold turkey?
Depending on the problem, changing diet instantly is no problem. Just give the new raw diet first thing in the morning and wait to see the difference. If your dog is a fussy eater, add small amounts of dry fish skin, dry liver or even a small amount of cooked chicken can be added to tempt them. Most dogs completely love their new food and occasionally they may be suspicious – if this is the case you can mix in a little of the previous diet (as long as it is not dry food as it digests differently and this should always be avoided). If the dog is unwell it may be advisable to change the diet over a few days.
3/ What to avoid when feeding raw?
Try to avoid intensively farmed meats, ring the company who make the food and ask lots of questions! Even though raw is the best food for our four-legged friends, there are many companies who use intensively farmed animals, halal meat and a great deal of barn reared animals. These animals have never seen the light of day, are fed large amounts of grain and antibiotics. This may be reflected in the quality and nutritional value of the food. Also, look for compostable packaging and avoid polystyrene boxes as they are unsustainable, unnecessary and are damaging our planet.
It is also really important to look at the bone content of the food. Too much bone or offal in a raw fed diet can be harmful. Look at around 10% bone 10% offal and 80% meat. Some companies add vegetables to the diet. Which is good, but it may be worth avoiding root vegetables to start with. These vegetables are high in sugar. And any dog who has a yeast problem should definitely avoid diets with vegetables to start with. But you can add leafy green. Above-ground vegetables imitates nature. And a dog would probably choose to eat the contents of the stomach of its prey – hence leafy greens.